What’s Occurring: 2015 Resolutions

I really enjoyed having a long list of resolution to work towards last year, I actually remember most of them throughout the year and felt I progressed better than just having a couple of aims. So I’ve done the same this year, and here they are.

Image: The Sassy Writer


Try and keep up my blogging schedule. I’ve really enjoyed posting 4 or 5 times a week, and I feel that the writing really fits in with my day-to-day life. My promise is that I’ll try to never get stressed about getting a post up, and nothing will ever be rushed or forced.

 photo aca5ae4f-d8de-471f-9de4-2fa9558aa2f1_zpsff82f1ad.jpgI definitely want to work more on photography, as that’s something I really enjoy doing. I received a 50mm lens from my Grandparents for Christmas, and whilst it’s really difficult to use, I’m really enjoying some of the results I’m getting.

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Continue to expand my repertoire – joints of meat is something I’m determined to master. I’m also looking forward to cooking more curries from scratch, and baking more bread.

I’m also trying to move away from lunchtime sandwiches. Whilst working I have the luxury of a fridge and a microwave. So far I’ve stuck to homemade soups and stews, but once things warm up I have some exciting salads I want to try. Any suggestions for interesting soups are also welcome – I’d love to master a freezable chowder.

I try not to mention on here, but I have some pretty nasty tummy issues. They’ve been there on and off since I was 1, but have been horrific for the last 2 years. After 7 months of waiting lists, I finally saw a consultant just before Christmas. I’ve completely overhauled my approach, changed medication, and have been given some serious dietary advice. In all honesty, he thought my diet was damn good. But the changes include less tea, and more protein. The biggest change is to make sure I drink enough, and mainly water. I’m sitting here with lemon infused water and shaking from tea withdrawal. So dealing with this is definitely a resolution I have to work on!


As I’m on placement until July this is a bit of a tricky one! I want to gain more experience over the summer, this time in life insurance, so fingers crossed I get an internship. Once I’m back at university I really want to put my head down and power through final year – 9-5 working will hopefully stay normal for me so I can have a strong line between study and rest.

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Start running. Its been a resolution for years, but having bought the gear in November (prior to dropping cupboard door on foot) I really have no excuse. Plus I’ll be wasting money if I don’t go, which is something I hate. My consultant has also told me I need to exercise more as it will really help; due to my condition I don’t often have the energy, but it’s a push I’m really going to have to make. I’m thinking yoga and gentle weights for now, building stamina up gradually.

I also want to keep a diary. I’ve ordered a five year one, so I’m really hoping I will keep it up. I had a lovely idea of keeping strips of paper with memories on in a jar, but realistically I doubt that would work when I move up and down the country to/from university and placements a couple of times a year.

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Work towards as-perfect-as-I-can-get skin. Keep taking makeup off every night, moisturize regularly, and possibly find a serum that works for me. The big one though? Disgusting I know, but I really should stop picking spots!

I also want to clean powder brushes more regularly. I was really good last year at keeping my foundation brush clean (read: not using it) and washing eye-shadow brushes. Powder brushes I was awful at, and it was only when I borrowed my mum’s of the same brand and type over Christmas that I realized how disgusting mine was. Its not been washed and feels so much better!

Fingers crossed I manage to achieve at least some of these. The main ones are diet/exercise improvements as I know deep down the health benefits I will get will be worth it. But keeping a diary is something I’m really keen to do, maintain memories is so important to me for so many reasons.

As I was writing the post anyway, I thought I’d enter it into the Silentnight New Yearโ€™s Sleep Resolutions competition

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you normally achieve them?

  • Melvina Duka

    My main resolution is to get an internship this year & possibly move to another city if the internship works out!

    Your blog is so lovely! xxx Mel


    • ninegrandstudent

      Oooh, good luck! I’m looking for an internship for this summer, so fingers crossed for both of us! x

  • asha

    Oooh love that diary! Great idea! http://theprinsloodiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m in love with it! x

  • These are great goals! I want to master more photography this year too!

    • ninegrandstudent

      It’s a common goal, but definitely a great one as its easy to see progress! x

  • When I read this, it almost sounded like me! I think we have a lot of similar goals for the next year. Working on my photography and blogging is a big one – but I’m also still trying to find that sweet spot of posting good, quality content/not getting stressed/ posting often enough to keep an audience.

    I also have a lot of stomach problems. Being vegan has helped me a lot with that – just because it forces me to cook for myself at home and I don’t have a lot of the things that many people find irritating such as dairy, meat, etc. I’m working on packing more good, nutritious lunches this year so maybe that’s something we can work on together! (I just posted a recipe for a tofu marinade the other day on my blog – quick, easy and tasty lunch!)

    I finally got my skin under control last Spring. I am a notorious picker – have been all of my life. I wish you the best of luck with this – it’s so hard to stop!

    Anyways, I’ll stop rambling on now. Sorry!

    xx Kathryn

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ve definitely found cutting down on dairy helps! Meat seems to settle my stomach (shows everyone is different) so I won’t be giving it up anytime soon, but there’s definite changes to be made! x

  • I think you’ve chosen some good and easy to reach goals! And they all sound like they will benefit you a lot x

    Through New Eyes | Beauty Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks – I’m hoping they do! x

  • Kathryn M

    Great resolutions! I also want to try and work on improving my photography.


    • ninegrandstudent

      Good luck! x

  • I love the One Line A Day Diary! They’re so useful for tracking your progress, and one line is definitely manageable.

    Jessica Marie | Miss Cobweb

    • ninegrandstudent

      Definitely, I’m finding it easy to keep up so far! x

  • Oh K.

    I wish that I was able to post 4-5 times a week! I also want to work on my photography. I want it to look better and rep me better! I also want to start running! Well I want to go to the gym but i don’t know what I’ll do. So I’ll run!


    • ninegrandstudent

      It is tough, especially working full-time. I definitely need to stop beating myself up if I don’t manage it! And running is great, cheaper too! x

  • www.luciaflorence.com

    these are such great achievable resolutions! I got my 50mm lens earlier in 2014 and fell completely in love with it, so enjoy yours! Good luck with 2015!


    • ninegrandstudent

      It’s great isn’t it, though definitely a bit tricky to use! x

  • Corinne C

    Good luck in your goals. I have a 50mm lens and I love it, I’m sure you’ll get used to it soon. Hurrah for running, it’s hard to get into but it doesn’t take long to build up enough endurance to run a few miles none stop, can’t wait to hear about your progress ๐Ÿ™‚

    Corinne x

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m getting there with it, though my shaky hand is really obvious using it! Will definitely be getting a tripod! x

      • Corinne C

        Just change your shutter speed and up the ISO so it takes the photo faster, then you don’t get the shake ๐Ÿ™‚

        • ninegrandstudent

          Thanks! x

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