Well that feels bloody weird to type out, doesn't it?
But hey! We did it! 2017 has been left in the past and as I talked about in one of my more recent posts, it was quite the transitional year for me. I started the year in love with a boy in sunny old Sydney, Australia at a small new years do in one of the hipster neighbourhoods, Zetland with a prosecco in hand. And I ended it surrounded by two of my best girls and several hundred strangers at our local going out joint with well.. a glass of prosecco in hand and happily flying solo for possibly the first time in my life, and I'm so, so excited about what the year is going to bring.
In 2017 I felt a bit all over the shop at times, and I think it's due to life getting in the way and well, ensuring that I ended the year in such a different place, mentally, emotionally and physically to the place where I started it. It felt like life was throwing so many curveballs at me sometimes that I could barely find my feet, and although I know that I'm 100% stronger for the experience, I'm looking forward to 2018 being a slower year, one where I really make things happen for my blog, and one where I really achieve things that I want to, and there's really only one way to make sure I'm able to do that, I need to set goals.
Why Set Goals?
It won't really come as a surprise to anyone who's followed this blog / me on social media for a while, but hey I'm a big old Monica Gellar at heart. Simply put, there is something about physically writing things down that keeps me accountable for them, and so every year I love to sit down, write a list of goals that I'd like to achieve and check up on them during the year to see how I'm getting along with them.
Post Daily on Instagram and make your fall back in love with the platform
Oh Instagram. We've all struggled through the algorithm and fought to have our photos seen, we've all felt frustrated seeing other influencers we know have bought their following and likes getting the sponsored opportunities we wish we were, and we've all felt a bit conflicted about the whole situation. Instagram used to be where I was putting SO much of my heart and soul when it comes to blogging, but as the algorithm kicked in and I went from routinely getting 300-400 likes per photo, I'm now lucky if I scrape 100 and it's damn frustrating. This led to my account not growing as much as I wish it had last year and to me feeling very uninspired and making 0 effort when it came to the platform. This year I want to take a different approach.
I'm not setting any statistic related goals, although YES it would be dreamy to finally hit 10k and be reaching the rates of engagement that I used to see on Instagram. My goals are more about my everyday routine when it comes to Instagram. I want to post everyday consistently, actively interact with new accounts and just fall back in love with the platform. I didn't join Instagram to gain followers and track statistics and see who unfollows me, I joined it because I love photography and honest captions and curating a feed made me happy. I want to get back to that place.
Buy a second designer piece
In 2017 I was lucky enough to afford something I didn't think I'd be able to for years and years, my first designer piece and I have become borderline obsessed with my Gucci Marmont, because well, it just looks SO GOOD WITH EVERYTHING. After umming and ahhing over which size to go for I definitely made the right choice and the smaller size is perfect for chucking my keys, wallet, phone and a few other bits and bobs in whether I'm on my way to the shops or a night out with the girls. I honestly love it. In 2018 I'd love to see myself putting enough money away every month to afford my next one, I know it's such a frivolity, but as the girl who grew up on a south London council estate and watched her mother count pennies every week, it's one I truly didn't know I'd be able to afford at this age and they're a true symbol to me of hard work paying off.
Read 100 Books
This was something I set myself up to do at the start of 2017 and I'm SO happy I achieved it. I've always been an avid reader, but actually setting myself a little challenge like this felt so good and was such a good way to actually force myself to relax. Between a full time job, blogging, and keeping some form of gym / a social life, it can be really hard to have something in my life which actually actively encourages taking time out to relax, and I found it in my reading 2 books a week challenge. I'll be documenting it more this year with the hashtag #MillieReads100 on Instagram and on my GoodReads profile so make sure you're following if you want some good recommendations of books to get stuck into this year!
Get my First Tattoo
This is something that's been on my list for such a long time and after so much thought and trying to talk myself out of it, I decided that 2018 would be the year I would finally do it. I have mentioned loosely on social media what I'll be getting and don't want to say in too much detail until it's actually done, but you'll be seeing as soon as it's done!
Become a Yogi
I've been wanting to really put more of myself into Yoga for such a long time, not only for the meditation and relaxation benefits, even more so the effect it's likely to have on my anxiety, but also for the flexibility and health benefits. So I've signed up to a class and 2018 is the year I finally get into it!
Submit more pieces to be published.
With this one, it's where I had my downfall in 2017 and it's just down to being organised with my time. There are so many platforms that I really want to submit my work to and so many places I should be submitting my work to, but a lack of being good with time management and imposter syndrome always seems to win and the pieces I do start never end up being finished to the standard I'd like them to be, let alone being submitted. In 2018 I'm really trying to put a stop to this, I'm trying to work hard on my craft as a writer, really develop my style of writing and the quality of my pieces and submit them to be published a lot more.
Be better with money, and create a savings bank.
So this is probably the most (lol I'm a boring grown up - soz) one of all, but it is what it is, I am TERRIBLE with money. 2018 is the year that I aim to be better, look into savings accounts, stop living pay check to pay check and get my finances in check. Again super boring, but I'm kind of excited about it! Any tips you guys have for budgeting software or how you keep your finances in check would be greatly appreciated!