Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My 2016 New Year's Resolutions

Well, the new year is just around the corner, and to be honest I've been thinking about my New Years Resolutions for a while now. I thought that it'd be fun to take some time to share my resolutions with you all, and it will also keep me more accountable :)

1. Get in shape! - I've actually started going to the gym 3-5 times a week, which is a huge change for me! During the Summer and warmer Fall months I was spending a lot of time outside, mostly walking and swimming. I also tried running using the Couch to 5K app, but I sprained my ankle about 5 weeks before my wedding, so that was the end of running for me. Now that the cold Winter weather has officially hit Ottawa, I'm needing to find some indoor activities to engage in - hence the gym, I'm not doing anything crazy, just some cardio and weights. I already have a pretty healthy diet, and I want my fitness levels to complete my healthy lifestyle.

2. Share more vegan recipes on my blog/Instagram - I've been vegan for 8 years now, and it's something that I'm incredibly passionate about. Lately I've been trying to get a lot more creative in the kitchen, and I really want to share my vegan creations with all of you. I believe that vegan food doesn't have to be intimidating, and you don't have to be a master chef to create something delicious! I really want to inspire others to try out vegan food, without being too preachy. I'm thinking of sharing some What I Ate In A Day posts, since I've been low key obsessed with reading/watching other peoples! Leave me a comment below to let me know if you'd be interested in seeing what a typical day of food looks like to me.

Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Waffles & Fruit

3. Go cruelty free - Going along with the last resolution, this is something that I've been thinking about for a while. I've kept my veganism mostly to my diet, but I have been wanting to transition into a fully vegan lifestyle. The starting point would be going cruelty free, which would mean that I wouldn't be working with quite a few brands anymore. I'll be making this transition slowly, but I do hope that 2016 is the year that I finally go fully cruelty free! If you have any favourite cruelty free brands, I'd love to hear about them. :)

Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask
Lush is one of my favourite cruelty free brands & they have so many amazing vegan products!

4. Continue to travel - 2015 was a fantastic travel year for me! I was able to see Budapest, Vienna, Prague, New York City, Barcelona, Andorra, Paris, and Brussels! I never would have imagined that I would have been able to see that much of the world in just one year, but travel has really become a passion of mine, and my husband and I are making it a priority in our lives. We are currently planning our next trip for early 2016, but we're having trouble deciding on a destination. Right now the top contenders are Tokyo (cherry blossom season in April!!), Seoul, Dubai, and Morocco. However, nothings been booked yet, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know in a comment below!

Couple at Park Güell in Barcelona
The hubby and I at Park Güell in Barcelona

Couple at Eiffel Tower in Paris
The hubby and I at the Eiffel Tower in Paris - such a bucket list destination!

5. Start reading again - As a kid, I was an incredibly avid reader, with weekly trips to the public library. However, while I was in university, I sort of lost my love of reading. I mean, who has the desire to read for fun when you're being forced to read 500 pages of academic text books each week?! Since I graduated last year, I have started to read for fun again, and I've found a library just around the corner from my apartment. However, I'm reading at such a slow pace that it barely counts anymore. I mean, I brought John Green's Paper Towns with me to Barcelona on my honeymoon back in August, and I still haven't finished it! It's a good book, I just need to learn to turn off the technology and fall in love with reading again. I have a ton of unread books on my bookshelf, so I'm hoping to go through one a month during 2016. Let me know if you'd want to see me start doing book reviews on Beyond Blush!

Justin Bieber Purpse & Paper Towns
I've gotta get back into Paper Towns! It's been a slow burn!

6. Oil Pulling - If you've never heard of oil pulling, you're probably a bit confused right now. I've been doing a lot of research into oil pulling, and I've been doing it every morning for about a month now. I take a teaspoon of coconut oil, and swish it around my mouth every morning for 20 minutes, before eating or drinking anything. I started oil pulling because I heard that it could help with sinus problems. However, there are many benefits, including whiter teeth, reduced acne, and increased overall health. My husband thinks this is a pretty hippy think to do, but I'm wanting to lead a more natural lifestyle, and this is my latest adventure (oh, and the Neti Pot I recently bought!).

7. Ditch the Coke - Coca Cola that is, and all pops in general. I'm not a huge pop drinker, but I will drink it if it's around. I know that Coke is just horrible for you, and I don't really even enjoy the flavour of it anymore, so I'm hoping that this resolution won't be too difficult to stick to. I've started drinking a lot more water this year, which I'm really happy about because I used to neverrrr drink water! I'll have to get the hubby on board with this resolution, because I think that it will be hard to stick to if there are still cases of Coke in the apartment.

So there you go! I don't think I'm trying to accomplish anything too crazy! Overall, I just want to live a healthier and simpler life. I've already started working on some of these goals - the oil pulling & fitness ones! I'd love it if you chimed in with a comment letting me know what you think of my new year's resolutions, and what you're trying to accomplish in 2016!

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  1. You probably eat the healthiest out of anybody I know haha, but yea exercising is good for the body, no doubt about that.
    Uhh the oil pulling sounds sketchy though, there doesn't seem to be much scientific proof but I guess there is no harm so... lol
    I'm so envious of your travels though, I wish I had the time and the effort (most of all) to plan all that so BIG KUDOS!
    Oh lastly, looking forward to your transition to full cruelty-free products!

    1. Aw thanks Jasmine - I try to be as healthy as possible, but I still eat my fair share of vegan junk food!
      Ya, my sinuses and allergies have been soooo bad lately that I'm willing to try absolutely anything to clear them up, so I'll give oil pulling a fair chance.
      I actually really enjoying trip planning, but it does take a lottt of time and effort, and can definitely be frustrating at times!
      Thanks! I'm really looking forward to fully making the transition to being completely cruelty free!

  2. Such great goals! Can't wait to see your vegan posts and your transition into CF beauty! :)

  3. I've heard of oil pulling but how do you stand doing it for 20 minutes lol. The no coke one is a great goal - I did that myself a few years ago and it's crazy how now I don't crave it at all and find pop overly sweet now. I still drink it on rare occasions if I'm out, but never in the house.

    1. Haha at first 20 minutes was pretty overwhelming, but now I don't find it that long because I do other things while oil pulling - doing my makeup, making breakfast, blogging, watching tv :)
      Funny thing is that I don't even really enjoy Coke anymore, I just found myself reaching for a can when I was bored or thirsty. But there are so many other drinks I prefer more, that are way healthier!


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