What I want from 2018

Scarborough beach

Happy New Year! 

Every year, I spend the majority that weird inbetween stage between Christmas and New Year thinking about what lies ahead for the next year. I mean, what could be more dreamy than deciding on your goals whilst being filled with a combination of festive feels and motivation over a mince pie (or three, preferably from Thomas the Bakers as they’re the most underrated mince pies in the entire world)?

I’ve written up my resolutions on this blog for the last four years and having that point of reference really helps me stay motivated, especially when we hit September and suddenly that feels like another fresh start – will my mind ever stop working on an academic calendar?! It’s always nice to be able to do a resolution round up and have that benchmark there to see what I’ve achieved – and it’s an even better feeling to be able to check things off. You can read my round up of my 2017 goals and progress here.

Moving into the next year, new chapter, whatever you want to call it, here’s what I’m aiming for.

Do more fun stuff
This is my reoccurring resolution but one I always want to include as it’s a reminder that fun stuff isn’t going to do itself. I’ve definitely started to become one of those people who values experiences over material things and I’d rather spend my time on nights out, going for dinner and doing exciting things with friends than I would shopping for stuff I don’t need. I’m the best version of me when I have things to look forward to so getting dates in the diary is now a far bigger priority to me than buying bits and pieces which don’t mean as much.

Improve my living space
This is something I’ve started to think more and more about over the last 6 months as I’ve come to accept that my little flat in Leeds is a more permanent place to live than I first intended. I’ve been here for three years now and always assumed I’d stay in my first job for two years max and move on. Two years turned into three and the plan changed to when I left that job, I’d move on. Six months ago I got a job that’s 20 minutes walk from my flat and I’ve finally registered my Leeds address with my bank rather than having everything sent home to my mum’s! As I bought the flat whilst I was renting it, it came with everything in it and for three years, I just never got round to making any significant changes but I’ve decided that 2018 is the year I make it a proper home.

Own my style
I’m a self confessed safe dresser. I live in skinny jeans, oversized jumpers and trainers. I feel like I’ve spent a long time almost making fun of the fact that I ‘dress like a student’ or that I’m ‘just not into fashion’, but I want to own how I dress a bit more, not aspire to change it. Though I’m never going to be particularly edgy or the kind of person who looks like they’ve heavily invested in Topshop, I want to feel like that’s OK. I want to have a more ‘you do you’ attitude towards how I dress rather than feel the need to apologise for being super-casual.

Share the love more
This is something that I try to do but could definitely do more of but this year has made me realise that it’s the little things that count. I’ve been on the receiving end of a few random acts of kindness this year from friends and paying it forward to others is something which is really important to me as I know how happy it made me. Giving blood is on the list, as is sending more snail mail and sponsoring friends who are doing charity events.

Learn more professionally
I don’t tend to write too much on here about my work, but I feel like I’ve learned one hell of a lot in the last six months and I think the next six months will be the exact same. I’m determined to be the best I possibly can be professionally and I want to learn as much as I possibly can about social media to make sure I’m doing the best job I can be. I’m so lucky to be working in a role which is also my passion and I don’t ever want to take that for granted.

So that’s what I’m hoping 2018 will bring me and I think it’s all achievable if I put my mind to it – nothing in there will be reliant on luck! 2017 has definitely ended on a high so I’m really hoping that means I can make 2018 my best year to date.

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