Welcome to 2016!
Is it too late to still say happy new year? We're fully in the January blues now, that festive fun is over babe.
Briefly, in terms of Blogmas, can I just apologise for the lacklustre or badly edited or not proofread posts. I rushed myself to complete it before 12am on most nights!
Well let me start by saying happy new year to my blog. You are about a year and two months old now. Congrats!
2015 was an alright year. Ups and downs. Ok times and good times. Blah blah.
2016 will not be another blah blah year.
2016 will be the year that will have an imprint on my life!
First of, let me announce that in February I'll be starting with a new internship! So crazy.
I'll be a Social Media Intern at Urban Outfitters. Yes, Urban Outfitters. My job title should just be: Classified Hipster.
It's truly a dream knowing that I will have this experience. Humbling to know that a fantastic and well known company wants me to be a part of their team.
I will also be completing my wonderful and strange semester in Malta. Ending on 29th Jan, less than three weeks away!
And finally in September I'll be revisiting real university life. Finishing my final year.
2016 will be a mouthful. Hopefully a tasteful mouthful.
"Come on Kara, start talking about your resolutions!"
*just wanted to say that these personal goals haven't commenced from the start of this year. I've been doing these things for a few weeks now. And if I don't successfully do it or successfully complete it - I won't feel disappointed.
Let me finally begin:
1. Take blogging more seriously
It's my hobby. But it's becoming my life. I dream about being a full time blogger/freelance writer/a courageous creative being a lot of the time. The thought of writing for a living, and people actually reading it gives me butterflies.
Blogmas taught me how fun it is writing frequently, and I learnt what kind of content I want to write about.
What's my niche?
Writing my true personal feelings about my lifestyle, with dabs of fashion, in a mindful and artistic manner. From some comments and a wave of new followers I think y'all will enjoy this.
I won't be blabbing on about my existence. Like 'I did this' or 'I love this'.
It'll be more about the thoughts behind 'why do we do this?' or 'why do I love this?'
Think of the way how Carrie Bradshaw writes, she would talk about something cray-cray happening in her life, then she questions it, fortunately towards the end, she solves the mystery behind her thoughts.
2. Find a sports/active workout that I truly enjoy
I'm not stating that I want to lose weight or add some 'umph' into my backside.
OK, if this is going to be an true and honest blog then, yes I actually do want those things.
But I'm not craving for it.
I want to have an active lifestyle for my mind, body and soul.
I've learnt over the years how beneficial working out really is for us. I've spent too long sleeping or huddled on my sofa. It's time for me to find a new sporty hobby.
Question of the day:
Why is yoga so expensive?
I absolutely love how relaxing and spiritual, plus toning and fat-burning, yoga is!
But why do I have to spend the 'dolla-dolla' to enjoy it?
"YouTube!" You cry out. And I hear you.
I've found some great links, such as Madeleine Shaw and my old fitness pilates lover Blogilates to try out their workouts.
3. Read more
This one is a little bit embarrassing. As an English and Creative Writing student I should be a pro at picking up a book and whizzing through it. But I am starting to lose 'reading for fun' as I am normally 'reading to study' nowadays.
What's my strategy to read more?
Read before bed.
STOP WATCHING SCANDAL BEFORE BEDTIME KARA!
I have to snuggle up to President Fitz every night. Even though watching two episode before bed is about 1h 20mins! I need to stop this habit and replace it with reading and sleep-time.
Did you know that the light produced in your laptops, tablets and phones causes us to stay awake more? It's the worst thing to do before bed, it makes us less tired and become addicted to staying on the screen.
It has to be done. I've been starting a few weeks ago and it's really open up my creative mind and has made me more calm and peaceful.
I suggest you should get the app: Calm.
It does what it says, and it's a fantastic way to learn mindful meditation for beginners.
On my way to my internship on the tube. Every morning I will (hopefully) find a seat, close my eyes, and listen to the guided meditation on the app. Fingers crossed that I won't pass my stop!
5. Learn a new musical instrument
Thinking back to my happy childhood, I had many hobbies - probably to find out what I was good at? And one of the many hobbies was playing a musical instrument.
When was the last time I tried to learn a song? Years ago.
This Christmas I was given a ukulele. Thanks Mum!
I'm really excited to learn something new, I've never played anything in the guitar family before, so my ukulele is a start-up to strumming some chords and learning what a 'tab' really is.
A ukulele is a pretty easy instrument to carry, so it'll be a fantastic friend to enjoy whenever I'm in the mood.
And that's all folks.
I think that's all, there's so many things I want to start up or be better at.
But I won't bombard you with my list.
Have a great weekend!