We are now two weeks into the new year and like many others, I have been thinking a lot about what I would like to achieve within the next year. I am a big believer that we should all set goals. Setting goals is important because it motivates us and gives us something to aim towards that will have a positive effect on our lives or help us grow as individuals.
Here are my goals for 2018:
To travel more within my own country
Travel has now become a big part of my life and I think it is fair to say that I have definitely caught the travel bug. However, I haven’t travelled much within the UK, instead choosing to jet of to countries overseas. This year, I have decided to make a conscious effort to explore more of my own country and I am so excited to do so.
To get out of debt
Okay so I will hold my hands up and admit that I should have done this already, but booking flights and creating amazing memories seemed way more fun than paying off my student overdraft. This year I vow to pay off all my current debts (well, except my unthinkable student loan) and start to put more money into savings.
To keep a gratitude journal
In the past, I have spoken about why we need to stop striving for perfection and comparing ourselves to others. Although I don’t tend to discuss it, I wrote that post because I always tend to focus on negative experiences and thoughts that pop into my head and this is something that I want to change.
After recently creating memory journals for my little sisters, I realised how much I have missed getting creative for myself and not just at work. This is why I have chosen to start keeping a weekly gratitude journal. I hope that this will help me focus on positivity and good experiences.
To sell at makers markets and open an Etsy shop
Selling at makers markets is something that I have wanted to do for quite a while, but struggled to find the time because I was always studying or working. This year, I want to spend more time getting creative outside of work and create handmade products to sell online and at makers markets in my hometown.
To blog at least once a week
Admittedly, I haven’t exactly stuck to a regular blogging schedule. However, my time has freed up a bit more recently and I have a lot of ideas for future blog posts that I am super excited about. I will be posting at least once a week if not more and I can’t wait to get more content out.
To learn a new language
As I have got older, I have regretted not paying attention in my language lessons in high school. I would love to travel to a country overseas and have the ability to converse with the locals and truly immerse myself in that countries culture.
To become more minimalist
In recent months, I have been looking a lot into minimalism and the benefits that it can have on your life and wellbeing. In an attempt to clear my mind and save more money, I have started to declutter my bedroom and vowed to stop buying into consumerism. I would rather spend my money on life-changing experiences over buying into the latest fashion trends or gadgets that I don’t need and won’t make me happy in the long run.
I would love to know what your goals are for 2018. Share them in the comments below!