I can’t quite believe I’m writing this post, how the hell is it 2017 already? Classic new year goals blog opening for you there, but it really is true that the older you get the quicker time goes. 2016 was a whirlwind year and honestly I feel as though I’ve grown so much in confidence and as a person in the past year. I really do feel like a stronger, more independent woman. I’ve left the safe bubble of university life, I’ve flown the nest and pursued my career in London, and I’m really excited to see what fate has in store for me in 2017.
Lots of people see “new year’s resolutions” as such a pointless ideal. A new year literally means that we’ve travelled once around the sun, so the fact that people see it as an opportunity to overhaul their life seems silly to them. Me? I see the new year as a new chapter; an empty page of a book waiting to be filled where the end sentence can be one of never-ending possibilities. I see it as a clean slate. A time to make changes and to refocus after what is (usually) a pretty hectic party season.
So here’s looking ahead to the year ahead. I have lots of goals I want to fulfil in 2017, and for today’s post I thought I’d share them with you.
1. Find a permanent journalism job (and one that I really love!)
For those of you who read my 2016 round-up post, you’ll know that I landed my first journalism job back in November after spending the first nine months of 2016 working on my Masters, before interning in London a few weeks after handing in my thesis. I was absolutely thrilled to have been offered work, if only temporarily, and I am currently freelancing as a video assistant for Superdrug Loves, which I am thoroughly enjoying (especially as it means I get to meet and work with so many lovely blog babes!). Unfortunately, it’s only a temporary position, so I’m still on the job hunt and am hoping to find something permanent in the coming weeks. I just want that security and to make more of a mark on the journalism industry!
2. Find a permanent place to live
This seriously needs to happen, like immediately, as I have been living in and out of a hostel in London for the past eight weeks and it’s really taking its toll. My home is so far away from London, and I have no friends or family who I can stay with, plus everything career wise has happened so suddenly that I’ve not really had a chance to take time out to figure out what I’m doing or where I’m staying. I’m hoping to finally have a little place of my own in the big city very soon – provided I secure full time work, of course – so this is one of my main goals of 2017. I just want a place I can relax in and call my own, as my pokey hostel room isn’t a patch on my lovely house back in Wales. I’ve been seriously missing my home comforts!
3. Take blogging more seriously
This is a majorly important goal to me, and one that I say every year. I definitely do feel like I improved my blog game in 2016, despite having to take time out when it came to writing my MA thesis and studying for my finals. I reached two huge blog milestones of 3,000 Twitter and 2,000 Instagram followers, and I hope to continue to do this in 2017 with lots more fashion and lifestyle posts. I feel like now I have the time to really pursue my blog, especially as I’ve graduated from university so my spare time can be spent blogging instead of working on assignments. Now that I’m a fully-fledged freelance journalist I want to use the knowledge I have to make ATB bigger and better – watch this space!
4. Up my fitness regime
If you read my Getting Back Into Fitness post, you’ll know that I’m really determined to get back into the shape I was in about a year and a half ago, where I felt my happiest and most confident. I did take steps towards reaching those goals again, but Christmas has rolled around and I, too, am rolling around after consuming way too much food and alcohol. Now that the new year is here I’m going to kiss goodbye to unhealthy foods – for some time at least – and am going to work harder than ever before to get back to feeling great. I’m also determined to compete in a running race this year, but for a full look into my fitness and health changes for 2017, keep your eyes peeled for a future post!
5. Visit 12 new places in 2017
I actually tweeted that I was going to make it my mission to visit at least one new place a month in 2017 – either in the UK or further afield – and was overwhelmed with responses from people who would like to try out this challenge too! I really want to see more of the world, and I think mini breaks are the perfect opportunity to do this, even if it’s just discovering a new corner of London that I haven’t yet explored. I’m hoping to set up some sort of hashtag for people to join me on this one, so do let me know if you’d like to get involved.
So there you have it, five goals that I’m determined to accomplish in 2017. I feel like I accomplished most of my 2016 goals really well – I completed my masters, I got myself a job, I worked hard on my blog and met more bloggers. Sadly, I didn’t really complete my fitness goals, mainly because I was so bogged down with studying that my life was spent sat at a desk for the majority of the year. I’m determined to do it this year though, and I’m feeling super excited, determined and motivated for the year ahead!
What are your goals for 2017?!
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
Lots of love. xoxo