Wednesday, 16 November 2016


I recently came across this article by Free People entitled: 10 Things You Need To Do Before 2017. I enjoyed the post and wanted to make my own, less about self-fulfillment and cleaning out the cobwebs ready for a new year and more about making the most of this year. So here are 8 things I would like to do before 2017 arrives. Please share some of your own ideas in the comments below, I am open to suggestions. This post isn't sponsored in any way, I just thought it would be a fun idea. 

Your friends are your friends for a reason, no matter if they annoy, disappoint or even enrage you at times. If you still want to see them and care about what happens to them, let the negativity and the not-so-lovely memories just slip away into the ether and start afresh right now. Plan fun activities together that you actually do instead of just talking about it. I have come to realise how important friends are, because when the shit hits the fan they are usually the ones you turn to for comfort. I truly believe that the people you surround yourself with have a direct impact on your mood and personality, so be sure that they are a positive influence. If they aren't: walk away. 

Lately, I have been obsessively reading articles about all the amazing places in the UK, here is my favourite: 14 Unique Things To See and Do in Britain, Genuinely, the best article I have read this year, I found it on Bloglovin' Travel and am so happy I clicked on it. Before reading, I hadn't heard of a single one of these places and they look divine. So it is on my 2016 Bucket List to see at least one of these places. I am partial to the Enchanted Forest and skiing in the Scottish Alps. Here are 2 other similar articles I liked with more options: Places You Won't Believe are in the UK and 18 Places To Visit in the UK. Let me know what appeals to you in the comments or if you have been to any of the places mentioned before too. There is so much to see right on our doorstep: explore.

My impromptu trip is happening in January, after the Donald Trump news came to light. I realise that seeing The White House while he is President would tar the whole experience for me so my sister and I booked a spontaneous visit to the US in January so we can see The White House a week before Trump should be sworn in, we are also going to LA and Las Vegas so I am excited although it's going to be a lot in a short amount of time so I will probably be exhausted when we are back. For this year, I am going to Iceland in December which will be awesome, this has been planned for a while though. I highly suggest doing some travelling before the year ends if you have the time and the cash, even if it is just a weekend away. You will feel so much better for it

This one is quite personal to me, I am somewhat of a sceptic but try to be open-minded and this is always something I have wanted to do out of curiosity but have never had the balls to follow through. Mostly because damn they expensive, but I really want to do this and soon. Generally, it is less about seeing a psychic and more about stepping out of your comfort zone. Most people think sky-diving or other life threatening activities when they hear "step outside your comfort zone", but there is a lot you can do that won't put your life in danger that will suffice, for instance baking. Who even knows you might discover a new talent, so have a think about it and share with me. 

Obviously, it's obligatory for everyone surely. For me, Christmas markets are overhyped and overpriced but I am still going to go. Most years I skip it, but when I visit London I do go, so I feel it is only fair to visit the ones closer to me too. In London, I like Winter Wonderland and the South Bank Festival. I live closer to Birmingham so that's another one I can go to. Generally, just do as many Christmassy things as possible. Bring me all the mulled wine.

Probably the only person who still makes resolutions, but I think they are awesome. You should never stop trying to improve and be a better version of yourself. So to people who scoff at me and say what's the point, they are a waste of time: I don't care. At least I am still trying, I would hate to feel like I have given up on myself so I urge you to make at least one. Even if it is something little or silly. One of my resolutions will be to start writing a journal again. I used to do this when I was younger but every time I have tried to since it can be such a downer when I read back what I have written. It tends to be mostly negative so writing consistently in a journal would be great for my writing skills and also a way for me to work on my mindset which can skew on the negative side occasionally. Plus, it's an excuse to buy another notebook or put one of the many I  own to use.

I have wanted a fancy camera for eons now, for blogging, for life, for potentially making videos, but I have perpetually talked myself out of it because they are expensive, confusing and I have no actual space in my home to dedicate to photography. I take my pictures in the garden at the crack of dawn because my Dad doesn't even know I blog, I just don't feel like explaining it to him. It is something I constantly think about so I am hoping to make the plunge this year, I might try a "vlogging" camera as they seem to be more portable, but if you have any recommendations please let me know. A camera is still, for me, technically for work and not myself. So I would still buy something I want just because I want it and I work hard and am fortunate enough to be in a position where I can buy myself nice things. I haven't decided what I want, but that's half the fun.

Cue Michael Jackson song. This is probably the most la-dee-da (yes, I stole that from Homer Simpson) out of them all, but it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, allegedly. Last time I checked we still have more than 21 days left until the clock on 2016 runs out so this could be your shot to get into the habit of anything. See that sunrise, start yoga or reading the news, take up knitting, so many options. There are so many changes I want to make that I don't know where to start.

