Can you believe it, here we are in 2018 already?! I still remember NYE for the millenium; stealing sips of bacardi breezer from the adults and flashing my knickers to everyone whilst playing twister. Turns out no amount of gin will ever block out those memories coming back into my head every December 31st.
Looking back on 2017, it’s easy for me to feel like I didn’t achieve much, but actually the last few months of the year saw some really great opportunities my way; I worked with some great brands on the blog (Comfort Works, Sloane & Sons, Daniel Wellington, Amara – just to name a few!) and I felt like I started finding my little area of the blogging world.
It’s been a struggle for me to continue blogging around having a baby and running a business, but since Ada’s got a little older, it’s easier to find the time, and I’m so pleased the persistance has paid off. I also got my first paid Instagram work this year, and have created a few posts for different brands now, which I’ve really loved.
My home was photographed for Made Unboxed, and also for a UK interiors magazine that will be coming out in the Spring – you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for that one!
I find it really helpful to write my goals down here, and do a mid-year review, so I thought I’d do exactly the same this year!
Cook more – I’ll be straight, I friggin’ HATE cooking. I suck at it, I burn stuff and I don’t have the patience to spend an hour on a meal you’ll spend less than 10 minutes eating. However, it has resulted in a lot of samey-samey foods going on, so I’d like to pick up a couple new recipe books (for stuff that takes under 30 minutes to make!) and try some new things.
Believe in myself more – I’ve been reading a lot recently about the power of positive thinking, and how basically, whatever you put out into the world is what you get back. So if you’re forever doubting yourself, thinking you’ll always be skint and you’ll never achieve anything.. well, that’s exactly how you’ll end up. Instead, using positive thinking, affirmations and vizualisations that actually, you ARE a success and you CAN achieve anything you want, that will come back to you in positive ways.
Grow my instagram following – Aaaah, don’t we all wish it was simple enough to do this any more? Thanks to the algorithm, bot users, shadowbanning, it seems impossible to actually get more followers on insta these days. That said, I gained around 1.2K followers last year, and my aim for this year is to get to 5,000. Of course, it’d be wonderful to get even more, perhaps even to achieve that beloved swipe up function on stories, but being realistic, 5K by the end of 2018 would be great!
Get dressed for the day – On the days I spend at home I am ALWAYS in my pyjamas or loungewear, christ only knows what the neighbours think of me. I know I feel better when I put proper clothes on, sort my hair out and put a bit of make-up on, so I’ll be trying to do that a bit more on the days I don’t go anywhere.
Say yes to more things – My social anxieties hold me back a bit, whether it’s from suggesting to meet friends for a coffee or heading out to a blog event I’ve been invited to. This year I’d just like to try and say yes to more things.
What goals do you have for 2018?