Five Goals for the Rest of 2018

Autumn street scene in York with Emma dressed in a fitted jacket & jeans standing centre smiling

Good god Autumn, how are on earth are you a) already here and b) already flying by at a rate of knots that is actually quite scary? I mean not only have the leaves started to fall (along with the temperatures, brr), but Halloween and Bonfire Night are both behind us. Oh and I still don’t feel as though I have achieved any goals this year!

Soon it will be Christmas and 2019.

I don’t want to sound like I don’t like you Autumn, because you are a special kinda something with your PSLs, golden tones and misty mornings.

But you don’t half scare me with the speed you arrive and depart at. I mean slow down hun and let me enjoy you a little won’t you, I have goals to go get yet!

As I eluded to in my let’s catch-up post earlier this week, 2018 has been one hell of a year and it still only feels like two minutes since I was sat on my sun-lounger in Gran Canaria coming up with my plots and plans for the year ahead. In reality it has been 11-months (long, hard months I may add) and many of those plots and plans have advanced no further than my notebook.

This year hasn’t gone to plan, I haven’t taken the direction I had wanted to go in – but someone recently made me realise that I have an amazing opportunity to mould this little corner of the internet into whatever I want it to be and whilst I’m not about to try and cram all of the changes I wanted to make this year into the last 7 weeks of the year, I am going to set myself some short-term personal goals to help me find my feet for 2019.

Holy hell 2019 is close now isn’t it?

So here are a few things that I would like to focus my energy on in the run up to the festive season…

Enjoy more time ‘switched off’ … I love blogging, I love what I do away from blogging IRL, but working in a digital world 24/7 can feel pretty oppressive at times. I think one of the biggest things that I have had to overcome this year is the bottomless pit of misery that is comparison.

I see my blogging peers being ever present online, engaging with their communities and jetting off to parties, launches and press trips and feel like I too need to be ever present to have those opportunities. Yet whilst I appreciate that ‘presence’ is one trait that brands love, for me right now this is a hobby, a pastime and I cannot justify spending every waking moment online.

So for the rest of the year I want to enjoy more time truly switched off.

I want to really watch films, not just have them on for background noise whilst I tend to my Instagram feed. I want to enjoy meals, instead of seeing them as a source of content and delay eating in favour of ‘the shot’.

I guess you could say I want to live a little more and spend a little less time aimlessly scrolling!

Get active again … One thing that 2018 has robbed me of (amongst other things) is my ability to, and love of, being active.  I’ve been injured, ill and just too damn bust at times and the result is that I am almost 4kg (around 8lbs) heavier than I was at the start of the year.

Now that may not sound like a lot (and in the grand scheme of things it probably isn’t) but on my small frame, I can really feel it and want to change it.

So I have joined a running club, I’m running around 6 – 8 miles each week and I’m feeling much stronger both mentally and physically. I’m also back in the gym, lifting weights 2-3 times a week and I feel EPIC!!!

In reality I guess my goal is to stay active as opposed to get active as I’ve technically already started.

But yeah, more of the above for me please!

Look after number one … there may (or may not I haven’t decided yet) be a slightly more ranty post on the horizon about giving less fucks about what other think about me BUT in the meantime I want to concentrate on my own (and Mr D’s too) well-being a little more.

I’m bored of trying to please everyone, I’m bored of people complaining they’re not my number one priority in life when I am clearly not theirs either. 

I want to make sure that we eat well again (and thanks to Gousto I’d like to think we are), I want to sit down and talk over meals rather than sitting and watching TV and I personally want to complain about the above less.

Looking after my own well-being and making myself happy is a sure fire way to make myself more productive to which leads nicely on to my final goal.

Hustle harder … I’m sat here with a head full of ideas and as much as I want to take more timeout relaxing properly I also want to work harder on my passions; writing and photography.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, someone recently made me realised that I have a fantastic opportunity to make this little corner of the blogosphere whatever I want it to be, but to do that I need to devote some time and energy on it.

So I’m going to take some time out each day to write and put aside an hour or two each weekend to get outside with my camera (and hopefully Mr D too). I’m going to get back to creating content that genuinely makes me look forward to sitting down at the laptop, I’m going to forward plan content rather than going weeks without posting and I’m going to stop putting out content for the sake of it when I feel like the bank of ‘gram is empty!

But hopefully by putting more time aside for photography, the bank will be brimming in no time!

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