New Year, new me?!

“What do you need in the New Year? You need a dream; your dream needs an action; and your action needs right thinking! Without right thinking, you can have only unrealised dreams!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

It’s that time of year again where everyone re-evaluates their life and tries to make changes for the better… 2018 was my year of travel and I feel that was mission accomplished! I don’t know what my aim is going to be in 2019… For now, I’m trying to focus on my career as I have a big appraisal coming up and need to work out my long term goals.

My ‘Been’ world map on the app – so much travel, only 27% of the world seen…

Last year was a bit of a weird one for me. I found the start of the year really tough, as whatever happened, I knew that I wasn’t going to see my Mum. I hadn’t expected that as I couldn’t wait for 2017 to be over. I started bereavement counselling in May, which did help but it also made me feel worse for a few hours or even days, depending on what I’d spoken about. I hadn’t realised just how hard I was finding everything until the Summer, which led to me going part-time.

Part-time life really suits me! It gave me the opportunity to catch up on sleep, look after myself better, time to think and of course, more opportunities for travel! I am now in a much better place and am shortly going back to full time hours again.

But I didn’t blog as often as I wanted – I realised that if I didn’t feel excited about sharing my experiences, I didn’t have the motivation to write. Then the things I did want to blog about, I couldn’t as I didn’t think I should when I hadn’t written about everything chronologically as it didn’t seem to be honest. Who knows how the blog will go this year – I’ve never really had a set aim or idea for it but enjoyed blogging when I worked abroad.

Fitness also fell by the wayside and I don’t feel good about myself as a consequence. Both frustrated by my lack of effort and sluggish from bad habits. But with a couple of family weddings coming up, that’s as good a motivation as any to become more body confident!

I read recently that the reason most new years resolutions fail is because people are too strict on themselves and that a better approach may be to use 150 days… So 150 days of the year where you do something i.e. no alcohol, exercise etc. That could actually work!



“Fitness is not about being better than someone else…

It’s about being better than you used to be”

Khloe Kardasian


So yesterday, I finally joined a gym! Getting in there just in time to avoid paying a joining fee… I think we were quite impressed that I just walked in off the street and signed up pretty much straight away.

I read earlier this week that most people give up their new year resolutions within the first four weeks of the year so perhaps starting one of mine at this stage is the best solution! And hopefully means that I’ll avoid the new year gym hecticness.



When I’ve not exercised for a while, the way that I get back into it is by swimming. I learnt to swim before I started school and used to swim for my local town when I was little. I love being in the water and have no real fear. Sadly living in central London means that if I want to join a gym with a pool, I have to pay more for the privilege, hence my joy at saving a few pounds!

My first and best gym experience was 10 years ago now, when I had a job with anti-social hours, meaning that I could use the gym at off-peak times and for a reduced rate. This ensured that I was recognised by the staff, so when I hadn’t been in for a few days, would be asked what i’d been up to instead. It felt like there was someone else with an interest in my fitness. It was the best and most confident that i’ve been.

I’m hoping that exercise will help me to sleep better – something that I’ve really been struggling with over the last few months. I’m constantly feeling sluggish and thus am eating stodgy winter comfort foods. Hopefully I’ll soon be a stronger healthier me!


(Ps. Pretty disappointed that the best quote I found was from a Kardashian…)