2017 has actually been a really phenomenal year for me personally, and it’s a bit scary to admit that. Sometimes it’s terrifying to say that you’ve been happy because you’re afraid that it will all disappear. And I am. I’m scared to let 2017 go!
And I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions, but luckily there’s quite a lot that I am looking forward to in 2018.
Some specific things I’m looking forward in 2018:
- Seeing Hamilton in just a few days!
- Being in my first play in years and getting to strut my stuff at the Theatre Royal.
- Being booked in with a sought-after, amazing tattoo artist in March.
- Turning 30 in May.
- A trip with Sam’s family to Cornwall in early June.
- A trip to Scotland with my aunt in July.
- Celebrating Harold’s first birthday.
- (Hopefully!!!!) qualifying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK in the summer.
- A trip to America to be a bridesmaid in one of my dearest friend’s weddings in October.
And some slightly less specific goals for 2018:
I think one of my biggest motivations for 2018 is finding a house. Sam and I have saved up a large deposit, but my visa status threw a huge spanner in the works. Then Halifax slightly sorted us out and we found one of the last affordable houses in York. We made an offer, and the offer was accepted. Only to then get the survey back to find that it was basically illegal that the current owner was renting it out as it was so structurally unsound and that we’d have to spend tens of thousands just to get it safe enough to move in to. So potentially back to the drawing board.
I’ll also be (hopefully) getting my first doula clients in 2018. So if you know anyone in the York area who is pregnant, send them my way! And who knows, if all goes well with my visa application maybe this year will finally be the year that we start our own little family.
I made a lot of positive health changes in 2017, from running the Great North Run to adopting a plant-based diet, so in 2018 I’ve love to carry-on the same way. I’d also love to continue my exploration of alternative healing and lifestyles (meditation, acupuncture, tarot, crystals).
I’d love to hit my Goodreads goal of 100 books for 2018.
In terms of this space, I’ve been really proud of the content that I wrote in 2017, and continually found myself inspired to write and really felt like my voice was strong this year. Long may it continue! I also have loved my instagram account lately (though the algorithm doesn’t) and had a lot of movement and growth on it this year. It’s a big goal, but I’d love to hit 10k this year. And I’d also love to increase the income that I am making from this space and fully work for myself in 2018.
My main hope for the new year is to continue down the same road that I’ve been on this past year. To focus on being as healthy as possible, attuned to my own spirituality and to embrace life as much as possible. I want to continue exploring new places, travel as much as possible (probably limited because of my visa costs and our America trip this year), but still have weekends to potter around the house singing to myself whilst cooking and taking Harold out for casual strolls.
So here’s to a hopefully harmonious 2018!
What are you looking forward to this year?