New Year’s Resolutions-2018 Review

So it’s the last day of 2018 and I thought I’d reflect upon how I did with my New Year’s Resolutions in December and also do an overview of how well I did throughout the year. So here’s a look at how I did.

1-Eat Healthy & Exercise

Yes and yes! At the start of 2018 I felt unfit, unhealthy and unhappy with my weight. On the first day of April I decided to change all of that and committed to frequent exercise and a healthier diet.

I’ve kept to it and I’ve lost over two stone.

2-Read More

My aim was to read one book a month, so twelve for the whole year and I managed to read ten in total.

I was going well until the end of the year, when I started a new job and a lot of other things were going on, so I’m still pleased with my efforts.

I read:

-Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg

-Lonely Planet Pocket Bruges & Brussels

-Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2018

-The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

-I See You by Clare Mackintosh

-Zakynthos & Kefalonia Pocket Guide by Berlitz

-The Party by Lisa Hall

-His Other Lover by Lucy Dawson

-The Woman Before You by Carrie Blake

-Lonely Planet Pocket Copenhagen

3-Do 2 New Things Per Month

Every month I did two or more new things, so I successfully achieved this goal.

In December I did these things for the first time:

-I went on holiday to Denmark. It was my first time in the country and therefore my first time visiting the capital city of Copenhagen.

-Whilst there we did many new things, such as see the Little Mermaid statue and go Tivoli amusement park.

-Ate at Wasabi for the first time. I got the vegan tofu curry and noodles.

-Spent my first Christmas with my partner’s family (as we usually go away with or stay with my family for the holidays.

4-Visit three NEW countries and three NEW cities (Any towns and villages or any extra countries and cities are a bonus)


In 2018 we visited six countries:



-France (NEW)

-Barbados (NEW)

-Greece (NEW)

-Denmark (NEW)

(Four were new countries for us, as we’d been to Belgium & Finland before)

We visited three new cities:

-Ghent (Belgium)

-Bridgetown (Barbados)

-Copenhagen (Denmark)

We visited five new towns:

-Margate (UK)

-Ramsgate (UK)

-Marne-la-Vallée (France)

-Oistins (Barbados)

-Windsor (UK)

We visited three new villages:

-Bathsheba (Barbados)

-Agia Effimia (Greece)

-Fiskardo (Greece)

In total we visited fifteen new places, including four new countries and three new cities.

5-Use Up What I Have Before Buying More

December wasn’t my best month for this, as I treated myself to skincare and bought some things I probably didn’t need. Overall in 2018, I did really well as I bought a lot less than the previous year.

Bonus Round

December wasn’t the month for ‘me time’. Work was too busy, my grandad was in hospital and then sadly passed away. It’s been a sad and stressful month where I haven’t looked after myself too well.

Throughout the year I did okay at giving myself time to read and exercise, but I need to focus on giving myself more time to relax and unwind.

Bonus Bonus Round

I never put this as a resolution this year, but in 2017 I set myself and my partner a target to watch a certain amount of films. Our target this year was 20 which we have just achieved, so I thought it was worth mentioning.

Let me know how you did with your 2018 resolutions.

Happy New Year’s Eve. I hope you all have an amazing night!

Anniversary Presents

Me and my partner celebrated our sixth anniversary in Mid-October and as well as treating me to a lovely weekend away (see previous post), he also got me lots of lovely presents. So here’s a look at what gifts I got.

Thumper Pyjamas from Asda

Socks from New Look

Accessorize Nose Studs

Accessorize Leo Star Sign Ring & Necklace

Colourpop Disney Designer Collection

It’s A Princess Thing Eyeshadow Palette

A Whole New World Eyeshadow

Ariel Lipstick

Bobbidi and Boo Lipglosses

Colourpop Yes, Please! Eyeshadow Palette

Captain Fantastic DVD

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin DVD

The Greatest Showman DVD

Versailles Series Three DVD

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

The World of Vanity Fair by Emma Marriott

So that’s everything. Let me know your favourite things.