Tuesday, 9 January 2018

2018 Goals

Firstly, thank you muchly for finding your way to my blog!  I am very excited about the prospects of writing for a Real Life audience, and hope that you like what you discover here. Following a twitter poll (is there any other way to make decisions?) asking what would be the most desired First Post, I've compiled a list of my 2018 goals, inspired by similar words from other Internet Humans. So, without further ado, here are my hopes and dreams for the year ahead.


As cliche as no.1 on my list is, seeing more of the world this year is an absolute must. Last year I was lucky enough to visit some incredible destinations, including finally travelling to Italy, somewhere I've always wanted to go. Florence, Venice and the most incredibly picturesque villages of Cinque Terre (see photos below!!) immediately stole my heart, and I would love to return again this year to spend more time exploring.

After spending hours under a blanket reading books entitled 'hygge' and 'lagom', I've got a real desire to visit Scandinavia and experience the seemingly idyllic lifestyles of Norway and Sweden, with the iconic ~colourful buildings alongside the water~ photo shot in Copenhagen being one I'd also love to add to my list.

My first destination this year, though, will be Edinburgh. With a trip booked in a couple of weeks time, I'm incredibly excited to finally visit Scotland, and I can't help but hope we will be lucky enough to see some snow whilst we're there.

Put books into practice

The aforementioned 'Little Book of Hygge' (shop hereand 'Lagom' (and here) books by Meik Wiking and Niki Brantmark respectively, alongside the 'Kindness' book by Jaime Thurston are a trio which I have been really enjoying recently, and have genuinely altered my mindset in daily life. 'Kindness' is a collection of 52 ways you can make a difference with small gestures ranging from sharing good news to being aware of business. Written by the founder of the '52 lives' charity movement (which you can read about here), it's impossible not to be inspired, and I fully intend to incorporate as many of the lessons as I can into my day to day life. 'Hygge' and 'Lagom' also contain all of the ingredients required to lead a warm and balanced life, Scandinavian style (with the addition of wonderful cinnamon buns recipes (easily made vegan!!))

Say 'yes'

As someone who considers their comfort zone everything within exactly an arm's reach, over the past few months I've developed a nasty old habit of choosing to stay at home instead of go on a trip, or making excuses (to others and myself) as to why I can't attend outings to hide my increasing social anxiety. I'm determined to reclaim my confidence this year, to try to opt for 'yes' over 'no' when opportunities are placed in front of me; I'm entirely aware that life is for living, and pushing myself to do a range of things, from going out for drinks to getting on a plane (without hysterical crying), is something that has to be on my list.

Go 'more vegan'

If you follow me on any form of social media, it'll be no surprise to you that I've been vegetarian for the best part of two years now, something I am incredibly proud of and passionate about. Having watched the best documentaries readily available on Netflix (Cowspiracy and What the Health are absolute must watches, I promise your view on animal agriculture will be revolutionised), I absolutely intend to continue making steps closer to an entirely plant based diet. I have already replaced milk and butter with dairy free alternatives, and have cut out eggs altogether, but I hope to further reduce consumption of products containing dairy and incorporate more vegan products into my daily life.

Commit to blogging

My final goal for 2018 has to simply be to commit, finally, to being a blogger. I've adored writing for as long as I can remember, and having chosen to study Biology at university instead of the English degree that part of my heart yearned for, I'm hoping this blog will give me somewhere to keep my writing dreams alive, sharing things with you along the way. Here's to the future!

So that concludes my '2018 goals' list; I hope in a years time I can sit back and read through this post, the first of many, feeling accomplished and satisfied. But, as always, overall I think I'll be more than pleased to get through another year in one piece, with a few more adventures under my belt. A slightly belated Happy New Year, and welcome x