New Year & My Monthly Challenge – January

You have no idea how good it feels to sit down and write a blog post. I’ve really missed this feeling. I’m so sorry for the break but I actually really needed it. A lot has been happening  (I won’t bore you by going on but there was a bit of eye drama. You would think I would be used to it by now). It’s hard to believe that 2016 is finally here but I’m excited about the year ahead. Usually every year I make New Years Resolutions that to be honest, don’t survive until the end of January, nevermind making it to December! This year, I decided to do something a little different..

I sat and thought about ways that I could challenge myself and I created 12 Monthly Challenges, all folded up and placed in a jar; waiting for their month in the spotlight. The challenges range from learning to knit, to becoming vegan and doing an act of kindness every single day. Some are tougher than others but they all mean something to me in one way or another.  I’m excited to get started!

When I picked out my challenge for January, to be honest I wanted to throw it back into the jar and redraw! But that would be cheating and although I know some of these (if not all) are going to be difficult, that’s the whole point isn’t it? And I’m not going to cheat (more for myself than anything else)

For January, I’m giving up TV, Movies and watching Youtube videos. A few people have asked why I’m torturing myself and to be honest, I ask myself the same thing. Isn’t life too short not to be doing things you enjoy? was one line that I used repeatedly to try and convince myself this was a bad challenge to set. What about watching your favourite vloggers? How will you cope without WWE and Roman Reigns for a month?! What about your favourite WWE Pay Per View of them all – THE ROYAL RUMBLE?!

And initially, asking myself those questions made me a little sad and well, pissed off at myself for setting such a ridiculous challenge in the first place (Why couldn’t I have picked out knitting which I could have done from the comfort of my bed binging on Netflix?!). But then I thought about the reasons I set this task: What would I do with the extra time? What about all those books I’ve meaning to read or letters that I need to write? Does TV really play such a vital role in my life?

So this is January’s challenge and my family/close friends have all been informed! I’m not going to lie and say I’m looking forward to it because I’m not exactly jumping for joy but I’m interested to see how the month goes!t I have a feeling January is going to be one hell of a long month…

I’ll be blogging about my challenges each month and would love to know your thoughts! Have you set yourself any Resolutions or thought about doing 12 Monthly Challenges? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves. I hope you all have a wonderful 2016!!



  1. January 1st, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Firstly, I'm so glad you're back! I missed your blog so much!
    This is going to be a hard challenge to start the year – glad I'm not doing anything like this!
    I am actually taking part in Veganuary (going vegan for January) and I'm already starving. Lol. I'll be blogging updates throughout the month.
    Good luck with your goals!
    Nicola x

    • January 20th, 2016 / 1:51 pm

      Awww thanks! It is so good to be back! I have so many exciting plans for my blog!So far, it has been an interesting challenge but I've actually learned a lot from it so I'm looking forward to writing up my post.

      How is your challenge going?!

      Sarah xx

  2. January 1st, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Oh my days, this is kray! Tbh I keep saying that I need to get back into reading more and then instead of picking up a book, I pick up the remote, so I commend you for this. I really hope you smash it. I don't think I could cope without YouTube, I'm an addict lol.
    Happy New Year and good to see you back in the blogging world.

    Sarah | <3

    • January 20th, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      Hey lovely!

      20 days and not one second of TV, movies or Youtube. I'm not going to lie and say that it hasn't been tough (especially when I wanted to rewatch Prison Break (That was a sad time!) but I'm actually really enjoying it and kind of used to it now, if that makes sense?

      Hope this New Year brings you lots of happiness and looking forward to reading your blog more in 2016!

      Sarah xx

  3. January 1st, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    It's so good to see you're back. I hope your break gave you everything you needed. I think these 12 challenges are a good idea…but felt so sorry for you pulling this one out! I bet you look back and love all the extra time you have!

    • January 20th, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      Hey lovely! How are you?

      Thanks so much, it is so nice to be back and I'm excited to watch my blog grow and develop in 2016. Haha, I know! Of all the challenges I could have picked out why on earth did it have to be this one??!!!

      Sarah xx

  4. January 2nd, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I love this and I look forward to reading all about your journey. I'll head over and pop you on my Bloglovin feed now! Xx

    • January 20th, 2016 / 1:56 pm

      Aww thanks so much! I'm looking forward to writing up my final blog post for this challenge and picking out my challenge for February!!

      Sarah xx

  5. January 3rd, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I wish I had the willpower for this. I think you're amazing for doing this. And seriously, good luck! I could do with less TV time, more reading time. It's amazing how easy it is to lose hours in the TV really isn't it?! 🙂 xx

    • January 20th, 2016 / 1:56 pm

      Thanks hun, haha!! I have found that I have much more time for me and I'm not easily distracted by TV which I always was before!

      Sarah xx

  6. January 3rd, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    This is a really interesting concept and I wish you well with it! I'd like to think I could do this, but who knows? Still, there are plenty of other things to get your teeth into I'm sure!

    Musings & More

    • January 20th, 2016 / 1:58 pm

      Hi Emily!

      Thanks for your comment, nice to have lots of support! I've definitely had more time to be more productive and creative which has been really nice. There are some changes I will definitely be making after the month is over. You should try this monthly challenge and let me know how you get on!

      Sarah xx

  7. January 4th, 2016 / 12:24 am

    *gasps* good luck with your goal! I can give up tv and movies, but youtube? oh no. not me.

    Arianne | Ayre

    • January 20th, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      Haha, I'm not going to lie and say that they aren't some Youtubers I am really missing watching because there really is!

      Sarah xx

  8. January 4th, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Welcome back Sarah!! And sorry to hear that your eye has been drama… Hope it's all sorted out now and good luck with this month's challenge…!

    • January 20th, 2016 / 2:00 pm

      Hey Julie!

      How are things with you? I'm glad I'm doing a lot better now and I'm actually doing really well with this challenge. I've surprised myself!

      Hope things are good with you,

      Sarah xx

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