I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions, but there are a few things I want to try and do which I think are actually quite realistic and I could stick to, so this time next year I can use my blog to follow how I got on!
1. Spend more time on my blog
This post is actually part of one of my New Year’s resolutions, which is to devote more time to my blog! I know I will probably have days or weeks when I’m too busy to post because of all my jobs, but while it’s quiet at placement I am going to use my time productively to write about some of the things I would usually miss out on my weekly posts.
2. Accept my life as it is and enjoy it!
The past 3 months have been quite tough; starting at my waitressing job 5 nights a week before thankfully reducing my hours, getting used to working in a creative environment and facing challenges every week, not being able to see much of my friends because we’re all so busy with our separate jobs and lives at the moment, and not having enough time to properly cook or clean in our beautiful flat.
Now that I’ve settled into my new routine, I’ve realised that my situation isn’t as bad as I thought, and people have to work even longer hours than me. I admire those people, because it takes so much out of your quality of life having to rush between different jobs all the time, it tends to take over without you really thinking about it. It still sucks having to work for over 12 hours on some days, but I feel like I fit in a lot better at the restaurant now which has really helped it to become less of a chore, and I’m actually good at it! The tips are definitely one of the best bits, as I’ve been able to treat myself to new clothes which I won’t be able to do if I leave, even if I was getting paid by my placement- I’m too careful with money once it’s in my bank account! Don’t get me wrong, though- I would still leave in a heartbeat if my placement boss agreed to start paying me!
I have a lot to be thankful for from the past year:
- I moved in with my amazing and supportive boyfriend into our own lovely flat which is just perfect
- I went to NEW YORK CITY which has been my dream my whole life and it was spectacular
- I got to go back to Venice, one of my favourite places in the whole world
- For George’s birthday I took him to London and, after 10 years, I got to see The Lion King again in the West End, and went to Warner Bros Studio Tour to indulge our Harry Potter obsession
- My 21st birthday was one of the best days of my life and I was so lucky to spend it with all my favourite people, as well as do some lovely things that month to celebrate it
- I got offered a 2-week placement at Elmwood, the design agency I have been obsessed with since my first year at uni and never dreamed would even look twice at my work (and I’ve got that to look forward to in June!)
- I was fortunate enough to get a placement close to home at an agency where I have already learnt so much
- Started doing proper freelance work for some lovely clients- can’t wait to expand this year!
- I got to see my all-time favourite musical Wicked– TWICE!
So really, I could have done a lot worse ;)
3. Get to work on time and take shorter lunches
My new attitude is that I’ll never become a paid employee unless I start acting like one. Last year, the intention was there but the motivation was not, and I used to end up getting to work after 9 o’clock every day, sometimes closer to half past. Also, my hour-long lunch break would easily creep into the hour and a quarter mark- sometimes longer- if I was meeting someone. I justified these things by saying ‘I’m unpaid- they shouldn’t expect anything from me,’ but realised it was that attitude that was holding me back! They still might not start paying me, but I shouldn’t take their generosity for granted- they did take me on after all and never said they definitely would pay me anything.
4. Draw more
Drawing was my first love, and it will be my last (I’m sure there’s a song in there?) because it is what I have always wanted to do, and I have so far managed to swindle that into some kind of career. How many people can say that they’re doing what they’ve loved since they were a child as their job? Luckily, my placement is starting to present more illustration opportunities so I can practise at work, but I want to start doing my own illustrations again and maybe start another book over the summer…? I’ll try and post every little bit of drawing I do on here so I can keep a track of how much I’m doing!
5. Cook different things
I have already started this, and it’s going well so far! My grandma bought me the Good Housekeeping cookery book for Christmas, which has recipes for absolutely everything in it, so I had a flick through when making my shopping list for this week and came out with Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken Tarragon, as well as a Chicken Stew from Jamie’s Ministry of Food. The Chicken Tikka Masala was an absolute triumph, I have to say, and I was really pleased that it tasted like a decent shop-bought one without all the calories- it was pretty healthy! I made Chicken Tarragon last night, which was the most chef-like meal I’ve ever made I think, and it was a great success. I actually cooked with wine- I never do this! It’s creamy, mustardy and mushroomy and I can’t wait to have the leftovers tonight! I’ve never really made a stew, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that turns out- using wine again!
I’m pretty pleased with my resolutions, and just hope I can stick to most if not all of them!
Good luck to anyone else trying to stick to theirs :)