The Goals I Want To Accomplish By 2018.

Whenever Autumn arrives it feels like it gives me permission to set some things into motion, to start afresh and to think about any goals I'd like to accomplish. So here I am with TOWIE on as background noise (I can't help it), a fresh cup of tea and some chocolate and pumpkin spiced brownies, they're delicious by the way and from the Coop! 

2018 is on the horizon and quite frankly, 2017 hasn't been too bad of a year. Despite there being some challenging moments, I'm referring to the fact I started a new job which isn't going to plan at the moment, 2017 has probably been one of the most fulfilling years for me.

November marks 4 years since I graduated from university and I do believe it's down to this alone that I'm reflecting on elements of my life more. I also visited Coventry recently just to have a mooch around When I try to figure out what the goals are, I think of all that has already passed me by and take notice to the things which I'm thinking I want to be better.


- Try Something New  - 
Me and Jordan tend to go on our merry way in our relationship and as individuals, comfortable with how we choose to spend our evenings doing the same thing. This can lead us to staying close to the same routine, never sampling something different and trying something new, especially as a individual. I'd like to have a go at doing some more exercise, my time is limited but hopefully, there's a chance of signing up to a local gym or joining a yoga class soon. 

- Make Time For Friends - 
To some people, this may seem like the easiest goal to achieve but when you live miles away from your friends and with commitments to other things it's not always easy to get together for a sustainable time that seems worthwhile. I want to spend a couple of weekends a month going to see some friends, and maybe just making more time to have conversations with them too.

- Read 9 More Books - 
I had the challenge to read 50 books this year, it's fair to say that I set my goal too high. I've managed to read 26 books this year but I'd love it if I could reach a goal of 35, so near but so far but far better than other years when I barely got past 10. I have created quite the list of books to read but I've decided to bring together the 9 I want to read more than any others, now I just need to make sure to make time in my schedule to relax and enjoy some reading.

- Face Your Fears Head Down - 
I am struggling more than I have in months (maybe years) with my mental health, to the point where I've been shaking in tears and fear takes control of me. It's the scariest thing and I'm unable to control it. I'm 26 and don't want it to plague my life into my 30s, I've lived with it for long enough already. I've taken it into my hands, been more proactive about seeing the doctors and organising therapy. I want to face the fears that grip my anxiety and find ways of managing it a lot better.

- Hit More Number Goals - 
'Blogging isn't about the numbers' is so cliche but I don't know a blogger who doesn't feel proud of their achievements and so they should. I have hit quite a few milestones already in 2017, over 5K on Pinterest, over 5K on Instagram (I don't know how I managed it either) and 9K on Twitter to name a few but I want to inch a little closer to some individual goals by the end of the year. I've got some work to do!

What are the goals you want to accomplish by 2018?




25 comments

  1. Trying something new and making time for friends are my two areas that need improvement. I tend to try something new more often. I have become such a recluse since starting working from home. I have no idea how to get away from that.

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    1. I think making time for your friends is definitely something which gets sidelined more than you think it does doesn't it?! I can imagine it's harder when you work from home, I would try and shift your pattern, maybe find another space to work from or schedule in an activity to do on a weekly basis?

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  2. Always good to have some resolutions before the start of a new year, it feels like you've done so much in a short space of time. Best of luck with them all, particularly the reading goal - I'm still 14 away from mine! x

    www.thedressdiaries.co.uk

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    1. Hi Leanne! Thanks, I think it's good to have goals before the new year too, it remotivates you (well it does me anyway!) I hope you manage to reach the reading goal, or just about there anyway! xx

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  3. I can relate to a lot of these, especially making more time for friends and trying something new! I've become so lazy in the last few months that I would just prefer to go home haha - that deffo needs to change! ALSO THOSE BROWNIES WTF.. I NEED THOSE ASAP! <3

    Tania | Teabee - UK Lifestyle, Beauty & Travel Blog xx

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    1. I've become lazy too, I think most of the time I also blame the amount of stuff I've got to catch up with on my blog (naughty!) I really do need to make time for it. Yes I know the brownies were such a good find, I would definitely give them a try! x

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  4. I love looking at the end of the year as a chance for improvement and growth, rather than just scrapping it as a "well, there is always next year." Time always seems to be the most precious commodity we have as adults. It is hard to use it well, while managing all of our desire to sit on the couch!

