a firm decision to do or not to do something.
the quality of being determined of resolute.
I've never been any good at sticking to the 'resolutions' I make - probably because they are not very realistic or not worthy - and by that I mean nothing bad will happen if I eff it up.
I've had a think and finally come to some resolutions that I believe (fingers crossed) I can and will stick to this year.
Spend Less, Save More
I spend way too much money and quite honestly, I can't recall where it all goes in the end. Those daily coffees add up, as does buying lunch in town every single day. The jacket 'I just had to have' when I already have 5 that I bought that still haven't seen the light of day yet... I need to cut down on my spending - especially on unnecessary items and where expenditure can be avoided.
Small things like taking my own coffee to work in the morning will save me £2.30 a day MINIMUM! It hasn't come without a capital cost though - I have bought myself a snazzy reusable cup to do this but that £8 across the amount of uses it will have over the year is peanuts in comparison. AND - I get money off if I use it at chains so theres that and of course, I am not causing more rubbish or plastic waste - win, win right?
Now, Ben and I have been using Gousto boxes (for you're first box with 60% off, use my code: SHERA9763946) for years so never really head to the shops to buy food anymore which makes it difficult to meal prep for work lunches - hence why I spend a small fortune each month on food in town. That being said - I have found a way to cut down my spending by heading to Aldi on a Sunday evening (when it's quiet!) and picking up some stuff to make my own quick, easy lunches in the mornings before I head out.
I'm also going to round anything I do spend up to the nearest 10 and put the rest straight into my savings - this will all add up each month on top of what I already put away. I also thought about checking my bank balance at the end of each day and transferring the 'spare change' too!
Refuse, Reuse, Recycle
I'm going to be a big stickler for this in 2019. Us humans are killing our planet and I hate it and it's the smallest things we can change to make a difference. It might not be massive but it's something and at least I'll know I'm doing my part to protect it.
I've put a tote bag in every handbag I own so I always have one with me - I will not be using plastic bags where it can be helped by a trusty reusable.
I plan on buying items that have fully recyclable packaging and where it doesn't I'll look for alternatives where I can.
I've switched from using aerosol deodorant to a roll-on because it's not only better for the planet but I've found it's better for me in the perspiration front too.
I'm also researching other small things I can do to help the planet this year - I'm going to write updates on how I'm getting on with this because I think the world needs to see it's totally fine and normal to say no to a bag or take your own tupperware to store your food in.
The festivities have caught up with me, I've eaten all the food and drank all the drink and I feel terrible. I want, no, NEED to detox for a while. Dry January seems the best way to create a habit - they say it take 28 days to form a habit right?
It's not just alcohol that I'm 'giving up' either - it's the chocolate, the sheer gluttony of binge eating because it's there, the 'once-a-week' takeaways that seem to be delivered more often.
I plan on drinking nothing but water and black coffee (decaf from midday!) and if I'm out-out I'll enjoy a diet/sugar free soda.
It sounds easy but I can't say no to pizza... I may update on this too - I definitely will at the end and how I found it etc so here goes...
The Obvious Ones
Of course there's the eat healthier, go to the gym and get fit (again [read above]), spend less time on social media, enjoy the moment, travel more etc - but these are things that will happen on and off and that's OK.
What are your new year's resolutions?