So y’know, I don’t usually do ‘new years resolutions’ because they have the label of lameness; things people never stick with, never adhere to, never keep. So imma gonna label this ‘goal setting’ instead because I totally believe in that.
Goal setting is one of my fave things to do, along with list writing, categorising and eating.
So lets start by saying; Goals are just dreams with bags more intention.
^^^ I wrote this last night and now I look back at it I’m like, oh wow cringe. But I guess it’s kinda true in a sense.
Here’s the things I wanna smash this year in the form of a lovely list of goals:
1. PLAN A WEDDING THAT MAKES SUNBEAMS COME OUT MY FACE
So just giving it another wee mention; I got engaged *all the happy & celebratory emojis* And this means that wedding planning can commence. I’m having the most fun flicking through wedding magazines, pinning the crap out of wedding photos on Pinterest and making lists. But the most important thing that I wanna remember and fulfill this year is that this wedding is for me and Max. And everything that happens on that day is gonna be done exactly how we want, with the full intention of making us happy and sparkly and with full disregard for how people think things should be done. Does that make sense? So if I wanna have a cake made out of doughnuts then I darn well will have a cake made out of doughnuts (with a plethora or dogs walking me down the aisle).
2. EXPERIENCE 1 NEW THING IN LONDON EVERY MONTH
So now I pay an extortionate amount for a London 1-6 travel card, it makes complete and utter sense that I abuse the hell out of it whenever I can. Because I’m basically selling a small proportion of my soul every month to finance it. Lols, true story. So over a good helping of Thai food on Tuesday, I proclaimed to Maxwell that we should do one new thing in London once a month. Y’know, try a new restaurant, visit a new museum, check out a gallery or explore a new sexy slice of the city we live so close to. FIRST STOP; Bob Ricard because hello, press for champagne?!
3. GET A BETTER BLOG/LIFE BALANCE
It’s so dam easy to let blogging consume you and take over every inch of your life. If you’re a non-blogger, the only thing I can compare it to is chocolate chip cookies, because I can’t resist the lure of them either. I was finding last year that my weekends were beginning to revolve around taking blog photos and writing content. And yeah, don’t get me wrong I really flippin’ enjoy doing those things but when they prevent you from doing other things, like sleep and spending time with the ones you love, maybe it’s time for some reassessment. I might not get three posts out a week, I might only get one. But that’s okay.
4. READ 30 BOOKS
One of the ‘hands down’ best things about commuting is all the reading time I’m racking up. So this year I plan to take full advantage of my 3 hour round trip commute everyday and read everything and anything I can get my hands on. I’ve just joined Goodreads, a site where you can log and track everything you’ve read and give reviews (yup, super nerd over here) and I’ve set myself the goal of reading 30 new books this year. COME AT ME ALL THE LITERATURE. We’re five days into January and I have one book down. Only 29 to go.
5.START WRITING MY OWN BOOK
Obviously it’s no secret or great mystery that I love writing. For me, it’s like this awesome, perfectly formed activity that dispels any pent up creative energy that I have knocking about inside. I have always written things and I’ve always had plans to be a writer from a young age (as well as an artist, vet & circus performer, naturally). I remember once writing about 4 pages of A4 about a boy that hid away on a pirate ship – I was proper proud and read it aloud to my cousin about four times. He told me it was good and he didn’t even like books, so that’s something. So yeah, this is the year I put pen to paper. Even if it’s just for me.
6.GIVE PEOPLE MY FULL AND UNDIVIDED ATTENTION WHEN I’M WITH THEM.
We’re all a little bit guilty of FB scrolling whilst chatting away, or checking texts/emails in other peoples company. And lets be wholly and entirely honest – it’s the worst trait ever. I am ashamed to say I’m 100% guilty of this and in 2017 I want to make a huge conscious effort to banish this out of my life. It makes me wince to think of the things I’ve missed with my friends and family – that smile, laugh, facial expression – because I’m glued to my mobile phone. Life is too short to live in the virtual world.
7. USE ALL ENERGY TO NOT ADOPT A DOG
Working in a place surrounded by dogs is the swellest place on earth to spend my working days. But it poses the risk of obtaining a posse of greyhounds on a weekly basis. Max is incredibly worried that I’ll come home with a gaggle of lurchers or staffie’s in tow one day. The risk is real. So this year, despite all my yearning for a four-legged friend in our home, I must use all my energy to help raise money for dogs but not take any on myself. It’s only 5th January and I’m drained.
What kinda goals are you guys setting? Would love to hear about ’em.
2017 let’s do this.