So often in the New Year people have similar New Year Resolutions – like losing weight, go to the gym every morning before work, meet friends every week etc. and in truth I personally have found that when I try and do a resolution that can take up a large amount of time in my already busy life I then struggle to complete the Resolution and then I end up feeling bad about it. So how about this year – you make a different kind of New Year’s Resolution – to try a minimum of one new thing a month.
Now this can be anything from calling a friend on Skype for the first time to making a new recipe to trying a new restaurant to trying a new skill or workshop. By committing to do a more realistic goal it will not disrupt your day to day life and you can look forward to the new experience which in itself will enrich your life. I will still be making goals for the New Year but I treat these differently. To keep track of this I will be writing down my monthly bucket list on the blog at the start of each month and I am very excited to get started.
I tried this resolution in 2015 and it has really worked for me – this year I have done things like; Gone to Glastonbury, attended my first blogger event (and then got addicted and have been to many this year!), went to Father Ted’s House, cooked the world’s best casserole (lol not sure my other half would agree.. ), tried lasagne for the first time, went to a football match among other things. All of these things were new and some not very exciting – but the point was to try them. And another thing I tried was a refashioning workshop with Sligo Blogger Modafix as part of Sligo Design Week.
Triona is the talent behind Modafix and is actually also a blogger from Sligo. She is fashionable by nature and just has that eye for detail and style that not everyone has. Her blog showcases this and is style focused whereas mine is certainly a bit more lifestyle though one love that we share is that of Irish Design and promoting local talent where possible. If you do get a chance I would certainly advice you to check out her website and be inspired.
Refashioning is all about up-cycling old clothes and jewelary and creating something new. Basically fashion something differently or again. We all have clothes that we don’t wear that often or jewellary that we don’t wear – this is the perfect option to change them into something that you will love to wear and show people, and it certainly is a conversation starter to have made your own item of clothing.
The actual event that I went to was held in the delicious Sweet Beats Cafe and it was a lot of fun. Triona is a great teacher and it was definitely something different for many of us attending but at the end everyone there came out smiling – proud of their creations and learned a new skill. I especially loved making these DIY T-Shirt Chains and have made two since.
I was quite nervous going into the class as I didn’t know what it would be like (oh and did I mention that I had never even used a sewing machine!) before but at the end I left feeling creative and motivated. If you are nervous about going to a new class or trying something new know that more than likely so is everyone else and I think it’s important to remember that in essence most people are lovely and you will find someone to talk and laugh with when you get there.
Let me know what your New Year’s resolutions are or do you avoid them altogether? xx