New Year, New Me, New Blog Name

I am not entirely sure if I can start this blog post by wishing you all a happy new year given that it is Monday 1st February 2021 when I am uploading this blog post, but if I can, Happy New Year! I hope you have all had as good a start to 2021 as can be expected given the current state of the world and are keeping well. I am writing this blog post on the day after Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and I am already seeing all the changes that he has made as President which is hopeful for the year ahead.

You may be wondering why I am uploading a blog post all about new year’s when it is February and the new year started a month ago but I am someone who, for the past few years, has started my new year’s resolutions on the first day of February rather than the first day of January. There are multiple reasons for this – for one it is less pressure on me because I do not get caught up in the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ mind-set and it also enables me to take the time in January to consider what I want to work on during the year rather than making subpar new year’s resolutions because in the Christmas madness, the new year has somehow creeped up on me.

You may remember than in September last year, I uploaded two blog posts titled My Millennial Life Crisis and Project Better Me where I talked about the positive and sustainable changes that I wanted to make to my life. Whilst I had all the best intentions, I ended up falling into another depressive episode and struggled to find the motivation to make the changes that I had previously been so passionate about. As some of you may already know, I work in a hospital and therefore this past year has been incredibly difficult at times as I am sure it has been for many of you for various different reasons. However, with the introduction of the vaccines and the fact that spring is approaching, I am hopeful that I will be able to start introducing some of the lifestyle changes that I have talked about previously.

I wanted to reflect these lifestyle changes that I want to make with a change in blog and Instagram name. I initially started this blog in 2016 when I was in my second year of University but since then, I have changed significantly as a person and therefore feel that a new blog name is important to reflect this change. I wanted a name that would reflect the changes that I want to make in my life and how I want to focus on the idea of working to live instead of living to work this year. Since my work hours are currently 8 am to 4 pm, I decided on the name ‘morethanan8to4’.

I am hoping to once again return to uploading weekly on this blog, documenting not only my experience of making changes to my life but that of other’s as well. I will still be uploading the usual lifestyle posts but want to ensure that I am promoting positive and sustainable lifestyle changes throughout. I hope you all will continue to follow and support me in this journey.

10 thoughts on “New Year, New Me, New Blog Name

  1. Happy New Year Hannah! It’s never too late. I love your idea of starting your resolutions as such on 1st Feb, I think I’m going to do that myself. Sorry to hear how things have been for you lately, especially working in a hospital with everything going on in the world, I can’t imagine what that must be like. I love your new blog name! And of course, we’ll all still support you on this journey. Lots of love .xx

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  2. I’m glad you’re uploading again, Hannah! It’s never too late for a Happy New Years . . . except maybe in July šŸ˜‰ I cannot imagine working in a hospital throughout COVID; you are resilient and important. I hope you are in a better mental space now though! As always, looking forward to whatever you post! xx

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  3. I love what you wrote about starting your resolutions in February in order to avoid getting caught up in the stress and pressure that can come with new year’s resolutions. I for one actually despise the word ‘resolution’ because to me it’s such a loaded word (& I generally do not associate positive things with it). Instead, I like to use the word ‘intentions’ – it’s much more neutral and somehow positive, if that makes sense?

    And YES to your new blog name!! I was nodding along to everything you wrote because I FEEL YOU. I also started my blog in 2016 and have definitely come a long way since – so I relaunched it last year and I couldn’t be happier :’) My blog feels more like me again and that is SO important when it comes to what we – as bloggers – do; That our space is a reflection of who we are and what we stand for. That’s the beautiful thing about blogging I suppose – that a blog is never truly ‘finished’, as it is constantly evolving with us.

    I am so proud to have been able to watch you grow on this blog, Hannah, and am excited to witness your next blogging chapter! xx

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    1. I love the idea of saying ‘intentions’ rather than ‘resolutions’ – I definitely agree that it has a more positive association, especially because when I think of ‘resolutions’, I think of people going on yet another diet that fails within the week!
      I remember when you had your blog re-vamp and honestly it inspired me to start thinking about the direction I wanted to take my blog in. A blog should definitely be a reflection of you and be something that you are proud of.
      Thank you so much for reading and following – I appreciate the support so much. šŸ™‚ xx

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