Dear Diary

Hello 2016

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After almost a week of rest and regeneration, I’m finally feeling up to facing 2016 with everything I’ve got. January is practically made for self-improvement and new goals, and though 2015 wasn’t my favourite year on record it certainly taught me a lot about myself and where I’d like to be next.

Protect your magic // I’ve been hesitant about this one for awhile, but I think it’s finally time to embrace it based on recent life lessons. I’ve always loved how easily I trust, how strongly I love, and how much I throw myself into new experiences, but sadly I think the best thing I could do moving forward is to learn to be a bit more guarded. Giving away your magic feels wonderful until you have nothing but a few specks of glitter left for yourself, and I think I need to teach myself to only give what I receive back. To read more about the art movement that’s inspired me, click here.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover // For a long time I was too busy to make time for one of my favourite things: learning. From watching documentaries to devouring books, I used to love to soak up new information like a sponge, and I’m really seriously invested in bringing that hunger back to my life. Also, podcasts! Any recommendations?

Go green // I don’t know what happened, but I used to eat so much healthier not long ago. These days I survive on a diet of mostly cheese, simple carbs, and sugar, which may look cute in photos but honestly, it does NOT feel good. Effective immediately I’m going to cut back on the diary and sugar, and work towards a mainly plant-based diet. I’ll be sure to share any new favourite recipes here!

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Snuff out the smoke // Very few of you know this because I never ever bring it up online, but I’ve smoked on and off for years. It always used to be just a casual social thing, but recently it’s become much more of a habit than I care to admit. I’m hoping to stop completely by the end of February, and in the meantime I’d love any tips you might have!

Run for it // Nothing in the world makes me feel more strong and totally free than a good run, in fact I always joke I run my best when I’m dealing with some form of emotional trauma. I want to work morning jogs into my daily routine instead of just sporadically when I’m feeling too sad to function.

6 comments

  • So cute, love your jumpsuit and great resolutions
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • Running helped me quit smoking. I was training for my first half marathon, and eventually cigarettes stopped sounding/tasting good. I replaced an unhealthy addiction with a healthy one and after smoking for ten years, I’ve been completely smoke-free for four years with no cravings. Best of luck, you can do it!

  • Switching to a mostly plant based diet was the best thing I’ve ever done. I honestly ate EVERYTHING before and could not see myself eating any other way than no rules all the time. Then I read the book Whole by Colin T. Campbell. Game changer. It also helps that you feel amazing when you quit putting processed crap in your body. No more smoking and I barely drink once a week. Such a difference!

    Also, for podcasts:
    Well/Aware Show
    Being Boss
    One Part Podcast
    Happier with Gretchen Rubin
    Invisibilia
    …to name a few.

    • And of course, the best of luck with all you resolutions! You seem like you’ve got a lot of wonderful going on right now!

  • I smoked for about 11 years and I have tried nicotine spray, champix, cold turkey, e-cigs…alot of shit. I read Allen Carr’s Easyway To Quit Smoking, and no joke, i quit, no problem. Honestly, read the book. I don’t know what it is about it, maybe it’s just because it teaches you to view smoking differently, but it worked, and I know it has worked for a lot of people. Worth a shot.

    • Thanks for the tip, I’ll definitely give that a try if I find myself slipping.

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