Wednesday, 10 January 2018

2018 is the year of...

My goals for 2018 image.

I thought I would try something a little bit different this year instead of setting myself the traditional list of goals I have published the past couple of years. You can check out my 2016 Goals and 2017 Goals which I have actually been pretty successful with. I like setting goals, it helps keeps me focused and also gives me direction when reflecting on the years as a whole. Instead of telling myself what I'd like to do and achieve, I thought I would simply decide what path I want 2018 to take and be a bit more assertive and I'd share it on my blog so that I could look back at the end of the year and see how well I did.

2018 is the year of putting myself and my health first. 
I think this is my most important focus point for the year. I can be a bit of a workaholic, yet can also get myself into a bit of an unhealthy rut sometimes. I put off making appointments for things like the doctors and the dentist for as long as possible. 'If I ignore the problem it'll just go away' has been my exceptionally unhelpful philosophy for the past few years and it really needs to change. If I don't feel up to doing something I am going to just say no. If I feel like I'm getting run down then I'm going to take time off for myself. Self care Sundays are becoming a regular thing (an excellent excuse for a bubble bath and a full on pamper sesh) but it really is more than that. Taking the time to even just moisturise after a shower or spending that little bit longer making myself a healthier meal because I deserve it.

2018 is the year of determination.
I still need to secure that ever elusive internship for next Summer and I am even more determined after sending off some applications and having an interview (which I did think went really well...)  to make one successful. I know how much my time and work is worth and I think I need to start believing in myself a little more. I worked hard last semester, really hard, and my results reflected that for me. It made it all that little bit more worth it. I know that if I try just as hard or even that little bit harder I can do well, or at least give myself the best possible chance of doing well. I have a whole new set of modules and classes and I am determined to get stuck in. That being said...

2018 is the year I cut myself some slack.
Without a doubt, I am my own worst enemy. I'm the first to criticise myself and put myself down if I don't manage things quite the way I want to. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well, but I definitely need to be a bit kinder to myself if I'm having an off day or don't do as well as I want to.

2018 is the year of new relationships. 
Coming back from my year abroad has meant that I am in classes with a whole new year group of people so I have already met so many new people this semester. Most of my friends will be graduating in the Summer and I am still going to be at university for another year. Luckily, my German class became a lot closer when we were all away, we went on trips together and visited each other in our different cities. So whilst I will still know a small group of people in St. Andrews come September, it's going to be a year full of new relationships and friendships, which is such an exciting thought. I am so lucky that one of my best friends Louise will also still be in St. Andrews next year, but it will be such a strange experience to live in my favourite little town without some of the people that make it so special.

2018 is the year I get a bit stronger.
Both literally and metaphorically. I do want to work on becoming fitter and stronger throughout the year. Netball has definitely improved my fitness but towards the end of the year I slowly lost motivation and often found myself too tired to give my all in the sessions. I want to try and go to the gym at least once a week on top of my netball sessions to work on my core strength which will hopefully also help my game improve. Mentally, I want to be stronger and believe in myself a little bit more and get back to sassy boss Zara that I think I lost a little bit this year.

Some of my favourite blogger gals have also posted their goals and some of them have really resonated with me too.
Abbi talked about practising self care a little more in her post on starting the new year in a positive note. Chloe posted an ultimate list of what she is giving a shit about in 2018 and what just really isn't important. It is such an inspiring read and I'd definitely recommend it if you're needing a bit of perspective going into 2018.
Finally, the lovely Sophie posted about 6 habits she wants to kick in 2018 and I have to say, endless scrolling is something I am so guilty of and I want to stop in 2018 too. It takes up so much time, especially in the mornings when I could be so much more productive and get in a half hour of reading my favourite blogs instead of just scrolling through twitter and instagram.

Let me know in the comments what 2018 is going to be for you! I love reading them :) I don't normally post pictures of myself on here, but I thought this one encapsulates me at my best self in 2017. I have no makeup on, I was travelling around Lake Garda as part of my trip to Italy for my birthday, I'm beside the sea and carefree. I want 2018 to be a bit more like that.



  1. I LOVE this, especially the determination! You can do it girl!!

    1. Thanks so much lovely! I hope you have a great 2018 too! x

  2. Yes! New relationships, totally get the my friends are all graduating part. I feel a bit overwhelmed by that...

    Catherine -

    1. Thanks Catherine, it's nice to know there are other people in the same boat even if it is a crappy feeling! I'm sure you will make lots of new friends too! x

  3. I love this approach to the new year! Best of luck with all your goals! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  4. totally agree with your health goals! Put yourself first! Health is most important :) Good luck with getting stronger - I believe in you :) Just followed you on Bloglovin my lovely xo

    1. Thank you so much! It really is, I've already made appointments I've been putting off and I feel so much better for it! xx

  5. Love how you've done this, it's a nice take on new year's resolutions! I'm hoping to get stronger this year too and I'm really loving the gym right now so I hope I can keep it up. Good luck to you xx

    1. Thank you for reading Megan! Good luck with the gym! :) xx

  6. Awesome goals! I especially agree with putting yourself and your health first. It truly is important to know when to say no and to have much needed time for yourself because there really are times when life can get overwhelming. This is one of the things I'm carrying over from last year to this year, too!

    Followed you on Bloglovin'! I look forward to reading more of your writings :)

    1. Thank you Anna! So glad you liked the post :) xx


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