New Year’s Resolutions

I love making NY resolutions – I use them as a guideline to refer to throughout the year. Last year’s resolutions were blogged here. I think my two major achievements from 2010 were 1) Finally losing my baby weight (around 12 lbs) and keeping it off for 9 months and counting 2) Potty-training my twins – life is so much easier when you don’t have to change diapers anymore! Some of this year’s resolutions will be repeats – either I didn’t get to them last year (driving lessons!) or they’re on-going projects.

1) Perfect my posture. I’m not a slouch by any means, but I do think there is room for improvement. Outfits look so much better when you carry yourself properly. I think Kate Middleton has great posture – head high, shoulders back – she knows the drill!

2) Get my skin cleared up. I’m on antibiotics at the moment, and my skin is gradually improving – although it’s very dry. Once my acne is better, I’m going to keep my routine VERY simple – no fancy face washes or anti-aging serums – experimenting is NOT worth it when you have blemish-prone skin.
3) Do facial massages and facial exercises at least once a week to keep my face looking youthful – prevention is better than cure! I follow LouLou’s exercises and Tanaka’s massage (blogged about here and here)
4) Apply Coconut oil and Castor oil to my hair weekly. Castor oil promotes hair growth while Coconut oil conditions existing strands – alternating these treatments should help me grow my hair long and strong!

Jamaican Black Castor Oil 8 Oz

Dabur Vatika Hair Oil 300ml (Pack of 2 Bottles)

5) Maintain my current weight – continue to do cardio twice a week and add in yoga once a week. Focus on strengthening my core and tightening my mid-section. Keep eating healthy foods.
6) Buy less but better – Save enough for my dream Balenciaga bag this year. Buy less clothes and toys for my children so that they learn to appreciate what they have, and get good use out of it.

7) Spend quality time with hubby and my kiddies. Devote special time every day to give each person  individual attention. Life passes by so quickly and I want to make sure that I devote time to appreciating my blessings rather than taking them for granted.
8) Be disciplined. Go to bed by midnight – keep the house tidy and under control – be very organised with paperwork and finances. All of these things are beneficial and easy to do – yet somehow they are not always done – so this is something I want to be very mindful of this year. Especially since my kiddies will start school in the fall – I need routines and schedules to make sure everything runs smoothly and happily.
9) Learn how to drive. I feel like I’ve left this too late – I grew up in an Asian country where employing drivers was the norm – University was spent in a closed campus, and then I moved to London – where I only ever needed the Underground (and of course, hubby would drive when we went out of town or grocery shopping). But I have no excuses left now (except that I’m scared to drive in the snow…) I have to learn…maybe if I had a pink car I’d be more motivated!

10) Research houses. Another thing I’ve been putting off. We’ll hopefully buy a house either this year or next – I should start actively going for viewings – so that we know what is out there and can narrow down what we want/need.

Well – this ought to keep me busy for the rest of the year! Do you make resolutions? What is your top resolution for this year?


  1. Anonymous
    January 6, 2011 / 7:31 pm

    Awesome resolutions Ella! Congrats on two HUGE accomplishments this year–losing and maintaing weight and potty training. Very nice to have those things checked off the list ;)My son is 98% potty trained–cannot WAIT for the last two percent, haha.I also have a similar goal this year, buy less but make them more important/investment purchases. This also goes for my kids too. They have more high-end clothes than most adults I know, haha. Also, the toys are out of control. I've been purging to get it to a manageable level. But you're so right-a few special pieces we all really love are much better than random purchases cluttering our lives.Great post!

  2. Anonymous
    January 6, 2011 / 11:58 pm

    those are great resolutions! I LOVE that lilac Balenciaga bag! I want it too! Such a pretty color. Driving in the snow can be a bit scary, and I live in a very snowy area, but if you practice in parking lots you will get used it and be just fine. Good luck!

  3. Ella Pretty Blog
    January 7, 2011 / 12:14 am

    Andi – hope the last 2% goes by quickly for you…the hardest part is getting the whole potty training process started – but it sure is worth it! I look forward to viewing the investment purchases you make on your blog – you always pick the best/most classic things!Jennifer – I love that colour too – I hope they sell a similar colour this year – apparently Balenciaga changes the colours available every year (except for black). Thanks for the driving tips 🙂

  4. 20 York Street
    January 8, 2011 / 5:21 am

    First of all, congratulations dear! Those are huge accomplishments!I am so with you with clear skin! God, I had a perfectly acceptable skin and then 2-3 weeks ago, because of stress, I am breakin out – like crazy!besos,MLHappy, Happy New Year!20 YORK STREET

  5. Ella Pretty Blog
    January 8, 2011 / 6:57 am

    Thanks ML! Stress related breakouts are horrible, aren't they? I hope the stress goes away and that your skin clears up soon!

  6. Tessa
    January 10, 2011 / 12:52 pm

    Wow you're amazing! I'm a new follower now :)Maybe you can follow me back too?

  7. Ella Pretty Blog
    January 10, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    Thanks Tessa – I just checked out your blog – I wish I could do my nails as beautifully as you do yours!

  8. Nuha Sofiyan
    January 11, 2011 / 4:17 pm

    I liked your new years resolutions! I'm so envious that you lost 12 lbs. great job!! And I tagged you with an award today..go check it out 🙂

  9. Lindy May
    January 16, 2011 / 2:40 am

    You have so many resolutions! And it's great that you record them here so it's helps keep you on track. :)My big resolution this year is to lose 15-20 lbs. and keep them off. To do this, I'm cutting back on soda, watching what I eat, and going to start doing yoga again. So far, this last week, I started with cutting back on my soda and sweets in take. I'm going to cut back a bit at a time so I don't feel over whelmed, lol. Good luck to you with your resolutions!

  10. Ella Pretty Blog
    January 16, 2011 / 3:22 am

    Thanks – and good luck with yours – it sounds like you have a good plan with the exercise and the gradual cutting back.

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