Happy New Year!
How did you spend yours? We spent it cuddled on the sofa, watching Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix. What a time to be alive! With festivities over and the tree boxed away for another year, I’m ready to sink my teeth into another year that I think might just be pretty darn transformative for me.
I took control of my diary and my spare time and said ‘no’ to anything I didn’t feel attuned to or that I felt would throw me off-piste. I have a tendency to say ‘yes’ to as much as I can and fill my days up to bursting point but I realised I didn’t want that anymore.
I also read, lots. In fact, I surpassed my original Goodreads challenge and ended up amending it and then meeting that goal too! And I brought my lifelong love of books to the blog, launching my ‘Reading List’ series that I’ll be pursuing further this year.
Lastly, I found balance. In work, life, fitness, me time… I feel so content with where my pursuit for balance has taken me so far and am totally embracing more of the same this year.
So, what do I want from 2019?
My big thing is that I really want to be a homeowner this year. I’ll be 28 in March, and if I’m honest, I’d planned to have a place of my own sooner than this but then I had a quarter-life crisis, moved to Hong Kong, upended my entire life and then returned. But here we are, 2019 and finally ready (I think) to spend my life savings on a stylish collective of bricks. As ever, I’ll document the entire process on here.
Next, I want to switch to a plant-based, vegan diet! I’ve been contemplating this for a LONG time and it feels like the right time to do so. Not only will thousands of people be doing the same, if only for a month, for Veganuary, but it seemed like a natural step after following a vegetarian diet and cutting out milk in 2018. I’m so excited to explore a whole world of food.
I’ve been pondering going back to a traditional job for a while and feel it might be the next step for me as I try to buy a house. It’s no secret that my finances have been irregular for the past few years, so I want to get myself in the best possible position. Not to mention I believe it’ll do wonders for my mental health, as working on my own from home for so long has truly had its way on my mind. With all that said, do watch this space for a few little freelance opportunities opening up soon.
I’d also really love to reach 5,000 followers on Instagram. I haven’t even reached 4,000 yet but have some plans in the pipeline to really push IG as a Daisybutter platform of its own. And finally, I’m hoping to pick up calligraphy, with all the tools my friend Kristabel kindly gifted me for Christmas. Bring on the beautiful bullet journal spreads…
Onto what 2019 will look like around here!
Nothing major will be changing on Daisybutter. You’ll still get my thought overspills, travel guides (there’s one coming v. soon!), Sundaze posts and all of that good stuff. But I’ll also be concentrating my efforts on my monthly Reading List and will squeeze some home ownership and interiors posts in too. And over on Instagram, I’ve started a hashtag challenge so we can #seekjanuarymagic together!