⋅How to: Have the BEST start to 2016⋅

Hey loves!

This post LITERALLY just came into my head when I saw a few tweets about how sad it was that Christmas was over and it was now time to prepare for the most depressing month (January).. more specifically “Blue Monday”… and I just instantly thought what better than to have blog post to try and get us all to feel more positive for 2016! So … I thought I would give you a few tips/some advice on how you can have a GREAT start to the year and also help you overcome those post-Christmas blues!

Remember … Don’t Feel Guilty♥

Now, I know the biggest thing most of us do is eat WAY WAY too much around Christmas time (I am right aren’t I?)… and most of us feel bad for indulging so much. Hey – don’t feel guilty, you deserve it, I am sure we have all had a tough year with school/work/family/friend/relationship struggles… so you are allowed to treat yourself! The biggest thing is to have a positive mindset when it comes to after Christmas time .. this will help us focus more on bettering, not punishing ourselves for those extra treats we had 😛

Take Long Walks♥

I LOVE taking long walks especially at this time of year … and it is such a good way to clear your head and really get you focused on what you want to achieve in the new year! Trust me, get up nice and early and find a nice country walk to go on (whether that is on your own/with a family member/friend/dog)… and just spend however long you want clearing your head, keeping fit (walking is a form of exercise loves – bonus!), and just enjoying time away from all the craziness of post-Christmas!


Get Organized♥

I am the biggest fan of being organized… and trust me this will REALLY get you feeling happy for the new year! You want to go out and buy yourself a diary (a separate one for your “actual life” and then your “blogging world”)… and start PLANNING! I also recommend getting some funky stationary which is to be used specifically for your diaries.. I don’t know about you but this makes me very happy and excited! 😀


Reflect Back♥

Christmas may now be over and we are going back into January .. but now is your opportunity to look back on all the amazing things that happened in 2015.. and I know that EVERYONE must have at least ONE time in the past year where they felt happy. One way to do this is to make a scrap book/Facebook album highlighting your top moments of the past year. This will also really help you focus on making 2016 JUST AS GOOD!

Focus on making ONE THING BETTER♥

Hey .. I know so many of you are thinking up new years resolutions .. but I am the type of person who tries to make one thing better at a time, rather than lots of different things! So, whether that is focusing on bettering your blog/social media, relationships with friends/family members, your career… try not to stress yourself out with too many things on your plate. If you are not happy with your blog… spend however long updating it until it is how you want it. Not happy with your job?… Take time out to find a new one/move departments (I know it is not always this easy though … I spent 2 years in a job I didn’t like because I needed the income .. try focus on the positives.. which for me was the girls I worked with .. and when you feel ready .. go for the change) Missing your friends?… Book a weekend off from everything to spend quality time with them. Rather than trying to improve many aspects of your life at once, focus on one thing at a time… that way you know you have finished something as best as you can… and it is not playing on your mind whilst you are trying to work on something else in your life.


Plan Exciting Things In Advance♥

Whether this is a holiday/weekend away.. even a night out with your friends.. If you book this before the new year starts, it means you already have SOMETHING exciting to look forward to! This could even be a sleepover (as I know a lot of us do not have much to spend in the month of January).. so get all your girls together for a night and have a PAMPER evening .. read my post here where you can see how to have the perfect one!

Eat Yourself Happy!♥

Guess what guys .. there are healthy snacks that you can have after all those treats that will STILL satisfy your cravings as well as being good for you! We all know chocolate boosts your serotonin levels (dark chocolate is even better).. but other foods that do include bananas, popcorn, any type of fruit (my fave being clementines at this time of year), almonds and green tea (although this is a drink hehe!). Also, there is nothing wrong with some chocolate if you need cheering up .. we all know how much it helps!

And Remember.. It Will Be Spring/Summer Soon!♥

This means lighter days, florals, cold drinks, warm evenings, Bank Holiday Weekends, BBQ’S,… ohhh the list is endless!!! Make it your aim to make Summer 2016 ONE OF THE BEST!

Ok loves.. I literally feel like I could go on forever with this post .. But I think I must stop! I really hope this helps you go into the new year with a positive mindset, and also cheers you up if you have Christmas blues! I liked writing up this post too … I am definitely wanting to do more lifestyle/advice posts for the new year .. I will also have a WHOLE post talking about my blog and what I have achieved in this year .. so keep an eye out! In the meantime.. do let me know what posts you want to see from me in 2016!