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    1. Yeah I think it's so easy to say and give into scraping it off too! It's about doing stuff NOW, even though time never seems to be on our side! xx

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  5. Loved your blog, are you open to guest bloggers/blogging opportunities?

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    1. Hi Sarah, Yeah I am definitely get in contact especially if they fit towards my niche :)
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  6. I love having goals, really does give you something to focus on and work towards. These are such great goals to achieve before 2018. Whilst everyone says blogging isn't about numbers, how do you know you are heading in the right direction and hard work is paying off without them!
    Keep going girl!
    a life of a charlotte
    x

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    1. Oh they do, I have a diary that has a list of 10 goals that I've made each half year for the last 3/4 years and it's such a good motivation tools! Yess definitely, blogging is as much about numbers as it is enjoying what you do and that for sure! xx

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  7. Great goals Emmie! Hope you manage to achieve all of them. It's so easy to get stuck in a rut, in a comfortable routine. One of my goals should definitely be to try something new, too! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thanks Aimee for your lovely comment really appreciate it, definitely hope you manage to try something new before the new year! xx

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  8. I totally get what you mean about a new job being challenging as I'm going through a similar situation myself. I'd never thought of setting goals in autumn for the end of the year but I think it would set you in such good stead for all those resolutions in the new year. Good luck with your goals! P.S. if it makes you feel any better, I've not even managed to read one book this year!

    Laura
    xo

    thefloralelephant.com

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    1. I'm sorry to hear your going through a similar thing Laura, hope it manages to get better for you! Is that because you don't enjoy reading or haven't had time? Hope you set yourselves some goals for the rest of the year :) xx

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  9. Well done on those numbers Emmie, that's incredible! You have some amazing goals and just reaching out for a hepling hand with mental health is amazing in itself. I hope you find therapy useful. <3
    Peta x www.pe-ta.com

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    1. Peta you babe! Thanks for your lovely comment, I hope I do too! I'm finally making a positive change to sorting it out so that's important :) xxx

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  10. Some great goals! I might have to steal a few ideas. ;) Good luck with your plans. :) x

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  11. I love reading bloggers' goals, they always inspire me! I have been trying to read more too! It's hard to find time as adult, but I used to so much growing up and I miss it! My other goal is to go to the gym more consistently. Good luck on your goals!

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  12. Chocolate & pumpkin spiced brownies?! They sound insanely good! These goals have definitely made me think about my own and I really need to start reading more books. I'm impressed by how many you get through! x x
    Ellis // www.elliswoolley.co.uk

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  13. Love these goals.
    Sorry you are have trouble with your health. I find my mental health flares this time of year due to the sun not being out as much. Something you could try is vitamin D; it’s not a solution, but it’s a little bit of support:) x

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  14. That's such a great list hun and I'm sure you will get there. Books is one that is always on my list - I used to read a LOT more books but that was when I used to have a 1 hour commute each way that I have now lost by working closer to home (it's been 3 years!). Instead of relying to my lack of gumption when it comes to picking up a book I have started using Audible a LOT more!

    Making time for friends is always one of those things that are 'best laid plans' and all that but after working several 13 hour shifts a week I just want me time. I have been very lucky this year though as my friends are just amazing and really do make the time to come to me.

    As for the gym - well haha! I have continued my membership as the package I have is an old one that I would NEVER get again so I go here and there but recently more so. I have also joined Class Pass for a little extra effort - it is AMAZING! Let me know if you wanna join it as I can send you a refer friend link!

    Great post hun - I really enjoyed reading it xx

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  15. Wow, that’s fab numbers for your blog and you should definitely be proud of your achievements Emmie ���� I’ve heard Pinterest is good for page views if used properly. Did you use Tailwind? I’ve had a fab year on the blog too but definitely realised I need to prioritise my time better next year to spend time with loved ones as I feel like I never have time for myself let alone anyone else!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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