Here’s To A Confident And Proud And Inspired 2018..

2018 for And Then Zen Greek Island

How long will it take me to actually come to terms with the fact that it’s 2018?! Another year, completed and survived. There were so many parts of last year that seemed to really fly by, things that in no way feel like they actually only happened a few months ago, almost a total blur in fact! 2017 was a huge year of changes for me as a person, although it was only on reflection that I realised..

James and I met in January of 2017. In the last year, we’ve been on so many adventures together, enjoyed each others company a lot, and eaten way too much food, and I am super thankful and very fortunate to have him in my life still. In March, I finally reached my goal of £10,000. In May, I was stressed about college and work and absolutely everything else, but I managed to keep it all under control and we moved. In June, I began blogging which was entirely life changing in itself. I also went on a very well-deserved holiday to Rhodes, after working myself to the ground throughout the exam period, but I eventually and officially left education, even if it was a year later than originally planned!

July brought with it a shock announcement – I was going to be an auntie again, and the countdown to the new year began a little earlier than expected! I received my results in August, and having worked a considerable amount all throughout college and exams, was super happy with a solid BBC. We celebrated my 20th in September in Zante, and I would happily still be there now if I could. I made a huge decision in October, and I quit my job in retail, but after a couple months of being unemployed, I found a job in a field that I enjoy, and I am super excited for what the future will hold. However, until I took the time to actually think about it all and write it down, I felt like almost nothing had happened in the entire year! In actual fact, 2017 was a huge year for me, and I am super hopeful for 2018..

One of my biggest goals for this year is to travel more – I want to explore, whether it be home or abroad. There are so many cities throughout the country that I’ve never visited, and I am determined to tick at least a few off my list. Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol will be the first! We already plan on heading abroad for my birthday, which brings with it the scary prospect of turning twenty-one, and I would love a weekend away abroad at some point – Amsterdam or Barcelona? If anyone has any recommendations that won’t break the bank but have lots of things to do and gorgeous food, I would love a read!

As much as I want to travel, I want to continue saving as much as possible as well. I currently have £11,500 in savings at the moment, and hope to hit at least £15,000 by the end of 2018! We love eating out, and I spend a ridiculous amount of money on food, but I’m confident if I cut even a small percentage of that out, I’ll manage to save so much more than planned. I also hope that by eating out less, I’ll lose the considerable amount of extra weight that I’ve gained since getting into a relationship – date nights are just as bad on the wallet as they are on the waist! I really don’t want to be too strict with either goal, of saving money or losing weight, but I want to stick at both through the year and hope to feel like I’ve achieved something by the end..

I want to step outside my comfort zone a little more this year and do things that I would normally actively try to avoid. I’ve found that in the last few months, there have been a huge amount of plans that I’ve cancelled or refused to attend, because of what my anxiety makes me think might happen in certain situations, and I refuse to let it have that control. I want to be more adventurous, in life and with my blog content, I want to be less scared of what other people may think, I want to be more spontaneous and do more things that my boyfriend enjoys, and I am determined to be more inspired, and proud, and confident. I want this year to be the year that I truly find myself, and I will not be afraid!

I really don’t know where this year might take me, or what might happen, or where I’ll be at the end, but I’m super excited. Here’s to a fabulous, prosperous, if slightly nerve wracking, 2018..

What are your goals for 2018?

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  • Alice Swain

    Girl this post made me emotional, you’ve done so well and your goals are fabulous!! I believe you can get over that anxiety slowly but surely, I’ve been working on mine a lot lately and although it’s been really hard it’s been so rewarding and I’m coping a lot better now! Amsterdam is a beautiful weekend break and there’s tons to do 🙂 (so is Rome and Paris but I’d recommend staying in Paris a little longer than that as it’s SO beautiful) and please let me know if you come to Bristol cos we HAVE to do something! (Maybe get food… I know you said you wanted to avoid spending money on food but I can be an exception, right?!)
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

  • I know exactly how you feel when you say that it seems like absolutely nothing happened in a year until you actually sit down and try to write a post about it! It sounds like you have some fantastic things to reflect on, from meeting James to those brilliant A-level results! So proud of you for quitting a job that you didn’t enjoy and finding something that you now love, it’s a really big step and it takes a lot of bravery so I’m absolutely delighted that you just went for it! I also want to put myself out there more with blog content this year as well, at the minute I find myself often not writing about the topics that I’d really like to engage with just because I am worried that other people won’t enjoy it! however, that’s not really what blogging is about, is it? It’s all about being true to yourself and writing for yourself first, so this year I’m just going to say “screw it” and write exactly what I want to! Wishing you nothing but happiness for 2018!

    Abbey xoxox

  • Loved reading this! Wishing you all the best for 2018. I recommend visiting Venice, it is so gorgeous and the food is amazing. When I went in 2016 I managed to book a 3 day trip for a really good price. Looking forward to reading your blog this year!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin