I know it’s such a cliche thing to say, but I genuinely can’t believe we’re half way through the year. It doesn’t feel like two minutes have passed since I was sat in the same spot I’m sitting now, setting my January goals, with that familiar rush of New Year enthusiasm for the twelve months ahead. But, here we are on the 9th July, with six months left of 2017 so I thought what better time to do a mid-year review and set some new goals than right now?

Let’s start by doing a quick round-up of the goals I set for the year. I originally set 17 goals for 2017, but after a little while I felt unbelievably pressured to try and make so many changes so I picked my absolute favourites and ran with those.

I wanted to listen (on Audible) or read 12 books, and I’m already on my 13th book of the year. Most of those have been self-help, girl-boss based books which have been great, and I’d love to get through another 7 so I can say I read 20 books in 2017.

I wanted to practise Law of Attraction more and I feel like I’ve definitely manifested a lot of amazing things this year. I even went to a workshop yesterday which included 45 minutes meditation and a session creating a vision board for some new things to work towards, which I absolutely loved.

I wanted to cull negativity from my life and I’ve done that by unfollowing a hell of a lot of people on social media. My timeline is now filled with positive, happy people, and not draining statuses day after day. If you haven’t done this already, you absolutely must.

I wanted to save £8,000 and I, erm, currently have £300 in my savings account so…

I wanted to perfect a night time beauty routine and I certainly did that. I can’t go a night without my full Liz Earle routine now and my skin has never felt better.

I recycle like a boss now, even down to splitting my packaging up into cardboard and plastics. Old person alert.

I wanted to get my blogging mojo back and I have absolutely done that. Especially with this recent redesign and migration over to WordPress.

So now let’s get onto the second half of 2017. There are a few things I’d love to say I’ve done by the end of the year and the first one has to be lose another stone and a half. I’m already 21lbs lighter than I was when I started the year which is brilliant, so to be a whole three stone less would be an amazing achievement. I know I can do it, I just need to knuckle down and really push myself instead of floating along half-heartedly like I’ve been doing for the past two months. Focus Vickie, focus.

I also want more balance in life, which I’m planning on getting when I go down to four days a week at my 9-5 job. This will allow me to work on Apartment Number 4 through the week, freeing up the weekends to do exactly what I want instead of worrying about photographing blog posts whilst there’s natural light, or I needing to write posts that I’ve been too tired to do through the week once I get home from work. I genuinely feel like this move could change my life, and I know you guys that are juggling a side hustle as well as a full time job feel my pain.

I want to end 2017 absolutely debt free, and I’m determined to pay off every single loan, credit card and overdraft I have off so I enter the new year knowing all the money I make is mine to save (OK, I mean spend).

Finally, I want to grow not only this blog – I want to achieve 20,000 page views a month by December – but I want to continue growing my monthly magazine 4 (subscribe in the sidebar if you haven’t already, it’s ace), and see if ultimately I can bring more people on board to write for it. I missed an issue in July because I was rebranding Apartment Number 4, but the August issue is going to be amazing.

When I look at the person I was at the start of 2017, I feel completely different. That person was unhappy with so many parts of her life. And here I am now, in July, excited to see what the next half has in store. Hopefully it involves a nice man along the way too, because believe me girlfriend, he’s on my vision board. How do you feel mid-way through 2017? Are you setting any new goals to work towards?

In case you missed it: My Biggest Regret | Why It’s OK To Forget The Goals & Just Be | 10 Ways To Refocus On Your Goals

About the author

Victoria is the editor and founder of award-winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4. When she’s not scouring Pinterest for the latest in home decor inspiration, she’s out shopping trying to recreate the looks herself.


  1. It sounds like you’re doing so well with your goals Victoria! How wonderful that you are going down to 4 days a week with your job so that you can work more on your blog. I’ve been trying to work much harder with my blog recently and it’s so nice when you see the stats rising x


  2. Going from 5 to 4 days a week is going to be exciting! And it’s the little things like recycling that make a big difference.

    By the way, I was wondering why I didn’t get the July issue of 4. Looking forward to the August issue 🙂

  3. Oh Victoria you beautiful person, this post makes me so happy that you’ve achieved so much and what they’ve been and also what your (more than achieveable) new goals are. 🙂
    Your little space on the WWW is killer. You can see the passion plus time and effort you’ve put in to it and I’m in no doubt that it will have grown tenfold by the end of the year.
    Can you just add one thing into these goals.. ‘to see Caroline more often’ ? :p
    Good luck, not that you need it lovely!


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