Reflections On Last Years ‘New Years Resolutions’ and 2018 Goals.

I’ve found the best thing about having a blog, is being able to look back upon previous posts and see how much things have changed over the years and months. Last year I posted my New Years Resolutions on here and truthfully I haven’t looked back on them since I wrote them so here’s a little look back and reflection on how the year panned out in comparison to how I planned it. I don’t think I could ever have predicted quite how it has turned out!

“I want to be able to run further and build more muscle.”

I’d say I pretty much smashed this on some level. By no means am I an athlete! I’m still not a fan of running but in the summer I took runs outside and right now I add some sprints on the treadmill before every workout. I’ve definitely gained muscle, my strength has increased massively and I’m enjoying a more weights based regime and the results it brings!

“I’m keeping my room perfectly immaculate and I want to continue that”

Uhmmmm. My mum or boyfriend might disagree with this because it does SOMETIMES get a little messy but I do tidy it all the time! I also mentioned that I want to throw away/donate the stuff I don’t use and I have kept on top of this, getting rid of all clothes and possessions I don’t use and I do recommend this to anyone. Nothing worse than a cluttered up room!

“This year I want to make time to practice yoga more”

This is the one I failed miserably at. I didn’t do yoga once until November, where I did it twice a week for about 3 weeks and then I’ve been too busy to go (or too lazy). I’m definitely going to get back into it in the New Year now as I was feeling the benefits! I’ve lost so much flexibility and I’m suffering from it so I will try my best with this one!

“This year I want to focus a lot of energy into my work life”

I’d say I’ve smashed this one too! It’s taken a bit of a detour to what I’d thought but I’m happy where I am in my career at the moment. I’ve become the makeup artist at Lusso Beauty Lounge in Wilmslow and I love it! I meet so many lovely clients and the staff are fab. I’ve changed my goals from last year but they’re still firmly in place. Modelling has taken a huge back seat for me. I still work, but not nearly as much and it’s not a focus. As I’ve got older, I’ve realised I want a more steady career as I want to save for a mortgage in the near future and when you have no idea what your wage will be from month to month that can be hard. I’m excited to see what next year brings work-wise.

“This year, I want to put my happiness first. Simple as that.”

This is easily the most poignant and important one. At the very start of the year I made a huge decision and put my happiness first and it’s turned out better than I ever thought in my wildest dreams.

I can wholeheartedly say this has been the BEST year of my entire life. In January, I met the most amazing man, and by February we were together and haven’t looked back since.

I’ve never crammed so much fun into one year! We visited Crete, Amsterdam and Prague, we have been to endless amazing restaurants, the zoo, walks, spa days, road trips singing in the car, London, adventures of all descriptions. We even completed a list we set out at the very start. There’s never been a dull moment or a case of ‘what shall we do today’ because we always find something to do. I’ve been treated like a Princess all year and the highlight of the year has 100% been meeting Ed as I think he made all the other things possible or better.

Also mentioned at the end of last years post was that we were expecting my sisters baby to make an appearance! The first day of the year marked the birth of Eliza and she’s a dream! Equally as exciting is that my sister is expecting again so this year will see the birth of another niece or nephew for me! (Christmas gets more expensive every year).

I’m looking forward to a night in Manchester with my boyfriend and his brothers and our friends to see the New Year in! Here’s to hoping that 2018 is as amazing as 2017 has been ❤️

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and an exciting New Year, Hels xxx

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Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String: Christmas gift wrapping. 

I love this time of year, and I get such great pleasure from purchasing and wrapping up my Christmas gifts for loved ones. I’m always ordering extra little bits just to make the gifts that tiny bit more special. This year, I browsed Pinterest for ideas and blended a few together to create the perfect gift wrap for my presents. 

My 2015 gift wrap is brown paper with white ribbon and tied up with string. I’ve purchased little white and red tags that will have personalised gold stickers on! In addition, I’m tying little candy canes into the bows and finishing the gifts off with gold icicle sticks scattered around the paper. It might sound extravagant but it can be done so cheap when you hunt around. 

  
In my small town, there’s a shop which is full of cute little trinkets, shabby chic ornaments and furniture, and at this time of year – the sweetest Christmas items. I took my 6yr old niece after school yesterday and she said ‘this is the most beautiful shop I’ve ever seen!’. Here, I purchased the brown paper and string and the cute card tags. You’ll be able to find these basic items in tones of shops or online! 

Here’s a few pictures I’ve found of beautiful gift wrap that you could copy or take inspiration from! Most are simple and DIY and they’re all very festive and pretty! 

   
    
    
    
 
I’ve found the best place to get bits and bobs from is eBay! Many can be personalised and cost just a pound or two! Just be sure to order from your home country so they come in time! If you’re a bit stuck on how to get a neat wrap, head to YouTube for tutorials! 

When all of my things arrive and my gifts are wrapped, I’ll post pictures. Tag me in your Christmas wrapping pics on Instagram and Twitter @heliemac1 and help get me feeling really festive! 

Hels X 

November moodboard. 

I’m finally starting to get into the Autumn/winter time of year, even though I’m a complete summer girl. 

Here’s a few of my top picks for the month. 

   Mullberry and chunky knits, a match made in heaven. 
    It’s time to get the blankets out! I’m in love with chunky knitted blankets and throws. 
  ‘Basically nude’ bras to keep secretly feminine under all of the baggy clothes and coats.   Cute silky PJs, all year round. 
  Particularly Victoria’s Secret ones.   Major hair envy. 
 Barely-there makeup with a dewy glow and a dab of glowy highlighter. 

 
Illamasqua cream pigment for contouring.   
 Time to top up my MAC lipstick collection with a few warm autumn tones. The reds and purples are unreal. 

   
Guilt free winter warmer – Matcha Green Tea Lattes. 

 Mocha thigh high boots are everywhere at the moment. 

   The 2015 Victoria’s Secret show IS TONIGHT. I’ve decided I’m prepping my body for the 2016 selections. A girl can dream….? Every female models ultimate goal. 

What are you loving this season?

Hels x