Lifestyle: 2015 Resolutions Update

We’re now past the middle of the year, I can’t quite believe it. On a separate note, it really annoys me when people talking about the beginning of June being the middle of the year – nope, it’s a month off! I think it only bugs me as one of my university interview questions was to choose the exact time and date of the middle of a non-leap year…

ResolutionsAnyway, it’s time to go back and look at the resolutions I made way back in January and see what kind of progress I’m making;

Blogging

I’m pretty sure I’ve posted 5 times a week religiously for the past few months, and I hope nothing has ever come across as forced or rushed out. I certainly haven’t felt too stressed about posting, though the next few months will be a stretch!

I would like to think that my photography has drastically improved, especially from this time last year! There’s still so much I want to learn, I still feel too reliant on auto-mode, and my editing skills aren’t up to scratch – but that’s why I love blogging, always something new to develop.

In relation to blogging, I’ve also picked up a new blog design and learnt a little bit of coding too. I’m working on developing a new feature currently, a few tweaks still to go. I’ve also used Excel knowledge to build a tool which batch renames photographs before uploading – it’s saving an awful lot of time and slowly improving my SEO. I’m thinking of sharing this tool at some point if it’s something you’d be interested in?

Cooking

 I’m disappointed to say I might have failed a bit here. I’ve cooked no joints of meat as yet this year, although in my defense I live with a vegetarian landlady who goes green when I cook bacon. Me and W move into our flat next week so I’m sure we’ll cook a bit more meat then!

I’ve definitely improved my diet though. My reliance on carbs and sugar is a lot better, and whilst there’s still room for improvements I’m feeling a lot better. I still have the tummy troubles but it’s likely they’ll never disappear – but I have lost nearly two stone this year too.

Work/University

Whilst I’m disappointed in not gaining a life insurance internship (I actually was almost offered two, but my availability caused a problem), I’m super pleased that my contract at my current placement has been extended to the end of August. I’ll be able to see out various projects, and I’m hoping to widen my exposures a bit too as my replacement will also be working there for that month.

Personal

Ah, running. I went out for a couple of runs, promptly injured myself and then stopped. Whoops. I really enjoyed it though – I just need to make time again. I’ve kept up with an exercise routine at home though, following a few videos and doing some weights. Slowly but surely I may end up with the body of dreams (I jest).

I’ve pretty much kept my Line A Day diary up, though there’s a few weeks in March looking pretty empty – I am trawling back through Twitter currently to fill in the gaps!

Beauty

My skin is actually worse than it was at the start of the year, and I’m pretty gutted. I think I tired introducing too many new products, so I’ve stripped back my routine and it’s starting to improve. I’m now plagued with blackheads though, which I’ve never had a problem with before – help?!

So, all in all I’ve done okay. I’ve got areas still to work on, but I reckon I’m well on the way to meeting these goals by the end of the year. I just need the motivation to run a bit more!

What resolutions did you make this year? How are you doing towards achieving them?