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achievable new years resolutions, reflections & goals for 2015


‘Expect nothing, appreciate everything’.  River Island bringing out the deep and meaningful quotes on their tshirts!  This one was a Christmas pressie from my auntie and uncle.  Good choice for me!  Seems like a very New Years appropriate quote anyway.  It’s maybe going against the grain to talk about going into the new year without expectations, but that’s kind of my thoughts for 2015, in some way.  Not gonna get too hung up on what I want to happen.  Plenty has changed in my life this past year (and more changes to come shortly, too) with leaving school, starting at college and meeting loads of new people and stuff, and I’m fully anticipating that this coming year will be very busy and all over the place!  Hence not going OTT on expectations.

I may or may not have searched ‘new year blog ideas’ on Pinterest.  This sparkly image caught my eye, and I clicked through to find a list of the top most googled phrases related to New Years’ Resolutions, most of which are fairly predictable!  Losing weight, saving money, that kind of thing.  It’s funny how we all seem to automatically set similar goals; like the new year brings out this vibe that we’ll suddenly be more interested in certain stuff than we were before.  Ever seen an empty gym in January?  All new years goals are essentially variations on a theme, so I thought I’d sift through the list and share my own ideas on the stereotypical (and the more peculiar) google searches.

‘How to lose weight’ – ‘Lose weight’ – ‘Get fit’ – ‘How to exercise’ – ‘How to eat healthier’ – ‘Get a six pack’… You get the gist.  It’s by far the most common one!

My personal fitness related goals aren’t so definitive, as I’m not starting anything new.  I already exercise plenty and eat relatively healthy most of the time, so I think I’m doing ok.  Doesn’t mean I haven’t any healthy goals though!  Strangely, I enjoyed my ‘shred week‘ earlier in December and want to make sure I have quite a few weeks eating as clean as possible, if only to appreciate the treats more.  I’m not daft enough to believe that I’d be able to keep it up long-term, and I don’t want to be that strict on myself all the time either – just once in a while.  So as far as health goes, I’m just gonna keep doing my best and pushing myself when I can.  Of course I’m jumping on the January bandwagon and launch straight into it though, cause why not!

In regards to working out, I’m already fairly active and probably couldn’t fit more in time-wise, so my resolution is to make better use of the same amount of time.  For my home workouts I nearly always use Fitnessblender, Blogilates or Jillian Michaels vids (recently PopSugar Fitness too, but I’ve only just started theirs), and they’re great.  Problem is, I spend far too much time choosing which video to do, and then changing my mind halfway through, and searching for more videos, because I’m too reliant on having someone else tell me what to do.  When I go to the gym, I make up my own workouts, but for some reason when I’m at home I always hit Youtube or Pinterest out of habit.  And we all know how much of a time suck those two can be!  I should just make up my own stuff more.  Do what I feel like; I know which exercises are good for what (for me) and have an idea how many reps I should do, etc.  Motivation to keep going might be harder without Kelli, Cassey or Jillian to shout me through it, but there’s no point kidding myself that deliberating over which video to do actually counts as exercise!  Thinking about it, I should probably just follow a program.  That would make more sense.  Anybody know of any January challenges going around?  Follow programs, or just trust myself.  There are my fitness resolutions.


L-R: 1, 2, 34, 5

‘How to save money’ etc. came up a few times too.  Last year I said I wanted to be wiser with money and I think I’ve done alright, and don’t really have specific goals about this topic other than just keep doing my best not to spend unnecessarily!  Make the best use of student discount 😉

‘Learn to knit’ was on the list; must say I’ve got that one well and truly covered.

As for my bloggy goals for 2014, I think I did fairly well in hitting them.  Having an equivalent(ish) blog post to look back on from last year means it’s easy to keep track!  From last year’s list:

– Attend blogger events/meetups.  I met up with the lovely Alice over summer and have seen a couple of other bloggers out and about too (read: I’ve recognised girls and gone to say hiiiii); didn’t have the chance to go to many events/meetups as such but that’s just one to carry forward into 2015.

– Collaborate with a small company.  Done!  This year I’ve been incredibly lucky and had the chance to work with Warehouse, French Connection, GettingPersonal, Wool & The Gang and Michael Kors.  Blogging isn’t all about the brand collaborations and that side of things (at least for me it isn’t, anyway) but it’s nice to know that your opinions and presentation are valued in a way that brands would like their products to appear on your site.

– Get to know more of you guys, and better.  Definitely done!  Twitter’s the main place for this and I’ve joined probably hundreds of chats this year and chatted to loads of you guys other times too.  Without even meeting half the people I tweet, I feel like we know each other so well.  Also, to the people that have stopped by so often and taken the time to leave many thoughtful comments, thank you so so much!  It honestly makes me so happy to read and reply to every single one.  It’s the fact that you’ve actually enjoyed reading, commented, and have stuck around!  Thank youuuu!  These kinds of reflective posts really do bring out the emotional side don’t they?