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you liked it. I will have a beauty post for you on Friday, in case you are missing them. It will be a review of the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Please follow me on Bloglovin' if you like my posts, I get quite a lot of visitors on my blog (I have been using Google Analytics) but I need you guys to actually follow me so I can see who you are and make more posts that you like. It would help me out a lot, I work so fucking hard on my blog. Seriously, it takes up so much time but I love it. I just want to know that you all love it too so please follow or sign up to Bloglovin' if you haven't already and follow my blog, not my profile, or both. Thank you. Take care.

What do you have planned for the rest of 2016?


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  1. Lovely post! Can't believe 2017 is just a month and a half away. I can't wait for your Shape Tape review! Been wanting it for so long x

  2. This is a good list! There's still plenty of time in the year to make some of these things happen :) You could even spend more time exploring with friends to do multiple things off your list at once! :)

    Good luck with crossing everything off before 2017 arrives!

    Hope you're having an awesome week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. I love the idea of going to see the White House whilst it still represents hope and freedom.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

  4. Exploring my country is something I want to do too, my fiance and I started visiting places we never visit before and there are so many lovely traditional villages here that are unknown to us! And we made a promise to visit one place a month, hope we get to do it! I even got a map of my country and we pin every single place we visit :)


  5. I really like this post and your list!

    Kisses, DadieB. ~

  6. Mulled wine will so be happening before the end of the year! I am really looking forward to the christmas markets this year! So fun!! :D

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  7. I plan to go to Christmas market in Germany and planing a trip to Turkey :)

    Pink Frenzy

  8. Great post! Exploring my own country is something I wanted to do for so long already but I just can't seem to bring myself to get started lol.

  9. Lovely post, Kiran! I love all these lists, I hope I could do at least one of them, stepping out from my comfort zone for example. Looking forward for the tarte review ;)

    Selene Addicted

  10. Great list! Ahh I haven't even really started thinking about 2016 ending just yet, yikes!

    1. We have time still haha, this year has gone by in a flash! Xx

  11. This post came just at the right time! It's a bit hard to visit a lot of the US since it's a huge country, but I will be going to Chicago and Milwaukee next week. I have never been to the Midwestern part of the US. Regardless, it's a great idea to make the most of the rest of 2016! I can't believe it's going by extremely fast. I am so ready for 2017 (mostly because I am getting married!)


  12. can't put everything better. nice list! the last thing i need to do before 2016 ends is cleaning my room. i've been too much slacking off!

  13. Great post! So inspiring <3

    X merel

  14. Ha, I know the problem with bloglovin followers. I always wonder how people stay up to date with the blogs they like if they don't follow around here?
    That aside, I think it is great to make a start and do things you want to do right now. No need to wait for the New Year when everything will feel rushed.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Absolutely! Yeah the follower thing is just a bit disheartening xxx

  15. What a great idea! Love the idea of seeing your friends more, that's always a good one :) We have a good Christmas market here in Cardiff too, it's already up and running, I must pay it a visit :) I already know my resolution for next year, and I'm already doing it - Slimming World! Resolution isn't to 'loose weight' though, it's to stick to the plan :)


    1. All the best! So happy you liked the post xxx

  16. I am totally gonna try to make pilates a habit again. I was quite in to it a year ago but lately I just didn't pay any attention to it. Reading your article just made me wanna start with pilates again and I totally get you about exploring your own country. The other day we (me&friends) had a discussion that we should make more of an effort to go cool places here in Switzerland.
    Lea, xx

    1. Good luck, I would love love love to go to Switzerland xxx

  17. What a lovely post! Checking out the 14 Unique Things to See article now too :)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

  18. Such a lovely post idea! I really want to visit a Christmas market this year, it's something I've never gotten around to doing x

    Always, Alice

  19. I loved reading your post! I totally agree with the points about friends.. I don't know how I'd cope without them. xx

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

  20. This is such a timely post!! i think this time around, most people are so caught up in the holiday shopping / decorating and so on that they forget to take a moment and remember their friends/family and taking time for themselves!!

    Stephanie |

    1. Taking time for yourself is so important, agreed! Xx

  21. Ohh your trip to America sounds awesome! You'll have the best time. I can't wait to get to some Christmas markets too

    Jasmin Charlotte

  22. Loved reading this. Please check out my holiday gift ideas and guide for her & him!

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  23. I really want to go exploring before the end of the year! great post :)

  24. Good luck! I hope you accomplish everything before end of the year.

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