Is it too late to say happy new year? The beginning of 2018 has been mentally tougher than I thought. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with the after Christmas funk but now I’m beginning to get my mojo back, I wanted to get back to this space and make note of a few goals I have for the coming months.
I’m not really one for setting massive yearly goals, I mean every day is a blank page and the chance to create something new. My main goals for this year have been things I’ve been thinking about for a while;
- Last year I passed my driving test. I wont lie, I was shitting myself and almost gave up half way through taking driving lessons but I managed to pass on the third attempt. I rushed into getting a car – this car is literally a comedy of errors and is nothing but hassle. I’m currently saving up for a new car and I’ve already got my eye on a cute lil number.
- I also passed the first year of my masters degree in 2017. The course was a bloody challenge and half. Nothing really prepares you for studying at masters level. You’re literally thrown in the deep end but somehow I got through it and achieved a better score than expected. I’m currently taking a year out but I plan on picking the degree up again in October.
- I really want to eat better this year – less meat and more veggies. I’d love to start cooking and making meals from scratch.
- My boyfriend Gaz and I have made a pact to go on an adventure every month. This can be something small like going for a long hike or something more daring like a bungee jump. I’d also love for us to go on a little road trip or a break abroad but we’ll see.
- Does anyone else choose a word for the year ahead? When it comes to blogging, I’m choosing to be more authentic. While that may sound like I’ve not expressed authenticity so far, my meaning of the word relates to ‘being yourself’. Blogging is a funny old game – when I first started blogging in 2012, sponsored posts where a rarity, blogging ‘superstars’ were a thing of the future and barely anyone knew what a PR sample was. Part of the reason I began blogging was to take my mind off my grandfathers death. I needed a hobby to keep me occupied and writing fell into that void. This year, I really want to become focused with this blog again. I havent been 100% happy with the content I’ve written and I’ll put my hands up and say that I’ve often written about topics that I thought would be popular, rather than writing from the heart.
- For me, being authentic in blogging means writing about aspects that inspire me and ignite my passions. Hopefully, those who read this blog will also enjoy these posts. I’ve recently merged my two blogs together – if you read my other blog, Diary of a Freelancer, you’ll now be able to find those posts on here. I still intend on sharing advice on freelance writing, working from home and being your own boss. But, there’s so much to these topics that isnt acknowledged – how to deal with loneliness, what to do when things go tits up and why there’s a lot of bullshit when it comes to blogging income reports. I want to merge business and lifestyle together and create something that feels fresh.
- There might be a small rebrand on the way. I’m currently learning how to use Illustrator, so fingers crossed I can create some nice typography and graphics.
Do you have any blogging goals or personal ambitions you want to achieve this year?