I’m not sure why but I have a good feeling about 2018. There’s an inkling inside me that suggests great things are on their way. There’s already a change of apartment previewed, as well as a trip to America and a couple of exciting work projects. However, no matter what my gut-feeling says about this year, I think it’s important to spend some time to envisage the year ahead and come up with some goals to help you make 2018 your best year yet. My personal goals include everything from managing my financing better, to learning to use Photoshop. Hopefully by sharing them below, you’ll feel encouraged to set some goals for yourself, and if you already have some, make sure you leave me a comment and share them below.
Go above and beyond
When you’re busy or stressed it’s easy to have a ‘near enough is good enough’ attitude. Occasionally this is necessary, particularly if you’re feeling overwhelmed, but this year I’m trying to avoid this completely. I plan on putting 110% into my work, pushing myself to create my best content yet and stepping outside my comfort zone to bring you more Instagram stories and videos. I also plan on going the extra mile for friends and family. I want to put them first more often and go the extra mile to show them I care.
I feel honoured to work in the blogging industry but I do find it hard to disconnect. More often than not my eyes are glued to my phone and sadly I’m often half present when I’m spending time with my husband. This year I’m going to set myself work hours (this is harder than you think when you work from home) and once my ‘work day’ is up, I plan on keeping tech time minimal.
Boy oh boy is this something I struggle with! This year though, I’m taking saving seriously and making sure I put a reasonable amount aside every month. I recently bought a book called The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape. The author shares some great strategies to help you grow your savings and ensure your finances stay in-check. Perhaps if you’re interested I’ll talk a little more about this topic in future.
Work on a long-term plan
This year is all about focusing on long-term projects. I love blogging but I’d like to set up a side project for A Parisian Journey that might be more secure on a long-term basis. It’s still early days and whilst I have a few ideas in mind nothing has been locked in yet. I plan on spending the first few months of the year further developing this project so hopefully I can share with you some details shortly.
Learn something new
Old dogs can learn new tricks! As far as I’m concerned, you’re never too old to learn something new. Last year I set myself the challenge of learning manual photography and Lightroom and I have to admit, I’m super proud of skills I’ve gained so far. This year I plan on taking things one step further and learning how to edit videos and use Photoshop. I also want to try to improve my French and really improve my understanding of French grammar.
I’m definitely not one to set weight-loss resolutions but this year I am planning on getting healthy. I’m a firm believer that a strong mind starts with a strong body and so I’ll be spending more time jogging, working out and being active. I also want to increase my consumption of fresh fruit and veggies (although I will never decrease my consumption of cheese and lardon haha!), as well as fish and seafood. For you guys, there will lots of articles coming up on this topic as well as lots of healthy recipes.
So, there you have a little sneak peek into how I plan on making 2018 my best year yet. I find that by sharing my goals with you here, it motivates me to stick to them and it also allows me to easily reread them and to check in to make sure I’m on track. I’d love to hear about your goals and ambitions for 2018 so make sure you leave me a comment below. Perhaps you have some great ideas that I’ll add to my list here.
Wishing you all lots of success and happiness for 2018,