HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS! I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of people found 2014 to be a rough year that they’re glad to see the end of. Upon reflection, I must say; I had an absolute rollercoaster with some of the best and worst things of my life occuring in that time… I finished my diploma of design and began my degree, started this here blog, fell into the plus fashion scene and met some truly incredible people – many of whom I now call my friends. But i’ve also had some health issues, my nana suddenly passed away, severe illness in my family, and my band/plan A broke up (and with it, a dear and longterm friendship).
But, life is nothing if not exciting, and as they say; out with the old and in with the new!
I’ve long ago given up making new year “resolutions”, but I still like to take some time to stop and reflect on the things i’ve achieved and learnt, and ask myself what the coming year’s priorities will be. Here’s what i’m thinking:
Stop thinking of myself as “just a fashion blogger”, and think of myself as a writer – I’ve always loved writing and I actually started blogging as a means of spewing forth the contents of my brain and finding a way to catalogue and reconcile these jumping jelly bean thoughts whilst exercising my love for the English vernacular. But, you know, being a design student; I quickly got lost on the path of “making pretty” and the words lost out to the pictures. KOBI: DEY ARE BOTH IMPORTANT, ‘KAY?!
In what may seem kind of contradictory to the above, I also want to become more familiar with pinterest and tumblr (prettttttty pictures). Possibly since the Alternative Curves ball started rolling, I’ve been realising just how many like-minded and inspiring people there actually are in the world – and I want to find them where they be lurking. I believe tumblr and pinterest may have a bunch stashed in their strange and foreign lands.
This year, I really want to try and limit the amount of mass-produced, “fast-fashion” that I buy. I actually don’t think that i’m too bad, given that my main source of clothing is Savers and other thrifted finds. But it can always be better! Especially after becoming friends with some indie designers, i’m really starting to realise how important it is to support small business… especially in the plus fashion market! We can’t bitch about huge chains selling us the same styles over and over again in different fabrics with increasingly poor quality and equally increasing price tags if we don’t actually take a stand and support the people who are trying to provide variety and quality products. Michelle from Glitter in the Dirt recently interviewed the designers behind Chubby Cartwheels and Domino Dollhouse respectively, and it’s a really great read.
With that being said, I do also want to focus on not just recycling, but also upcycling. An awesome blog that focuses on this approach is ReFashionista – although I sometimes despair when she takes plus size/larger sized dresses and tailors them to her small frame. Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the fatties who thrift?!
It’s only been in the last couple of years that i’ve stopped proclaiming my plans to “lose weight” with renewed vigour at the dawning of each January 1st. So it feels kind of weird saying this, but: I need to lose some weight.
But that is not my primary focus, it’s actually getting healthy. As I mentioned, i’ve been having some health issues and it’s absolutely definite that the symptons of which will improve when I lose a bit of weight. So, my priorities are establishing a more well-rounded diet of whole foods, cooking more regularly, listening to my body, and finding ways to be active that I enjoy (otherwise I will not make the effort to fit exercise into my schedule).
Last summer I bought a pair of vintage roller skates off eBay and had them fully pimped with fat/phat outdoor wheels. I haven’t touched them since… *hangs head* BUT – that’s all about to change!
Last but certainly not least is to continue working on my relationships and appreciating my friends to the fullest. This year I will be going away in September for 5/6 months, so before that happens I want to make a big effort to just relax, be in the moment, and hang out with my pals instead of getting swept up in the need to constantly be productive *dun dun dun*.
I don’t wanna make a big deal about it, but if we’re instagram friends you may know i’ve also started seeing someone (my first relationship in 4 years), and I think i’m at the point where i’m ready to share my life with somebody instead of make my life about them and losing my all in them. I guess i’m about to put that readiness to the test. Wish me luck!
Do you make new year resolutions/priorities/goals? Have you blogged them? Link me, please! 🙂