My New Year’s Resolutions & Goal Setting Tips

#1: Start thinking up wittier sub-titles…


I just love starting 2017 with a post that’s stuffed to the brim with clichés – so here we go. Firstly, I hope you all had a fun and safe New Years. At the time of writing this post I have no idea what our plans are, but I’m secretly hoping that they include a binge-watch of Alan Partridge, Baileys on ice and then a 10.30pm bedtime because I’m a Grandma and I’ve had my fair share of vodka and Red Bull NYE’s where I had to go and stack shelves at 11am the next day and spend the whole eight hours wondering if I vomitted in a corner if anyone would notice. I know. Would you believe it? I actually used to be quite wild.

I say this every time, but I really enjoy new year. I like the whole ‘turning over a new leaf, starting afresh’ thing, getting myself a new notepad – you know the drill. Especially as someone who creates content pretty much 24/7, it’s nice to take stock of everything that’s happened in the past 12 months and have a think about what direction I want to take next.

In today’s video I’m sharing my New Year’s resolutions for 2017, but I also thought it was worth giving you my goal-setting tips which I used when making last year’s ones – which I actually managed to keep (kinda). Here’s how to create realistic resolutions that you’ll actually manage to stick to past January 4th…


Break them down. Sometimes you just have to have a starting point. I try not to make too many resolutions, but I do like to slice them up into categories so they’re easy to remember and that way I feel like I’m giving enough TLC to all aspects of my life. So I break them down into: personal, career or business, fitness and financial.

SMART goals. You’ve heard this one before but it’s a goodie. Make sure you keep things S.M.A.R.T – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time managed. Last year instead of adding ‘get fit‘ to my list I put ‘be able to one unassisted chin-up‘ (side note: I’m still working on it). That way you’re working towards one specific goal instead of an overriding aim that you’ll never really know if you managed to ace it.


Seeing is believing. For the past year I’ve stared at my new rear’s resolutions most days. I pinned them up next to my computer and so they were there, they were present and I was constantly reminded of them. This time round I’ll definitely be doing the same. If I hadn’t done that I don’t think I would have been able to tell you what my resolutions even were by February. Have them somewhere easily visible so you’re reminded every now and again of your aims, so they’re not out of sight and out of mind.

Be nice to yourself. Try not to restrict yourself or set aesthetic goals, instead be kind to yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back for where you’re at now in your life and focus on inclusion. Instead of ‘cut out all sugar‘ which in turn might make you dream about those little sugar cubes that they have on the table in greasy spoon cafes (YUM!), why not try ‘aim to consume more healthy, nutrient-rich foods‘ and it might not make sucking on a sugar cube seem like such a good idea. Emphasis on the might.

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • Some lovely tips Anna! I hope you had a lovely NYE and are enjoying a fab start to the new year 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Some really good tips! I think I’ve actually decided not to set any goals this year for the first time ever, I’m really proud of everything I achieved in 2016 and hopefully I can stay on track! Happy new year anna x

    Lucy x //

  • Love this post Anna – despite starting the New Year in bed (because there really is no better place) I feel really rather blear eyed today. Looking forward to sitting down and setting my goals today after reading this!

    Emma |

  • Erin Russell

    I love this post, and I love how you use SMART goals, we use them all the time in Nursing! I am happy to see the start of 2017, hoping to smash my goals 😀
    Erin || MakeErinOver

  • Jess Child

    This post is really useful, and something I’m going to sit down and do today! Would be interesting to see a reflections post about your resolutions from last year – what you kept, what you achieved, and what you’re still working on 🙂

  • So true! Some top tips I fully intend to implement to most areas of my life.

    Good luck with working towards your goals and I wish you all the love and luck in the world for this shiny new year! Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings this gorgeous blog : )


  • I found this really helpful for setting my resolutions (yes, I’ve left it to the last minute!!)! Your SMART tips is really helpful, we actually talk about it in A level business so I guess it really does work! It would be interesting to see a post maybe reflecting on last years goals? Just an idea! Hope you had a good night last night and 2017 will be good for you and Mark!

