And here we again – the start of another year. I don’t know about you guys but I actually find New Year to be quite depressing. I tend to focus on the last 12 months and saying goodbye to what has been a fantastic year for me. There’s also the post-Christmas blues to contend with. The decorations are down, you’re back to work and everything is back to normal. But this year, I am determined to start off positively and keep that going throughout 2018. And with that, I’ve decided to embrace the ‘New Year, New Me’ motto and set some goals for the year ahead. Click through to read all about my 2018 master plan.
GOAL 1 – The Year Of Fitness
Who else is feeling a big fat whale right now? We eat so much rubbish over Christmas and come January, we’re all sick of the sight of chocolate! So it’s understandable that a lot of people join the gym come the New Year, even if I do call them ‘January Gym Wankers’. I’ve been seeing my personal trainer Mike now for almost 2 years and while I’ve made progress, it’s been very, VERY slow. That’s down to me though not being all that focused. I’m not very comfortable with my body – I try to avoid looking in mirrors and tend to wear big pullover hoodies as they make me feel less self conscious. I want to change that this year and finally get some abs. I’ve already worked out my healthy eating plan and I’m going to work my butt off this year so I start seeing better results.
GOAL 2 – Je Ne Parle Pas Francais?
Regular readers of my blog will know that I love France. Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world and if I could speak the language, I would LOVE to live there. I do have a Standard Grade in French but I’ve lit forgotten most of it. And I don’t know about you guys but I hate that I can’t speak a second language. And French is quite a widely spoken language including Canada (more on that later) so this is quite high on my list of goals in 2018. Fluent? Unlikely. But being able to have a conversation in French would be good.
GOAL 3 – Improving That Skillset
I’ve now been working in the web design industry for 5 years. And I still love it. It’s the best job ever! I love being creative and I get to work with great people. But I’ve also gotten a bit too comfortable in my job and haven’t been keeping myself up to date with new techniques. In my industry, it’s important to stay on top of the latest technologies and languages so I want to devote some time this year to catching up and putting what I learn into practice.
GOAL 4 – Travel Travel Travel
After a hectic year of travelling in 2017, my husband and I don’t have any plans to go abroad this year. Mainly because I want to save and go to Florida and Tokyo in a couple of years time. Also because I’m saving for the long term (more on that later). But then it got me thinking – I’ve never explored my home country before. Scotland is a gorgeous country and I’ve never been further north than Saint Andrews. I’ll be discussing my travel plans in more detail in a future blog post so watch out for that.
GOAL 5 – To Emigrate Or Not?
My husband and I have discussed emigrating a lot over the last few years. I love the UK but with the way our government is running the country, I feel like there are better ways of life out there. While our trip to Canada last May was for Steven’s 30th, it was also to scope out whether emigrating to Canada would be something we’d consider. And now we know that we would love the opportunity to live there. I know people who have made the move and none of them have regretted it. The emigration process is tricky and there is a lot to consider so it is something that will be on my mind throughout 2018. I think learning French and improving my skills will have big benefits to our emigration application so it’s more about setting the foundations this year than anything else.
As you can see, it’s a pretty ambitious 2018 for me, but what’s the point in making goals if they are easy to achieve? What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments below and Happy New Year.