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New Years Resolutions
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What can I say about New Years Resolutions? Quite frankly, nothing nice. Over the years I’ve made plenty, most of which I don’t remember and many of which I’m certain didn’t progress past the initial notion. I’m a little ashamed to admit that as of yet I’ve definitely not achieved an enviable gym body. Nor have I become fluent (or even close) in any other language. I can, however, pinpoint exactly why past resolutions have been quickly forgotten about. There’s a pressure that I’m sure many of us feel at the beginning of a new year, that this one will be the one; the best year yet. We convince ourselves that of all of the things we want to achieve are attainable and set unrealistic goals as a result. Failure to stick to resolutions also tends to have a lot to do with a little reluctance to actually put the effort in.

New Years Resolutions
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Resolutions Aren’t Set In Stone

For the many of us who could do with being a little more strong-willed, unclear resolutions will never work. The best intentions aren’t quite enough to guarantee that we will follow through. Unfortunately, success requires fewer ideals and a little more action. Honestly – that’s pretty much the crux of it.

Firstly, by setting only one or two attainable resolutions, you’ll be doing yourself a favour and increasing chances of success. Secondly, set your resolutions in motion immediately. Don’t just think about what you want to achieve, but also how you’re going to go about it. Schedule working on your goals into your calendar, else you’ll never find the time.

Begin as You Mean to go on

My single resolution in 2019 is to travel and experience more. Last year it was the same. The problem with last year is that I kept talking about going on holiday; where we should go and when. We deliberated a lot but made very little headway. This year I’m pleased to be able to say that we already have a Luxury Spa Stay booked for February. This Christmas I told Jamie that I’d love experiences rather than material gifts for Christmas. He surprised me with the booking of a mid-week break to Prague (in April), and tickets for James Acaster in June. We’ve also just booked our main 2019 holiday to the Dominican Republic in the new year sales!


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We’re still in January and these plans mean that I’ve already made more success of this year’s resolutions than last. Just by beginning immediately. The less talk, more action approach is very easy with regards to making plans but there are head-on ways of tackling most other resolutions too. When it comes to learning a skill- sign up to some classes, or set a more extensive resolution, detailing what exactly it is that you want to have achieved and when by.

The more specific plans the better, and with that I wish you a happy new year and all the best in succeeding with your resolutions.

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  • Reply Lucy

    You’re right, when it comes to resolutions you just need to start as you mean to go on, just take everything in your stride and they hard work will eventually pay off! xx

    Lucy |

    January 3, 2019 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you agree, lets hope the hard work pays off for the both of us! x

      January 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply shewritesgood

    I’ve always struggled with resolutions, and tend to get a little too ambitious for my own good. Some of mine have been downright ridiculous. I like that travel is your goal for the year; it’s attainable and fun. I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

    January 3, 2019 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I completely relate to this! Thank you, hopefully I’ll have lots to fill you in on! x

      January 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    It’s funny how we always feel obliged to set resolutions each new year. Like you say, we always put so much pressure on ourselves to stick to it. I like to set a few goals but mostly these are new ideas which I wrote down but nothing set in stone. Absolutely love your note book! x


    January 3, 2019 at 7:33 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I always think the same, we set so many that are just unattainable and then end up feeling bad! Thank you, it was a Christmas gift and I love it! x

      January 3, 2019 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Jasmine Burke

    You’ve already made so much progress with your singular resolution, congrats! A couple of years ago I started looking at each year hopefully and treating resolutions less as a goal and more as a direction to go in. This has worked far better for me and enables me to get things done without feeling like I’ve failed. Also, can’t wait to hear all about Prague and the Dominican Republic! I absolutely LOVED the Dominican when I went.

    Jas xx

    January 3, 2019 at 8:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I thought that only setting one would be much more attainable haha. I think thats is a really great way to view them too. I can’t wait to visit and write about them- that’s so good to hear as I don’t know too many people who’ve been! x

      January 3, 2019 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Lola Bellouere

    I completely agree that we set to much pressure on ourselves at the start of the year to achieve far more stuff than is possibly human ha!

    Lola Mia x

    January 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad you agree- lets break the cycle! x

      January 3, 2019 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply themumwhoread

    Such great ways of achieving goals and resolutions. Great advice. Thankyou for sharing. 🙂

    Shannon |

    January 3, 2019 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Pinar

    Happy New Year lovely! That planner is so beautiful I love that it’s personalised! I wish you all the best for 2019!!