– Vary my blog content more.  Also done, I think!  I said that I’d like to share my thoughts on more random things, and if the topics I’ve covered haven’t been random then I don’t know what is.  My November Writing Challenge was probably the best example of this (talked about all sorts of drivel in that one) but others throughout the year have been much more varied too.

– Gain bloglovin followers.  Thank you to everybody that’s followed me!  As I type there are 498 of you that’ve clicked the follow button.  Statistics and counts aren’t everything, but they’re one way of knowing that you must be doing something right. 

And this year’s list:

Have more of a plan.  At the minute I don’t tend to know what I’m gonna do many (if any) posts in advance; I’m quite spontaneous with what I write.  Well, I knew I was gonna write a christmassy kind of post around christmas and a resolutions kind of post for new year (duh), but I don’t normally have any fixed ideas or a schedule as such.  This works great for me most of the time, however when I’ve a particularly busy week and haven’t managed to get photos or something, I find myself a bit stuck.  Bloggers’ block, it’s a real thing!  I think having more of a system of sorts, maybe a series or something, might help me to be a bit more consistent.  If I want to up my bloggy game this year, organised is how it’s gonna have to be because Lily is a very busy girl already!

Complete more blogging challenges.  I really enjoyed my November one where I had a question/prompt for each day, and I’d like to maybe try something similar again, or a completely different style.  Who knows.

Make my blog prettier.  Right now my theme is quite simple – which is good – but there are a few tweaks I’d like to make to the layout.  Making things easier to find, for starters!  Do any of you have any thoughts on changes you’d like to see?  I’m open to suggestions!


L-R: 1, 23, 4, 5, 67, 8, 9, 1011, 12, 13, 14.

It’s been quieter on the crafty front this year than others but my mum and I have still made quite a few items between us!  The purple turtleneck I had on the needles in November is still on the needles, but I CANNOT FIND IT ANYWHERE.  So annoying.  It’s pretty much finished too!  Idk if it’s accidentally been thrown out amongst rubbish over Christmas or if I’m just being an idiot and it’s somewhere really obvious, but that’s why it’s not blogged, anyway.


There have been lots of outfit posts this year haha!  This isn’t even them all.  Left to right, top to bottom: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 78, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 1415, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,… 22, 23, 24, 25, 26.

If you’ve made it up to here, well done!  What are your realistic goals for 2015?

lily kate x
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  • Reply
    30th December 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Loved this post! I want to get fitter in the New Year as well and will hopefully be rejoining the gym! I love your fitness posts they’re so motivational. I’d also love to attend more blogger meetups and have some more blogger friends. And I also agree with followers! They’re a great confidence boost! I hope you achieve all your goals for the new year!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

    • Reply
      lily kate
      30th December 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you Jordan! Really glad you like my fitness posts. Defo want to attend more meetups this year!
      I hope you achieve all of yours too! <3

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    30th December 2014 at 2:23 pm

    It’s really interesting to read all of this, hope you have a happy New Year!
    Hannah x

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      lily kate
      30th December 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you Hannah!
      Happy New year!

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    Sarah Mullaney
    30th December 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I’m glad you were able to achieve so many of your 2014 resolutions- so many people (i.e. ME) make loads and don’t stick to them haha :p I’ve only been to one blogger meet up but it was so great getting to meet new people- especially those whose blog you’ve read! I was wondering if you would like to exchange emails? I’ve been following your blog for a while now and thought it would be cool to start emailing 🙂 Oh and I meant to say I hope you have a Happy New Year!!

    Sarah xxx

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      lily kate
      30th December 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Sarah! That’s why I’ve not made any extreme goals haha; no way in a million years I’d stick to them! I’d love to exchange emails! I reply to comments in emails too so there’s a start 😀 I’ve been reading your blog for a while too!
      Happy New Year!

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    30th December 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I hope you have an incredible new year, I loved reading about your goals and achievements as I find it very motivational. Part of me wants to share my goals, but then the other part wants to keep them private to see if I can push myself through self motivation in 2015! I can not wait to see your blog grow next year!

    Love Lucy x


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      lily kate
      31st December 2014 at 11:43 am

      Thanks Lucy! Go for it, share them! I just thought that I wouldn’t write them anywhere or even think about them again if I didn’t blog my goals, hence the long rambly post haha.
      Happy new year to you too!

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    Heather McKnight
    30th December 2014 at 9:33 pm

    some lovely goals here, the best of luck with all your resolutions! Thanks for sharing your link in tonights twitter chat!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

    • Reply
      lily kate
      31st December 2014 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Heather! Twitter chats are the best for finding people aren’t they!

