Thursday, 29 December 2016

Reflecting on 2016 and 2017 Goals

Reflecting on 2016 and 2017 Goals |

I was scrolling my Bloglovin' feed earlier and it made me notably happy to see all the upbeat, optimistic and uplifting posts. New Years are clearly as inspirational and motivational to a lot of other people as they are to me.

For years, I've wrote New Years resolutions, some years they're more specific than others but I love having goals to look forward to and this year is certainly no different.

2016 has been an odd one. A lot of awful things have happened in the world this year that have certainly tested my faith in humanity. There has been too many undeserved and untimely deaths of talented people, and there has been too many questionable political happenings, but I won't go into that here. (If you want to see my thoughts on Brexit, you can read those here). But many remarkable things have happened too, such as the eradication of ebola and other major health breakthroughs, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got that Oscar, world hunger is at its lowest point in 25 years, Norway committed to zero deforestation, wild wolves have started coming back to Europe and giant pandas are no longer endangered.

For me personally, I'm not actually sure how to look back on 2016. It's been testing for me.

I worked 6 months in Germany which I certainly found challenging but it was hugely rewarding too, I got to travel Europe for a month which was incredible, and I've had some really great experiences such as seeing Coldplay, BMTH, Catfish and the 1975, being a VIP at Newbury racecourse on my 21st, organising and attending my first blogger event and meeting my squad, and finally getting to see the Neuschwanstein Castle. On the other hand, I was diagnosed with depression and general anxiety and my relationship came to an end. Let's keep the optimism up though, shall we?

Reflecting on 2016 and 2017 Goals |

My goals for 2016 were:

  • Read 52 books
  • Travel 
  • Save a certain amount of money
  • Do well in my internship 
  • 500 blog followers

Wanna know how I got on? Of course you do...

  • Read 25 books
  • Travelled to 8 different countries
  • Saved the certain amount of money and some more
  • Did well in my internship
  • 960+ blog followers (thank you guys!!!)

I'm pretty pleased with that. The only one I didn't achieve was my reading target, and I did wonder when I set it whether it was realistic. I did so well for the first few months as I had a long commute so could power through books, but final year of uni will not spare me enough time to read a book a week. 

Reflecting on 2016 and 2017 Goals |

So, here are my 2017 goals:

  1. Graduate with a 2:1
  2. Save a specified amount of money 
  3. Start an Etsy shop
  4. Look after myself
  5. Continue blogging
  6. Man up and get my ear pierced and that tattoo

1. Graduate with a 2:1

I'm a solid 2:1 student, and on track to get a 2:1 so this should definitely be achievable. I just need to keep it together for the last few months and not let my mental health or stress get the better of me. 

2. Save

I did well with saving last year considering the amount of travelling I did, but I'm determined to get some more savings under my belt to help me out with post-uni life. 

3. Start an Etsy shop 

This has been a goal for a while for me, and 2017 is the year to make it happen. So keep your eyes peeled for that...

4. Look after myself

This is a key one for me, as in hindsight, I didn't as much as I should have done in 2016. I neglected my mental health to the point it got the better of me and I didn't always put myself and my happiness first. 2017 is MY year. I'm determined. I want to learn mindfulness and practice it regularly, get off medication, quit my bad habits, and do things for ME. 

5. Continue blogging

Blogging has had to take a bit of a step back while I focus on my studies, but I miss it terribly. I want to try posting weekly as I find it hugely therapeutic and enjoyable and I really, really do not want to give all this up, as I've come so far since I started 3 years ago. 

6. Man up

After stretching my ear (to about 10mm) years ago, I allowed it to fully close up and so I haven't been able to wear earrings since then. I would repierce it myself but I'm worried about scar tissue etc, so I need to man up and get myself to a piercing studio, as it would be quite nice to wear some earrings. Similarly I would LOVE a tattoo, I've had a design in mind for a long time, but I'm kinda very scared. Mostly of it hurting. Fun fact: when I went with my friend to get his sleeve, it was *me* they were concerned about fainting. 

I'm feeling super optimistic and motivated for 2017. Here's hoping it will top 2016! 

What are your goals for the New Year? 

Hannah Lane

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