My 2017 Goals.

I’ve taken some time this year to really think about my goals for 2017. I wanted to get them just right as I want this year to be perfect! If I have set goals in my head I know that I will work hard towards them, hence the time taken to plan them. I was so happy with myself for completing all my goals last year, which is giving me even more motivation to succeed this year. So here we go..

1. Self love. – This seems to be on everyone’s goals this year and I really do understand why! Towards the end of last year I tried my hardest to concentrate on me and only me. Sometimes it’s hard but it is so important! I had a very challenging year last year due to multiple things which really knocked my confidence but I’m hoping to bring my confidence back in 2017.

2. Have as much FUN as possible. – Exactly what is says. I am going to try and enjoy everything thrown my way this year. I’m going to plan and organise my weeks, to make sure I’m having as much fun as possible. Visit new places, spend time with family and friends and learn new things. I’m finally ready to get out there and smile!

3. Think POSITIVELY about everything. – All towards a happier me! I’m going to not think as negatively about everything. I got myself so down in the dumps thinking negatively about everything last year, but I’m going to turn that around, no matter what is thrown my way.

4. Spend MORE TIME with family & Friends. – I didn’t do enough of this last year. I worked worked and worked and didn’t spend time with my loved ones as much as I would have liked. So I want to concentrate on building back up my special relationships with my friends by planning lots of days out. I also want to take the time to visit family and learn all about their past. A little project I’ve set myself.

5. Do MORE of what I love. – Again, fits well with the ‘self love’ goal. I want to do more blogging, practice more with my camera, read more books, watch more films at the cinema, do a whole lot more of what I enjoy!

6. Continue to lose weight – I never thought I would ever lose weight. I’ve always been unhappy with it but losing a stone towards the end of last year has really spurred me on! I’m excited to continue with my weight loss journey and work towards my desired weight. (I know everyone says this, but I actually have lost some already so I’m just carrying on, ha!)

7. Visit New Places. – I want to visit at list 4 new places around the world this year and around 8 new places in the UK! I’m forever researching and reading about the world and I now think it’s time to go and see the places I’ve found. I held myself back from going last year as I didn’t want to go alone. But I’m not letting it stop me this year!

8. SAVE money. – I tried my hardest to do this last year and didn’t really succeed so I’m going to give it a go again this year. I want to save for a deposit for a house!

They are all pretty broad this year as the most important goal for me is to be HAPPY! No more stressing about silly things and dwelling on the past & I believe these goals will help me on my way.

I have also set aside some personal blog goals this year too. I understand that blogging has now become such a popular hobby and is actually becoming some peoples full times jobs! But I just want to try and increase my following this year. I want what I’m writing to actually be heard..

Blogging Goalsย 

1. Buy my own blog domain.

2. Look into paid blog opportunities.

3. Try and get 1000 followers by the end of the year.

4. Interact more with other blogs.

5. Plan ahead what I’m going to post about.

6. Research into blog props.

Did you set any goals this year? They seem to be dying out but I certainly like to have something to work towards. Let me know below if you have, I’d love to see what everyone wants to achieve this year.

Emily Jane xo

1 Year = 365 Opportunities.

The motivational quote blogs are back! And the first fits perfectly with the new year. I am so excited for 2017, I have so much to look forward too and I have so many plans. I found this quote on Pinterest yesterday afternoon and it couldn’t be more true. It’s definitely something I’m going to live by this year..

‘1 Year = 365 Opportunies’ 

Very cliche I know, but I wanted to talk about it because it is 100% true! I know that January is an all round depressing month, no-one has much money after the festivities and everyone is sad that Christmas has come to an end. But with this quote in mind, let’s try and change depressing January into the month full of amazing Opportunies! It’s a new year for you to do whatever you want! Go on that dream holiday you have wanted to go on for years, take the plunge and quit the job you hate and take on the fantastic opportunities you have always wanted to do. This year is your year! 

365 days seems so long, but amazing at the same time. 365 days where you can chose to do whatever you want. I understand that work has to take up a lot of those days to pay the bills but there is so much time to do the other things you want to achieve this year aswell. Everyone changes so much in a year due to the opportunities they choose to take, so go and do what you love! 365 days to work on yourself, develop relationships and generally have fun doing what you want. 

