A Few Personal Goals For the Year Ahead

Resolutions smesolutions. Making new year’s resolutions has been out of fashion for at least a couple of years now, haven’t they? Goals have been the big thing since then and although they still get the occasional eye roll from those of us, goals are actually super important.

I’ve lived without goals for a long time (mostly because I didn’t know what to set a goal for) and honestly, I didn’t get as far as I could have, never mind how much I wanted something. Setting goals made me nervous because everyone tells you that you should date them and have 3-5 steps to achieving them – and they’re not wrong, but sometimes that’s too much pressure.

I’m here for life goals that aren’t crazy – the ones that are achievable and exciting and make us kick everything up a notch because we’ve thought about it and we want it. It’s not getting rid of those extra pounds or drinking a green juice every day, because if we really wanted those things we would have made them happen by now. I’m here for real goals – the things that will happen because we’ll make them.

After thinking for a few minutes I could clearly see what my more personal goals for the year are going to be. Goals that I’d like to achieve separate from my plans for bky. and goals that I’ve already been working toward over the last few months. Keep reading to check them out, and then let me know one goal you have for the year ahead.

Photo-08-12-2017-14-30-04 A Few Personal Goals For the Year Ahead

Have a piece of freelance writing published

I simply can’t pretend that I’ve always wanted to write or to be published. In fact, for a long time, I was adamant that I didn’t want to write more than I had to (which consisted of short blog posts or a shopping list). Over the last 12 months, however, I’ve gotten more into writing – at least when I’ve been doing it.

Building up a lil’ portfolio of blog posts and articles that are less bky. and more researched and topical is one of my goals for the first quarter of the year – with the larger goal of taking on some freelance writing gigs and pitching my ideas, later in the year.

Attend a blogger event (i.e. don’t chicken out)

In the past, I’ve gotten so close to experiencing my first blogger (or creative networking) event. I’ve been invited to broad bloggery things or sought out groups that looked exciting, but I never made accepting the invite and showing up a priority. Anxiety is definitely partly to blame, but so is my lack of clarity and confidence in my being-a-blogger.

It sounds silly but things like not having a business card, not being involved in many blogger circles and feeling like no-one around me really got blogging enough to support me in my solo ventures, all have really hindered me in the last few years. At least now I know how I can show up prepared.

Save some f*cking money

I mean, lol. If you can’t tell by the tone of this goal… I’ve had a shit time with money recently. Not having enough, spending it without thinking, imagining that it will somehow triple – you get the idea. With moving out (and moving back), people telling me I’m not being responsible enough but then scolding me when I try to not ask for help and a confusion about what I’m saving for, I’ve felt lost in the world of personal finance.

I have a few more ideas about why I want to save this year, so hopefully stashing the money away will mean that I can have a great summer, make some business progress and maybe even get myself back into the big life goals leagues (you know, cars, houses, holidays) – we’ll see how I get on.

Dress for me

Years have passed since I last showed an active interest in fashion or personal style, but I’ve always had the ambition to create a wardrobe that I love and dress in a way that feels completely me. I’ve struggled a lot with body image and confidence and although those issues aren’t going to lessen without work, I’m well under the impression that I can still dress the way I like – even if I’m maybe not exactly who I want to be yet.

This year I’m going to focus on dressing in pieces and colours that I love. I want to get away from fast fashion and invest a little more in higher quality pieces that I’ll want to wear all-year-round. I’m not going to be dropping hundreds on clothes, shoes or bags though, more just fine-tuning my tastes and choices to suit me, my lifestyle and the body I have now.

Find some local colourful walls

Peterborough isn’t exactly the most colourful place, but anywhere and everywhere has hidden gems, right? When I was in Edinburgh in December I realised that sometimes a colourful wall can be the thing I need to say, ‘oh can you take a few pictures of me?’ – as you remember, one of my goals for bky. this year is to show more of my face (to prove that I’m a real person mostly), and colourful walls might just help get me there each week.

It’s also about making the most of where I am, I guess. Hearing people tear down the place they live is the most frustrating thing- we’re here now so why not try to find the best bits of the creative and progressive city we’re in (most cities are creative and progressive if you look in the right places).

Really start a newsletter

In the summer I hinted about starting a newsletter but I came across a few obstacles. Firstly, I didn’t know why I wanted to start building a mailing list, and secondly, I didn’t know what kind of value I’d be giving those who did subscribe. Now I’ve carved out my little space on the internet a little more, I’ve got some great ideas for newsletters and I can’t wait to get the ball going this weekend.

I know a lot of bloggers and creative internet people have jumped on the newsletter bandwagon in the last 12 months – but it’s all for a good reason right? Connecting with the people who would actually give you the time of day, spreading positive messages and building a little tribe of bloggers who want to do. I’m excited and I hope you are too – keep your eyes peeled.

What do you think to setting smaller, less pressured goals? If you like to goal set at the start of each year, month or week, then let me know – and let me know if we have any similar goals to me.

Oh, and if I haven’t said already – Happy New Year! Heres to an amazing 2018.

Becky

  • Sarah Ⓥ

    To find some colourful walls sounds like a really good idea, I should definitely do that too!

    Sarah
    sarahaurorax.wordpress.com

    • I swear I live in a completely beige city – haha! The mission is on…

      Thanks for reading 🙂

      Becky xo

  • Yesss I totally need to find some colourful walls! I don’t think they even have them around here. I really want to go to another blogging event this year as I went for the first time in the Summer and it was amazing, you would love it! xxx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • I’m the same – a complete lack of big, bright walls! I’m definitely going to get to a couple this year, I need to meet all you lovely bloggers in real life! Thank you for reading 🙂

      Becky xo

  • I love your goals! They’re so reasonable and down to earth. I think the biggest problem with resolutions is people shoot for the stars…not a bad thing, but it can be disappointing if you don’t reach it. Your “dress for me” goal is fantastic!

    Deanna
    http://www.luxandvitae.com

    • I totally agree – massive goals are just so overwhelming and have quite often scared me rather than motivated me! Thank you so much 🙂 I just hope I can tick all my little goals off now!

      Becky xo

  • I would love to find some colourful walls around this area too. Peterborough has none!! Great goals too. xx

    http://www.naomijadexo.com

    • Literally zero! I keep hoping that I’ll find a hidden gem one day… Thank you for reading 🙂

      Becky xo

      • When you do let me know!! Haha. 🙂 and your welcome x

  • These sound like great goals! Are you a member of In Colourful Company on facebook? They have so many colour walks and are generally a lovely creative space! x

    • Thank you! No, I’m not but I’ve just requested to join as it looks like a lovely group – thank you for the recommendation! Colour walks sound like my literal dream.

      Becky xo

  • Great goals Becky! Very excited about the prospect of a newsletter and yes to seeing your face more on your insta. Your pics are always so beautiful! X

    http://www.limeafterlime.com

    • Thanks so much, Emma! YAY can’t wait to launch the newsletter next week (and I guess I’m kind of excited to take more self-portraits… or terrified). Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year 🙂

      Becky xo

  • I really want to get ‘Save some f*cking money’ as a print to stick on my wall as a reminder to do the same! Definitely looking forward to seeing more of your face!

    • Aha, that’s a great idea! Maybe I’ll mock up a little design 😉

      Thank you so much for reading!

      Becky xo

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