After what seemed to be the longest, dullest, and most freezing winter, spring is finally just round the corner! Without meaning to sound too cliché, the start of a new season is the perfect time to give yourself another chance, and stick all those New Year resolutions you wrote down at the start of January. Let’s face it, the majority of us didn’t start going to the gym every morning at 6am, nor did we cut back on those naughty weekend takeaways.
For me the start of a new season, doesn’t just mean the start of a new wardrobe (although that is always a bonus). A new start means two things– CLEAR OUT & PLAN AHEAD.
March is one of my favourite months, its the month to pull out your entire wardrobe, draws, everything and start sorting through all your items of clothing. *Top Tip* lay each item on the bed, and organise them into neat piles. Then really start to go through them, its a chance to clear out some clothes and even use websites like Depop and Ebay to make some money from it! More space, more money… double bonus!
It is also a chance to pack away those huge thick winter coats, and bring out some of the lighter, brighter clothing. I mean, if you’re like me and live in the UK, maybe packing away all super warm clothing is wishful thinking… but you can certainly have a bit of a move around. For me, spring is all about layering! It’s a chance to wear those lovely thick jumpers under light weight jackets, e.g. denim jackets, bomber jackets, leather jackets. You can bring out those lovely cropped trousers and even attempt to wear shoes other than the boots and trainers we have all lived in since October.
Another huge part of March for me is tackling that UNDERWEAR DRAW– yes that draw that gets neglected. Pull everything out and and have a real look, if you can’t even remember when you bought those knickers, tights and socks, should they really be in there? I try to have a clear out every 6 months. Socks with holes in… come on, they’ve got to go, white knickers that are now a suspicious shade of grey? yep. GONE. tights you never ever wear because they slip down, just do yourself a favour and get rid!
Ok, so now the PLAN AHEAD side of things. At the start of the year I set myself 5 goals… (no real order)
1. Visit new cities and countries
2. Get fit and feel my best – exercise more, eat more varied meals
3. Buy a house/apartment
4. See Drake in concert
5. Get a dog
As you can see, my goals are really varied this year. Some I can act on straight away, e.g getting fit, whereas others are much bigger, long term goals such as buying a house/apartment. So this is when the PLAN side to March comes into play. With the European summer just round the corner, March, is an amazing month to get your holiday wish list sorted. Flight links are better than ever, and with a good bit of patient searching online there are some incredible deals to be found. In the UK airports like Manchester and London Stansted offer some amazing flights, to incredible destinations, at really reasonable prices. Use websites like Skyscanner, to plan ahead, and keep an eye on flight prices! I also love Secret Escapes and I really appreciate Booking.com‘s feature of reserve now, and pay at the property. It allows you to book your dream hotel, and take time to save up for it. Making holiday’s much easier and affordable.
This year, the places at the top of my bucket list are:
- The Amalfi Coast
- Greek Islands- Mykonos, Santorini, Ios
- Ibiza- Formentera
So in essence, the Mediterranean trio, Spain, Greece and Italy are top of my list. A few years back I was lucky enough to Island Hop the beautiful Greek islands, I really can’t recommend them enough. Have a look through my photos below! This time, however , I would like to stay longer in each place and really get to experience the beautiful culture and delicious greek food.
Goal number 2- Get fit & feel my best- From a young age I have always been a keen dancer, ballet was my favourite style of dance and it was what kept me fit. However, when I reached the age of 16, my priorities changed, suddenly dancing every day wasn’t as important as meeting up with my friends. My active lifestyle certainly took a hit. I have never been unhealthy, I am naturally slim and quite active (I love to walk) but going from dancing 3-5 times per week to nothing, it certainly was a change. For the first couple of years, I didn’t see the impact of it, luckily muscle memory kept me in shape and thanks to my speedy metabolism I didn’t gain much weight. However, into my second year at university, with the increase of pizza and alcohol my body started to show changes. I suddenly didn’t have the defined stomach I was used to seeing, and my thighs started to show signs of cellulite. Part of it is of course growing up, but this was something I just let slide by. Here I am 3 years on, at 22 years old and despite still being slim, I am no longer confident in a bikini.
I have now chosen to take back control of my life and change this. I consulted a local personal trainer and I am about to embark on a 12 week programme with her, I will see her once/twice per week and try to do some form of exercise 5 days per week, leaving my weekends free, as I know that setting myself weekend workouts is just unrealistic. I am hoping that this will give me the push in the right direction to feel confident in my body again.
My goal to get a dog and watch Drake in concert are slightly more self indulgent, but what can I say, I love Drake and I looooove puppies! FYI- these are the breeds I am looking to get, this is hugely dependant on whether we buy a house or an apartment. If you know of any other cute breeds of dog please comment below! I love a good puppy searching session.
Lots of love, A x