Once again I'm a little late to the party with my New Year post, but better late than never eh?
For the past two years on this little blog I've written a list of goals for the next year and discussed what I've done well at from the previous year and what I haven't. I can tell you for a fact that I have done terribly at my last year's goals so I'm scrapping that idea for this year. Instead I thought I'd just put it together a little more chatty and less pressurised on myself.
Honestly, working full time and trying to blog absolutely kicked my ass in 2015 and I didn't manage to keep on top of it, both on my blog and on my YouTube channel. Last year was the first year I have been blogging and working full time the entire year and I didn't realise just how hard it would be. Taking photos and making videos when you only have the weekends and evenings to do it is hard, major high fives to everyone who manages to get that shit done. Especially with the awful, unpredictable British weather. I didn't blog or make anywhere near as many videos as I wanted to in 2015.
But I want to stop beating myself up about that. I did my best and that's all I could do. I need to realise that I'm never going to be able to create the content that full-time bloggers are able to, and that's okay.
This year instead I have a different game plan. Blog and YouTube as much as I can, but don't feel guilty about it if I can't.
I also want to develop the lifestyle elements of my blog. I touched on it a little with my California posts but I really want to work on that this year. I am in love with Rosie's, Amy's and Victoria's lifestyle posts and I would love to introduce a bit more of that kind of content to my blog. I just need to work on the writing for it. I'm not so great and putting my thoughts down onto a blog in a fluid or fun way. I can bring the bants in real life (well I think so anyway), just not through my finger tips on a keyboard, so this is something I really want to work on. Are there lessons for that kind of thing?
In terms of life goals there are a couple of things I want to address this year. First up is getting a house! I have been dreaming about my own house since I left uni two and a half years ago and I think this year is finally the year it could be happening. The only trouble is, I'm going to have to replace all my clothes and shoes shopping with homeware shopping. I can't decide whether I'm going to be ok with that or not yet.
I want to make more time to see my family and friends. In all honesty I'm lazy, I like being at home chilling. But this year I want to make more effort to see my family and friends rather than just sitting at home, because they're all pretty great, and make me very happy so I need more of them in my life really.
2015 was probably the first year that I haven't felt entirely happy with my body and that is something I would like to change this year. I've breezed through life with fast metabolism and never worried about a thing. But I think sitting on my arse, working in a office day in, day out has changed that a little. Now I'm not saying I think I'm fat, I'm just not entirely happy with what my body looks like right now, it needs a bit more toning and working out. So this year I would like to stick to a bit of a workout plan because the only person who has the power to change my body is me and I just need to remember that whenever I think I can't be bothered to exercise.
And finally, see more of the world. I know I'm off to America again later on in the year but I would also love to get out on a few city breaks and see more of this beautiful world we've been put on. The only thing I need now is an unlimited bank balance and unlimited holiday from work. Unfortunately Santa didn't get me either of those for Christmas so I think a bit of tactical planning and saving is in order!
Anyway, that's enough from me! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your loved ones and wish you a fantastical 2016!