I love posts like this. I like to write down different things that I want to do during the year. It gives me something to focus on and makes me feel really positive about the year ahead. 8 has always been my favourite number so I keep telling myself that 2018 is going to be amazing!
So here’s my list of 18 things I want to do in 2018!
1 – Read more books
2 – Book a week away in the sun to chill out and relax
3 – Learn calligraphy
4 – Go to the beach
5 – Eat a cream tea sat outside in the Devonshire sunshine! (or more likely in the rain)
6 – Go on a bike ride
7 – Host a BBQ in my own house and invite lots of family and friends over
8 – Take lots of photos
9 – Learn to sew (I was meant to do this months ago but it never happened)
10 – Regularly use my bullet journal to keep me motivated and organised
11 – Go for a walk in the forest
12 – Have a games night with friends
13 – Exercise more
14 – Clear out and declutter
15 – Walk more instead of always jumping in a car
16 – Buy another money saving jar and fill it with £2.00 coins
17 – Go out for breakfast with Shaun (Shaun would like this edited to ‘Take Shaun out for breakfast haha’)
It’s actually quite scary writing this post, how is it 2018 already? I’m honestly so glad to see the back of 2017. It was a pretty ‘meh’ year, but I’m really hoping 2018 will be much better!
There’s always something refreshing about entering the New Year. It feels like the perfect time to wipe the slate clean, start again and really focus on yourself and your goals. I like to look at it as a blank canvas that I can fill in any way that I like.
I’m starting off my 2018 by buying a house, and what can be more exciting than that?! The mortgage is currently going through and then once it’s all done we have a massive project on our hands. The whole house needs to be completely renovated as it’s run down. Obviously, this is going to take up a lot of our time, but other than this HUGE project my 2018 is free for me to do what I want.
Here are my goals for 2018
Move into my own house – This is a given seemed as I’m in the process of buying a house, but I’m honestly so excited for me and Shaun to have our own space. We’re going to decorate it as we want it and it’s going to be amazing.
Continue crafting and doing what I love – I love making handmade cards and this year I want to up the quantity I’m making and sell beyond family and friends. I’m also trying to learn calligraphy as I think it’ll be a great skill to add to my handmade cards. I really want 2018 to be full of creativity and doing what I love.
Open an Etsy shop – Linking in with the above goal, I would really LOVE to open my own Etsy shop. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but I’ve always been too scared. But 2018 is going to be the year I take the plunge and do it!
Get a new job – I’m miserable and that’s 100% down to the fact that I can’t stand my job. I work in customer service and dealing with rude obnoxious people each day isn’t particularly fun. I would love a creative job, but I’m aware this probably won’t happen instantly… But If I could just work somewhere that makes me happier than I am now then I’d feel like I’ve achieved something!
Be happier – I know this probably sounds a bit odd, but I feel like I’m miserable so much and as I said above this is down to my job. When I look back to a few years ago I was 100 times happier than I am now. I used to be full of confidence and felt like I could conquer the world. I really want to get back my happiness and start having more confidence in myself again.
Anyone can make a lifestyle change, but it’s having the motivation to actually do it. Whenever it hits January, we all sit and write our New Years resolutions about how we’re going to change X, Y and Z and be an amazing person. Most of the time I get to the end of the year and I’ve still achieved nothing I said I would. Other people are bound to be like this too so I’m not alone.
I don’t know if there’s a thing around turning 25 – but since turning 25 this year, I have more motivation to actually try and get my shit together! I suddenly feel like more of an ‘adult’ and life suddenly seems to be a whole lot more serious. Did anyone else get this when they turned 25?! haha.
Let’s make some positive life changes
Of course, we all want to make positive life changes and this is something I’ve really been thinking about lately. I’ve been reflecting a lot and trying to come up with ways that I can impact my life in a positive way. I’ve come up with a list of 3 things. I’m trying to start in small steps, so I’m not going to suddenly dive into 10 changes. I believe that taking small steps is always the best way to start.
1 – Go to the gym twice a week
To some people, this probably seems like nothing. But the reality is I NEVER exercise and I know it’s not good for me. I recently joined a gym that opened around the corner from my house (what a PERFECT location! haha) and I’ve set aside 2 days a week to make sure I go. I’ve only been going for a couple of weeks, but I already feel like my sleep pattern is improving and I feel like I have more energy. I’m really hoping that going twice a week will have a positive impact on how I feel and my general wellbeing.
2 – Keep learning new things
Being a child and learning new things was always one of my favourite things. I loved going to school, college and university. I got so much enjoyment out of learning new skills as it gave me a real sense of achievement and confidence. This definitely had a positive impact on my life. I really want to focus on keeping my brain active and learning new things. I’m always finding things on the internet and thinking ‘I want to try that’. Next on my list is to teach myself calligraphy as I love anything creative.
3 – Connect more with people
I will openly admit that I am terrible with this. I very much like my own company and being alone (or with Shaun). I’ve always had a very small group of close friend, but that’s just the way I like it. The thing is, as we’ve all gotten older, life has got in the way. Everyone works different hours, and trying to arrange a meet up is always such a chore! I really need to start making more time and effort to see my friends and family. At the end of the day, they’re always the ones that make me feel better, keep me smiling and support me through the good and the bad. I think seeing them more regularly will definitely have a positive impact on me.
