Reflecting on 2017, and sharing my goals for 2018

Reflecting on 2017, and sharing my goals for 2018

I’m not really one for resolutions. I believe that setting goals and changing yourself should come when you’re ready, rather than when tradition dictates. However, I’m feeling really motivated at the moment, so instead of calling them ‘resolutions’ I’m going to share my goals for 2018.

2017 was a year of self discovery and adapting to adulthood. I may have graduated in 2016, but I honestly believe it takes a year to eighteen months to adapt to life in the real world – it certainly did for me!

First there’s the ‘WTF am I going to do with my life?’ phase, then the ‘WTF do I want to do with my life?’ phase, and finally the ‘why the fuck can’t I do what I want to with my life?’ phase. I don’t know anyone who’s found life after graduation easy (despite what social media may suggest) but I now feel like I’m on the road to something good.

Twenty-Something City at Fig and Sparrow, Northern Quarter, Manchester

I told myself that the past 12 months have been crushing for my confidence, with constant job rejections and struggling  to make friends as I’ve moved from city to city. But actually, after reflecting on all I’ve achieved, I have KICKED ASS in 2017. Completing an internship and being offered a permanent position? Check. Giving up the easy road to follow my dreams? Check. Setting up as self employed? Check. 2017? Nailed it, mate.

I used to think the past 12 months could truly get in the bin. But now I feel so proud of all I’ve achieved. I’ve been living my Girl Boss dreams, and I’ve been doing it my way.

Blogger Twenty-Something City in Fig and Sparrow, Northern Quarter Manchester

So what does that mean for 2018? As we enter the new year, I feel ready to tackle my goals head on. The most important change I intend to make is to start focusing on the now instead of fretting about the future. I’ve spent far too much time feeling frustrated that I can’t achieve my long-term goals now. But I’m a big advocate of the saying ‘if you believe you deserve it the universe will serve it’, so it’s about time I started listening to my own advice.

I know I’m going to achieve great things this year, and they’ll happen when they happen. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working hard. What it does mean is that I’m going to start going with the flow and take opportunities as they come. 2017 taught me that many of the things I thought I wanted weren’t actually for me, so I’m going to be open minded and see what 2018 has in store.

Blogger Twenty-Something City in Fig and Sparrow, Northern Quarter Manchester

I’m especially excited to keep building my blog and personal brand. I’m determined to reach at least 5,000 followers on Instagram, and to secure some sponsored posts in 2018. Of course, a new year means a whole 12 months of new outfits to style – I can’t wait!

If you’ve had a tough year, then you’ve done an amazing job getting through it. And if 2017 was the year for you? I hope 2018 has even more wonderful things in store.

Go on, let’s smash this together!