What I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

Placing a glowing orb in a giant christmas tree

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? 

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  • Happy New Year! Hope you have a great year ahead.

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  • Happy new year, Amanda! I just wanted to say that the exact same thing happened to us when we were house hunting – the foundations were moving on the house we loved and the value was actually half what it was on the market for. We were absolutely gutted at the time (not least because we lost a fair bit of money on the survey and solicitors fees!) but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise and we found the lovely home we’re in now just a few months later. I hope the same happens for you guys very soon! x
    Sophie Cliff

    • Happy New Year Sophie!

      It’s so gutting isn’t it? (Not to mention frustrating to spend all that money!) It was also one of the last properties that was reasonably priced in York so we’ll be looking outside of York again, most likely. Hopefully we’ll find it soon! xxx

  • Cheers to a wonderful 2018 – may it be even better than 2017! I’m the same – 2017 was pretty good, but worried about jinxing it!

  • Happy New Year!
    So many exciting things to come in 2018! I’m also turning 30 this year and I’m ready πŸ˜‰

    • I’m really ready for it too! I thought maybe I’d be a bit sad, but I am absolutely not! Here’s to a great 30 year for us both! x

  • Ray

    Happy 2018! You have a great year planned out.

  • Happy New Year Amanda! Sounds so exciting! Wishing you all the best for 2018 πŸ™‚ x

    Kayleigh |

  • Congratulations on your year! It sounds wonderful, and I hope that 2018 is the year that your visa gets sorted and everything else surprises you in the best way possible. happy new year! x

  • Happy new year! Great things on the horizon and goals! xxx

  • What a wonderful year 2017 was for you! It sounds like 2018 will be even better. Happy New Years!

  • Good luck with everything…fingers crossed on the house for you!
    Abi xx

  • happy new year to you and Sam! 2018 already sounds like it’s going to be a good one for you! & good luck with the house hunting too! xxx

  • Happy New Year, Amanda! I’m sure 2018 will have even brighter and happier moments in store for you and Sam! xo

  • Happy new year! I am excited for you too. Sounds like some great things already lined up for you next year.Cheers to more happy moments to come.

  • I cannot wait to follow along your journey with you this year, it’s going to be such an exciting one for you! Eeeeeek πŸ™‚ When you’re in Cornwall in June we should definitely make 2018 the year we meet in person and go for a doggy beach stroll or something! Alice xxx

    • Yes please! I think it’s the very first week in June close to Penzance (I’m not sure all the details as it was organised by them) but we’ll definitely have Harold and we should absolutely meet up! I’ll let you know the itinerary of family plans when I get a bit more clued it! x

  • happy 2018

  • So many exciting things ahead for you in 2018, Amanda. I really love reading a fellow voice in the travel blogging world that also is interested in, as you put it, “alternative healing and lifestyles.” I find it really inspiring! I can’t wait to see what adventures you have this year πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Sarah! I’m so excited to read about your travels and being in America (though of course excited for you and Dan to see each other whenever possible!) x

  • Ahhhh Happy New Year! What a happy, positive post, it really made me smile!
    Exciting about your tattoo, I want a new one! I’m also turning 30 this year, and we’re hoping to sell our flat later this year so we can move and potentially give Dougie a brother or sister…
    Your content this year has been amazing, and I’ve been loving your Instagram. That’s so exciting about potential doula clients!! You’ve got so many exciting things ahead of you this year 😊
    Hels xx

    • Eek! I can’t wait for Dougie to have a sibling. Do you think you’d stay in London?

      Your year is going to be so exciting! I can’t wait to see what happens for you in 2018! x

  • It sounds like a great plan — all of it! An exciting year on the horizon … all the best in 2018!

  • Kourtney Reece

    Happy New Year! You have a lot to look forward to. Especially that tattoo. I’ve always wanted one, but I’m such a chicken. I don’t like needles. I say every year I’m going to get one, but then I back out. I think my main goals for this year is getting the hang of blogging (it’s not so easy creating a website), increasing my followers on social media, doing some sponsor work for companies, and traveling. My Goodreads goal is also 100 books so we’ll see how that goes. And I got my first ARC from an author for an honest review, so I’m excited about that. We’ll see how 2018 turns out. Your journey seems super exciting and I can’t wait to see it all. x

    • I don’t like needles either and getting blood drawn is something that I hate but the first time I got a tattoo, I didn’t mind it as much. We’ll see how it goes this second time! I’m so excited to see where the next year takes you and read your blog! I hope you have the best year ever! xxx

  • Happy New Year! So exciting that you want to full-time work for yourself in 2018. I hope it happens!!

