My last post talked about my very specific travel goals for the UK and analysed how my travel resolutions for 2018 turned out. This post is about my resolutions for 2019 and is not genre specific so covers fashion, travel, blogging and general life.
1. Read 100 books
Now this is a big one. I didn’t read too much last year and realised how much it stresses me out. As long as I am reading I am calm – which DJ finds really unnerving. He is not used to me being very calm. I am doing really well so far this year and have read some fantastic books. I would recommend these books which I read recently and if you are a reader you can check me out on Goodreads to see what else I am reading and my favourite reads.
• Lullaby by Leila Slimani
• Normal People by Sally Rooney
• His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
• The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
• The Only Story by Julian Barnes
100 books in a year is quite a stretch but whats a goal if not a challenge? And honestly, this is not a challenge I mind too much.
2. Blog regularly – atleast 1 post every Monday
If you missed my previous post detailing all the changes happening on Fashion and Frappes, take a look. This is a biggie too especially since I am not sure how much either Satarupa or Bidisha will have time to pitch in. But I have so many ideas – its only the time for execution is what I struggle with!
3. Start my flying lessons
I went for a flying experience last year with the aim of doing some flying lessons eventually. I am so looking forward to this!
4. Pass my driving test
I have been taking driving lessons for what seems like eternity. DJ totally blackmailed me into this by dangling road trips around the Amalfi coast in front of my eyes – and I need to know how to drive for this to happen.
5. Visit at least 5 new countries
This probably sounds crazy to some people but if you live in Europe visiting 5 new countries is not exactly impossible. My aim is also to be a little open and maybe travel to colder countries which I don’t usually prefer. Although except my weekend trip mentioned below I haven’t planned a single trip to a country I haven’t already been to. Lets see how this works out!
6. Take at least 6 weekend trips
I am super organised about travel and holidays. I have already planned our first weekend trip to Finland where I have never been so quite excited about that. I also find it is very important to book a holiday after coming back home from India just to keep my spirits up!
7. Visit 1 exhibit a month
I finally restarted my Art Pass subscription this year and couldn’t be more excited. If you haven’t heard of the Art Pass – its a subscription you pay about £60 (or even less) for a year which gives you discounted or free entrance to exhibits all over the UK. I regularly visit the V&A and some other museums but plan to check out a new exhibit once a month. Exhibits like these are one of the best and most fun way to learning new things. If you live in London and enjoy visiting museums check out the Art Pass. My favourite museums are V&A, the Design Museum, the Fashion and Textile Museum and Courtauld Gallery.
8. Go for 1 show / play a month
I recently went for a play called War of the Worlds in the Diorama Theatre in Victoria as a reviewer for the Live Review website. I think I had forgotten how much I enjoy watching plays. I am not a movie person but love watching plays. This will hopefully be an easy one to accomplish since I hope to do regular reviews for Live Review. What I really enjoy is watching plays in small, lesser known theatres in London since they are so underrated! Most of the shows we have seen in smaller theatres in London have been fantastic. They are so much cheaper than the famous ones but just as enjoyable.
9. Shop only cruelty free beauty products and toiletries
I honestly wasn’t sure if I should include this since this is what I am a little worried about follow through. But the best way to ensure accountability is to tell you guys! I have been mostly shopping cruelty free for the last 5 – 6 months in most areas but in some cases its been a little challengeing – in areas I did not really consider before going creulty free. I would urge everyone to make this their goal in 2019. I will keep you updated about my progress on this.
10. Stop shopping fast fashion
It feels good to say it – the last time I shopped fast fashion was in June or July last year when I bought this skirt.
In fact that was the last item I shoppped (although DJ bought me a dress for our anniversary in August). I plan to do a shopping audit this year as well where I can analyse how this went so look out for that!
Let me know about your new year resolutions and which ones do you think you will struggle with the most? I am just back from India and its going to take me some time to get into the swing of things here – its back to the grind!
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