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Well hello there 2017….

I hope you all had a fab Christmas and New Year? I know what you’re probably thinking; I’m a bit late to the party with this one. The thing is I’ve been in Tenerife and while I was there I got struck down with Faringoamigdalitis (that’s Spanish for Tonsillitis just in case you didn’t know!). I don’t have any tonsils so the realisation that I can still get this horrible illness sucks. I haven’t suffered like this since 2005 just before I had the damn things out!

Anyway, I’m currently on my second batch of antibiotics and hoping that whatever is wrong with me will all be sorted soon. I’m sure I’ve had two different illnesses but there was a language barrier with both doctors that I’ve seen so I don’t really know. As usual Ollie’s been an absolute rock and looked after me while we were away. Being ill ruined our holiday, but we both agreed there’s been so many amazing one’s we were due something bad. They can’t be good all the time. Despite being ill my head’s is in a really good place. What better time to reflect on 2016 and think about my goals for the new year….


Last year I had five New Year’s Resolutions:

(You can read that post here).

  1. Work on myself  by focusing on the good things in life. I had a horrific 2015 where I ended up spending two weeks in an Intensive Care Unit with a close family member who was in a coma. I was so worried I got myself in a right state and ended up with all sorts of problems, including a bad case of acid reflux. I don’t regret any of it as I care about this family member very much but I need to be stronger emotionally. That way I’m in a better position to help those around me. I would say this is still work in progress but I’m getting there slowly. I’ve learnt that life will always throw stuff at us but it’s how we deal with it that counts.
  2. Get fit. I’m pleased to say that I spent quite a lot of time at the gym in 2016 and as a result I’m now a stone lighter than I was last year.
  3. Eat healthily. I’ve always struggled to create balanced meals (often missing out protein) and after changing my ways I’ve majorly turned things around. It’s involved a lot of food prepping but that’s totally worth it in the end.
  4. Cook / bake more. I haven’t really achieved the baking bit if I’m honest. Okay, so I’ve made the odd chocolate fudge cake and a hell of a lot of baked oats. Other than that there hasn’t been much going on. It has to be said that I try and cook most of our meals from scratch, so that’s the cooking bit sorted!
  5. Improve my photography. This is something that I feel I’ve achieved. I made a point of learning how to use the settings on my DSLR and upped my editing game a bit. I have a long way to go but I can see a massive difference in my pics.

So that’s a reflection on last year’s resolutions. Here’s what I’m hoping to achieve in 2017:

Up my Blogging Game

Some things don’t change and I still love blogging more than ever. But now’s the time to up my game. I was looking at my Instagram a few months ago (you can follow me here: @CarlySusanne) and I realised that it wasn’t really representative of my life. Obviously I love beauty products as I’ve lived and breathed them since day dot. But I’m really passionate about other things too. For example, I spend most of my time at the beach. Just in case you’re wondering my local beach is Sandbanks and it’s my favourite place in the world. Looking at my pics it seemed strange that I spend most of my time somewhere, yet on the blog it’s nowhere to be seen! So from now on I’m upping my blogging game and injecting loads more personality. I want you guys to see what my life is really like.

Worry Less

As a self-confessed sufferer of anxiety I worry a lot. Some of you may know that I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder in 1999 and had CBT for it in 2007. I pretty much have it under control now, especially the panic attacks. But I still seem to worry about anything and everything. Having a New Year’s Resolution to worry less is probably the biggest joke going. Still, it’s something I want to try and achieve. Ollie bought me a new book for Christmas and it’s called ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K’ (click here to view!). It’s not about overcoming anxiety but I have a feeling that it’s going to help me learn to worry a lot less!

Focus on the People that Really Matter

I have a really good bunch of friends and family and I don’t spend anywhere near enough time with them. In 2017 I want to make sure this changes. Sadly, my nan has cancer (and dementia) and just before Christmas she was given months to live. I’m definitely going to be spending a lot of time with her (damn you tonsillitis for stopping me at the mo). I’m also hoping to go and visit a few friends and relatives abroad. Ollie is half Dutch so Holland is definitely on the top of our list. I would also love to meet up with another family member in Spain. Watch this space! (I have a travel tab on this blog you know. Just saying).

Look After my Own Happiness

Life is what we make it and that includes our own happiness. If something or someone is making us feel bad, then it’s okay not to be cool with that. We can’t control everything that happens or how others behave. But there’s a saying which goes something like ‘you only get treated how you allow yourself to be treated’. This is so very true. I’m someone that will look at the bigger picture and take everyone’s feelings in to consideration before I act. This often leads to putting others well-being before my own. I’ll never stop caring about the people around me, as that’s just who I am. But it’s important to remember that I count too. From now on I’m going to look after my own happiness as well!

Can you relate to anything I’ve written today? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments box below. 

Happy New Year guys!

Carly x

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  • These are great resolutions and hope you have a great year!

    • Thanks Katherine. I hope you have a great year too! xx

  • Hi Carly,
    Glad to hear that you are feeling better and have recovered.
    I love both of your resolutions, the ones from the last year, especially regarding #1. I guess I look at it in a similar way, life will always throw stuff at us. A friend recently told me that all what we can do is work on the way we react to it. These days I’m asking myself often: So what exactly is going on in this particular moment? How does it FEEL? Where do I feel it? Can I even zoom out of my body and look at it from above? .. 🙂
    I also like the first point on your list for this year!! I love love love reading posts which share a personal story.
    Have a wonderful weekend and please let me know if you are in London sometime so we can grab a coffee and chat about blogging and life… 😉
    xx finja |

    • Oh yes a coffee and chat would be fab! I’ll def let you know if I’m ever about. Thank you so much! : ) xxxx

  • So sorry to hear about your Nan. I definitely agree with these – I need to put more effort into my friendships which can be hard when you’re at uni like me.xx

    Lucy x |

    • Thank you. Ah yes, uni is such a busy time! I practically cut myself off from the world when I was studying! X

  • Looking after your own happiness and focusing on the people that matter are great resolutions! Wishing you the best year!

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  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    I would love to improve my photography skills too! Your resolutions are very motivating. Thank you so much for sharing them hun <3
    xx, Carmen –

  • Happy New Year, Carly! Sorry to hear you are unwell but hope you’re on the mend soon. WIshing you the very best of luck with all of your goals! xx


    • Thanks. Happy New Year to you too. I’m still on anti-biotics but feeling so much better than I was. Xx

  • I hope you achieve all your goals this year and more! Happy new year and good luck!


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  • Caitlin

    Congrats on losing the weight! Great post 🙂

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  • Meaghan

    Great post Carly! I can completely relate to what you said about looking after your own happiness. It is so important to put yourself first from time to time. Xo