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A New Start | 2019


I normally don’t like the New Year. I think it’s partly because of the incessant focus on dieting and weight loss that happens in January, and that always makes me feel rubbish. But in 2018 I began to follow a couple of body positivity beauties, and seeing their deconstruction of this toxic industry over the year has really helped me approach 2019 in a different way.

The other thing that I struggle with (not only in January, but throughout the year) is resolutions. I tend to be constantly goal-driven, striving always to get stuff done. This approach isn’t healthy, both physically and mentally. It means that I tend to work/do until I get ill, and as I spend the latter quarter of 2018 recovering from a serious illness, my health is DEFINITELY a priority.

So, for the first time in my life, my goals for 2019 aren’t ‘get healthy’ or ‘lose weight’ or ‘exercise more’, OR ‘work harder’ ‘write more words’ or ‘read more books’. This in itself is a change, a new start.


Instead, I want to continue being me. I want to read books I love, and dream up more stories, and do activities I enjoy, but I don’t want to do that in order to fulfil some nigh on impossible goal that won’t make me happy even if I achieve it. In fact, the only concrete resolution I have is to shop more sustainably and stop buying fast fashion. Other than that, 2019 is business as usual.

I hope you had a fantastic New Year, and a restive festive period (if you celebrate it), and to end this rather vague and rambling blog post on a high, here’s a super cute photo of my two favourite dogs in the world:


7 thoughts on “A New Start | 2019

  1. Happy new year! I feel you on resolutions. On one hand I want to make them, but on the other I don’t want to pressure and stress myself out, especially since I already have a burn-out. Your dogs are ADORABLE. I hope 2019 will be an amazing year for you πŸ™‚

    1. `thank you lovely! Yes, it’s SO easy to stress out over resolutions, and tbh, who needs that in their life! Hope you’re having a great start to the year!

  2. I really hate all the dieting stuff at this time of year too πŸ’œ. I have also decided to not make any proper resolutions or goals this year. LOVE that photo of Stan and Finley 😍
    Amy x

    1. Urgh, it’s the worst. I just read Body Positive Power by @bodyposipower on instagram and it really illuminating how rubbish the whole diet industry is! Happy New Year Amy, hope you’ve had a great first week of Jan!

      1. SPOTIFY was even bombarding me with it last night; like your purpose is to play me music, not imply I’m fat mate πŸ™„.
        Other than that I’ve mostly managed to avoid it this year, hope you have too πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  3. Happy New Year Laura! I love the sentiment you made about wanting to continue being you. It’s the best kind of approach to a new year, sure it’s a great time to reinvent yourself but its sad to see so many people trying to do it overnight and wanting to become someone else. Happy New Year and I adore the photo of the dogs.

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