What Are Your Hopes And Dreams For 2018?

Happy New Year my beautiful peeps! I was actually planning to work on my blog throughout my Christmas break but unsurprisingly didn’t get a chance to (I tend to get out and about when I have time off so there was no lounging around or blogging for me on this occasion), so I thought I’d get some freshly baked content going for the first day of 2018.

And as much of a cliche as it is, for some time I’d been thinking about writing about I’m hoping to achieve in 2018. A few weeks ago I read something in a magazine that I loved – one of the magazine contributors was asked if they had any new year resolutions, and she said she preferred to think of them as a To-Do list. That really resonated with me – to hell with the word resolution, that’s just too much pressure! So here is my To-Do list for 2018:

  • Get healthy: I know, I know, this is the greatest new year’s cliche of all, but it really is time for a change in my case. I can’t say I’m feeling great about how I look and feel at the moment, however I really don’t want to make this exclusively about my own vanity. Of course I want to look good, but feeling good has to be my priority. I want to get active and, for example, not feel like I’m going to have a heart attack when I run for a train!
  • Excel in my career: I really, really want to thrive professionally – in other words I want to be passionate about my work, be great at it and get recognition for it. Easy? Not necessarily, but I’ve got to give my all.
  • Tidy and reduce, reduce, reduce: I will never be a minimalist in terms of personal style but I’ve come to the conclusion that I want every other aspect of my life to be all about minimalism – less is more, tidy house tidy mind and all that jazz. Yes, I want to join the hype and Marie Kondo the sh*t out of my life – be that my home, wardrobe, fridge, toxic relationships, etc. Wish me luck, ’cause I’m a hoarder by nature.
  • Get my drivers’ license: Yes, I’m in my 30’s and I still can’t drive – judge away. In my defence, I’ve lived in London for over 12 years and if there’s one place on earth where you can really get away without EVER driving, it’s this city. But that’s no excuse, and I’ve always wanted to learn, so better late than never.
  • Save some doe: I’ve always wanted to be about that champagne lifestyle on a beer budget, but in my books this is a bit of a paradox. So in order to one day get that champagne lifestyle, I’ll have to work, work, work, work, work, work and be as sensible with money as a clothes horse like me can be.
  • Do one great trip (and maybe a few mini ones): I’ve been extremely lucky to travel a lot over the past few years – but this year I really want to focus on my career and saving, so I’ll definitely have to cut down on travelling. Having said that, I’m hoping to explore a bit more of Britain and have at least one awesome holiday.
  • Create regular – and solid – content for the blog: 2017 – and probably 2016 too – was a bad year for me in terms of blogging. I barely blogged throughout the whole year, it was only at the end of it in which I finally got more active and blogged loads. It felt great, but 2018 is going to be an intense year for me in terms of work so I have to accept the fact that I won’t be able to blog all the time as such. But I definitely don’t want to blog sporadically like I did in 2017 – my aim is to blog regularly (maybe one post a week?) and, for what I’ll lack in quantity, I’ll hopefully make up for in quality.

So there you have it, I don’t know if this would classify as a lot of things or not enough, but it’s what I really hope I can manage to do in 2018. Whilst most people love December and January is considered the most depressing month of the year, I’m pretty much the opposite. I tend to look back at the year and can get very melancholy in December, whereas I really feel like January is a time to start off fresh and look forward to (and get excited about) the future.

Are you all about new year resolutions or, like me, find that word kinda pointless? Do you have any hopes and dreams for 2018, or are they an on-going project, regardless of the year?

2018 diary, Portico Designs. Candle and doggy animal planter, Tesco.

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