Achievements and Resolutions 2016/17

So here it is, a brand new fresh year to start again. New ideas, new focus but also a good time to reflect on all the fantastic achievements from the last year. I always take a day between Christmas and New Year to do this. I usually head out of the house (most likely to my local Starbucks) grab myself a mocha and write two lists. I start by writing all of my achievements for the year, using social media and my blog I start at January and work my way through the year, noting key highlights and achievements along the way.

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This is such a feel good exercise and truly makes you focus on all the positive aspects from the year, opposed to the negative which is often what we tend to do without really meaning to.

The next list I create is my resolutions list. It’s worth noting that both of these lists that I write are kept in my notebook that I carry everywhere with me. It helps me keep track that I am actually on course to achieving my goals for the year. I look back at my resolutions twice in the year. The first is at 6 months – usually when I am on holiday in the Summer. I look at what I have achieved so far and make notes on how I can keep on track to achieve the others going forward. I then look at it again in December when it comes to making a new list to find those resolutions I can carry over into the new year and to produce new ideas for future resolutions.

My Highlights and Achievements of 2016

Passing my driving test – It took a couple of attempts but I’m finally out on the road! Hooray!

Getting a new car – My dream first car, a Ford Fiesta, 5 door in red.

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Moving into a new job – I now am in a brand new college, meeting new people and getting involved in new challenges (which involves learning about a whole new range of careers!)

Visiting beautiful Lake Garda in Italy – On my wish list for a few years now and I finally was able to go and visit this beautiful lake.

Started Hula Hooping – Through attending HulaFit classes.

My Resolutions for 2017

These are a few of my top resolutions for 2017! Hopefully they give you some ideas for your New Year’s resolutions too!

To find a new hobby – I am such a creative person and I think this is something that has truly been lacking in my life. I’m setting out to find a new creative hobby and hopefully I’ll post some of my makes up on this blog!

To go on more day trips – I have made a list of days out in the UK and plan to visit at least one per month.

To walk more – I have set myself the challenge of completing one long walk a month and entering myself into a walking challenge. I am due to have another foot operation so we’ll see how we get on with this one! In some ways in may aid my recovery!

To read more – I have set myself a target of 2 books a month minimum.\

To have a Sunday night movie – I find this is the best way to help me relax for the week ahead. I’m planning to make a record of all the movies I watch throughout the year.

To be more creative – I feel so much better when I have spent a few hours being creative. I would like to draw at least once image per month and also create one collage a month. I’ll be posting these on my Instagram too to prove it!

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What are your new year resolutions? I’d love to hear what you have planned for 2017!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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Happy New Year from Pretty & Petit

It’s 2016!

A brand new day, a brand new month and a brand new year. We made it through the fabulous fireworks, spending time with family and friends, parties and plenty of prosecco!

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So now is the hard part – making New Year resolutions. So the traditional way to do this is literally to think of the standard go to the gym more, eat more healthily and trying to save money up. I’ve kind of given up on these more traditional resolutions and opted for something slightly different. Every year I give myself a series of goals to achieve over the year, checking up on these at key points of the year. Mostly in periods when I have the time to stop and reflect and think about where I am in achieving my goals!

This year one of my resolutions is to give my fabulous readers new ideas, tips and things that literally make you think ‘Wow! I’ve never thought of that before!’

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So throughout January I’ll be bringing you something new! With the help of some fabulous bloggers we will be bringing you a whole series of ‘New Year, New You’ posts. Whether you’re looking to change up your skincare regime, get more followers on your Instagram profile or are unsure of where to go on your holidays this year, we will be bringing you a whole range of ideas and tips for making 2016 your most fabulous year yet! If you have any ideas that you’d like us to explore, or would like to write your own guest post get in touch with me on Twitter via @prettyandpetit

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Images are not my own and have been used from Pinterest.

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 8

Prompts

Share a scar

My scar is from two foot surgeries that I have had over the past three years. It was an unexpected struggle which I have been learning to live with and accept.

I am currently planning a small tattoo of an anchor to go on the inside of my foot to represent being ‘anchored’ to the ground and to remember not to take my ability to walk for granted and after my upcoming operation I will be getting a shell on the opposite foot to represent ‘strength’ as I think it’s incredible how some seashells, despite all the odds of being shattered to pieces by strong waves and powerful seas can still land on our beaches incredibly intact. This symbolises the strength in both my feet and myself to get back to being fit and healthy.

For those who are not keen on scars etc I suggest you look away now as this is the photo of it!

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Becky at Pretty & Petit

8. The Spotted Zebra Company

This week our featured business of the week is…The Spotted Zebra Company!

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I chose The Spotted Zebra Company this week as they regularly appear on my Twitter feed with such cute gift ideas and accessories that I wanted to share with everyone!

This week, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I have tried to include a bit of a heart theme through some of the items I have featured for all those out there that are stuck for ideas!

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They have a range of items including bags, purses, jewellery and really cute printed scarves – including this sail boat scarf below.

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Being Welsh, I absolutely loved Carrie Elspeth’s range of jewellery on the site including her Welsh inspired collection. Check out a few of my favourite items from the collection below. (Penblwydd Hapus – Happy Birthday!)

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Another pretty Valentine’s gift could be these glass earrings below. Pale pink in colour they provide a cute girly touch to any date night outfit.

150x200The Spotted Zebra Company also includes a range of quirky jewellery! Check out how cute Bertie Bassett is!!

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Or this Creme Egg necklace.. How do you eat yours?!500x375-1

My all time favourite spread – Nutella! Even just typing the name is making me dream of the chocolatey/nutty taste – yum!!!500x375-3

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For the full range of items available click here to visit The Spotted Zebra Company website.
All images taken from The Spotted Zebra Company website.

Becky at Pretty & Petit