I LOVE New Year’s Resolutions, And Here’s Why

Where New Year’s Resolutions were once a welcome annual tradition, they are now met with the kind of yearly disparaging scorn that only the *cool kids* of the internet can muster. In the place of excited conversations exchanged over dining tables with glasses of cheap red wine, we now find grainy Robert Downey Jnr. memes being shared on Facebook, mocking the #NewYearNewMe trope that many people are seemingly too Regina George to get involved with. Are we all too cool for NYRs now? Well, I’m not buying it, and I’m here to make the case for why I love them so much.

The top five New Year’s Resolutions are unsurprisingly predictable. 1. Lose weight (preach), 2. Get fitter (preach), 3. Eat more healthily (preach), 4. Take more care of my appearance (I mean I could but I feel like I’ve gone far enough) and 5. See more of friends and family (I think three resolutions is enough). My approach to New Year’s Resolutions is slightly more unconventional. Rather than going down the route of improving my career structure or family life or even my personal goals and talents, I seek to do one thing, and to do it well – to be more irresponsible.

Hat – ASOS
Coat – Uniqlo (ASOS alternatives here and here and New Look alternative here
Jeans – ASOS (sold out, alternatives here and here)
Boots – Zara (Topshop alternative here and ASOS alternative here)
Bag – Gucci (£35 alternative here)

Shot by Michaela Tornaritis.

The thing is, I don’t need reminders to work hard on my blog or to take more chances with content or branch out at events – I’m working towards that already. And I don’t need reminders to find a flat to rent, or to save up to buy a new designer treat, or to stay on top of my invoices – when it comes to carving out a life plan, I’m always pretty on track. What I’m not great at is remembering to have fun. And gaaaaaaaad, how boring is that?! At the end of last year, I found myself worrying that in ten year’s time I would look back and wonder where my 20’s had gone. Where were all of my irresponsible weekend benders? My regretful one night stands? My bad decisions?

And so for the first time, the motivations behind my NYRs changed. Instead of pledging to cut down on drinking, I pledged to drink more. Instead of trying to save every penny I earned, I pledged to go to as many gigs and European city breaks as possible. Finding myself single towards the end of last year, I also pledged to live a wild single life and engage in a thousand gross and embarrassing night-out snogs. But then Keiran, so (and he’s definitely better). I wasn’t chasing improvement, I was chasing de-provement (not a word but it really goes with the flow of the sentence).

NYRs for me are fun. I’m excited to make them because, throughout the year, they motivate me to get up, go out and have reckless fun, instead of staying in because I’ve had a long day or I’d really like an early night. They are invitations to let loose that I routinely stamp with my own address and RSVP to with glee. So what will my NYRs be this year? One is to go to more festivals – I have Lovebox (FRANK OCEAN!) and EDC lined up – and to revel in drunken abandon once I’m there. Another is to eat out more with anybody that will come with me (the benefits are twofold – more friend time, and more food time). The final one is to just get pissed. I love a good drink but my big night’s out are few and far between, often put off because I need to shoot the day after or I’m tired or bla bla bla. But this year, I’m going to move work around my social plans instead of the other way around.

YES! What a ludicrous plan to make, right? How irresponsible? And that’s why I enjoy NYRs so much. And that’s why you should enjoy them too! Take a leaf out of my book and refigure the way you decide what you want to do. Whether you’re all for making them or dead set against what you see as a cliché tradition, you may find yourself loving New Year’s Resolutions just as much as me.

  • Yes! I love this. I definitely need to take a leaf out of your book and be more irresponsible. I'm such a granny (which I love, I can't lie) but I seriously need some more crazy Sarah time x

  • I loved this post Chloe!! This year my main resolution is to stop comparing myself to others and a lot of that comes down to responsibility – I'm starting to see quite a few of my friends settling down and getting engaged and I thought that's what I wanted, to calm down and be more responsible. But I have the rest of my life to do that, and after reading this I definitely want to embrace my 20s more and stop wishing it away! Thanks for this and happy new year!! x
    Charlotte's Road

  • Loved reading this post Chloe! I SO get what you mean, I always panic that I don't go out enough anymore and do crazy wild things whilst in my 20's, and whilst I don't enjoy the club scene anymore I do want to make more effort to meet with friends, go to a bar or even just the pub instead of sitting down with Netflix for 5 hours haha although I do love a good boxset….god that sentence was long.

    Tilly xx

  • Absolutely bloody love this! I love New Years resolutions too and I think being more irresponsible is a fab one! Make life more fun girllllll!

    Happy New Year Chlo, lots of love xxx

  • LOVE this and I need to learn to be more irresponsible and have more fun too! Also YES to eating out more its my favourite hobby . . if you can call it that!

    Sinead x

  • Obsessed with this outfit !


  • This is great! I have always loved your blog Chloe and am so excited to see what you bring to the table in 2017! My new years resolutions are to learn to love myself and become confident in who i am, travel as much as i can and see more live music x

    Abi | abistreetx

  • i should do the opposite and start being more responsible XD but every year my resolutions never happen because I honestly forget about them half way through ! anyway I wish you a great start of 2017 darling! always a pleasure reading you

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

  • A-M-E-N SISTER. I'll be doing the same this year haha finally gonna bite the bullet and use those savings for a massive trip

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  • I love them too because it is a time to reflect on the year that has just passed and think about what you really want to change, do more of, and look for opportunities that allow you to grow xo!

  • loving that gucci bag!



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