2018 Hopes & Goals

Monday, 1 January 2018

2017 was a pretty wild ride – just as David Mitchell recently described it, I thought “it was personally adequate and internationally disastrous”. On a global scale, it’s been quite the clusterfuck of a year that anyone who keeps up to date with the news will be well aware of, but as far as it goes for me as an individual, it wasn’t half bad. 2017 was the year that I went to Antigua, was offered not one but two great job opportunities, and finally moved away from the south and ended up in Nottingham.

The past several years have been awkward and transitional, like living in a constant state of limbo, and the latter half of 2017 and moving into 2018 I’m now feeling settled and hopeful for the future. Life isn’t perfect or fully secure by any means; there are still plenty of uncertainties around what we’ll be doing and when and whether or not living in Nottingham is going to be it for the rest of our lives. For the foreseeable future at least, we’re here and we’re waiting to get our lives in order so that we can finally start the process of buying a house.

I’m more optimistic now than I was this time last year. I was happy and in a job I enjoyed, but I had my end of contract in March looming over me, no other prospects and was still ultimately unhappy about where we were living. It’s a very different picture now – I have a permanent, better job with a team that I love working with, and I feel like all of the pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place and like our adult lives can really begin, for real this time. We even seem to have somehow acquired a cat!

I suppose the main somewhat negative note moving into 2018 is that I don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to blogging anymore. It seems to be a common theme lately that a lot of us are feeling a little hopeless; growth has been crushed by algorithms, communities are frustrating those that are a part of them, content isn’t reaching the number of people it used to and, by and large, inspiration and motivation has almost fizzled out. I don’t know what I even really want my content to look like moving forward, but I think I’m going to start making a conscious effort to blog about a wider variety of ethical lifestyle and just plain lifestyle topics, and start introducing fitness posts too (from a more balanced perspective than it perhaps tends to be). Sad thing is that my non-beauty related posts tend to do the worst when it comes to statistics, but I think the fact that I’m so fed up with everything lately has made me stop caring and want to just write for me and for the people that are going to keep reading my blog regardless.

That seems like a bit of a downer, I guess, but what can I say? The last couple of months of 2017 have been pretty reflective for me as a content creator and I think I’m going to just have to start dialling it back and producing things that I love, even if no one else does!

Some other personal aspirations and intentions of mine for this year are:
  • Hip thrust 60kg by the end of the year. My personal best is 45kg so this isn’t an unrealistic goal, but it’s challenging to practice at higher weights regularly because my gym is just too busy and doesn’t have enough space for full-sized barbells.
  • Keep building my upper body strength and maybe finally have full on biceps by the end of the year.
  • Drink more water. I’m not too bad at this, but I’ve fallen back into bad habits and need to pull myself out of it again.
  • Visit my best friend in the US.  She came to me the year before last, and it would be amazing to arrange to fly out and see her again!
  • Start pole dancing. I’ve already booked myself in for my beginner classes in mid-January, and I can’t wait! This has been a goal of mine for around 6 years now, and I’m so excited to finally be doing it.
  • Take steps to lead a more minimalist life, maybe build a capsule wardrobe. 2017 has been the year I realised that all of the stuff I have just stresses me out, and maybe 2018 can be the year I fix that.
  • Practice a more meditative and mindful lifestyle.  Blogger friends like Bre of Brianne Etc. have been bringing living positive, bright lives and generally being more balanced, mindful and self-loving to the forefront of my thoughts lately.  It’s really made me want to shift my lifestyle, look inwards and try to be my best self in 2018.
  • Be better at tidying. Linked with the above, I’ve always been shit at tidying up regularly so I may as well make the same resolution I do every year and try to do it more often…
  • Read more. Honestly, I’m awful at reading. I love it, but I’m crap at making time for it and sticking with it and that’s something I really, really want to change.
How about you - what are your goals for the next year?

3 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, I am with you on the tidying. Tidying up makes me wish magic was real the most because I could just flick my wand and everything would be back where it belongs. WHY ISN'T MAGIC REAL?!

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    1. I feel you Rosie, the struggle is real!

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  2. Great goals Steph! I'm with you on the content creator front - I'm still unsure what I want to do with my blog but writing about things that you love is a great place to start. I recommend the capsule wardrobe life! I think I have unintentionally ended up with one :D Two of my goals are to finish two fiction projects, and to develop and maintain a regular self-care / meditative routine involving meditation and potentially Tarot if I can stop being so scared of it lol.

    I'm looking forward to your general lifestyley posts!

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