highlights of 2017 & goals/plans for 2018

we r one beach hut in poole

i wasn’t planning to do a highlights of 2017 kind of post, but i really wanted something to look back on to remind me 2017 wasn’t all bad.

it definitely wasn’t. but sometimes it’s easier to remember the bad over the good, especially if you’re a pessimist like me! not a trait i’m proud of, and something i have been trying over the years to ..soften.

i thought i’d include some goals and plans for the next year too. i’ve never been a resolution maker, but i’ve definitely learned this year being organised (or trying to) really helps, and so by writing some things down it will help to motivate me. i hope it’ll motivate you too and i’d really love to hear some of your highlights, as well as goals/plans if you’d like to share with me!

there’ll definitely be things i’ve (unintentionally) missed below, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less important to me …i’m just a forgetful person!

highlights of 2017:
– still being alive. 2017 was tough.
– getting a job. after a very long time of unemployment this has been HUGE mentally for me. only a day a week but not downplaying it!
– celebrating the small things
– walking lots (even more than usual)
going to poole
– losing a bit of weight, without getting lured back to disordered eating
– rediscovering my childhood love of lilt
– figuring out that tomatoes make me ill (also a lowlight ha)
– making (and eating) a LOT of soup
– learning to deal a little better (mentally) with my tinnitus
– a slight improvement in my fibromyalgia symptoms
– doing things i’ve been terrified of, and/or put off for a long time
– in general facing a few fears
– not letting catastrophising take over my every thought
– meeting new friends & getting to know a few people better
– finding a monstera (for £5!!)
– expanding my plant collection
– getting my moon tattoo
– coming out as bi
– winning a polaroid camera
– finally getting a desk
– listening to more music
visiting bath
– rewatching pushing daisies


goals and plans for 2017:
– make more time for friends and generally be better
– go more places in the UK, get a passport if i can afford
– earn £10k
– not let anxiety completely rule me
– get my work in a (or a few!) prominent magazine, website and/or book
– look after myself better
– try to be tidier
– keep up with and improve my level of orginisation
– meet more online friends
– better my photography
– make more work, even if i don’t share it
– move house
– more tattoos!
– learn to make new soups
– work on making a better blog, including pitching more and being generally more proactive

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