It feels like forever since I wrote a blog post. In reality, I last posted in October, so a lifetime in blogging terms but in actual terms, it’s not that long, I suppose.
I can attribute my hiatus to a multitude of things, more commonly referred to as life. Major home renovations combined with a busy job and various other intermissions resulted in a feeling akin to the later half of 2017 disappearing in a puff of smoke. In fact, if I’m honest, I feel like 2017 went by quicker than ever. The saying, ‘time flies’ has never felt truer.
So here it is, 2018. I’m not one for making resolutions, but rather I like to establish things I plan to do or want to achieve. Here’s a sneak peek of what I hope my 2018 will look like:
1. Travel – so far I’m heading to Austin in March and Berlin in April. I already can’t wait. I’m also hoping to explore more of Scotland. Despite living there for most of my life, it’s shameful how little of the country I’ve visited. Driving through the Cairngorms on New Year’s Day made me absolutely want to change that.
2. Climb a Munro … or two – for those wondering what a Munro is, it’s a Scottish mountain that stands at more than 3,000 feet (914m) high. This goes hand in hand with my desire to see more of Scotland and mix up my exercise routine.
3. Feel less guilty – I’m growing tired if feeling guilty about one thing or another. Whether it’s feeling bad about watching too much TV, giving myself a hard time for not being more organised, or being pedantic about what I spend my time on. It needs to stop.
4. Pay off my student loan – I’m excited to say that this one is in reach and I should finally be rid of all university-related debt by the end of the year. Hurrah.
5. Go out for brunch more – I don’t need it explain this one, do I?
6. Try not to waste a minute – I want to be more mindful with what I do with my time. First step, stop wasting time looking at pointless chatter on the internet. It’s not doing me any good.
7. Read more – I have a terrible relationship with reading. I read a fair bit (I always have something on the go) but I feel guilty if I don’t finish a book, which is toxic as if I’m not enjoying what I’m reading, I don’t read at all. I need to learn that it’s ok to give up on a book I’m not getting anything from.
8. Work on my novel – I started writing a novel last year. I didn’t get as far as I would like but I’m hoping to work on it more this year.
9. Be more spontaneous – I have a bad habit of over planning. That’s going to change in 2018. Watch this space.
10. Appreciate the world around me – I am the first to admit that I’m not the best at living in the moment. I feel permanently distracted by things I’ve got to do, places I need to be and chores that need to be completed. It makes me think I’m missing quite a lot. I’m going to make a conscious effort to change that this year.
What’s your approach to thinking about the year ahead? Do you make resolutions or set goals? Regardless of what you do, I hope you have a very happy 2018!2 likes