Cheer up my loves… we have a whole new year ahead of us where you can make ANYTHING you want happen!

Lots of love,

Saira ♥


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  1. December 28, 2015 / 10:05 am

    Being organized definitely helps me to stay positive! Thanks for the tips!!

  2. December 28, 2015 / 10:37 am

    Such a helpful post hun! I know i always tend to feel blue around this time so I’m definitely going to try and NOT let that happen 💪 and you’ve got me very excited for summer 2016! CANNOT WAIT! Hopefully itll be one of the best summers ever for all of us! 😍😍😍 keep up the good posts xxx

    • December 28, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Awww that is good to know!! Ahhh I know I want to plan SO MUCH for the Summer .. I love Autumn/winter so much but also want to make summer may fave too!! Thanks my lovely! xxx

  3. Jodie
    December 28, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    Great post! Not punishing yourself is so important – everyone over indulges at Christmas and its okay!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  4. December 28, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    I love these tips! I love the parts about not punishing yourself and getting organized! Also, I’ve been thinking about going on long walks recently as I need to exercise but I don’t know exactly how I want to do so.

    xo, Kimberly

    • December 28, 2015 / 7:08 pm

      Awww you should definitely try the walks hun .. you get some fresh air and it really does help clear your mind and you’re keeping fit! Hope the new year goes well for you!

  5. December 28, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Such a lovely post! I’m actually really looking forward to 2016, I’m feeling super motivated to try and make this my best year yet!! Going for walks is a great tip, it’s so nice to just surround yourself with nature and clear your head.

    Toni x

    • December 28, 2015 / 11:38 pm

      Aw I am so glad to hear that !! I cannot wait for the best year too!! .. Yep walks definitely help so much ! Thanks for reading sweetie ! Xx

  6. December 28, 2015 / 10:53 pm

    Aww I love this! I definitely will need to put these tips to use!

  7. December 28, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Love this post and love your blog! You’re a ray of sunshine!
    But can I ask… What do you write in your blogging diary?! There must be more to blogging than I realise, I’m very new! Xx

    • December 28, 2015 / 11:40 pm

      Awww you are such a sweetheart thank you so much !! I normally just write any blog post ideas I have / my blogs for the week and some notes of what’s going to go in the post! I am quite an organized freak so that may be more than the usual person needs ha! Xx

  8. December 29, 2015 / 2:19 am

    Ah I loved this post. You’re like a lovely little ray of sunshine!
    I’m so determined to kick my mental health’s butt and have a productive year. It’s so important to take care of yourself so eating right and pamper nights are very essential (and pizza obvs). xx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

    • December 30, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      Ahh I love you Kat!! I cannot wait for this year and good luck with you kicking mental health’s butt! I KNOW you can do it lovely ! And of course no pamper evening would ever be complete without pizza ! Thanks for reading lovely ! Xxx

  9. December 29, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Great reminder to take things one step at a time. Thanks for the post!

    • December 30, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      Yep that is definitely an important thing to remember ! Glad you liked it my lovely ! X

  10. December 30, 2015 / 5:44 am

    I love this post! I’m looking forward to 2016 but I still need to learn how to be organised. I need to get a diary, yours is so cute!

    Sempiternal Adventures

  11. December 30, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    I need to start planning a lot of things nd get myself a planner, I love your diary tho! 🙂

    • December 30, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      You definitely need to get a planner .. It is the best thing I ever did ! Xx

  12. December 30, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Your tips really helped me relax a little bit, I have to admit that I getting a little anxious about next year, I’m feeling the pressure already. I’m thinking about getting a planner this year (never really used one before) to organize my life, hope it works. Lovely post xx


    • December 30, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      Aww Ana I am so glad I could help!! Comments like this are exactly why I like blogging !.. You should definitely get a planner TRUST me it will help you so so much ! Thank you so much for reading lovely ! Xx

  13. December 30, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    What a fab post, I need to use pretty much ALL of these tips, I’m determined that 2016 is gonna be a good one!

    Lilies and Lipbalm

  14. January 1, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Such a lovely and positive post! Really like your blog 🙂

    P.s cute notebook!


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