2015 to-do list

2015 goals

2015 goals

You might notice that a few things have changed around here. Wine and Olives has had a mini-makeover; I’ve wanted to shake things up for a while, but I still wanted to keep the blog as clean as possible. It hasn’t changed a huge amount – I think it now looks more professional and I’ve (hopefully) made it easier to keep in touch across various different channels. I do value all of your opinions, so please do let me know your thoughts on what I hope is the new and improved blog.

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t start the year with thoughts about the year ahead. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the term ‘new year resolutions’. In my mind resolutions tend to fall by the wayside pretty quickly. Rather, I prefer making lists of thing I’d like to achieve, so I’ve applied the same philosophy to 2015. Some are small changes and others will take a lot more time and effort to achieve. Now I’ve written them down, it’s time to start putting the wheels in motion:

Waste less time – At work, I’m a really focused, head-down and get on with it sort of person. At home and outside of the office it is sometimes so different, especially when it comes to whittling away hours on my phone. I spend far too long visiting websites, flicking through social media, and just generally messing around. This is fine sometimes, but I know I could be investing my time in more valuable activities. So here’s to putting my phone down and picking up something more worthwhile.

Get more sleep – It seems I’m not the only one that has made this a priority this year. When I was reading Miranda’s Notebook post on her goals for this year, I completely resonated with what she was saying. I know that as an individual I need a lot of sleep, but some nights it’s all too tempting to just watch that next Netflix episode. So as of now, I’m setting proper bedtimes from Sunday to Thursday at least, to make sure I get my eight hours kip.

Raise my profile – This is two fold. I write for a living and I’ve been lucky enough to write for a range of fantastic blogs and magazines. But I want to take it further and build on my portfolio by working with some other lovely people. The other area I want to develop is this blog. I aim to blog at least three times a week and widen the range of topics I blog on, taking Wine and Olives into all things lifestyle. I’m hoping this will help to build my readership further.

Live in the moment – I really am the worst person for looking into the future. Sometimes I worry that I am missing what’s going on in the here and now because I’m too busy thinking about what’s coming next. I need to focus more and enjoy the moment whilst I’m in it and treat the future with unknown excitement, rather than trying to plan every detail.

Host more dinner parties – This is a slightly frivolous one in comparison to the other items on my 2015 to-do list, but it’s important to me nonetheless. I love inviting people into our home. Whether it’s for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, pizza and wine with my girlfriends or hosting a full on dinner part, I just love entertaining and I’m hoping to do a lot more of it this year.

So there you have it, my 2015 to-do list. Is there anything you would really like to do this year?


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  • http://fromthedeskofj.com/ Jenny @ fromthedeskofj

    First of all, I really like your new blog look. It’s very user friendly and appealing to the eye! I’m viewing it on the mobile version, and it looks great!

    I’d also like to waste less time. I also spend countless hours online and on social media, when I could be doing other things. Here’s to hoping we both achieve this goal :)


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Jenny, I’m so glad you like it! Hopefully this time next year we’ll be able to say that we’re no longer wasting so much time :-)

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    I love the look! Very clean and fresh. You’re right – it’s not a huge change but I think it’s nice to jazz things up every now and then.

    My big goals this year are to kind of get myself sorted out with blogging, and also to read more for fun. I’ve never hosted a dinner party but I’ve always wanted to – so that could be a good one to add too!

    xx Kathryn

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks very much Kathryn! Reading more is something that’s always on my list. I got a Kindle for Christmas and it seems to have encouraged me to read more so far. Long may it continue :-)

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who needs her beauty sleep!! I do feel a bit of a granny when I got to bed early, but I know it’s worth it in the end. Love all the other things on your list too. Entertaining more often is such a fun resolution (or goal) to make! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I definitely need my sleep Miranda and the more the better! Hopefully I’ll stick to my list and entertain much more this year :-)

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    It does look lovely, so nice and it is easy to navigate, me likey! I have never hosted a proper dinner party (apart from for family), but I would so love to!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much, Holly! Dinner parties are so much fun, if you get the chance to host one you should definitely give it a try!x

      • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

        I would love to – I don’t really know too many people here, but when I have made a few more friends I will be all over it!

        • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

          I’m looking forward to reading about it when you start hosting dinner parties Holly! I bet you’ll love it too x

  • Cat

    Aww, I love your new layout! It looks very clean and professional. I think it’s awesome that you’re expanding a bit more into lifestyle content, and I agree it might widen your potential audience a bit.


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Cat, that’s lovely of you to say x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica ThePyreflies

    Im so sad I’m visiting on mobile so I can’t see the new design but I bet it’s lovely :) I have been trying to go to bed at 10pm so that I can get a good 8 hrs of sleep. I was doing well except …omg I just noticed you have Disqus installed!!! LOL (I’m easily distracted) is this new? Pretty sure you didn’t have it before.

    Anyways… I don’t know what I was saying but good luck with your to-do list!! ;)


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Disqus is new Jessica and I love it! It’s so much easier to keep track of comments :-)

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    love these goals and the dinner party one is great! i want to host more get-togethers with my friends too!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Jackie Jade! I’ve already got two dinner parties in the diary for January, so I’m starting as I mean to go on. I hope it continues :-)

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    I love that pictures and your goals. Getting more sleep is on my list too!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It seems we all need a bit more sleep Melanie. Let’s hope we all get some :-)

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    Yay for dinner parties! I love hosting them, too.

    I have a goals post planned. Most of mine aren’t so much “new year’s resolutions” as “new life resolutions”.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Good luck with you goals! And it’s definitely a yay for dinner parties. I love them :-)

  • http://www.wanderlyn.com/ Lynsey @ Eternally WanderLyn

    Personally, I love the new look. It does have a more professional feel to it. :) Getting more sleep is always one of my goals! Hah. I’d also like to focus on my writing this next year. Good luck with your goals!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Lynsey. Getting more sleep seems to be a big one for a lot of people, so here’s to making it happen this year :-)

  • http://www.seethesparkle.com/ India Alexandra

    Hosting more DP’s is definitely not superficial !!

    I think it’s great that you have a list of things you want to do for yourself.I’m excited to see what happens in 2015, I think / feel it’s going to be a much cleaner year in various areas

    INDIA | See the Sparkle

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks India! I’m also excited about 2015. Sometimes it’s nice to not have so many things planned and just see what happens :-)

  • http://www.seethesparkle.com/ India Alexandra

    Oh and PS

    — Definitely enjoying the new blog design and layout :) much “cleaner” feeling

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much India!x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I really like your blog’s design! It’s very nice. Great goals as well. I’m with you on wasting less time, getting more sleep, and living in the moment for sure.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Gianni! It’s good to know that I’m not the only one that feels they need a bit more sleep :-)

  • http://www.thestylerawr.com/ TheStyleRawr

    You have a lovely, crisp layout! I really need to work on my organisational skills and start planning my wedding!

    Tara x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Good luck with the wedding planning, Tara!x

  • Siobhan

    Love the new look!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much, Siobhan!x

  • http://ceciliaintherain.wordpress.com Cecilia

    I like these goals – especially the one about the wasting away time on the phone – I do that all the time and it needs to change! I also wish I could host dinner parties, but there is no way we have space for that in the flat, so just fancy dinners for me and the husband then!