I’ve had a great year. I completed my digital marketing diploma (hellooo Dip DigM honorifics!), bought and moved into my own flat and took on new responsibilities and challenges at work. I’ve grown tremendously, (not height-wise. At 5′ 9″ any extra inches would not be welcomed) and am proud of myself of how I’ve handled every obstacle that has come my way. You should be too. We made it guys! No matter how your year played out, you made it to the end and will have undoubtedly learnt some valuable lessons along the way (even if your only new knowledge is that one 18″ pizza is more pizza than two 12″ pizzas. And if you didn’t already know that, well you are welcome).
I’ve been thinking of what I need out of the next 52 weeks, and I’ve made a conscious, committed decision to myself that I’m going to see 2018 out having ticked my goals off my list. I’m very much a fixer personality (as in I focus a lot of my energy into fixing other people before myself) so this year I’ve decided to turn a little bit of that focus back onto myself. I will never be selfish… But I definitely think it’s time to be a little less selfless. You need to look after number one – that’s the main lesson I’ve learnt from 2017 (that and the pizza fact). Here’s what I’m wishing for in 2018, with a view to help inspire you with your own list of goals.
“I’ve made a conscious, committed decision to myself that I’m going to see 2018 out having ticked my goals off my list”
To Be Braver
…in all areas of my life. There have been things this year that I’ve been eager to achieve, but for my own personal reasons I haven’t been brave enough to go for it. I’m making a real effort in 2018 to throw all caution to the wind, and jump in with both feet. There will be changes to my blog, as I take it in a slightly different direction. Doing so however, will take a lot of determination. I’m both extremely scared and excited. We only have one life, and it’s short. Too short to not go after what you really want. I would rather live with repeated failure than “what ifs”. I encourage you to do the same. Only you can write this next chapter, and it could be the first of many other enriching ones.
To Be Healthier
I’ve had a real up and down year with my health. Granted, most of it I couldn’t have prevented but I definitely could have made a better effort with my diet and fitness. I was right on track at the beginning of the year… And then I kinda got a bit lazy. There’s really been no excuse for it and I’ve only got myself to blame, which is actually the silver lining as I can just as easily turn it around. I’m making getting healthy a top priority of my 2018 goals, and I intend to stick to it well beyond the coming year.
Buying my own place this year was the best thing I’ve ever done (as well being painstakingly stressful) but I wouldn’t swap my new found independence for anything. It has however had to come with its sacrifices, including holidays. Anyone who has ever had to save for a mortgage, solicitor fees and furniture will share my pain as you become one of those people that ask themselves “do I really need this?” when buying anything new. I think holidays are the exception though. Nothing comes close to making new memories, learning about new cultures and ticking places off your bucket list. It’s what life is all about. There’s a huge world out there of which I have not see enough, so I hope to tick a few more countries off in 2018.
To Meet New People
I’ve rolled this one over from last year and I’ll probably continue to do so every year. I love meeting new people and learning their stories. It’s crazy to think that are over 7 billion people in the world – that’s a hell of a lot of journeys to learn from! Other people can teach you how to be, and how not to be. You’ll learn what you do and don’t like in someone, become a good judge of character as well as being taught how to become a better person yourself. Everyone you meet in life teaches you a lesson, and it is up to you to heed to it. I’m grateful for every lesson and person I’ve met so far in my 28 years. I’ve got so much more to learn, and I hope in return I can teach people something as well. Life is about swapping knowledge and wise words. I’d like to believe I have few to share!
Nothing too strenuous, but fulfilling none the less. I’m looking forward to continuing with my self-development and ticking the above off my list when the clock strikes twelve on New Years Eve next year. Wish me luck!
Over and out from me for 2017. I’m wishing you the healthiest, most prosperous and enriching year yet. Work hard and reach those goals. I know I will.
Happy New Year!