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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

17 things I want to achieve in 2017

I don't like the idea of resolutions. The idea that once a new year hits, you have to reinvent parts of yourself which inevitably fail over the coming months. Each year I try and think of something positive to change in the new year and the pressure to stick to it normally breaks after a month or so. This year I'm going to set some realistic goals that I can achieve throughout the year. I don't want to start them all at once, nor am I going to beat myself up if I don't succeed. I just want to try. 






  1. Travel More - I want to spend time with my family travelling more. From weekends away to exploring a new part of the area we live in, I want to see more and explore more. We don't have a lot of money, so it will all be on budget, but I want to go on some adventures.
  2. Eat Healthier - Everyone starts 2017 with saying they are going to eat healthier and I'm no different. Working in the evenings means that I normally eat way later than what I should be, so I'm going to focus on having bigger meals earlier throughout the day and a lighter dinner. We love cooking stews and soups, using our slow cooker and soup maker so we are going to use them a lot more for wholesome family meals.
  3. Save Money - I'm not too sure how I'm going to do this as we never have much left at the end of the month. But we want to own our own house within 5 years so saving needs to happen ASAP.
  4. Do The Hustle - I want to find some freelance clients. Since graduating in social media management I've been volunteering for a local sports club and increased their reach etc ten fold. By adding a few clients to my day to day life, it will bring in some much needed income and lead me one step closer to my dream career.
  5. Go On A Date - Me and Scott very rarely get time to go on date nights. With me working evenings and Scott working weekends, we hardly have a moment together that doesn't involve us falling asleep on the sofa. We got given a bit of money to go on a weekend away so I'm trying to find somewhere in the UK that we can book and go to. We need to rekindle us as a couple.
  6. Read More Books - Despite being a bookseller and reading more than most, I still find myself gravitating towards my phone in the evening. I'm making a conscious effort to reach for books instead as it helps me relax before bed. I'm creating a bullet journal just for my reading and hope to fill it with some fantastic tales.
  7. Write That Book - That one that I've had sat on my desktop for years, the one that I transferred from one computer to the other. That one that will have at least half of it written by the end of 2017. I promise!
  8. Have More Friends Round - We have a small flat, but there's more than enough space for hosting guests. I'm always the last minute type to inviting people over, so I'm going to make an effort to have more people over.
  9. Do More For Charity - I've loved the past year I've had with YWT and EHRC and I can't wait to see what this year has in store. I want to do more and try and push for more change. Be more vocal and see what happens.
  10. Stop Worrying About Stats - This one is blog related. Ever since I started blogging, it's always been about the numbers and I want to take a step back. Work on brand relationships I love and writing content that I want to write. I want to look back on this little site in a few years time and be proud of what I've written.
  11. Shoot More Videos - I want to start videoing my life, having clips of things we have done and places we have been. I intend to do mini videos every month of highlights of our time. Something to look back on and smile.
  12. Love Myself - This one is a hard one. It's easy to love and appreciate those around you, but much harder to love and appreciate yourself. I constantly dismiss the things I've done and shrug them off as nothing. But I want to own them, be proud of what i have achieved and be strong in the knowledge that I can succeed.
  13. Learn A New Skill - Even if it's just a new way of cooking a dish. I want to say that I learnt something new in 2017.
  14. Go To More Shows - I am a theatre junkie and Scott loves to watch live comedy. We very rarely get to go to either but I want to make an effort to see some more things. I'm already taking Scott to see Rob Beckett, going to see Rent with my best friend and taking Max to see the Christmasaurus so I'm off to a good start!
  15. Grow My Blog - I love this little part of the internet that I call mine. I want to grow it and I know it contradicts the stats post. But I want to focus more in interaction and having a readership that wants to read what I write.
  16. Reconnect - With the age of social media, it should be easier to talk to loved ones. But I find that the weeks runs away with me and I'm still to reply to that email or give that person a call. I'm going to make an effort to write letters, call people and see people more.
  17. Being Happy - I'm fed up of having days where I'm miserable. I want to laugh more, smile more and be generally happier. 2017 will be the year of the smile. 
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  1. Oh yes! It`s Napoleon's plans! But I will not do half of these points. My dream is to learn how to write beautifully. I'm in the process, but as long as I use uk essay writer . So I wish you to achieve all purposes that you want.

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