If you could make 3 lifestyle changes, what would they be?
How is it November already? We say this every single month, but it’s honestly scary where the time goes. A new month, of course, means it’s time for another monthly goals post. My main focus this month is to have some fun and enjoy myself. I’ve been feeling totally down in the dumps recently, so I want to kick away the negativity and enjoy myself!
So here goes – my goals for the month
I think we all get to that stage in a relationship, you’ve been together for a few years and everything gets a bit same old and boring. Well, that’s what it’s got to for me and Shaun. We spoke about it the other night and decided we need to kick start date night and start going out and doing more. We’ve reached a point where we just sit and watch Netflix. This isn’t good for us and we seriously need to get out more.
Arrange a festive gettogether with my friends
Christmas is quickly approaching. I really want to arrange an evening to get together with my friends and have a good catch up! We’re thinking bowling and a meal out is going to be the plan as that’s always good fun and a great way to enjoy yourself.
Write my Christmas list
I have a few ideas floating around in my head of what I would like for Christmas this year, so I need to actually write out a list to pass on to people. As we’re buying a house, we’re mainly asking for practical presents like toasters and kettles. But there’s definitely some fun bits and pieces that I’d like as well.
Join in more blogger chats on twitter
I really enjoy it when I join in chats on Twitter, but I rarely ever do it. I always forget they’re on, or remember when they’re already halfway through. This month I definitely want to make more effort to join in some chats.
Recently, I’ve been feeling really down and rubbish. I’ve been trying to pinpoint exactly why I’ve been feeling so rubbish and I think I’ve finally done that. The other night I sat down with Shaun and cried my eyes out about how I’m feeling. Talking about it and saying it out loud made me realise what I want.
As every other child does, I went to school and studied for my GCSE’s. I’ve always strived on success and doing well so achieved a mixture of A and B grades. My favourite subject at school was always Graphic Design and I decided to study this at college as well.
I started college in 2008 where I studied A-Levels in Geography, Graphic Design and Photography. Being creative has always been a passion of mine since I was a young child so these lessons were perfectly suited. Once I finished my A-levels I stayed on at college and did an Art foundation in Graphic Design to prep me for my degree. In 2011 I headed off to university and studied Graphic Arts. I went to Buckinghamshire New University which is about 30 minutes away from London by train.
Throughout university, nearly all of my projects consisted of making things by hand. I used mixed media such as paints, marbling, collage etc. Next, I scanned things onto a computer to digitally edit. Towards the end of my degree, I realised that my passion laid much more in the area of crafts rather than digital design. When I finished my degree I made the decision to move back home to Devon. Most Graphic Design jobs are in the big cities … but that wasn’t for me. I like the quieter life in Devon, so I moved home.
When I moved back home, I realised that getting a design job in little old Devon is near impossible. So I decided to get a job in administration to earn some money whilst I decided what I wanted to do. Forward on to today, I’m still working the exact same administration job!! I HATE IT. Every day is such a chore, it’s so so boring and I think I feel that way because I need to be doing something creative.
So what do I want in the future?
Whilst working my Monday – Friday office job I’ve been using my evenings and weekends to be creative. Afterall, creativity has always been where my passion lies. I started making handmade cards to sell to family and friends which is something I’ve always loved, I received a sewing machine for my birthday and I’m learning to sew. I’ve been getting back into my photography again, I’ve been crafting Christmas decorations and I’ve even started a bullet journal. I guess this blog counts as well, as it’s the perfect way to be creative. My next challenge is to learn modern calligraphy!
With so much creativity in my life, I’ve realised that that’s what I want to be doing on a permanent basis. I don’t want to just spend my evenings being creative, I want my days to be fuelled with creativity as well.
My dream is to have my own little business where I can sell handmade cards and decorations and crafty bits and pieces. I want this more than anything. I would love to open my own Etsy shop to sell my creations and spend all of my days doing what I love.
My plan of action
Well, it’s not a full-blown plan of action as it’s such a difficult thing to just do and be successful…. but this is my idea.
I’m about to buy a house, so quitting my job is an absolute no-go until my mortgage is sorted. The work on the house is going to cost an arm and a leg so this all has to be my priority for the moment. The house we’re buying has 3 bedrooms, so the plan is for the box room to become my craft room. Once I have my craft room up and running, I’ll have a lot more space. This should make creating a whole lot easier. I’ll also have a lot more time as currently, I spend half of the week at Shaun’s house, but all of my crafty stuff is at my house. Having my own house and space means I’ll have unlimited time to create.
I plan to continue to make and create, but I want to do it in a larger quantity. Once I have enough bits and pieces made I’ll take the leap and open an Etsy shop and see what happens from there.
I really hope that eventually my hard work will pay off and I can quit my job and earn a living doing what I love. I know it’ll be a lot of work but I’m determined to make it happen. Even if my hobby meant I earnt enough that I could go to part-time working, I know I’d be so much happier.
I feel like money is the main thing holding me back as unfortunately, we all need to pay the bills and live. I can’t just up and quit my job as I won’t have enough money to live from.
Has anyone else been in this situation? How did you overcome the issue of money and manage to do what you love?