2017 In Reflection
The year is now over and it’s time to look back at 2017 and when I reflect, it’s filled with mixed emotions. I can’t say that I’ve done anything remarkable as I’ve been trying to look after my health this year and sort that out. I’ve made a lot of progress with my stomach issues and feel like I am on the right path, but it hasn’t been easy. Because of this, doing anything fun has been quite difficult. Our holiday to St. Ives in June was even quite stressful because my body was reacting so badly to food, heat and walking, so it’s definitely been a year that’s been testing. I’ve managed to do a few things like enjoy pottery painting for my birthday, the visit to the reindeer farm, attend my Buddhist group classes, and mostly enjoy things like cinema visits, park trips, working to rescue animals and the little things. I’ve noticed how much stress and anxiety really play a part in my health too, which is why I am deciding to actually make new years resolutions for 2018.
10 New Years Resolutions For 2018
I never usually do this as I don’t see the point, I make changes as and when I want to, like I usually do. However, I’m feeling a bit more proactive and making some goals for 2018 seemed like a good idea. I’m going to be 30 this year and everything seems to have flown by so quickly. I really can’t believe I’m hitting that big 30 number, so there’s a few things I need to start changing and actually making a priority to help with my health and anxiety – learning to balance work and life more. I’m always appreciative of everything I have already, including the people around me and the animal work we do, which will continue, I am just trying to improve myself more.
Limit buying items and style what I own in more ways – This is because I literally have no space anymore. I love my clothes and living in a room in my mum’s house limits my space even more. I need to focus on wearing what I do have and being creative with ways to style it instead of constantly buying new items. I know this will be difficult as with fashion blogging, new stuff is always where it’s at, but I need to take a step back from that as I have found it’s doing more damage than good.
Start saving as much money as I can to put towards a house – I don’t know what it’s like in other countries but trying to save money for a house is difficult. Most houses in nice areas are a minimum of £200k here and you always need a deposit of around 20% before you can figure out the mortgage, so I’m trying to save as much as I can for mine and Adam’s future.
Start making some wedding plans – This has a lot to do with Adam and I wanting to live together when we’re married. We haven’t made any plans as a house isn’t anywhere on the cards, however I want to start making small arrangements and figuring things out just to begin.
Read 3 books this year – Since I’ve been so busy with my blogging work on the Monday – Thursday and then spending time with Adam on the Friday – Sunday, I really can’t find the time to read books anymore and that saddens me. I used to read all the time and could sometimes power through a book in a couple of days, often eating into my sleep though as I get carried away. I plan to read 3 fiction books this year and get back into it. It might not sound a lot, but when I usually can’t find time, it seems like a huge amount.
Keep attending my Buddhist group – I started attending my Buddhist group in October after meeting Geshe Tashe and I’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve started by learning the 4 Noble Truths and 2018 starts on new courses. Everyone there is really nice and I find it’s helped me greatly with my way of thinking and understanding. Buddhism is definitely a way forward for me. I respect everyone and everything about it and am learning every day.
See the specialist in London about Ehlers Danlos – There’s a doctor (I briefly mentioned here) in London called Dr. Alan Hakim and he’s specialised in Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I have Hypermobility Syndrome quite badly but the doctor I saw here wasn’t very knowledgeable in the Ehlers Danlos area and said that because my skin didn’t stretch 5cm (it’s still stretchier than most) and I don’t have bruises (none at that current time), I didn’t have Ehlers Danlos and all of my other symptoms were dismissed. It’s something I’ve had since I was born and have had issues with, so I need to understand it more and start being proactive about it. It’s just extremely expensive.
Start physio for my loose joints – As of January, I’m starting physio therapy to try and help support my loose joints. I’m constantly dislocating and having pain and problems, especially in my hips. I can’t walk hills because of my hip joints, so I’m hoping to start working on this for the benefit of my future.
Figure out something cool to do for my 30th birthday – I’m not sure what yet, and it would need to be something that doesn’t cost a lot, but I’m hoping to do something exciting and fun in August. I’m not a party person, so it would need to be something a little more unconventional.
Keep working on my health and anxiety – This is hugely important as I’ve worked really hard discovering everything that was wrong so far. I know my diet triggers issues in my digestive system and wheat/gluten is a huge part of that. I had methane producing SIBO and am wondering if that’s returned. I’m working on my blood sugar levels and trying methods to limit and control anxiety. I can only continue working at this into 2018 and hope it makes a difference.
My Top Outfits Of 2017
Now it’s time to round up my favourite outfits of 2017 and look back at the year! When I was scrolling back through the months, there were so many outfits that I had actually forgotten about, especially from the beginning of this year as it was that long ago. That’s the reason I like these posts as it gives me chance to reflect back on the year and see the outfits that had slipped my mind, bringing them to the front again. I post about 4-5 outfits a month as I’m sure you’re aware, so I’ve only chosen my favourites from each month. I’m really intrigued to know which outfits of mine from this year are your favourites too! Did they make the list? Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for your support. Lorna xx.