Monday, 12 January 2015

A creative year

winter brittany shutters

My time without the internet has been less traumatic than anticipated, if I'm honest. I had a chance to see my family, to recharge my batteries, and to think a lot about what I wanted from the next year of my life. I tend to get very existential towards the end of the year, what with my birthday and new year falling so close together. Plus, surrounded by the intense, frosty beauty of midwinter Brittany, I can't help but contemplate the world and my place in it.

I've got a lot planned for this year, and I'm going to share just a few of my ideas here, so you guys can hold me accountable, and then you get to look at some of the photos I took while I was visiting my Dad:


1. Make a new recipe we’ve never tried before, every single week.
2. Eat cheaply and healthily for the rest of the week.
3. Make lunch and take it to work.


1. Start Pilates – all of my doctors tell me I have to, so I should probably at least give it a go.
2. Go swimming with Dan every single week. Decide which day is best.
3. Attend these ‘back strengthening classes’ the hospital has decided to make me do. Eek!


1. Finish all of my currently unfinished poems (as of the beginning of the year).
2. Collect poems together into small book. Perhaps make it into a poetry zine of sorts and sell it? If not, think of something else to do with them.
3. Write at least three complete songs, and record demos of them.
4. Take a self portrait of me and Dan every single month. Be creative.
5. Buy a proper black fineliner, dig out my watercolours and watercolour paper to do some illustrations.
6. Make the picture-wall for our flat.

Blog-related stuff:

1. Work ahead with blog posts so I am not writing and publishing and photo editing all on one day.
2. Post at least twice a week.
4. Participate in all the networking bits and bobs! Make friends!

Being a functional human being:

1. Remember people’s birthdays and send them cards.
2. Actually collect all of my friends’ postal addresses into one single place. I think they call this an ‘address book’ but it’s been such a long time since I’ve had one that I can’t be sure.

Being magnificent:

1. Wear more glitter.
2. Bother to do my eyeliner more often.
3. Go on adventures, at home and on holiday.
4. Be kind to everyone (including myself).
5. Wear the best clothes.
6. Make time for self-care.
7. Work towards having a job I really love.

So, those are my main goals. I'm hoping that this year is a really meaningful one, with plenty of magic and lots of memories. Winter is always really tough for me, but I'm going to work hard to make it to spring and get a lot of important shizzle done. I feel like I've been out of the blogging loop for so long now - am I doing alright? How are you getting along with your new year goals so far?

frosty morning france
sea glass collection
nutella breakfast tea
winter boat party time
delicate silhouette sunset
moonbeams in winter


  1. Your goals are inspirational. I also like the way you categorized them too.
    Good luck with all of them.

    1. Yay, thanks! And happy new year Anca! :)

  2. These images are gorgeous! I need to work on networking in the blogosphere as well... :)

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE

    1. It seems to be quite a common goal, as far as I can tell! I'm glad you like my pictures! :)

  3. Stunning photos, and great resolutions! Good luck with them all :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

    1. That's such a wonderful compliment coming from you! :) <3

  4. The photographs here are beautiful!! I really love your goals for this year - especially wearing more glitter :) I think everyone should have that goal..! x
    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

    1. I'm really happy that you like my photographs! :) And glitter is the best!

  5. ooo I love these goals! The poetry zine sounds such a good idea. I'd buy it!
    and as for blogger friends, I'll be your friend haha :)


  6. These photos are amazing and really good goals! I need to bother to do eyeliner more too! It's always a good day when I do..!

  7. I am so glad to see you back! Lots of luck with all your goals, network more is of my blogging aims for this year too and I'm super nervous to get started!


  8. I love that your've categorized your goals, and that being magnificent is one of them! A wonderful way to keep on track I bet. Blog networking, being more active, and opposite to you - wearing less makeup, are some goals of my own this year.

  9. I loooooove you and I love your blog.

    Kind regards,


  10. Such a lovely post and amazing photos! nice to see you back! Abi :)

  11. Eating cheap and healthy is one of my goals too! Good luck with the rest of your goals and I love all the photos!


  12. Those are some great goals! Some of which I should definitely copy, especially the work ahead on blogging thing.. I always write mine spur of the moment kind of thing which is stressfull
    oh and wear the best clothes - definitely - why save the nice clothes for special occasions and always wear clothes you dont like?

    Good luck for 2015 x

  13. A new recipe every week?! I went with every month because I thought that was easier haha. Looking forward to hearing what you try out though.

    I'm also hoping to get some more couple photos :) Every month sounds like a good challenge!

    Good luck with your goals and can't wait to hear all about them! I'm looking forward to working through my goals this year, something about blogging about them makes me more motivated!

  14. You're photography is so pretty and I have really missed it! Lovely list of goals to work towards, I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on x

  15. They be nice photos m'dear! And you have lots of very thoughtful goals! Go you! And come and meet me some time in your new town!!x

  16. Your photos are beautiful Candy! I get your point about the internet - I had no internet connection over new year as we were away somewhere really remote and it was actually quite refreshing :-)

  17. I've missed reading your posts Candy! Glad you've had some good time away from the internet though, and your pictures are gorgeous. Adore your resolutions (of course) - especially the ones tailored towards making you even more magnificent! I'd love to get my blog on track this year too - make it look nicer, participate in all the Twitter blogging chats that I miss every. single. week. And find a way of incorporating exercise into my lack of routine too! xx

  18. Your photos are beautiful! I am trying to cook more this year too, and spend less on food!

    Bethan Likes

  19. Those photos look so beautiful! I hope you'll achieve all of your goals. x

    Sara Wallflower

  20. My very dull resolution was to be on time to work - only a 50% success rate so far. But yours are inspiring! I'm so jealous of Brittany and I love your pictures.

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