Carrying on tradition, with the arrival of 2018 it’s time to view it as a fresh start and give ourselves a reason to kick our butts into self improvement and getting the most out of life. At the beginning of 2017 I set myself some goals for the year and with the year drawing to a close it’s time to reflect back at how the year went and set some new goals.
I wouldn’t say that 2017 has been a particularly incredible year. It seems that I did a lot more in 2016, in terms of traveling and achievements but that’s not to say that this year hasn’t had it’s own great moments. Some highlights include:
- Visiting the Harry Potter studios in London
- Seeing Parkway Drive & Asking Alexandria
- Many hilarious nights out
- Seeing You Me At Six
- Days out discovering new places
- Seeing Bury Tomorrow for the 7th time
- Getting 4 new tattoos – including my knee!
- Slam Dunk festival
- Photographing my first local festival
- Download festival
- Starting my part time job in promoting
- Photographing over 50 shows
- Seeing Bury Tomorrow for the 9th and one of the best times
- Spending time with family & friends that matter most
- Getting on stage with Five Finger Death Punch
Now on to my goals:
1. Be healthier
My first goal for the year was to be healthier. While the exercise part flopped after about two or three months, I did manage to eat some what healthier. My boyfriend went vegan this past year, and as he’s the chef out of the two of us, this meant that I would eat vegan meals with him. His chilli has become one of my favourite meals of all time, but we’ve also had curry, quasedillas, couscous, hummus bagels, stir fry, banana bread and lots more. I don’t quite have the lifestyle or motivation yet to become vegan, but having at least one or two vegan meals a week makes me feel better about those cheat days, and it’s also been fun enjoying new meals as I used to be an incredibly fussy eater (chicken dinosaurs forever).
I definitely need to focus on drinking more water in the new year. I flick between phases of focusing on this and then forgetting about it, as well as cutting back on takeaways. Exercise isn’t a massive priority for me at the moment. I walk to and from work, and both of my jobs require me to be on my feet a lot. Next year is already looking pretty busy, and I can already predict that I’m going to be tired out. I hope to start doing at home exercises again or at least joining a gym. However, I’m going to prioritise my focus on what I put into my body to not overwhelm myself.
2. Become more of a minimalist
I felt really motivated at the beginning of last year to cut down on my belongings and consumer lifestyle. While I keep my spending minimal, I have since been slacking on getting rid of things. I have managed to sell/donate quite a few items but I still have lots more to go, which I think will be never ending. I need to dedicate some more time to clearing space and no longer needed items. During busy periods I can often become quite messy until I get a chance to clean and tidy again. Piles of clothes mount up and desktops can no longer be seen. A messy environment makes me unproductive so this is something I’d like to focus on to keep me activate and working, rather than watching Netflix in bed. This also goes for my phone and MacBook as they often get weighed down by various files I no longer need.
3. Travel and explore
I haven’t traveled much at all this past year, and it’s something I love doing (and blogging about). During 2016 I went to Los Angeles and Paris, as well as visiting a lot of places around my area. While I’m disappointed that I haven’t been anywhere super exciting this year, I have some plans for the new year, and my boyfriend has recently purchased a VW T4 which we will be building up for us to camp and travel in. While the van build is going to be a long project, I hope that next year we can at least go away somewhere once for a night/weekend.
4. Get better at skateboarding
This is possibly the biggest goal that I failed at this year. I think I went out on my board about once over the whole year. I’m super disappointed that I didn’t find more time to go out and practice. I took up a new part time job, which consumes a lot of my free time, and any other free time has been spent at shows, going out with friends or just relaxing. I hope next year I can get back on the board, even if it’s just for fun and nothing serious. I also want to find a good, new skateboarding spot.
5. Be more professional with blogging
I do feel like my blog has massively improved over this past year! I have recently migrated my blog from Blogger to being self hosted through WordPress which I am very happy about. However, I still haven’t quite got my site fully back up and complete just yet so hopefully once that is done I can start expanding my audience and focusing more on the content. I do feel like the photography, and general content of my blog has improved over the past year and I’m proud of quite a lot of the posts I’ve created. Although my blog will be forever changing and improving, I am content with it’s current state. I think my biggest goal for next year regarding my blog is to include myself more. I want to create more posts that will give you an insight into who I am and connect on a more personal level. This is a difficult challenge for me as I’m not good at self portraits and I despise my photo being taken by someone else, but it’s something I’m looking to overcome.
6. Push my photography
This is a goal I didn’t actually include last year, but one that I think needs to be listed. If you didn’t know I am a music photographer. Photography is part of my job at a local music venue, and this year I have photographed over 50 shows. While I didn’t include it last year, I did set a mini goal of hitting 400 Facebook likes in 2017, which I reached by February and increased to 500. I’ve recently hit over 650 and it’s not the end of the year yet. While numbers don’t mean much, I consider it an achievement with my photography page as the majority of the likes are band members I’ve photographed or people I’ve met at shows. I’ve also been perfecting my style and learning a lot to apply to my photos. I recently photographed a show with trying out a new technique, and I’d like to spent next year trying more things out like this. I’d also like to add new bands to my list of photographed, make contacts (I’m always shy) and travel/visit new venues. Although, one of my biggest goals regarding photography is to focus on portraiture. It’s one of the fields I’m least confident in, and I’d like to be able to at least feel more comfortable about booking the shoots and get some good results for my portfolio.
Well those are the goals I will be prioritising over the next year, and hopefully this time next year I can be updating you on achieving some of these things. What are your goals for 2018? Thanks for reading, April