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My 2017 resolutions progress so far

My 2017 resolutions progress so far

Considering we’re over halfway through the year, I thought maybe now would be a good time to look at my 2017 resolutions progress so far. As someone who doesn’t tend to make resolutions, this year I thought it would be useful to make some and write them down on my blog. This way, I can look back at them at various points throughout the year to remind myself of them and why I made them.

When I decided to look back at the resolutions I set, I had forgotten what they were, having not looked at them for a while. However, when I read back through them, I realised I had made very good choices! They were topics that I felt were central to my happiness and well-being.

Let’s see how I’ve been getting on!

 

Resolution 1: Try to worry and stress less

Having always struggled greatly with being a worrier and someone who gets stressed very easily, this was top of my list for me to work on. I feel that I’ve been doing better with this for the last couple of years.

This year hasn’t been plain sailing so far, and there have been times where I’ve once again really let worry and stress get the better of me. I think that this is always going to be a work in progress. Where I’ve been struggling with this resolution at times, I’ve also had many times where I’ve done well to minimise worry. Realising that I needed to start saying no instead of constantly taking on too much has also had a big impact on my stress levels.

This resolution is something I’m going to continue working on, as it’s so important for my happiness and well-being. Any progress is good progress.

 

Resolution 2: Relax and treat myself more

As someone who really struggles to switch off and be able to relax, I felt that making this resolution was really important and would link in well with trying to worry and stress less.

Again, I feel that sometimes I haven’t done too well with this. There are many times where I haven’t set enough time aside to be able to properly switch off and treat myself.

Having said that, I’ve recently been doing much better at putting my laptop away early in the evenings, so I make sure I get to enjoy a couple of hours of relaxation time. Going for a walk in the park close to my parents’ house always makes me feel relaxed, so we’ve been hoping to do this more often.

A walk in the park feels like home

Dan and I have also really enjoyed treating ourselves to little trips out for tea and cake and lunch dates, which is always a nice way of enjoying quality time together.

Chocolate and carrot cake at The Bakehouse

Reading in the evenings is something I’ve been wanting to start doing again. I find it really helps me to relax and get ready for sleep. Every time I decide to read, I first pick up my phone to quickly check social media, but I get so engrossed that I end up not reading at all. This is something I need to change. Never mind the fact that my kindle is so full of books waiting to be read!

 

Resolution 3: Get super organised

Getting very organised with my blog was something I wanted to work hard on this year. I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made so far.

Updating the SEO on all my old posts was quite a task, but one that I recently completed. It was such a relief to finally feel up to date with something that I’d felt was hanging over me for a while. Posting more regularly was something I wanted to achieve, and I’ve been managing to post twice a week much more often.

The more organised I get with my blog, the more relaxed I feel and the more my stats increase, so it has such a positive impact, as I discussed in my July Luxe Letter. There are still more things I can do to feel super organised with it, but I’m well on my way, which makes me really happy.

 

It’s been really helpful to check my 2017 resolutions progress and to see how well I’m doing. Did you make any resolutions for the year? Let me know how you’re getting on with them.

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Corinne
    8th August 2017 at 17:09

    I’ve been relaxing much more this year and spending less time on the computer. I used to be online until I went to bed and now I’m loving having a bit of TV time instead!

    Corinne x

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      LuxeStyle
      13th August 2017 at 08:03

      I’m so glad to hear it lovely, it’s so nice to take time out isn’t it x

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    Gabrielle
    8th August 2017 at 17:10

    I’m happy to hear your goals are coming along nicely! Worrying less can only be a good thing, both in the short and long term πŸ™‚ Heading out often for slices of cake sounds like a faaabulous way of treating yourself by the way!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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      LuxeStyle
      13th August 2017 at 08:04

      Yes definitely – worrying less makes me feel so much happier! We definitely need to go out for more cake! x

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    Kim
    8th August 2017 at 21:24

    These are great resolutions! To be honest, I find it amazing that you can still remember your resolutions this far in the year, hehe (jk!) Relaxation is key for a happier year!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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      LuxeStyle
      13th August 2017 at 08:20

      Haha I only remember them because I keep looking back at them to check! Thanks for commenting lovely x

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    Ariadna
    8th August 2017 at 22:09

    I am either super organised or very unorganised, there is no inbetween! So I’m trying to always be organised haha otherwise my head is everywhere and I get very frustrated! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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      LuxeStyle
      13th August 2017 at 08:20

      Oh no! Yes I hate not feeling organised, it makes me feel so stressed x

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    Amanda
    8th August 2017 at 22:25

    Saying “no” more often is something that I’m always working on. I’m conditioned to be a “yes” girl and it’s been a struggle at times! xx

    rhymeandribbons.com

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      LuxeStyle
      13th August 2017 at 08:21

      Yes same here – I definitely learnt the hard way! I need to remember how important it is xx

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    Rach
    8th August 2017 at 23:10

    Sounds like you made awesome progression with your resolution and that is rare to find! Keep up the good work girl!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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      LuxeStyle
      13th August 2017 at 08:12

