Goals for the New Year

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A new year always feels like a new start to me, and I like to grab onto that feeling with both hands and embrace it.

I see it as a time to take a little step back and assess how everything is going. I like to congratulate myself for the things I've achieved over the past year, and pinpoint the areas of my life that need improving. From the simple things, to the big, huge, life changing things. And I like to set myself goals, because although I'm not always the best at achieving them, I find that they point me in the direction I want my life to head.

Last year I chose to set myself only a handful of small goals, and I think that was the best decision. 2015 had been an amazing, scary, busy, and quite frankly life changing year and I wanted to spend 12 months focusing on the little things and making lots of memories with my two boys, and I certainly did that. When I look back over everything we did together, I have to say that 2016 was by far the happiest year of my life.

I found my feet as a mother, settled into my job, went on three holidays abroad, discovered a passion for photography, spent as many weekends as I could at the beach, met some bloggers in real life who became some of my closest friends, truly embraced the seasons, went to four weddings, turned 25, and got engaged

It truly felt as though we were living in our own little bubble of happiness in a world filled with so much hate, anger and pain. I have to admit that I buried my head in the sand as much as I could last year because I just couldn't handle everything that was going on, and if I'm honest I think that this year is going to be a whole lot worse, but I don't think this post is the place to get into that.

So for me, 2017 is going to be about self improvement. I'm currently at my happiest and most level headed, and I am ready to channel that into positive change. There are so many things I'd like to do next year; I could honestly write a list as long as my arm. But I've stuck to just 5 things, which are all quite big parts of my life, so we'll see what happens from here!


Last year I found a passion in photography that I didn't know I had, and this year I would like to embrace it. I have just bought a brand new camera, which I don't really know how to use, so this is my first step. I've signed myself up to an online photography course which starts next week, so I hope this will help me with the basics. I'm not sure what it is I'd actually like to achieve, but as long as I'm learning, improving and still totally loving it then I am happy with that.


This one is a biggie. I have very little control when it comes to spending money, which in 2016 resulted in me booking a big holiday to Vegas (which I will be going on in less than two weeks!) and once I return I will be on a strict spending ban! Ideally I would like to pay of my credit card this year, improve my credit rating, and start saving for our wedding.


Over the past few years I have completely neglected my health and I have got to the point where I am so unhappy with my body that I know things have to change. I have over two stone that I would like to shift, so I plan to join slimming world and seriously cut back on the crap. I'd also like to find some time to properly exercise, and I fully intend to rejoin Zumba because I really enjoyed the few sessions I went to last year.


This is on my goals list every single year, but is something that I never really actively do. As I am half German I feel so ashamed that I can't actually speak German, and I really want to change that this year somehow. Ideally I would like to find a tutor, as I think I would struggle with classes because I have such a mishmash of knowledge when it comes to the language, but it's just a case of finding that extra money to cover it (which totally goes against my point above).


I think that you're either one of those people who naturally cleans and tidies, or you're not. And I'm not. Don't get me wrong, I love being in a clean and tidy home, but I absolutely loathe spending time on housework. I definitely do not want to spend my evening doing the washing up, or tidying away laundry, so for the most part I just do what desperately needs doing and ignore the rest. I totally need to up my game this year (or hire a cleaner!)

So that is it, my big plans for 2017! 

I'd love to know if you've set yourself any goals for next year; let me know in the comments below!


  1. You've set some great goals for yourself here! I have no doubt that you'll be successful and have a very happy 2017! xx

  2. Ahh yes, spending. Saving. I am still working on that one. Thank goodness for relatives who can afford to pay for our wedding!! We don't have credit cards but nearly got one/several to pay for our wedding.

    1. Eeeeeek I don't know how we're possibly going to afford ours! xx

  3. You are doing so well already, especially with cutting the spending. I'm all over getting tidied up and organised this year. Lovely goals and super achievable too! Can't wait to see how well you do xx

    1. Eeek fingers crossed it continues! I'm sure I'll keep badgering you for support xx


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