    Jenni //

  • Such good tips Anna, as always!

  • Breaking down your goals into categories is a very helpful tip! I also need to stick my goals on a bulletin board so I can review them everyday.

  • Emma McDonnell

    Thanks Anna. Really great tips. I always try to stay focused and always pin my goals up so I have to see them every day. That way I am more likely to keep to them. Love your blog!

  • Very nice post. It definitely helped me. Now I am ready to write my resolutions 🙂

  • Thanks Anna its great for motivation! Will be trying out SMART goals this year! x

  • leah rachel

    Being kind to yourself is so important! I don’t like the way people think they need to change everything about themselves to have a good new year!

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  • hanan abdi

    New year resolution for me is soo daunting, it just seems like a pile of endless list to get through…but chopping it up definitely helped this year :p I do wish you all a blessed New Years

    A Girl Journal xx

  • legalcomment

    happy new year to all of you!

  • I love your pictures! They look awesome! There is no better way than to start the new years out with some resolutions! I like your tip of seeing is believing. If you cannot see your goals, how are you supposed to reach them? Having a list around will keep you motivated and remember what you are striving for this year.


  • these videos and blog posts are so much fun!!

  • Sophie

    This is a great post – especially loving the “non aesthetic” theme, so dangerous to just focus on how you look!

  • These tips are so helpful. I’m definitely going to be pining mine up on my wall now 🙂 x

  • “I had to go and stack shelves at 11am the next day and spend the whole eight hours wondering if I vomitted in a corner if anyone would notice.”

    Dying. This was my early 20s and I am so happy that it’s over.

  • SMART goals are definitely the way to go!
    Katie Actually

  • Love the breakdown of goal setting. Happy New Year!

  • Clary

    I absolutely love these goal setting tips. Well done Anna!

  • Wonderful tips! I have already set some goals for the New Year and i am ready to (strategically) achieve them one by one at a time. Helene/

  • ellviisa

    Great tips!

  • Fatima

    Love these! Very simple but easy to forget 🙂 Best wishes for the New Year, Anna!

  • Today Souhaila

    this post/vid were so helpful,great tips to start the year withxo

  • I agree that it’s so helpful to break them down and creating a vision board is also super effective! 🙂 Happy New Year Anna ♥

    Amy //

  • Jennifer An Bui

    here’s to being nice to yourself and replacing negative thoughts with positive ones instead!

    Cheers, Jennifer // latest video – my 2017 new year resolutions):

  • theblackblush blog

    I’m not a big fan of setting resolution goals all the years but you had great tips!

    The Black Blush

  • Tiffany Tales

    Lovely tips and I hope you had a great NYE x

    Tiffany Tales | Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Lisa Autumn

    I loved the video so much Anna.. so different!

    xx Lisa

  • Nilla Austin

    Loved hearing about your resolutions and tips! In the video you mentioned wanting to learn photo editing. I learned Photoshop from watching tutorials on YouTube. If there’s something specific I want to learn, I’ll Google it to find a video. However, I also follow Jessica Kobeissi on YouTube and she has some wonderful tutorials for editing photos! She basically shows you how she edits hers and what her photo style is, but also encourages you to just toy with it and find what style you like best. She does AMAZING work with fashion and portrait photos. She has some Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials. Hope that helps!

  • My favourite tip is the one about having your goals put up around you to help you achieve them.

    Seeing your resolution everyday has a powerful effect on your mind.

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  • Loved this video Anna, definitely gave me some good useful tips!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  • Beautiful photography.
    Lauren did a great job!
    Loved the video and your dry humour still gets me x

    Viviene Kok

  • These are great tips! I’ve definitely found these useful 🙂 also love your makeup here and the photography 🙂



    such great tips thanks lovely

  • Anna you are looking so beautiful in this video. Really you have shared great tips with the community. I just loved it.