Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year! Goals for 2015

Friday, 2 January 2015


I'm not one to make New Year's Resolutions usually but over the past year I've been more proactive in setting myself personal goals and working towards achieving them. I found Fiona's recent post on her goals for 2015 here particularly inspiring and I've made a few personal goals for this year. I thought I'd share my beauty and hair related goals for 2015 in this post.

Healthier diet. 
Diet-related New Year's resolutions are always popular, some might say they're a cliché. I have no real issues with how my body looks and I have no desire to lose any weight but my diet currently is pretty dire. I don't think it's ever been good as I'm addicted to chocolate (I have it every single day) and I seem to love all the stuff that's 'bad' for you. I'm positive my poor diet has been impacting on my sleep (or lack of), affecting my concentration, the look of my skin and general health. My intention is to eat cleaner - so more raw, unprocessed food and drink - but I won't give up the bad stuff completely.

Clearer skin. 
I feel like I've been chasing the dream of clear skin since my early teens. I'm always getting monthly breakouts but recently my skin has been awful and I've had to rely more and more on heavy duty concealer to cover my cystic spots (those nasty ones right under the skin), increased redness and the resulting scarring and pigmentation. I think my diet and lack of water has been affecting my skin a lot so I'm hoping changing these things will help clear my skin. I also intend to be more rigorous with what I put on my skin by looking towards more natural products. I also want to get rid of my remaining DPN as my skin improved vastly last March when I had my first treatment of Advanced Electrolysis (more info on this here).

Better organisation.
Despite blogging for over 2 years, I still don't have a set way of how I plan and write posts. My work-life has to be organised, and I have pretty pressured deadlines that I have to stick to and I guess as a result I've enjoyed having a more relaxed approach to my blog. Posts that aren't pre-planned tend to work well for me however, during 2014 my 'off-the-cuff' style of blogging was really affected by 'real-life' stuff. My goal is to be more organised which should hopefully lead to better content.

Cut hair (gradually). 
When I started this blog I had a clear-cut set of hair goals which I have now achieved. Most of them were length related but now all I can think about is cutting my hair short, which almost seems counterproductive. Goals of course can always change, but many friends have pointed out that I might hate the result after chopping off all my hair. I think I'm itching for change from what's been a long 'transition'. To give a little background, I'm currently growing out my bone straight relaxed hair. My hair now reaches my waist but only about 3-4 inches at the top is how I want my hair to look (it's still relaxed but to a lesser degree known as texlaxing) and much closer in texture to my naturally curly hair. Cutting my ends off is inevitable but my aim is to keep gradually chopping off my ends instead of a dramatic cut. Hopefully this will satisfy my need for a haircut whilst also allowing me to keep enough length to do my favourite hairstyles.

What are some of your goals for 2015?

Lesley x

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  1. Great Goals
    *Besos*
    http://www.cmichellestyles.com

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  2. My goals are the same as yours! Apart from my hair, which I'm trying to grow to mid back length! I am also going vegan, drastic I know but I'm hoping that it will help my hair and my skin to improve as well as my all round health.
    Good luck with your goals and all the best for 2015 :)

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    1. Thank you Portia. Good luck with going Vegan! :) x

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  3. Thanks for linking Fionas post it was very insightful! and I think youve got some great goals here that you can definitely achieve! Better blog organisation is on my list of things to accomplish too! Hope it all goes well, Happy 2015! x

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  4. Blog schedules are overrated! I have one---I rarely follow it---and most of my FAVE posts are the ones that I write off the cuff. I love your blog so I say---keep doing what you're doing chica!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

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    1. Thanks KLP! I definitely like taking a more casual approach to my blog but worry sometimes I don't post enough due to lack of time :/ x

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  5. I definitely feel you with when it comes to eating healthier and drinking more water. Diets don't always have to be about losing weight. If it makes you feel any better, I'm pretty sure that daily consumption of chocolate is good for your heart. (In moderation of course!) lol.

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    1. I probably eat way too much chocolate for it to be good for me! I definitely need to have it in moderation x

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  6. I should really have added 'cut my hair' in my goals, am so attached to my bone straight ends but they are no good. Love your goals, happy new year and all the best!

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    1. Thank you Yvonne, Happy New Year! I'm attached to my ends too but they really could do with being chopped off x

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  7. I'm trying to refocus on my blog and better blog management. You look as flawless as always.

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  8. Good luck on your goals! Why not try a wig to curb the desire for a change...that's what an e-friend did and loved it. But, I have to be honest, she loved it so much that she eventually cut her waist length hair to a bob. Your skin is clear and looks great...I see no acne breakouts. But, I get what you mean about chasing the dream of clear skin. I'm always chasing that dream.

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    1. Thanks Jay. I bought a half wig this time last year hoping that would stop me wanted to cut my hair short and I've worn it twice! My breakouts tend to sit right under the skin so the bumps aren't always visible but they can be pretty painful and eventually come to the surface which always leaves me with a lot of scarring unfortunately x

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  9. A healthier diet and clearer skin are part of my goals as well. I also plan to micro-trim to get the last of my bone straight ends and improve thickness. Wishing you success with your goals this year!

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    1. A micro-trim sounds like a good idea Andrea, I might need to try that instead of a full trim. Good luck with your goals too! x

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  10. Happy new year ! Healthier diet is at the top of my list. I ate so much fast food last year I'm embarrassed. Definitely more home cooked healthier meals.

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    1. Me too! Home cooking is definitely the way forward! x

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  11. Love the goals you listed! I am sure you will do amazing in reaching all of them. By the way, you always look so beautiful!

    xx,
    Kuyeek

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  12. Your goals are certainly attainable, good luck. Cheers to a wonderful 2015

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  13. I'm with you there on the healthier diet. Have a great 2015 xx

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  14. Happy New Year Lesley!

    Ditto on the healthy diet for 2015
    -Yinka A.

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