People seem to be as divided about setting resolutions and goals as they are whether Yorkshire puddings should be on Christmas dinner or not- but being the kind of gal that has Yorkies with her turkey (I know, sorry), I’ve decided to pop down some little hopes and goals for the year ahead onto paper, or, post…
Although I know it totally doesn’t work for everyone (heck, it doesn’t always work for me), last year on a selection of dog eared post-it notes, I wrote down a few things I wanted to achieve by the time the year was over- some I managed, some I didn’t. Looking back on those I didn’t complete didn’t make me feel like I’d underachieved, but checking back on them throughout the year felt like a nice little driving force for pushing myself towards some of the things I wanted to tick off, or at least make progress towards- and this year I wanted to do the same, as a reminder if nothing else!
My goals have definitely evolved and become more realistic year on year too- and I think sometimes looking back, even without realising, can show how far you’ve come. This time last year I was determined to hit 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, and until just over halfway into the year I started feeling a bit down that I hadn’t quite managed it. Looking back- I’ve realised that in hindsight, setting numerical targets ain’t always the be all and end all. Last year I created some of the content on YouTube I’m most proud of, started finding my place on the platform, grew some loyal viewers- and have gone into a new year feeling more motivated than I ever have- showing that, hey, maybe if you don’t even ‘complete’ a target, you can learn something important from it anyway.
So maybe, just sometimes writing down hopes and dreams (even if that hope is just making it out of your PJs) is just what the doctor ordered, and I certainly try and see them as the start of a fresh term, and a few small pockets of opportunity if nothing else.
A girl can dream, right?
Get Back Behind The Wheel
One of the things I regret the most is not getting straight behind the wheel after I passed my test. Even typing that makes me cross at myself, as in general- I’m somebody who knows what’s good for them and I was SO determined to not let fear, anxiety or a lack of confidence stop me- and I only went and left it, COME ON WOMAN. Despite everyone (and their cousins dogs) telling me to ‘just give it a go’, I’m still mastering the confidence, and although it only took a couple of ill timed stalls (read: at the front of a set of traffic lights)- this year I don’t want to write a road trip off again. It may only be a ten minute drive to the gym, but if I can finally put the pedal to the metal (or at least maintain a sensible 30mph) I’ll be a happy girl.
Be A Routine Queen
Routine is something I totally thrive from having, and despite this- it’s something I find most difficult to maintain. Towards the end of last year I’d almost completely fallen off of the home-cooking and life admin wagon- leaving a very patient Joe doing most evening meals, while I rushed through unanswered emails and last minute things I hadn’t managed to fit in during the day. Perhaps it’s a time management thing, but this year I’m trying to plan my days and weeks better so that weekends and evenings at home are just that- time to switch off, make time for one another and enjoy the things that don’t involve work and appreciate what matters most.
Ditching The ‘C’ Word
Not that one- you cheeky bunch! But, on the topic of work comes numbers, comparison and self doubt- three things I’m aiming to shake out of my career catalogue and wash out of my hurrr for good. Being in a job that’s so heavily defined by the figures next to your name can sometimes mean you spend more time worrying about them than actually getting anything done- with the same going for what other people are doing too. Having written this blog for 8 years this year, it’s so easy to feel a little bit uncool when lots of ~bright young things~ are popping up and seemingly doing something more exciting (ain’t that the perils of the ‘net). But, as Jen so eloquently put in her post about being an OG Blogger (nana Liv had to Google too, dw), ‘Do you think a Doctor gets to eight years into their career and thinks they can’t do it anymore? No, they actually are more likely to say I have ‘X years’ experience, and that’s exactly how anyone feeling like an OG blogger should take it’- YOU GOT THIS LIV, remember you know what you’re doing. Most of the time, anyway.
Become Nick Knowles (…just without the hit single or television show)
Another thing I really want to tick off this year is to finish decorating our spare room and bedroom. Since moving in we haven’t really had a moment to sit down and work out how we’d like either to really look, but by starting with the office I’m hoping to make a bit of a before and after project a go go this month. We’ve already got quotes from a carpenter and ordered some paint samples so maybe this’ll be the year I really start honing in on my DIY potential. Maybe.
Plan Our Wedding
Having moved our wedding to 2019 to allow a little more time for planning and saving, I’m really excited to sit down and get thinking about our big day. Not a goal as such- more something I need to do, but I’m endlessly excited about planning every out every little detail and finally trying on some dresses- starting with a little visit this weekend! I’ve got plenty of post ideas planned too, so let me know if wedding content is your bag and I’ll take note.
What are you hopes for the year ahead? I also just remembered I did this 25 before 25 list, so if I ever needed any 6 month resolutions there’s that too! Although there’s definitely a few that I’ve dropped with age- strawberry picking and DJ-ing aren’t perhaps as high up on my ambitions list as they once were)…