    Pinar xo

    January 3, 2019 at 9:40 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Happy new year! Thank you, I love it! x

      January 4, 2019 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Madiha | Me VS The Odds

    Resonated with this so much! Resolutions really are not set in stone! I think that some progress is better than none and thats the best way to see resolutions and how far you’re going with them! Hope you have a great year xx

    January 3, 2019 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Always enjoy reading your posts Sophie! That notebook is so bloody cute!!

    January 3, 2019 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, that’s so good to hear! x

      January 4, 2019 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Faye

    Setting your plans in motion as soon as the year starts is such a great way to achieve them! I hope you have a great 2019 full of travels and experiences x

    January 3, 2019 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad you think so too, me too! Have a great one! x

      January 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    I love this! I hate the huge push to totally transform your life just because the clock struck midnight. Having a small amount of clear goals or lots of smaller ones that are easy to work on over time is definitely the way forward. Your travel plans sound exciting so far! And a serious well done to Jamie for booking a holiday for Christmas. Such a great gift x


    January 3, 2019 at 11:19 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’m so glad you agree. I was so impressed with the holiday as well (he forgot to clear it with my work mind you, but it was all okay thankfully haha) x

      January 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Abi

    You are so right. I need to take this advice honestly! I have so many resolutions and was planning to start them one by one gradually but maybe I’ll sort an actual schedule for when I should start each one!

    January 4, 2019 at 12:03 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I couldn’t recommend it enough, in my experience the more specific the goal, the more successful x

      January 4, 2019 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Sophie Maie

    Such a wonderful post girl!! I always say what I want to achieve in the new year but I do exactly as you said in the post and never actually put in the effort that’s required to achieve them. This year I’ve already started off sticking to my blogging schedule that I’ve never really managed to stick to so I’m going to try to keep it going. I hope you have a wonderful spa break and get to see so many wonderful sights this year xx

    January 4, 2019 at 3:48 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! Good luck with sticking to your new schedule, I’m sure you’ll ace it! Thank you, I definitely hope so! x

      January 4, 2019 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Love this and that you’re going to experience more in 2019. We always put so much pressure on resolutions and often see it as a disappointment if we fail. I like the idea of limiting resolutions to one or two attainable goals and really setting off for them. Good luck with your resolutions this year!


    January 4, 2019 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I completely agree, hopefully I can put it into practise successfully! x

      January 4, 2019 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    I did the same last year, talked and talked about travelling but didn’t actually do it. I’m forcing myself to book things this year and I’ve already got a little city break booked for next month, I can’t wait! X

    January 4, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! Hopefully we’ll both get to travel much more, have the most wonderful city break! x

      January 4, 2019 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Katrina Frances

    I agree with this – we feel the need to set ourselves goals and then when we don’t achieve them we feel awful!
    Starting immediately is definitely the way to go.
    Your notebook is gorgeous x

    January 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its all too common isn’t it. I’m glad you think so too, and thank you! x

      January 4, 2019 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Toni

    First of all, how blooming cute is your notebook?! I agree with everything you’ve said here, in fact it’s been a bit of an eye opener. I’ve set myself a few goals this year but I’ve already made a start on some of them, and that has given me enough motivation and courage to say I probably won’t forget about them once February rolls around! <3

    January 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s adorable isn’t it? Its an annual planner and so practical too. I’m so glad you’ve already made a start on some of your goals, good luck with continuing on with them this year! x

      January 4, 2019 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    Sounds like you have some lovely places to travel to on the cards, so exciting!

    Lucy | Forever September

    January 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s definitely a good start! Thanks lovely x

      January 4, 2019 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Becca

    Aaaah wow sounds like you’ve got some fab trips planned already for this year!
    I’m hoping to visit Prague this year so I’m excited to see all your pics!

    Becca / becc4

    January 4, 2019 at 7:12 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Fingers crossed! I’ll be posting about it for sure, so keep an eye out April time! x

      January 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Sophie, I am SO IN LOVE with your journal!!! Oh man, the Mickey and Minnie pattern is so cute. I agree with you about new year’s resolutions. It sounds great but we need to come up with something that is achievable and we can carry on throughout the year. YES on the fact that the resolutions aren’t set in stone. Things can happen and changes are ok. Another thing is that we don’t need to wait until the new year to start a new habit, especially when it helps you. Thanks for sharing :)!

