Monday, 1 January 2018

Reflecting on 2017 and Goals for 2018

ROLL NECK: H&M | JEANS: URBAN OUTFITTERS | BOOTS: OFFICE | SUNGLASSES: RAYBAN | NECKLACE: ASOS | BAG: A FRIENDS

Happy New Year! Did you all have a good evening? How many of you are nursing hangovers? Hopefully this post will be a good read while you're nursing it. Although be warned it could be a big post so grab whatever it is that is your hangover cure and settle down.

2017, oh 2017. In all honesty I don't know where to start with you. I don't even know how I really felt about you to be honest. In some ways it hasn't been that eventful but then in other ways it has.

 The start of 2017 saw me enter my last placement for my teaching degree and the start of a very very hard 3 months for me. I experienced a lot of anxiety and sadness during those 3 months due to not getting on with the school and due to this I decided not to pursue teaching any time soon. There were quite a few times when I wanted to drop out of the degree altogether due to the placement but luckily I had family, friends and my boyfriend really help me through those months and if it wasn't for them I don't think I'd have my degree. I am so glad I did push through though as in July I graduated with a 2:1, something I thought I'd never do as I have always doubted my educational ability and actually thought I'd be lucky if I finished with a 3rd in all honesty, so you can imagine my delight when this was the result and now if I ever do want to pursue teaching again then I can.

2017 also saw me really push my blog and actually for the first time create content regularly and I've realised 2 things, how much I enjoy it, but also how hard the work actually is and to appreciate those that do it full time as it is a lot of work. But I remind myself that while I enjoy it to just immerse  myself. Through blogging I have grown a gorgeous audience, I appreciate every one who has decided to follow and engage with me, it's because of all of you and those on instagram that I continue to create and enjoy the whole process. I have also met some very lovely girls through blogging and have even met them a few times and shot content together which has been so much fun. Also I feel because I've been working hard on the style side of my content it really has increased my sense of style. I now have a style which I absolutely adore and find waking up and getting dress a lot easier which is something that is really nice. I have also worked with a few brands which I am so grateful for as it's not something I really dreamed of doing so it's so lovely to be recognised and for brands to want to work with me.

I also started my journey into the real adult world. Although I said I no longer am pursuing teaching at the moment I am however still working within a school. I am currently a teaching assistant and I am enjoying it a lot. I am lucky in the fact also that the school have allowed me to still teach a little as my afternoons are spent taking groups of children out of class and teaching them and I also have a small group every morning that I teach and it is amazing. I get to do what I love still but on a smaller scale and without as much pressure. Also due to this I am still able to carry on blogging regularly so it really is the perfect balance for me.

Lastly another highlight for me is that I finally learnt to surf. I have been wanting to learn ever since I was little and when I used to take trips to Newquay the closest I ever got was when my dad would take me out on his surfboard and let me kneel as he pushed it onto a wave as it went to shore. But this year Sam and I drove back to Newquay, a childhood holiday destination for us both and took up proper surf lessons and with some persistence I managed to stand up a fair few times and we were constantly in the water practicing as much a possible. So that's finally one thing off the bucket list which I am so proud of.

That would have to be the highlights of my 2017 and now onto the goals I hope to achieve this year.. 
2018 goals

Lifestyle/Health: 

Drink more water: I think this is on my goals list every year but in all honesty my water intake is awful.  I'll finish work and most days I'll have had only one bottle of water and sometimes I wouldn't have even finished a bottle. So that needs to change.

Stop picking my nails: This has been a goal since I was little. I have picked them as long as I can remember and it's gross. I envy girls with nails who can paint them and they look nice in photos. Most of the time I hide mine because they're so gross.

Get more active: Now I'm not saying I'm going to go and join a gym because I'm not about that kind of commitment, but Sam's parents go to the gym 3 times a week so that would be a perfect time for me to take over the lounge and do a HIIT workout using youtube or some yoga and that I feel would do me for now. I would like to swim at least every week as I did actually buy a swimsuit to do this and never actually followed it through because I'm quite bad in the fact that I wouldn't be able to go by myself so I have to find some other unfortunate soul to come with me.

Mediate/Self-Love: One thing I really want to learn this year is meditation. I think it would be really good for my over-thinking/worrying/sadness. I go through phases of all three quite badly and it can effect my relationships with those around me. So I want to learn to be more at peace in a sense and I always hear how good meditation is and so I want to find a good program and follow it. Just to see how it makes me feel. Along side that I think comes self love, I truly believe in the saying - how can you expect anyone to love you if you don't love yourself. This really resonates with me I need to learn to take more alone time as I think that really helps me - alone time doesn't include lying in bed while sam is on his xbox, I mean actual time where it is just me. It could be reading, blogging, just having a shower, watching something I want to. Anything I need to have time just for me where I can re-energise. I also think I need to start keeping a diary so I'm aware of how I am feeling and also try to think of at least 3 things I am grateful for or happy about everyday. 