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    31st December 2014 at 4:12 am

    Happy new year Lily!! I liked looking at your sum-up and photos. I forgot this was the year of the crochet outfits debut! That is new! I hope you achieve your goals or manage to incorporate them into your routine. I think it is best not to go all micro managed goal setting at the new year too.

    As for me, I have turned up a January cure, apartment therapy type of guide inmy internet searches that seems quite interesting. Basically it involves tidying up and organizing, for the better, one’s living or work space. That could be something to work on. Be neater? I am kind of messy and my house looks like an anarchist’s hideout. Fitness too. I think I need to up my fitness game, but I know I won’t go to a gym. I want to try some adult ballet classes though. My daughters are getting quite serious about it and I have spent many hours waiting backstage and outside classrooms, best to check it out for myself. And I want to finish my doctorate this year too. Maybe I should add some knitting goals to that list? Like knit Lily K.’s patterns! Yeah!!

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      lily kate
      31st December 2014 at 11:49 am

      Happy new year Max! Hopefully next year will have more crochet outfits too! I think I’d just set myself up for failure if I went OTT on goals; better keeping them realistic.
      Sounds like fab goals! I’m a messy person too haha, although every now and then I cannot focus at all until I’m in a clear space. I probably won’t go to a gym very often either, hence the home workout goals. Go for it with ballet! Our classes are so much fun – it’s a social thing as well as fitness for me.
      Finishing your doctorate is a pretty big goal! Good luck!

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    Noor Unnahar
    31st December 2014 at 12:08 pm

    This phrase on your tshirt is so spot on. Expect nothing! I think I’ve indulged it in my new year’s goals. To work by yourself and not expecting a tiny help spark from anybody else.
    I love your knitting. You’re so talented. So many good wishes for your new year girl x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 4:51 pm

      It’s a brilliant one isn’t it Noor! I’ll be wearing it lots 😀 Best not to have any expectations that rely on others.
      Thank you so much! I finally found the lost knitting project so have that to share now!
      Belated Happy New Year to you too 😀

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    Ellie Adams
    31st December 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I absolutely loved this post Lily. I’ve literally just posted a similar post to this (minus the exercise part, that New years resolution is never going to happen 😉 )

    I couldn’t agree with your blog aims any more. Working with brands is a huge aim for me next year, do you happen to have any posts talking about how that come about hun? Congrats anyway. So glad I found your blog this year, will be following you achieve those aims for your blog next year too 🙂


    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I’m really glad you liked it Ellie! I haven’t any posts on the topic specifically (I haven’t wanted to sound conceited!) but I’m happy to share 🙂 Most of the brands I’ve worked with have contacted me through a PR agency (one or two directly) but I’m signed up to lots of blogger outreach programs too. I’ve read time and time again that bloggers can actively contact brands asking about working together but I’ve had very little success doing so so far. Maybe it just works differently for everyone.
      I’m so glad I found your blog too! I always love reading 😀

  • Reply
    31st December 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Sounds like you have had a successful year! I really need to up my working out this year! Have a lovely NYE xx


    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 5:05 pm

      It has been a good one yes! Lots of luck 😀 Thank you!
      Happy New Year 🙂

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    Jasmin Charlotte
    31st December 2014 at 5:55 pm

    This is a great reflection! I have very similar blog goals, I want to get my design and photos sorted and just continue to love it into 2015. I am totally the same when it comes to work out videos and stuff as well, it takes me so long to pick, I definitely need to work on that. I hope you have a fabulous 2015 – your blog is lovely 🙂 x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you Jasmin! That’s what I want too; to improve my blog but not change it to the extent that I don’t love it anymore.
      I need to stop wasting time in general basically!
      Thanks again 😀

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    1st January 2015 at 10:40 pm

    The only resolution I have for 2015 is to drink a lot of water. When I do drink more water, I eat better and I don’t have as many headaches, so I don’t know why I’m so bad at it currently.

    Good luck planning your own exercise! I have the same problem with searching through videos and not actually doing them haha.

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      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 5:09 pm

      I need to do that too! I realise at the end of the day that I’ve barely drank any and it’s really not good.
      Searching for exercises to do is the best form of procrastination isn’t it haha! I’m just so indecisive.

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    Matthew Pike
    2nd January 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Well you don’t always need to go in with a set plan, somethings things flow and you’re opened up to all sorts of new tasks even when you’re not looking for them. As long as you stay positive and believe in your skills, you’re be just fine! Should be a good year.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Exactly, hence not making too many fixed goals! I’ll accumulate a whole list of mini goals as I go along that I don’t even know about yet.
      Here’s to a good year!

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    2nd January 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Love this post – you have defo inspired me to get fitter! Your bod is amazing! I am jealous!!

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      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Aw that makes me really happy to have inspired you! Thank you very much 😀 I need to get myself back in shape after Christmas haha!

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      lily kate
      7th January 2015 at 8:37 am

      You’re welcome; your post was very helpful! Thank you!

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