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Happy New Year! And, yes, this is going to be one of those highly cliche 'NEW YEAR, NEW ME' posts but hopefully I won't bore you to death.

Since we last spoke, I've been going through a bit of a battle with myself and my personal life, and as part of the new year I'm hoping to bounce back from that and get into the swing of all the things I love doing once more, with blogging as my main priority. There are probably going to be a few changes around here; me actually posting being one of them! I'm also going to scrap having a set post day for now, as it became stressful very quickly. I'd also like to do more than one post per week but we'll have to see about that one!

As most people do at this time of year, I have written a few resolutions that I'm hoping will make me a little happier which I decided to share here as a way of making me follow through with them!

  1. Do more photography. I LOVE taking photos, whether it be of friends and family or going on a walk to take pretty landscape photos like the one above. Now I have a new camera (Nikon D5200) I'm hoping to use it a lot more than I did my last one, and really expand my techniques too.
  2. Write more. This one's pretty obvious, considering I abandoned my blog for so long. I also really enjoy writing little bits of poetry or fiction of sorts, so I'd like to get a lot more of that done this year. I've already started thinking of ideas for little stories and more blog posts so I hope it pays off!
  3. Read more. I neglect reading way more than I should. Whether it be blogs, the piles of brand new books I buy, or just the newspaper I really don't read as much as I'd like to. This year I really want to set aside some time to just lose myself in a good book every now and again.
  4. Take care. It's sad but true that I often find myself overlooking what I need in favour of making sure others are okay. As a rule I put those I care about before myself, but recently I've realised how bad it is for me. I've always thought putting myself first was selfish, but I'm becoming to see how it's also quite necessary. So, please, don't feel bad to put yourself first and take care of your feelings over others. You only get one body and one mind so take care of them! This includes saying NO to anything you don't want to do/feel up to doing, no matter how bad you feel about it, and cutting out people who don't necessarily make you happy anymore. Be good to yourself.
  5. Go new places and try new things. As an anxious and maybe even fragile person, I tend not to stray out of my comfort zone very often. Some people who know me would argue "But Molly, you went to London alone! That's such an adventurous thing to do!" but unbeknownst to them, I feel so at ease and comfortable in London that it was no big deal for me. I return to the places I know, and do things I've done before, so this year I want to change that. I want to be adventurous and force myself out of my comfort zone completely. I want to do things I've never done before and go to new corners of the country and, quite frankly, I can't wait to get started.
I hope you enjoyed that little insight into where my mind's at right now! I'll (hopefully) speak to you again soon. Happy January!

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