4 Things I'm Giving Up in 2017

Real talk, I don’t normally write this sort of thing here. This goes down on pieces of paper, journals, notes on my phone.

I’ve always been a NYE advocate, I make resolutions every year and I fully believe in the sanctity and purity of a new year as a white page, fresh for us to do what we will with it (anything but a repeat of 2016 please).

The last couple of years I’ve always stuck to resolutions. There was a year I gave up any and all fast food. The year I was living in Italy I resolved to moisturize 2 times a day (commitment to my tan).

One year I decided to make sure I drank 3L of water every day without fail. My technique is to make tiny changes to tiny things, that you kind of half do already. 2017 will be the first time in my string of resolution success that I’m giving stuff up, not taking stuff on.

One. Unnecessary late nights.

I’m talking about those nights where I say I’m gonna get an early night and then leave washing my hair to right before bed so I have to blowdry and then all of a sudden it’s 11.30pm.

Which I normally decide is still okay because usually I fall asleep way past midnight, so I get settled under my duvet, pillows and cushions perfectly arranged in formation around me, and promptly open Snapchat.

12 stories later and a diversion to YouTube – let’s face it I have to know how to get big bouncy waves in the early hours, because duh, when else? – and it’s 1.30am.

I need to stop because soon the dark circles under my eyes will resemble a strong smoky eye and there will be no means of return.

Two. Meat.

I’m going full cold-turkey on this one. I considered a vegetarian day each week and then decided I was being lame so here I am, trying to join the pescatarian club.

I cut out dairy a couple of years ago for health reasons but then you start learning the realities of that food industry and it works out quite well that you don’t eat it anymore. I’ve become a little uninterested in meat recently and have always played with the idea of being a vegetarian.

I think the only thing I’ll miss is chorizo.

Three. Contactless.

This is a bit weird, but does anyone else spend horrifically larger amounts than normal when they use contactless rather than chip+pin/cash?

I don’t spend thousands don’t get me wrong but there’s something distinctly monopoly-like to paying contactless. The transaction is sometimes over before you’ve even touched your card to the machine, and boop, the dolla is gone.

And because it doesn’t feel real, or substantial time is taken, I get spendy on things like food.

So I’m stopping using it, making a budget each month and withdrawing the cash I can spend each week, just like I did back in 1st year of uni. Food is important but so is saving for a house so…

Four. Caring too much.

In all senses of life. Over-caring if I miss a workout, caring loads about what other people think of me or what I do, caring for people and friendships that aren’t flourishing anymore.

I’m not going to cut people out, but I’m kind of done with extending effort where nothing is returned. If it doesn’t add value to your life, why spend time on it?

This also applies to caring about times I accidentally eat the whole barrel of popcorn.

What are your New Years resolutions for 2017? 

Love, Chloe x



  1. January 30, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    New Year Resolutions aren’t really something I usually do, probably because I worry that I’m only setting myself up to failure. But I also realised that sometimes you need goals to work towards.
    We’re not giving up meat completely, but we’ve switched to fish once a week and vegetarian twice a week this year. It’s better for the environment. And yeah, using contactless sees me spending more. It’s just too easy.
    And I love your idea about not “over-caring”. It’s time to focus on important things and not lose sleep on irrelevant ones.
    Maya | http://londondamsel.co.uk/

    • January 31, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      I know what you mean, it’s good to set some easy, achievable targets! That sounds like a great start to cutting down on meat, hope it’s going well! xxx

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