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New Year's Resolutions 2014 — How Did I Do?

Way back at the end of 2013, I made four resolutions for the New Year. I thought it'd be interesting to look back and see if I'd stuck to them, so here goes!


1. Write something every day, even if it's not much.
I've worked out that writing every day, although good in theory, doesn't always work for me. I tend to get more done if I seize the opportunity every time I'm feeling creative, and concentrate on copying up lecture notes, doing background reading, sorting personal admin, and organising whatever needs to be organised when I'm not particularly inspired but still want to get things done. Knowing this has made me more productive.
Achieved? No, but that's okay.

2. Continue to write my blog and improve it.
I feel like I've made a lot of changes to Toasty over the past year. New design, new posting schedule, new ethos (yay going cruelty free!) and a new attitude. I've been taking it all a lot more seriously, while still thoroughly enjoying everything about the blogging process, and I think it shows in my posts. Not everyone will agree, but I'm much happier with my blog than I was this time last year and I'm looking forward to continuing to work on it.
Achieved? Yes

3. Read Jane Austen's books.
Achieved? No. Sorry, Jane.

4. Get work experience.
I did this, and I'm proud of myself, because I'm so bad at putting myself out there. I emailed Marnie, a ghost writer I know back home, and she went above and beyond to help me sort out some experience. I helped her plan a book launch and I helped with editing, and I also did a week at one of my local newspapers, which was really interesting (although I don't think journalism is for me). I did some guest blogging, and, on the advice of one of my tutors, contacted Buzz magazine and ended up writing a book review for them, which you can find on page 43 of their August issue. I got more done than I ever thought I would, which just shows that if you step out of your comfort zone you can get results.
Achieved? Yes    

Two and a half out of four ain't bad. I think, for me, the key with New Year's resolutions is to try and make them do-able. That doesn't mean they have to be unambitious, but breaking them down so that they're realistic is a lot less daunting and easier to stick to  if you remember them! I have to confess, I didn't always have them in mind, but that made it fun to look back and see what I'd written.

What do you think about New Year's Resolutions? Do you make them? Let me know in the comments! 

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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