New Year…New Resolutions

Happy New Year to all my lovely followers and blog readers out there!!!  I can’t quite believe (still, 7 whole days in), that it’s 2015!

I didn’t really make any resolutions last year which, at the time quite suited me, I was, after all battling to complete my degree, college course and holding down both a full time job as well as a part time one.  I think my very words to resolutions last year were “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”.  And, you know what?  I kind of missed them.  In a way I had a ton of goals already pre-set for me and they were more important (dissertation writing, project sorting and getting all my assignments completed for college) but I missed setting my own goals and tasks for the year.

This year I have given a TON of thought to my resolutions.  I have been thinking about them since December!!!  So, here they are…

  • Save money – easy huh?  But under this broad spectrum resolution, which I have made time and again, and never stuck to are ways of saving that bit extra this year which become their own resolutions, helping me to keep this one…
  • Budget my spending – I have already created a spread sheet for this, logging my income and main outgoings – bills, food, fuel, savings etc.  I can add to it each month with other spending I do which will help me have a better idea of where my money goes.  I’m also hoping that by seeing all my spending in black and white will put me off any “extra” spending that I don’t need.
  • Plan purchases – For example – I am a huge beauty product geek and will buy something just because its on offer, regardless if I need it or not.  Planning my purchases means for me, planning when things will run out and only buy when I truly need them, not want them.
  • Stop unnecessary spending on things I don’t really need – pretty similar to the above really, except this goes for “pretty, shiny things” – shoes, bags, clothes, the list could go on and on… I have a ton of bags that I don’t use as they just aren’t quite right and keep impulse buying more in the hope that they will suffice, and they haven’t. I’m always returning to use the same bag again and again as its big enough (read too big) but not that practical or smart.  I need to research any future purchases in detail before handing over the cash.
  • Scale down the contents of my bag, and stop carrying around the same, unused stuff on a daily basis – maybe then one of the bags I have will become the perfect bag….???
  • Plan my meals better – at the moment I tend to snack eat which isn’t healthy.  I really need to plan meals in advance, and if possible pre-cook and perhaps freeze them so there is always something on hand to eat when hunger kicks in.  Hopefully this will lead to saving money too.
  • Do something creative at least once a week – since finishing university and college, apart from creating nails I have not done much creative until now!  I purchased a “Wreck This Journal” by Keri Smith last year and vow to complete it by the end of the year.  If you have never heard of “Wreck This Journal” then check it out here .  This book, and the others in the series are sure to get your creative juices flowing!  I will be posting images of my “Wreck this Journal” to my Instagram if you would like to see them!  (You can find me here )
  • Take more photos and actually do something with them…I already do take photos but not nearly enough and I don’t feel like I have worked on a project in so long.  I have now started a new project which I hope to share a bit with you all soon!
  • Use all my cameras at least for one whole load of film this year.  I have hardly picked up a camera in ages, not since I have owned an iPhone, and somewhere along the way I have started to neglect my other cameras, and I own a few!  I’d like to be able to create something at the end of the year which documents, truly, the year I have had – the good, the bad and the everyday.
  • Read more books and make a list of what I have read- I love books and since owning a Kindle I have read loads more than I have done since starting uni (well textbooks don’t really count do they?) but I have no idea the extent of books I have actually read.  it would be interesting to me to see the number of books I have read in a year and the variety I have read at what times of the year too.
  • Go on more trips – I have a vintage camper that we started to use more last year that the year previous, I think we had about 10 trips (or more) away in it during the summer and I’d like to be able to travel around a bit more and experience more of our beautiful island.  Getting passports is another must do this year, we are planning a trip abroad at some point!!!

I’m sure there will be many more things I could add to this list of “resolutions” and probably will at some point but I feel this is a manageable amount, and the smaller the list the more likely I am to stick to them!
What are some of your resolutions this year?

 

A bit of everything…

I’m just updating as I have a new camera to add to the collection!  😀  I got bought this baby at the weekend by my lovely boyfriend as an early birthday gift!  It’s the Diana Mini and I cant wait to get the film finished and see what the images come out like!  This is the camera http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk/lomography-diana-mini-camera/invt/5560410283648/&bklist= (here) and I also got some film for it which you can get here … http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk/lomography-35mm-colour-film/invt/5560410284363/&bklist= .  The camera takes 35mm film and shoots to a square format or half frame.  So far my film is set to half frame which means that a 36 exposure film now becomes a 72 exposure film!!!  I have a lot of photos to take!!!!

 

In other news Damien Hirst (<3) has unveiled his new work, Verity in Ilfracombe.   Now,  I love Damien Hirst and his works (reading my blog should make this apparent!) but I also love Ilfracombe.  It’s the place my parents used to take us when we were on holidays, we have spent many an evening walking along the quayside eating prawns from little polystyrene cups, watching fudge being made in the First Shop/Last Shop and taking boat trips out to see dolphins and even a trip on the Balmoral paddle steamer!  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2214616/Damien-Hirsts-disgusting-giant-statue-naked-pregnant-woman-arrives-sedate-Devon-seaside-town.html?ito=feeds-newsxml here’s just one of the “reviews”.

A New Camera

I wasn’t going to post anything on my blog until tomorrow BUT I’m just too excited not to write about my new purchase.  Today I bought a Cannon EOS 3000 35mm film camera with a fish eye lens attachment along with a normal lens.  I have not been able to use it yet as I haven’t got batteries for it yet but I’m definitely going to get some tomorrow so I can have a play round with it.

I am needing to think about camera storage now as I own a Holga Twin Lens Reflex 120mm (medium format film)camera, a Olympus OM40 35mm SLR camera, a Voigtlander Twin Lens Reflex 120mm box camera, a Fujifilm DL-270 Zoom (point and shoot type of 35mm, currently broken :/), a Kumagin, SuperHeadz Super Fat Lens (toy) 35mm film camera, a cheap Kodak Easy Share C913 (digital) and my Pentax k2000 digital slr camera.  I hate the idea of having them in bags (unless I am taking them to use somewhere) and would like to be able to see them so I can pick which one I want.  I’m the kind of person that if they are in bags and out of the way I will forget about them and they won’t get used much.  plus they are all so pretty to look at!  But, I don’t want them getting dirty or knocked about or anything so I’m thinking about investing in a display cabinet with glass doors that I can keep them in, along with a box to keep all my films in and batteries….I think that this will solve my “issues” about camera storage.  Keep an eye out for photos of my cameras soon!