2018 – New Year, New Me?

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Is it too late for a 2018 post? Never. 2017 for me was a year of learning. Learning more about myself has been enlightening, a bit scary and makes me feel excited about the years ahead.

The year past was far from perfect. There were some very rocky patches with my mental health, a traumatic experience that is still looming, and a few failures here and there. These experiences are what makes the good parts of life so much better; something that I’ve had to remind myself of a few times in 2017. In this post, I wanted to touch on a few things that I began in previous years and I am continuing, but also some new things that I am exploring in 2018 as well.

Veganism

I am definitely remaining vegan for the forseeable future. I’ve never felt better about my choices and I’ve honestly never felt healthier and more in tune with myself since making the change. I am hoping to share more of the food I am eating and different products that I use in my day to day life because you don’t realise how easy it is. Truly. The world has never been so accommodating to opt for cruelty free options.

Minimalism

Living a more minimal life is still a consistent goal for me, and something I need to check in with every so often. I have a lot of things in my life that I still want to let go of (like that makeup I never wear) and I am hoping to continue to whittle away at my possessions that are overstocked. I also want to live a more minimal life in terms of relationships that are uncomplicated, spending time with people I care about and not giving extra thought to people that I don’t resonate with.

Zero Waste

I am very new in the zero waste movement, but I am more determined than ever to reduce my footprint and find plastic free options. I’m hoping to start recording things I’m using up, the struggles I’m facing, the triumphs I’m having, and everything about switching to zero waste. I’m also toying with the idea of a free challenge checklist so you can start switching out to zero waste options in your life too! Let me know if you would like this kind of starter checklist!

Sober Year

Something I already started on the 3rd December 2017 was a sober year. I am unsure if it will continue past the year deadline, but I forsee that once I’ve gotten the year milestone, I would want to continue. I figured if I made it through the silly season without any alcohol, the rest of the year will be a breeze. The main reason I am doing this is for my mental health. I did a few sober months in 2017 which were really great, but after when I would have a glass of wine or two, I would notice that my body and my mood would be very affected afterwards. On the 2nd December I had my work xmas party where I overindulged a little – like we all do at one point or another – and I had four days of anxiety afterwards. It makes much more sense for me to stop drinking now before I do any more damage to my body or my mind. To be honest, I only missed it a little in December and since then I haven’t really noticed at all.

Acne/Hormonal Balancing

If you have read some of my previous personal posts, you would know that I have been struggling with hormonal acne for some time now. Actually if you think about it, because I was on the pill from 16 – 27, you could say that I have been masking the hormonal imbalance I’ve had with fake hormones, and never had the real issue dealt with. I’ve been educating myself regarding hormonal imbalances, hormonal birth control for women and what it can do to your body, and how to combat this. I ultimately decided to quit hormonal birth control, revise my diet and go to an acupuncturist for more help regarding this. Let me know if you’d like to hear more about this journey in the comments below.

Of course, there are other things that I want to achieve in 2018, but these five are my main goals that I wanted to share with you.

Let me know your goals in the comments below! I’d love to hear what your plans are too 🙂

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  • I’m really liking this blog post. It’s kind of like doing a self check to see if you are on the right path and letting go of things that don’t work. I’m so inspired by your vegan diet too. I’m curious how you balance that with zero waste? Do you find more or less packaging than if you were vegetarian?

    Jenna
    The Slow Fashion Stylist
    http://www.ironicminimalist.com

    • Kate Flint

      Suprisingly, I’ve never been vegetarian (except for about a week when I was 19, I don’t count that haha) so I’m not really sure. In terms of plastic packaging you can certainly buy plenty of plastic-packaged vegan foods and snacks. But the plastic I tend to accumulate is from vitamins (B12 is a must for vegans because we now have treated water and washed food – livestock are given B12 supplements as well) and tofu – though I am sure that I could find some plastic free one day!

      If you are thinking on a larger scale of waste regarding eating vegetarian or omnivorous foods, then a vegan lifestyle has a reduced footprint. Like cheese and milk – comes from cows, which require land and forest clearing, increased methane levels, and support for the veal and leather industries.

      Hope that helps! 🙂 xxx Thanks for reading!

  • Great post Kate!! I can’t wait to read more about your zero waste journey! I am trying to reduce our household waste, and be for eco friendly!

    Mel xx || Loads of Lifestyle

    • Kate Flint

      So good to hear Mel! Just a few small changes can make a huge impact! 🙂 xxx

  • I love this! I’m glad you’re committed to minimalism and this is something I want to continue in our life too. I only want things around we need, of that bring us happiness and suit us. Life’s too short to have excess stuff that brings anxiety!

    I hope to see more of you guys in real life this year too!

    Maddie | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com