I can safely say that 2017 was definitely NOT my year, so much shit happened and I have never been so glad to see a year done and gone. However, on a positive note, I survived everything that was thrown at me last year and I am so thankful to everyone who stuck by me and helped me through it as without you (you know who you are) I wouldn't be here. Don't get me wrong my life is still far from perfect, but I'm happy with what I have and working hard to get where I want to be. Since it is January the 1st, and I've seen a couple of these blog posts going around, I wanted to share with you some of my own goals for this year.
SPEND MORE TIME WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY | Due to being unwell for a lot of last year I wasn't able to spend enough time with my closest people that I would have liked. I was unable to drink alcohol too so it wasn't until December last year that I was able to toast to my brother turning eighteen when it was his 18th in June! I missed out on so much family time last year that I cannot wait to make up for it this year!
GO ON HONEYMOON | My husband and I have been married for three years now and we still haven't been able to have a honeymoon. One thing after another happened and all of our money ended up going on house moves, our car being fixed, or other silly life things which makes the little savings we had to mount up. But I am so happy that we are going to be going on honeymoon this June! We are going back to Llandudno in Wales, to a B&B which we stayed at when we went on holiday as group years ago when we were just friends so the place we are staying at itself has some good memories close to our hearts. Be prepared for a lot of holiday and honeymoon based blog posts coming this summer time.
SAVE MONEY | We obviously need to save some money for our honeymoon, but I'd also like to have some money saved up for Christmas next year so we don't end up skint after buying presents for all our family and friends. We need to manage money more this year.
READ MORE | I have so many books on my bookshelves that I haven't gotten around to reading yet and so many on my amazon wishlist which I want to buy that I really need to be able to find time to get lost in good books again. My goal is to finish at least one book a month. Wish me luck?
COOK & BAKE | Being a vegan I try to stick to what I know and what I like as you can't find a massive amount of new things to try out there so this year I want to do more home-cooked meals and I want to master vegan baking. I can't wait to see what I come up with.
SELF-CARE | If you've followed me for a while you'll know that I'm a BIG fan of meditation and hypnosis, I truly believe that it's one of the things that has gotten my anxiety and depression under control. I also want to take care of myself in other ways this year too, I want to make more time to have my hair done and have massages and facials every other month to keep my mental health at by.
ENJOY BEING 30 | I turn thirty on 31st July. Bloody 30! I can't believe that I'm growing up so quickly. However, last year really made me realise that as I am growing up my parents are growing old. Please, please remember this next time you put off spending time with your parents as one day you will regret it. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to have a party for my birthday or a close family meal but whatever I do, I know that I want my most special people to celebrate with me.
GAIN 4K TWITTER FOLLOWERS | I know I always say that blogging and social media aren't about the numbers (and they're not) but I have been wanting to reach 4K+ followers for ages now and when I stopped blogging I lost a lot of followers and it upset me a little bit. There are so many bloggers who started blogging the same time as me and they've reached over 10K+ by now, and they're also followers who haven't been blogging nowhere near as long as I have and they've passed me with followers too. I know that all of the bloggers deserve every follower they get as we all work (well unless you're a fake blogger who pays for followers, you idiots annoy the bones of me) so hard but it has made me wonder (more than once) if I'm good enough and if my blog is good enough. I hope this year that I will end on at least 4K.
POST (AT LEAST) TWO BLOG POSTS A WEEK | I really want to stick to this. I have so many amazing blog posts planned for this year, both with brand product reviews and my own idea's for posts, that I cannot wait to share with you all. I hope you all love them as I'm putting my heart and soul into my blog so much more again now.
SUPPORT MY FAVOURITE BLOGGERS MORE | I have so many favourite bloggers who I abandoned last year due to my health that I lost touch with, and it makes me so sad. I can't wait to catch up with my favourite bloggers, see what you've all been up to and read all your upcoming blog posts for the year ahead. I wish you all the best of luck with your blog, and I'm sending you so much happiness for the year.
KEEP UP WITH EMAILS | Emails. Emails. Emails. I receive ruffly around 50+ emails a day and I wasn't able to reply to them all sometimes, this year I want to reply to as many emails as possible as soon as I receive them and keep my email inbox sorted out so it's not a huge mess and doesn't stress me out.
START DOING FOTDs | This was one of my goals for 2016 and I didn't end up doing it as, well to be honest I know I'm not the prettiest blogger out there. I'm not fishing for compliments, by the way, I just don't find myself pretty so whenever I do new makeup looks I love, although I take a selfie I always end up comparing myself to other bloggers and put myself down so don't end up posting the picture. This year I have decided that I don't care if I'm not the prettiest blogger out there, I'm loved by my husband and I'm comfortable in my own skin so that's all that matters.
TAKE PART IN TWITTER CHATS | I used to be the twitter chat queen! I would take part in any and every twitter chat on as I love them so much, taking part in chats is one of my favourite things about blogging. I'm going to make time at least once a week to take part in that evening's chats so I can keep in touch with everyone and hopefully meet new bloggers whos blogs I can fall in love with.
- Want to join me and see what chats are on? Check out my Twitter Chats page with links to all hosts!
USE INSTAGRAM & SNAPCHAT MORE | I suck at other social media platforms which aren't twitter, I just forget to use them. I've moved the instagram and snapchat apps onto the main homepage of my phone so hopefully, I will remember to use them more this year and can share what I'm up to with you all.
What are your goals for 2018?
With love, Alisha Valerie. x