    Nancy ♥

    January 5, 2019 at 5:49 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I am too! I’m so glad you think in the same way, good luck with all of your 2019 goals! x

      January 5, 2019 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Mercy

    How cute is this planner! Yes, I’d like to travel more too, I hope I can do it this year.

    January 5, 2019 at 5:56 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its adorable right?! Fingers crossed we both get to travel well this year! x

      January 5, 2019 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Danielle Alexa

    I really do think that starting as you mean to go on is such a key thing!

    Danielle xx

    January 5, 2019 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you agree! Good luck with any goals you have! x

      January 5, 2019 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Jack Deyes

    Fantastic blog post and I love the photos

    Jack Deyes

    January 5, 2019 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Glowyshoes

    New year resolutions are good if one plans on following it through. This year i plan on things accordingly.

    Glowyshoe’s blog

    January 6, 2019 at 12:31 am
  • Reply Bernadette Rihana

    I like to set goals/intentions rather than ‘resolutions’ as I feel resolutions have this notion that you must start January first and not take a single day off. I feel like intentions/goals give you an entire year to fulfil whether you achieve them nearing the end of the year, halfway etc.

    January 6, 2019 at 1:03 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I completely relate to your thinking there! Good luck with all of your goals this year x

      January 6, 2019 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Geraldine

    You’re totally right about the New Year’s Resolutions! Luxury Spa day sounds awesome and I need to do that with my boyfriend as well some day! Enjoy the DR, I heard it was beautiful!!

    Geraldine |

    January 6, 2019 at 2:38 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m so glad you think so, I can’t wait for it, and couldn’t recommend one enough! Thank you, I’m sure I will! x

      January 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    I don’t even remember the last time I’ve set a resolution, I suppose this year it was that I was going to become vegetarian, and with that of course I started straight away with it as it doesn’t need too much planning! But I definitely agree, it’s better to decide on your resolution or goal, and get to it right away, otherwise you probably won’t get to completing it!

    Chloe xx

    January 6, 2019 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      That’s definitely a good resolution! I’m so glad you think so too x

      January 6, 2019 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply New Lune

    I completely agree with you, we put so much pressure on ourselves when it comes to resolutions. But this year I’ve made some resolutions, let’s see what happens haha! I love your notebook, it’s so pretty! Great post my lovely x

    New Lune |

    January 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      A little pressure is always healthy but too much just isn’t helpful! Good luck with your resolutions and thank you! x

      January 7, 2019 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply pinkserenityx

    I totally agree! I prefer setting yearly goals than resolutions! The pressure of them always gets to me! Loved your goals babe all the best for 2019! x x

    January 7, 2019 at 9:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad you relate! Thank you lovely x

      January 8, 2019 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Brittney Ross

    I have very similar feelings about resolutions; I feel like I always put too much pressure on myself to be “perfect” and I never fully sit down and write out EXACTLY what I’m hoping to achieve. Of course by doing that, I always fall off the wagon after a couple of weeks and never really get back on. I love that you’re setting attainable goals and really focusing on making them happen! Good luck with everything! xo

    January 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you relate to this then, thank you, fingers crossed! x

      January 10, 2019 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply leah

    This has really inspired me to do better this year.

    January 10, 2019 at 9:41 pm
  • Reply Melina Elisa

    I’m not terrible at keeping new year’s resolutions! I usually have a savings goal, a goal for how many times I want to travel, and a goal for health/fitness. Last year was the year I wanted the be the fittest I’ve ever been. I signed up for a gym, and went to the gym a lot last year! I definitely could have gone more, but this year my goal is to go to the gym/workout more than last year! It’s easy to push yourself to do better when you’ve already done something close to it before. It takes time to reach some of these goals, and we can’t punish ourselves for not reaching them if we don’t take the proper steps to actually work towards them! Great post xxx

    Melina |

    January 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thats great, you’re obviously much more motivated than I am haha! I totally agree x

      January 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Dessy

    Can’t agree more with setting your goals and deciding a deadline even. Hope you achieve them all xoxo.

    Dessy | | Fashion Blog

    January 22, 2019 at 11:04 am
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