New Year, same Holly

At the start of 2016, I made some New Years Resolutions. The only difference to previous years’ was that I decided to make these resolutions actually stick this time.

I’d had enough of setting unrealistic resolutions, only to cave in within a month, spending the remainder of the year feeling guilty… Only to do the same again the following New Year.


Instead, I decided to improve 3 areas of my life.


  1. Work – Having worked in various areas of childcare, I knew it was time for a change and to do something which would be a totally new challenge. Preferably in line with sports/writing/social media.
  2.  Fitness – After years of obstacle course racing, I decided that 2016 would be the year I really put a lot of work into improving my overall fitness, smashing a few obstacle courses along the way.
  3. Free time – In my spare time, I want to progress while having one awesome year. Whether I’m learning a new skill, blogging, or going out with friends, my free time is going to be productive (most of the time), and fun!


At the start of the year, I had no idea whatsoever how any of these improvements would happen. Beginning with no job, no money and a little too much free time, I set off in any and every direction possible.


STEP ONE – The job hunt

Having entered the new year with no job, hundreds of nannying job offers coming flying in, and a determination to get out of childcare while I’m still young, it’s safe to say I was a little lost as January hit.

I sent my CV to what must have been hundreds of employers, predominately in social media, but had very little luck. Eventually I got a work experience placement at a company called Kindred and also at MyNewsMag. Picking up social media skills as well as journalism, I was loving life again, and went from work experience, to part time work and what is now a full time job at MyNews. This is when the job offers came flooding of course, but I’m finally happy with a career decision I’ve made. Awesome people. Awesome job. Awesome location.


STEP TWO – Fitness

Following 4 and a half months of travelling the world and drinking my body weight in alcohol, my body was less like a temple, and more like one of those abandoned buildings which smell a bit like pee. Recovering from an ankle injury, training is slowly getting more difficult, and there’s a busy year ahead with Obstacle Course Races, and RideLondon 100 mile bike ride coming up.


STEP THREE – Free time

The rest of 2016 has been filling up in the diary, with everything from sporting events to the finals of Miss Hertfordshire creeping up. officially exists after years of deliberating, which is a huge step towards something I’ve always wanted to do – We have lots lined up, many plans and a lot to look forward to!

Despite having approximately 32497242 things to do at the moment, there are even plans for the future being made, including looking to begin a personal training course once I’m settled into my job; something I’ve always thought about but never actually made happen.



So it’s all systems go at the moment! Everything is new, there’s a lot to take in, and a lot to do, but it’s all good fun! Bring on the rest of 2016 and the huge projects we have in the pipeline… It’s bound to keep you entertained, and we can’t wait!




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