While I’m not a fan of typical resolutions and don’t like to put too much pressure on myself to succeed, I do like setting goals. This is especially true when it comes to my blog – I like to see my stats grow each month. I’m a fan of progress. I’m also an anal planner, which is why you see a lot of seasonal bucket lists. I have a long list of things I’d like to do and achieve but I like to break them down into smaller chunks. Here’s a reminder of the ten goals I set myself for this year.
You can see that they’re quite vague for the most part, making them somewhat achievable. I didn’t set goals such as ‘visit ten new places’ or ‘save £1,000’. I hate failure so maybe I went a bit too easy on myself. Here’s how I got on:
1. Take blogging more seriously
Check! Back in March I upgraded my WordPress plan, registered my own domain and actively worked on growing my blog. As a result, I’ve worked with over 50 incredible brands this year. Not too shabby!
2. Make more time for me
This started out well and I used my weekly self-care series as a prompt – I had to post something and so I had to make that time for myself to blog about it. Clever, huh? But in recent weeks this has dropped off the radar a bit and I’ve been struggling. Jenson hasn’t been falling asleep straight after his bottle and then wants to go to sleep in my bed, meaning, for the most part, I lose my entire evening. I think we need to get into a new routine for 2018.
3. Watch more films
Man, I sucked at this! Reading Now Playing reignited my love of movies so I’m really going to work on this one for 2018. I think I’ve only been to the cinema a handful of times and haven’t watched more than that again on Netflix. The problem is, I don’t like to have a film on in the background while I’m blogging. I want to give it my full attention. And taking 90 minutes to three hours to watch a film is a big chunk of my day when I already don’t get a lot of time to do what I want to do. Boo.
4. Be more creative
I’m a writer and not particularly arty so I use the term creative loosely. What I would like to do, going forwards, is spend more time being creative with Jenson. He’s shown more interest in crafts lately and I’d like to start baking with him too.
5. Go on more adventures
We’ve had a few fun days out with the kiddo (Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium, Fire Station Community Day, pony ride, Paradise Park, Trevaskis Farm) and I want to do a lot more of this. You don’t have to spend (a lot of) money to keep them entertained – just going for a walk and splashing in puddles or visiting some farm animals does the trick. There are some new places on my list for 2018 though.
6. More date nights (or days)
Apart from the odd cinema trip we’ve been out without Jenson twice this year. When childcare is an issue maybe we just need to make more time for each other at home – takeaways and Netflix when the kid has an early night? How do you make time for your partner when you have small children?
7. Try new things
I’m not very spontaneous and don’t cope well with change, so this is a big one for me. I have tried to step out of my comfort zone a little bit, particularly with regards to reading. I’ve taken more chances on sci-fi/fantasy and non-fiction and been pleasantly surprised. I went to a wine tasting, had my first spa day, went to an opening at an art gallery… and I’m going to try and keep this up in the new year.
8. Save ‘some’ money
Well this was never gonna happen realistically, was it. But at least we’re not ending the year completely piss-poor.
9. Get Jenson settled in nursery
WE DID IT! When we started back in September I never could have imagined that he’d be settled by Christmas but he’s doing so well. He’s doing two three-hour sessions a week and after Christmas he’s going to stay for lunch too. So proud.
10. Give less fucks
I wrote this down before I’d even read The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck and I think I’m doing quite well. Sometimes I do still worry too much about what other people think but I am learning to put myself first and say no to things I don’t want to do.
I’m working on my 2018 goals at the moment and that post will go live on 1 January. In the meantime, I’ve got a couple of review posts coming up which will help me tackle those goals, so stay tuned.
How did you get on with your 2017 goals? Are you setting any for 2018?