And if you have a bad day, or a bad week, there is always a new day just around the corner. A new day is so exciting, 24 precious hours to do what you want with. This is something I hope to do this year, I want to start using my time more wisely. Not sleeping in too late (many every once in a while๐Ÿ˜‰), not spending hours watching rubbish on the TV or generally laying about all day. I want to use my time more appropriately, learn more about this crazy world we live in and most importantly work on developing as a person. 

So here’s to 365 days filled with 365 opportunities! Don’t waste your days, try and do something worthwhile to get you to where you want to be by the end if the year. Let’s work on this together in 2017! 

Good luck!!!

Emily Jane. xoxo

Reflection on 2016.

Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to 2017!! I hope that this is going to be a great year for everyone. I’m feeling super positive and super excited for new beginnings and adventures. I can’t wait to find out what 2017 brings. Before I get into talking about what I hope to achieve in 2017, I thought it would be nice to reflect on 2016 and see what I managed to accomplish. I gave myself a week off blogging after completing BLOGMAS but I’m back and ready to write, write, write! I had a great Christmas week and loved celebrating with family. I was very spoilt and can’t wait to share with you the gifts I received. So time to say goodbye to 2016..

I actually managed to stick to the majority of my New Year Resolutions I set myself last year but I also achieved a few things I never thought I would, especially last year when I wasn’t at my best.

New love for reading – I used to HATE reading, and it annoyed me. I wanted to be able to sit down and relax with a good book for years but I never could. I used to read a couple of pages and then fall asleep!! I tried and tired for years and was never successful but in 2016 my luck changed! I had NEVER completed one book! (Dreadful I know) But in 2016 I actually managed to finish 12 books. I know that may not be a lot to most people but it’s a real achievement for me. I’m super proud of myself and I am loving my new found love for reading.

Lost a STONE in weight – This is something again that I have wanted to achieve for a while. I started to consider my weight towards the end of 2016. It took me 4 months but I actually lost a stone and I look forward to the rest of my weight loss journey. Everyone says it but I will be healthier in 2017, I’m going in the right direction.

Been in my job a year – I love my Job at Emmerdale and I have now been there for over a year. I’m so glad I have found something that I absolutely love and actually want to get up for in a morning!

Lots of blogging – I have actually managed to blog nearly a 100 times in the past year and I am so proud of that. I promised myself this time last year that I would continue to build my blog and I actually stuck to it, and I LOVE it.

Kept a diary all year – This was something I wanted to try, to try and help me remember specially moments throughout the year. I personally think it is a great task to write down what you are thinking to help with your personal development. I love having a good read of my thoughts from time to time and I have enjoyed writing everyday. I would say my writing has improved massively too and this is something I want to develop even more in the new year, in new ways.

Managed to Start my Savings – It may only be a very very small amount but I’ve started and I will continue so that’s got to mean something right?! Ha!

Went abroad alone for the first time. – This is something that made me extremely proud of myself. I never thought I would have the confidence to do it and you know what I am so happy I did. I had the best time!!

I did achieve a few other personal things that I won’t bore you with but overall I am so proud of how I’ve developed as a person and achieved what I wanted last year. There are however a few things I feel I need to improve on, looking back at last year..

Make more time for family and friends – I worked A LOT last year, it’s all I did with my time. I was living to work and didn’t spare the time to do things I love. I will improve this year, as family and friends are so important.

Learn Photography – I bought a camera last year and only used it a fair few times. I want to take the time to learn more about photography and visit new places to practise.

Travel more – I am always researching places around the world and promise myself I will go out there and visit the places I have found. But again, work took over last year and I never had any time. Something I really really want to work on.

2016 was a challenging year for me personally but I also had some of the best times with family and friends. There’s always good and bad in every year and I can only learn from what I was faced with in 2016. I’m feeling super postive and excited for what the new year will bring. I have so much to look forward too aswell. Here’s too a fantastic 2017!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Emily Jane xo