      Thanks so much Rach – I’m so glad I’ve been doing well with them! x

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    Tiffany
    9th August 2017 at 10:36

    Sounds like youre doing really well! Great resolutions x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle &Β BeautyΒ 

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      LuxeStyle
      14th August 2017 at 13:14

      Thanks so much! I’m getting there πŸ™‚ x

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    Ana
    9th August 2017 at 11:34

    So nice that you’re doing well with your resolutions! Congrats lovely xx

    http://www.anacelinelabod.com

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      LuxeStyle
      14th August 2017 at 13:15

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad I made them! x

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    Sofia
    10th August 2017 at 12:44

    Yes keeping organised definitely relaxes me as well!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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      LuxeStyle
      14th August 2017 at 13:17

      I get so stressed if I don’t feel organised! x

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    Ankita Bardhan
    10th August 2017 at 17:33

    I love the relaxing bit, everyone of us needs it tbh. Even I am trying to stay off systems as much as I can and relax more & more and I have been loving it πŸ™‚

    xx
    http://realgirltalks.com/

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      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:37

      We definitely need it and I don’t think many of us get to relax enough xx

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    Elena Isabelle
    10th August 2017 at 17:45

    relaxing has been one thing i wanted to more too but so far it didn’t really happen. i hope this autumn and winter will be more relaxing.
    ❀︎

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

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      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:38

      I hope that you get to relax a great deal more over the coming months x

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    eva maria
    10th August 2017 at 19:05

    I totally feel the ”worry and stress less” struggle haha

    http://www.evakapsta.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:39

      Well I’m so glad it’s not just me πŸ™‚ x

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    Kyle Studstill
    10th August 2017 at 19:16

    I love this kind of thoughtful reflection (and the photos of the tree-lined paths are what caught my eye, they compliment the reflection well!) ??

    http://www.patientexplorers.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:40

      Thanks so much! I thought so too πŸ™‚ x

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    Abril
    11th August 2017 at 03:39

    one of my resolutions was to get more organized with my blog. I got a planner but I just started using it haha!
    The Color Palette

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      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:41

      Glad to hear you’ve started using it lol! I find I feel so much more organised when I plan my blogging work x

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    Anca
    11th August 2017 at 09:13

    Sounds like you are doing great. I like your resolutions a lot, less stress, more organization. It’s something I should add on my resolution list.

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:42

      Thanks so much! I’ve found that they were really good choices x

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    Julia
    11th August 2017 at 15:11

    I’m actively trying to work on not stressing and worrying so much as well, some days I feel like I’ve improved a lot and then other times something happens and I think I’m right back to square one!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:43

      Yes I have exactly the same issue! I guess as long as we’re having days when we’re doing well, then it’s a good start x

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    Maggie
    11th August 2017 at 18:26

    Jenny you’re doing so amazing and I’m taking your cake and tea dates for myself πŸ™‚ – I totally agree with the whole social media thing. I stop looking at it at least an hour before bed although I’ve been so bad this past week that I’ve hardly been on but that’s also been quite nice. I love that you’ve updated SEO from your old posts – I haven’t actually done that but you’re right it is a really great idea so I might make a start tonight. Thank you for the tips and the lovely read πŸ™‚ xx

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      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:46

      Thank you so much Maggie – you’re so kind! I’ve been really bad at checking my social media the last few days too, I guess it’s nice to have a break though πŸ™‚ Good luck with updating the SEO on your old posts – I’m looking forward to seeing if it will have an impact on my DA score! xx

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    Kara Aragon
    12th August 2017 at 03:06

    Great list. I need to do the same, esp stress less. Easier said than done for sure. It seems I get more stress & anxiety w each passing day. Ugh. I hope you are successful with all of your resolutions.

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

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      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:49

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚ I know what you mean – it drives me mad when people tell me to ‘just stop worrying!’ If only it was that easy! x

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    abbeylouisarose
    12th August 2017 at 10:50

    It sounds to me like you’re doing way better than you’re giving yourself credit for, m’lovely! Making small but important changes such as going for more walks and spending quality time treating yourself to lunches and tea and cake is really important as a lifestyle change and deserves to be acknowledged and congratulated! Self care is definitely undervalued and it’s great to see you embracing it!

    Abbey ❀️ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:50

      Oh Abbey you are so lovely – thank you! I completely agree with you – self care is so undervalued! We need to see it as being so much more important x

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    Rebecca
    13th August 2017 at 21:15

    Have you researched bullet journals?
    It is basically a method of planning and it has worked wonders for my organisational skills since I started it almost 2 years ago. If you’re looking to try and be more organised, I’d definitely suggest looking into it!
    Rebecca β™₯

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      LuxeStyle
      19th August 2017 at 08:08

      Hi Rebecca, thanks so much for commenting. Yes I’ve heard lots about bullet journals. I’m finding that having a diary/planner is working well for me at the moment πŸ™‚ x

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