2017 has been a big year. For the world, not so great, and for me personally, a huge year of change. We moved countries, I got my first career job at a company I adore, and got my first ‘big-girl’ flat with my boyfriend. 2018 will be an opportunity for stability. I have been ‘in-transit’ for a good few years now, whether preparing to go travelling after uni, actually travelling for 11 months, or living in Sydney and preparing to move to London. I am at a point in my life where I have the time to focus on things that I care about, and I intend to do just that. So, here is a brief list of my ‘focal-points’ of 2018, and yes, one of them is ‘work out and eat healthy’, but hear me out on my reason for including it.
Eat healthy and work out more
I have struggled for many years with confidence and body image. I find, when I work out regularly, it vastly improves my mental well-being, and gives me more confidence regardless of whether or not I see any physical changes. This year, whereas before I would be more focused on aesthetics and losing a certain amount of weight, I will focus on felling strong, achieving personal goals, and making and eating food that makes me feel good from the inside out.
Improve my graphic design skills
I surprised myself greatly in 2017 by realising that I have a bit of a knack for the adobe creative suite. I have used InDesign and Illustrator to create basic designs for work, and completed a photoshop course at the end of the year at LCC. In 2018, I want to hone these skills and improve my abilities, allowing myself to focus on being creative and actually designing stuff.
This may seem like a silly one as I have spent a good portion of the last few years travelling, but I want to have some time with my love to explore what Europe has to offer, especially while I have my soon-to-be-blue-and-useless British passport. Note to self: apply for Irish passport as soon as poss. Top of our list – a big trip to Greece and Italy, as well as shorter city breaks in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
Slightly ironic writing this on a blog I wish I contributed to more, but I PROMISE I WILL. I want to build a body of work I can be proud of, and whilst I am proud of the content I put onto this blog, I want more of it, dammit.
Take more pictures
As if this is a 2018 goal! I already take more pictures than I’m sure many people deem is appropriate, but one thing I am proud of is how many wonderful memories I captured with my camera whilst travelling. In 2018 I want to have more pictures that I can look back on in 20 years and think ‘well done me’.
Get out more
As is so easy to do in the dark winter months, I tend to become bit of a hermit, and then feel bad and then start to avoid initiating plans with friends because I feel ashamed I haven’t contacted them earlier. I certainly have a few social weekends for the first couple of months of 2018, so I hope to start as I mean to go on and see more of those I love.
Whilst these goals aren’t necessarily specific, if I can turn around at the end of 2018 and feel like I have achieved something in any one of these spheres, I will be happy. Here’s hoping 2018 is a year of stability and positivity and not too much of the raging dumpster fire that was the news of 2017 carries over. A girl can dream.