Photo of a bronze glitter diary with twenty eighteen written on it in black font, pink hello kitty pen and mug of tea. Sitting on top of a marble surface with fairy lights

Happy New Year!

I had the best intentions to post this earlier this week. But having plans every day between Christmas and New Year left me feeling pretty tired. So I’ve been enjoying the last few days with no plans and getting to spend time with just Mark.

Mark and I saw the new year in chilling in our flat. This Hogmanay we decided we weren’t going to make any plans and it was really nice! We ate pizza, caught up on TV from the festive period and had a few drinks. 2018 was the first year in a really long time (possibly ever as an adult) that I’ve not woken up hungover on New Years Day.

If you read my last post you will know I’m kinda glad we’ve started a new year. The new year always seems to fill people with a kind of hope. 365 days to hopefully fill with fun and happiness. For me, things are already starting better than 2017. I start a new job this month. And a job I wanted, rather than one I got just cause I needed a job. It seems like with most things in life, once you stop desperately trying for something and come to the realisation that it might not happen, it happens.

I start a job that has marketing in the job title! Something I’ve been trying to get for about four years. And much more seriously over the last year. Although I did have a marketing job for a short time it really wasn’t what I was looking for and was much more a sales role.

Now we’re in 2018 and it’s time to look at the year ahead. Every year I like to set some goals (not resolutions). This year I’m going to try and keep them manageable and realistic, as I don’t think I really did that with my goals last year. Before I get into this years, let’s have a look at my 2017 goals and how I did with hitting them.

Blog more often – This one I did. Maybe not as much as I wanted but I’ve felt more confident with my writing and a bit more like I’ve found my voice and writing style. I also moved my blog over to WordPress and gave it a wee make-over. When I say me, I mean Mark. He busted a gut getting it looking great and doing all the technical/coding stuff.

Spend less time stressing – NOPE! 2017 was a really stressful year.

Get an awesome new job – Erm, nope. I did have a job for a couple of months. But it was far from awesome. In fact, I hated it, more than being unemployed. I learned a pretty good lesson from this experience though – listen to my gut.

So what are my 2018 goals?

Get the most out my new job.

The job I’m starting this month is a temporary contract for eight to nine months. Although it’s only temporary, it’s a marketing job. I want to make sure that I learn as much as I can so that I can get another marketing job after it.

Start doing yoga.

I’m not talking every day, but at least a few times a week. My muscles get really tight from running and I think yoga will help me. Plus I need to try something to maybe help me relax a bit.

Improve photography.

I actually went to a photography workshop last year and finally got my camera off auto. I want to keep practising and get better.

Be a better adult.

We have run out of loo roll on more than one occasion in the last year. I never do housework often enough, and more times than is acceptable there have been full washes done of just underwear… As adults in our thirties, we should be better than this! So that’s something I’m definitely working on this year. With Mark, because you know, I’m not solely responsible for all household duties.

VLOG!

I’ve been saying I’ll do this for a while. During 2017 I did actually film and edit some videos but never got the guts to put them up. I want to do this during 2018. With my blog turning five this year I feel like it’s time to try it. If anything I will learn a new skill and that’s never a bad thing!

 

So there you go, my 2018 goals. Have you set goals or made resolutions? If so, I would love to hear what you’re looking to achieve this year.

 

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I’m so glad it’s the start of another year.

2016 was not a good year in general for the world but upon reflection in comparison to 2015 for me it was pretty good.

In terms of the goals I set for myself at the start of 2016 I think I’ve achieved all of them – I did blog slightly more than in 2015 and I saw more places, and more in Scotland. Mark took me to Skye in February for Valentines and we had a really fun trip, plus I got to see the fairy pools, they were pretty cool! We spent five days in Amsterdam in May. I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and it’s like nowhere I have been before. I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but the fact that you just walked into the Red Light district was unexpected! We walked a lot, we drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of pancakes and caramel waffles. I also moved in with Mark last year which was pretty cool, we spent a lot of time together anyway so this way just all my stuff is here with me.

My most important goal was to have more fun during 2016, and I definitely had fun during the last year. Mark and I went to lots of good gigs and had fun days out in Scotland. We spent a weekend in June glamping and climbed two Munros in one day, the first two Mark had climbed and four and five for me.

So, 2017 is going to a bit of a strange one for me. After eight and a half years of working for the same company I’m going to be getting made redundant at the end of February. While the thought of starting somewhere new is terrifying, I’m looking forward to it and seeing it as a really good opportunity to do something I’d like to do, hopefully something creative!

I’ve said before that I’m not one for resolutions but I like to set myself some goals for the year ahead, so here are my 2017 goals.

Eat more healthy. I consider myself to be fairly healthy to start with but I want to stop picking at food that is unhealthy and having wee slips that mean I over indulge. It seems that the key to achieving this is prep, prep, prep. Which probably means dedicating one of my weekend days to making food. I like cooking so I’m pretty sure this is doable.

Blog more often. I say this every year, but this year will be more about taking time to write and plan posts.

Stress less. I’m a worrier, and a pretty highly strung person. I can worry about the day that will never come. I also don’t really take a lot of time to relax. I feel a bit guilty about sitting doing nothing, however this year I’ll be doing more of this. I want to read more, take more baths and just spend some time relaxing. I’m also planning on having at least one night a week with no devices, I know I’ll not be the only person who’s capable of spending hours sitting on social media!

Get myself an awesome new job! Apart from the fact I’ll need to get a new job, I actually want one. I don’t really have plans to take any time off or be a lady of leisure for any length of time, I really think I would be bored if I didn’t work! My current job as a PA is good but I’m not looking to be a PA for someone else. For years I’ve been interested in web content/design and social media so I’m holding out for a job in that area. If anyone is recruiting…

There you have it, my totally achievable goals for this year. Have you set any resolutions or goals for this year? I’d love to hear them!

xxx
 
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