I don’t know when it was, it’s impossible to pin point it but when I hit a certain age, I became a different person. When I was growing up, from teenage years to my early twenties, days consisted of me searching out the latest tracks by my favourite bands, watching endless amounts of indie movies, enrolling in musical lessons meaning I could have been a one-woman band, reading piles of cultural magazines and undoubtedly, playing a bit of Playstation along the way. Now that’s all changed.
And I think it’s all this adulting – sitting at the same desk Monday to Friday, being too tired to do very much after, living for the weekend, attempting to make the most of them and then realising they’re far too short. To me, it breeds a life whereby the things you once loved could be left behind, buried if you like.
So, this year, it’s my mission to re-find those aspects of my life that I once loved but have perhaps dulled in order to reclaim a little bit of me.
Off the back of this, you’ll see that this little space I occupy online will change slightly. It’ll be based more around the things I love; music, indie cafés, travel, recipes and advice (if I feel qualified enough to give it!). I’ll also be re-designing and making more effort to put myself out there in the blogging community. Sometimes I can be a little shy, so it’s a personal goal to break free of my own constraints. I started to do this last year at events, like Blogtacular but it’d be great to continue it.
This has always been one of my loves. At times, it’s often felt like music has got me through what nothing else could have and that’s no exaggeration. I’m sure everyone has a similar story. It’s one of those incredible arts that can pick you up one second, then leave you with tears rolling down your face the next. With the help of a little thing called Spotify, this year, I’ll be making a playlist a month. It’ll document what I’ve loved and become a little amalgamation of old and new because let’s not forget some old faves.
As I said, I’d watch so many films a week – it’s a wonder I ever made it out on day trips with my friends, let alone school/college! Now, this hasn’t exactly stopped – I’m fortunate to live less than ten minutes away from my local Cineworld and I spend a healthy amount of time there *cough*. But it’s not those films that I want to aspire to, I want to be able to watch as many indie films as I used to. Starting with Mistress America, I’ve been a fan of Greta Gerwig for a little while, so it makes sense to start here. The aim is to watch at least two new indie films a month, no matter their genre.
Along with music and films, inevitably comes reading. It’s just part and parcel really. Growing up, my bedroom walls used to be filled to the brim with scraps of paper, posters, gig tickets and quotations that I’d torn from the endless magazines I used to consume from different publishers. In 2016, the aim is to maintain the commitment to the magazines I’ve been buying from Magazine down in Brighton, and keep reading Betty, Oh Comely, Frankie and Caboodle, as well as pick up on at least a few more, including my growing comic collection. Tied into this one is to feel more inspired. I think we can spend far too much of our time staring at a screen, I know I’m not the only one. So I plan on getting out and about, visiting exhibitions like I used to and indulging in cultures of this world that I would rarely be exposed to, if ever. This, for me, breeds creativity.
I want to take a couple of hours a week to lose myself in a virtual world. When I was a kid, I used to read countless video game magazines and constantly look forward to the next big release. Don’t get me wrong, I still play now and again, as well as attend MCM Comic Con and Eurogamer but I want to do more. By the end of this year, I plan to at least complete a game and I mean a long one, not just any old arcade game, to really make use of that Playstation that I bought.
I’m a bit of a wandering soul. Already on the agenda are New York in February, Disneyland in July for our Anniversary, Germany in August to visit family and York in October for a romantic city break. Not a bad start to this one.
Of course, you can’t get through an entire year without learning a single thing. This year, I think may be the right time to pick up an instrument again – probably the bass because that’s what I enjoyed the most. I have fond memories of my duck egg bass guitar with it’s beautiful curves and creamy pickguard. Failing that, it’ll be learning how to become proficient at Pilates – I have the mat, I just need to attend a little more or it’ll be to become qualified at an intermediate grade in the German language. It can’t hurt with a fair few members of my family over there!
What are your plans for 2016? Have you set yourself any goals?