  • I’m so excited for you – it sounds like your year is shaping up to be another amazing one.

    Honestly I’m afraid to look forward to anything in 2018. I dared to be hopeful about 2017 only to find myself starting this year in the exact same position.

    • Oh Bev. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed and thinking of you. I hope your 2018 is so much, much better than 2017! x

  • Happy new year Amanda! So sorry to hear about the issues with your house, I can totally understand! Wishing you a house for 2018 πŸ™‚ And yay for all the other fantastic things you’re looking forward to! Especially the trip to the US, you haven’t gone in a while right?xx

    • Thanks Camila!

      I haven’t been back to the US since summer of 2013 so by the time I go for the wedding it will just have been over 5 years – which is insane! Do I lose my American status for that? x

  • Dana

    It looks like you have a lot to look forward to! Good luck with visas, mortgages, travels, and more! I’m looking forward to seeing Hamilton in May! All the best for 2018!

  • Sounds like a lovely year ahead and really hope the house hunting goes well!! x

  • I think it’s great that you’re going into the new year with so many things already planned to look forward to. It’s barely just begun and it looks like you already have so much to celebrate! I think being in a play is especially exciting – I assume you’re going to blog about it?

    GOOD LUCK with the indefinite leave to remain! In February I will finally get to apply for my spouse visa to join my husband in the UK since he’s finally met the income requirement and I’m a whole mix of emotions over it. Anyone who thinks going through the immigration process is easy has no idea. It’s been six years and Dave and I are just now getting to the point where we should be able to live in the same country. I’m so ready.

    I’ve been a bit MIA lately, but love your content and hope to become a regular reader again! You have such a kind, friendly soul. It’s nice to visit a blog and feel like you’re catching up with someone (and I appreciate that you respond to comments as well)! Here’s to a positive 2018 <3

    Asti |

    • Oh Asti, my heart really goes out to you with the wait for the financial requirement. That’s EXACTLY what we went through a few years ago. And when I renewed my visa last year (and in the preparation for the ILR) I always stress about the money factor as we always just squidge by the income requirement by the skin of our teeth. As you can probably understand, I can’t wait for this nightmare to be behind us (hopefully!)

      Do you think you’ll start blogging more again in 2018! Here’s to a positive 2018 for us both and that you get to the UK asap! xxx

  • I take each day as it comes, and I am lucky that for the most part I am a happy person with people around me that make me happy

  • Ashley Angle

    It sounds like you have yourself set up for another great year! You are truly inspirational.

  • Here’s to a fantastic 2018!!

  • RosieBaillie

    Here’s to a wonderful 2018 for you, Sam, and adorable little Harold! Sounds like you’ve got some great plans in the works, and I really hope you visa goes through smoothly.

  • I so wish that I lived in the UK close to you so you could one day be my doula! I’m so excited for this new adventure in your life and to see what 2018 brings for you! πŸ™‚ xo

    • I wish I could be! If you ever need any support (even if it’s just someone to complain to or a virtual shoulder to cry on- just pop me an email!) xx

  • ninegrandstudent

    I have my fingers crossed for your visa – and I’m so excited to see what 2018 brings for you!


  • Miu

    This is such a lovely prospect! I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that everything works out well for you.

  • What a great year you have ahead of you, Amanda! Fingers crossed you get indefinite leave to remain and I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures in Scotland and Cornwall!

  • Sounds like you already have an amazing 2018 planned!! Good luck in your play! I can’t wait to hear how it turns out. And 100 books in a year is a pretty amazing goal, I usually get in 25-30 books a year. You’ll have to share some of your favorites along the way.

  • Your 2018 is sounding so exciting so far! Scotland and Cornwall are two of my absolute favourite places in the UK (especially the highlands of Scotland).
    Good Luck with the indefinite leave to remain! And the house buying too! I can’t even imagine how stressful they must be!
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  • SO many beautiful things to look forward to this year! And I hope all the goals that you listed here will be achieved. Good luck!

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