Dear Diary

Dear Diary: Ch… ch… ch… changes…

Happy new year!

I hope you all had the best time hanging out with your loved ones over the festive period and are excited for what’s to come in 2017. Let’s be honest 2016 wasn’t the best – very few people I’ve spoken to feel that it was a good year for them personally and I include myself in that. While the date or a new page on a calendar doesn’t actually change anything there is a definite air of a new start going about.

I’m awful at new years resolutions. I always make them and then when I’ve failed just a few weeks in to the year quit altogether and go back to my old habits. So this year I’m not making any. Instead I’m going to try making small changes throughout the year that will hopefully become new habits and therefore second nature to me. This year, for me, is all about living in the moment and enjoying the things that I do whether that’s eating good food at a new restaurant, checking out an overpriced London attraction or just hanging out at home in my pyjamas watching Netflix.

I’ve been brewing all these big ideas in my head about what I want this space on the Internet to be and I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to take the same approach to it too. Small changes rather than going in guns blazing and getting burned out from trying to do too much too soon.

The first change already happened – I doubt many of you even noticed but at the start of December I changed my blog logo. I have to admit that changing it was a small act of defiance on my part. I’ve been working on a new look for the whole site for so long now that I’m starting to go a little stir crazy. Getting it exactly how I want it is just taking longer than I thought it would but I’m ok with that.

Similarly while I’ve resisted it so far I have come to the conclusion that I need to streamline my blog content to fit a niche. To take Broke in the Big Smoke to where I want it I need to sacrifice some of the more personal parts I’ve put into the blog so far – don’t worry you’ll still be getting my opinions on the latest restaurants I’ve checked out and all the fun things to explore in London just with a little less grumbling about my health and constant apologies for not blogging every day. I’m taking the pressure off and keeping things here more casual yet focused: living and exploring London on a budget.

Which brings me to my final change (for now) I have a new Instagram account! I’m still keeping my personal one but I decided to start a second so that I could showcase more of what London has to offer through the many, many pictures I take of this beautiful city and tell you about what I get up to in a more timely fashion. If that sounds like your kind of thing then I’d love it if you’d consider giving me a follow!

What are your thoughts on New Years resolutions? Do you love them or hate them?

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