2015 was an interesting one.  It started in the tail end of one of the lowest times (mentally) of my life and saw me dealing with issues and emotions I'd never experienced before.  In 2015 I made the active choice to stop feeling like that, to take life more positively and stop making a big deal out of the little things.  And I achieved it!  I'm much more at peace with myself and those around me, so yeah, in the time of empty resolutions and unattainable goals....I'm definitely going to set myself some more for the coming year. 

But before that, a little look back and some of the highlights of 2015:

// Nick and I celebrated 6 years together with a trip to the zoo
// I spent my birthday with friends, family and a DIY photo booth
// And speaking of birthdays, I also went for a fancy meal out with my two favourites
// We went on a family holiday to beautiful Durdle Door
// Nick and I spent a day exploring Oxford 
// I read a lot of books
// We saw in the start of the festive period with our annual trip to The Oracle's Christmas Glitz

And now on to the goals.  I like to stay achievable and build on where I'm at in my life already.  And d'you know what?  I'm starting off 2016 in a pretty good place.  There's definitely room for development, but overall I think each of these goals is realistic.

Keep up with my general 'No Fucks Given' outlook | It's gotten me (and others) through quite a few stressful situations over the last year.  It doesn't mean I don't care about anything; it's about knowing when to care and how much.  Self-preservation.

Get together with friends regularly | I've already started a book club with friends from school, so we see each other monthly at least, but I want to make sure I see everybody who's important to me.  It's so easy to go months without seeing each other, I'm going to make the effort to get dates in the diary to keep friendships alive.

Read 52 books | I set a late goal of 50 books last year and surpassed it, but don't want to up it to 60 and set myself up for fail!  52 is a nice round number which I'm (secretly) confident I'll get past.

Spend quality time with Nick | Nick and I have very different schedules, lifestyles and interests, so it can be difficult to spend true quality time together.  We're debating setting up a memory maker-type thing for the two of us to do something out of the ordinary each month.

Take more photos | One I say every year, but over the Christmas period I've been using instagram much more and really enjoying it.  I don't want to be one of these people who misses the moment through staging the perfect photo, but I'd definitely like more pictures and memories to look back on.

Keep shifting the pounds | I'm aware that this is an extremely generic resolution, but I've managed to lose 12lbs over the last few months and I'm excited to stick with it and hit my target weight in the coming weeks.  After a good 18 months or so struggling with bad eating habits, I'm so happy to have found something that works for me and my body.

Get my groove back | Hopefully you've noticed the big changes around here!  I'm so happy with the way things are looking and want to continue the momentum to get back into things and start investing time in writing, photographing and filming again.

So here's my big question to you - what do you like seeing here on Lorna, literally?  Or what would you like to see instead?

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope it's a good one!


  1. Hi Lorna,

    I really like your new blog design. I'd be interested in hearing a bit more about how you found something that worked for you with regard to your weight loss. I just always find it interesting to hear other people's perspectives.

    Happy New Year!


    1. Happy New Year Sasha! A weight loss post is something I'd definitely consider doing...I think I'd like to hit my target and then write down my thoughts :)


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