I don’t like to make resolutions because from experience, they don’t really stick. I prefer to break down my year into measurable goals and reflect back on them later. I am going to make sure I stick to and achieve each one. I plan on writing a reflection post for December and writing that I have achieved all of them! I also plan on making a vision board to keep me focused (more on that once it is done).
I spent a lot of time in 2017 running around for other people, putting my work first & literally wearing myself out. I don’t have a set plan on how to achieve more time for me but things like spa days, manicures and even getting my hair done will be a regular thing. Even taking some time for a magazine with a cuppa or soaking in a bubble bath. My goal for improving my self is to not get myself worked up, reduce stress levels but also to do a little bit of soul searching. I plan on becoming a bit more of a yes person. I don’t suffer with anxiety on a major level, but changes to my routine can sometimes be a little bit more stressful. It doesn’t really affect me too much but this can sometimes lead me to turn down experiences – I am going to try my best to overcome this.
I feel like there is such a big part of our lives spent around work that if you don’t enjoy a job role or don’t find it “enough” for you, you need to make some changes. Therefore I myself changed my job a couple of weeks ago. While I am still training, I can see that this company fits with the way I want to work. I love the new aspects of the role I will be learning, the people I have met so far have been great & I know it is something I can really make a difference in. I am also going to be joining the chartered institute of management and completing their qualification this year. I also want to finish the style coaching course that I haven’t had chance to start yet – it is a bit of a hobby too.
I have London, MK, Cotswolds, Mexico and Las Vegas booked in so far but I would like to do a few weekends away too. My new job is Monday to Friday so for me and hubby, this opens up weekend trips. I am hoping to get away on a few European trips or get out and about in the UK. I think day trips are going to become a big part of our weekends. We live in such a great part of England and we don’t always get to see it.
I also think I am going to create a bit of a “tourist in my own town” series on my blog to show you what is on my doorstep!
This year more than any has made me see how much I just haven’t seen anyone this year. Time has been spent working or tidying up the house or doing odd jobs – I feel like some of this can be pushed to one side and I can build up my relationships with my family and friends. I also plan on focusing on those people who I want to be around & not those who don’t want to be around me. I don’t have time for people who don’t have time for me – family or not!
I joined slimming world this year and got to my two stone award but I know that since starting my new job, I haven’t been able to focus as much as I was previously but my number one priority is to get to my target weight by the end of April in time for Mexico. I will be doing this between Slimming world & exercising. I do plan on changing it up and doing some treadmill (we have one at home), some exercise classes & also taking advantage of the Wii and doing the just dance games!
I have also realised in the last few weeks that I am pushing 30. In fact, I can now say that not next year but the year after – I am 30. So I have decided to up my skincare routine and get a proper routine in place. I don’t drink a lot but cutting down on nights out and too much prosecco will help. Also, drinking plenty of water which is something else I haven’t done a lot of.
My blog has always been a hobby for me. I haven’t really looked at it as money making or a business but I have increased on those things this year. I am not sure how my blog will change this year or how much time I can devote to it with all my plans but I still plan on posting 1-2 times a week. My posts will definitely become quality over quantity, which is a good move to make. My blog is a way of keeping a diary of my life so I think it will become more about experiences and travel – I also have a lot of backdated posts to get through so my plan is to complete those by the end of Feb.
This year I managed to move over to my own domain with my blog and switched to wordpress rather than blogger. In doing so, my followers count is much more “real” – I hope to have double this from 100 to 200 during next year.
Reading is an absolute passion of mine and in my study, I currently have about 100 unread books that have actually been sat there for a LONG time. I am planning on reading ALL of them over the next year. I tried reviewing books on here but it doesn’t really work for me as what I read is so varied. I may try some list styles instead where I do a round up of books I have read recently and a summary of them.
I also plan on going next level organisation with personal aspects of my life. I am always so organised with work as I need to be and therefore manage my time really well. However, sometimes things like birthdays or shopping or even doing basic things around the house are last minute purchases – I plan on using one diary to keep everything in.
I have also bought a budget planner to help keep me organised with my money this year. We live very good lives, have amazing holidays and always manage to buy the things we want to & put some savings away too. However, I am now earning a chunk more money & saving extra due to getting a company car so this year I want to become a bit more forceful with savings so that we can start looking at buying some properties to rent out & also overpay on our mortgage so that we can reduce the term (very grown up, right?)