Today I turn the grand old age of 147. Jokes. But 33 is close enough for my liking, and although I don’t feel 33, and definitely don’t act 33, I’m starting to become much more aware of the time passing by now. I swear when I was 21 the years wouldn’t pass as quickly as they do now – why is that? Because we’re living for the next best thing to put on social media? Or we’re constantly counting down the days till our next holiday from work? Who knows. What I do know though is that I want my 33rd year on earth to mean something. I want it to have some sort of moment where I look back and think wow, what an amazing year that was.
So in true birthday blogging style, I’ve put together some goals I really want to try and achieve before the 4th October rolls around again. Here goes nothing…
Buy My First Home
I’ve mentioned this a couple of times (OK, a lot) on social media but I’m determined to buy a house in 2018. The excel spreadsheet is out, I’ve already spoken to a financial advisor briefly about my options, I’m about to open a Lifetime ISA this month and I’m starting to put together a vision board of everything I want from my first house and put it out into the universe. You know I’m all about that Law of Attraction life y’all. When you rent there’s always that worry your landlord could turn around and tell you he’s selling the house. Or there’s the fact that you can only make very limited changes to the décor – do you know how frustrating that is for an interiors blogger? Don’t get me wrong, there are so many positives to renting, but I want to put roots down and have somewhere I can actually call my own. I want to have my own front door to paint and a garden where I can grow herbs. Buying a house is a huge financial commitment so I need to continue getting better with money this year, including organising my taxes and putting money into savings instead of spending £75 in Boots when I only went in for a lipliner.
Nail The Blogging / Work / Life Balance
Even though I went part-time in August, I’m still struggling to balance work, blogging and life. I’m still blogging on an evening, and I haven’t managed to schedule blog posts and social media like I thought I would be able to when I had a spare day through the week. I don’t know why I struggle so much with time management but I really do, and I’m always playing catch-up. I’d love to be the sort of blogger who has her shit together, schedules for the month ahead, batch takes all her photography in one go and have all her Pins, Tweets and Facebook posts scheduled and ready to go out. But right now, I’m so far away from that point I’m not sure where to even start. The blogging side of my life is gaining so much momentum right now, and even though it’s overwhelming, it’s overwhelming in an amazing way. If I could just get some order to the madness, I’d be in a much better place.
Publish My First E-Book
I’ve been toying with the idea of writing an e-book for a while now, and I want my 33rd year to be the year that I at least start it. I might not finish it in time, but I could certainly give it a go. It will be based on interiors, with a little lifestyle thrown in, but I have some amazing ideas and I just need to set some time (maybe an hour every Sunday morning) where I sit and write. And who doesn’t love that feeling of excitement when you start a new project you’re really passionate about?
Keep Pushing Myself
I’ve really tried to push myself to do more things this year, to get out of the house and leave my comfortable bubble of home. I’m an absolute home bird and there have been times this year, especially May and June when terrorist attacks were happening so frequently, that I didn’t want to go anywhere. I felt safe in my little cocoon, surrounded by home comforts. But that’s not life. So I’ve pushed myself to just do little things like going out for meals, trying new cocktail bars, pub quizzes, spontaneously booking random trips to Ibiza, going to concerts, blogging events, courses to help grow my business – I’ve done more this year than I have for the past two years I suspect. And I want to keep pushing myself to get off my arse and be the social butterfly I was before I got lazy and comfortable. Read this post from Sophie over at Fashion Slave about being “Summer Sophie” and you’ll understand the girl I used to be – the girl I want to be again.
I think that’s enough to work on for now. I’m feeling in a happy place right now. I’m going to have a bacon sandwich for breakfast, I’ve got three massive brand campaigns to work on today and life is pretty sweet. Here’s to an ever sweeter twelve months ahead…