Save:  Due to finally having my first proper job I have decided I want to start saving for a house. I have always been against renting as I really want to get on the property ladder. Sam and I are fortunate in that both our parents are fine with us living at home until we do this. So this year we are planning on saving to start buying a house, granted this could and probably will still take us at least 5 years but every year I want to be able to see a healthy growth so that one day the dream of owning our own home together can come true.

Make friends: Bit of a blunt one this is. But in all honesty as I mentioned in this post I don't really have many friends and it really brings me down a lot. But this year I'd like to see me make more friends. I am only 23 and want to start living like one. I want to start going out (doesn't have to be drinking) and just having amazing times and making memories that I can tell the grandkids about one day. Another big thing I would like is for Sam and I to have a friendship group that we can both go out with and equally be friends with everyone and make memories altogether. That is a big thing missing in mine and Sam's relationship, is a friendship group. I think we are both yearning to have a group of people that we can go out with together and have some crazy memories together but with other people as well.

Travel:

A short but sweet section. Because as I just mentioned I am starting to save to move out one day, travelling is on the back burner. Although it still feels like a little ember burning inside me that I know I have to do. That is why I want to ensure I do a few weekend breaks at least this year. Last year we only went to Cornwall. This year I'd like to venture a little further afield and also I want to create travel content as that has also been something I've wanted to do. 

Blogging:

Audience Growth: 2017 saw me really push myself to blog and the results I have got while probably not amazing to many have really been something I'm thrilled with. Within 6 months I grew by 700 followers and to say I was gobsmacked would be an understatement. I am so grateful that so many people enjoy my content and I appreciate every single follower. But I want to continue to grow and by the end of 2018 I'd love to have 2000-2500 followers on instagram, I think that would be truly amazing. Even getting to 200 followers on this little corner of the internet would be insane, I love my little blog and I'd love to see more lovely faces hopefully enjoying my content to.

Content Change: While I enjoy what I am creating at the moment I would love to develop it further. I'd love to create more of a candid feel and tell a story through my photos rather than just standing in front of pretty places all time, even though I'll still do that I want to leave that behind this year. I want to begin to create content similar to Isabella Thorsden, Beth Sandland, Sinead Crowe, Fifi Newbery, Zoelaz, Saasha Burns are just to name a few girls who I aspire to blog like one day and plan to change my look through their influence as the year goes on. 

Meet Blogging Friends: Like the friendship goal above, I was fortunate to meet a lovely group of bloggers this year, but I'd love to expand the blogging friendship circle, I have spoken to some amazingly lovely girls this year such as Lauren, Beth, Jess, Alex and a little bit to Maria and I would love to grow a friendship more with these girls and others. I think that's the wonder of blogging is you can create friendships with other like minded gorgeous girls and their's not judging as we all get it.

Work with Brands: I was extremely lucky to have brands notice my work this year and I got to work with some lovely people because of this. This year however I would love to work with more brands and create content alongside them as I just find it so exciting and I also find that it can actually inspire me to create content in different ways.

There you have it! The longest post I think I have ever written! Did you get to the end? Let's see if in a year's time I have managed to achieve any of these. 

After reading my 2017 goals post I actually noticed I'd been able to cross of a few and it's a lovely feeling! 

What are some goals you have this year?
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Photos by @Indiamoon
 Elizabeth Apps x









11 comments :

  1. this outfit is pure FIRE. i love it! you and your blog have had such a fab year - well done! so lovely to hear how much you're enjoying it :)

    i am joining you SO hard on the meditation band wagon, i am definitely going to be giving that a go this year too.

    wishing you all the best for 2018, lovely!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

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    1. Thank you so much girly, I love this outfit! Thank you, I hope we do too!
      Definitely I've done it 3 times now and it's not a lot but it's so calming and peaceful!
      Wish you all the best too xx

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  2. Looking great! All the best for 2018!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you have a fab 2018 xx

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  3. Love this outfit! I definitely need up to up my water intake too, I always seem to be dehydrated! Can't wait to see all your content this year - Megan / where meg went xx

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    1. Thank you and definitely I notice such a difference when I drink enough too and thank you, let's hope I get big things going xx

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  4. I'm totally in love with this outfit and all the best for 2018.

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    1. Thank you, it's one of my favourites! Wishing you all the best too xx

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  5. Ooh, I'd love to learn how to surf! Also, I wish I could style those jeans :( I can't make them suit me at all. Happy New Year! x

    www.itsmeganelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Such a great post and outfit!! Wishing you the best for 2018!

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  7. Loved reading this post! And I am obsessed with your outfit! you look great!!

    Kelly x
    www.travelette.ca

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