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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

This Time Next Year..

Happy new year, all!

I'm all for a fresh start, but I've never really been one for the New Year's resolution thing. I've always been a firm believer in setting small, attainable goals. I feel it is far more effective than setting big, honking resolutions. Nonetheless, I enjoy taking a step back at this time of year and reflecting on the months that have passed, using the quiet time between Boxing Day and New Years Eve to make plans for the year ahead.


Last year was a bit of a strange one. If I'm honest, I feel as though it was a sort of "filler" year for me. I mean, did I really even achieve anything? Sure, there was that one pretty cool thing that happened, but I guess that 2017 just didn't end up being what I thought it would be. I don't know, I guess I just feel like the year just flew by and I didn't stop to take it all in, or make it worthwhile.. I didn't find my dream job after completing my course, I sure as hell didn't lose those kilos I'd gained; I just don't think that I worked towards anything.

Perhaps the house (rightfully) took all of my focus in 2017. I do have the tendency to be far too hard on myself, which is no mindset to be in if you're looking for a "fresh start" which, I guess, I am. It's time for a positive mindset coming in to 2018:

Photo features of a handful of my favourite instagram posts last year.


This time next year.. I want to be 10kg lighter

Self control when it comes to my diet and lack of motivation to properly work out have been my two demons for as long as I can remember. I started taking my fitness seriously back in 2015 - I had a routine, I watched my food intake and I saw results.. I've more than lapsed since then. 2017 was possibly the worst year for me health and fitness wise and guess what? My body shows it (surprise, surprise). This year, I want to stick to my set gym days as best as I can. I'm determined to show better self-control when it comes to junky foods and monitor what I eat a bit more strictly. I've done it before, I can do it again.

This time next year.. I want the house to feel like home
Okay, it's not that our house doesn't feel like "home", as such, it just feels so.. impersonal. There are no kick-knacks displayed or photos on the wall or décor pieces to give it that warm touch; It's just... furniture. These things take time, especially considering we started from scratch but I'm excited slowly put more and more of a personal touch on the house throughout the year.

This time next year.. I want to be employed in an events coordination space
I'm going to make 2018 the year that I properly focus on pursing my event planning dreams. I've been stuck in this same routine for the same seven years and after obtaining my Diploma of Events, I am sooo ready for a (dream) career change. This year I want to really work towards a career in event management.

This time next year.. I want to travel
Jesse and I didn't get a holiday last year, or the year before come to think of it. This year, I'd like to make plans to get away, just the two of us. Interstate at the least. Taking the time to relax together and have the stresses of work melt away would be more than wonderful and I think it's just what we need.


I have 12 months to make something of this year. A few small steps each day is all I need to make things happen. If I just stay inspired, remember my "why" and not lose heart, there's no reason why 2018 can't be everything I want it to be.

What are you hoping for in 2018?



30 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely year you've got planned! Good luck achieving your goals -- maybe it will help to write each of these on stickies and put them places to remind you where you want to be next year :)

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  2. Best of luck with all of your goals! Traveling is a big one for me too, as well as fitness. I've lost so much muscle in the past few years! Happy New Year Christie x

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  3. I think these are all great goals! Making our new house feel like home is one of my goals too. We're moved in, but I'm still not finished decorating.

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  4. I love the format of this! good luck with your goals! I know how nice it feels when a house finally starts feeling like a home!

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  5. Tasheena N. WomackJanuary 3, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Thanks for sharing your goals for this year. I hope you accomplish everything on it and more! I would love to go on a long family vacation.

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  6. Love love love your vision board. I just realized that I had my vision board for 2017. Pulled it out and I had achieved almost everything. So excited to do one for this year now!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your personal goals with us, it can be scary to admit where there's room for improvement. I can certainly relate when it comes to fitness and chasing your dreams. I hope this year brings you closer to your career goals in event management. I say go for it - hopefully come December we'll hear all about your new job!

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  8. All of your goals are definitely attainable. There is a saying that I like to keep in mind that says: A bird makes his nest little by little. If you do that with each of the goals above you will be successful! Best to you.

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  9. Sara Michelle PetersJanuary 4, 2018 at 4:08 AM

    Some great and achievable things on your list so I wish you all the very best with them - if nothing else, make sure you get that nice holiday as you totally deserve that! One thing on my list? To move house.....!

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  10. Great things are in store for the new year! I agree with you about setting small goals, they are much more attainable. And you’re able to see what you have accomplished much sooner which in turn motivates you to keep at your other goals. I’m excited about this year! Like you I really want to travel more!

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  11. I love having new year goals, but it's important to set them small and attainable like you said. Its been a while we had a family getaway too, I am surely changing that this year as well, even if its within Canada. I wish you the best of luck with your goals this year 2018!

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  12. I am slowly doing the same thing with my home. I want it to feel more like a home than just some space that I occupy. I wish you all the best!

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  13. As someone who travels as career - I cant express how important it is to travel - even if it isn't far or just in your own city. There is a big world out there to see.

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  14. Amila WickramarachchiJanuary 5, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Hope you will achieve your goals for the new year.Yes,you are right,when you convert your house to a home,that will sure give you most energy to work in a positive way!

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  15. I'm with you on setting attainable goals over grand resolutions. I love how you put this together. I've been thinking a lot about where I'd like to be at the end of 2018, too. Good luck with your goals!

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  16. Thank you, Valerie! What a good idea! I almost always tend to forget my main goals come mid-year haha, sticky note reminders is a great idea. :) x

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  17. Thank you, pretty girl! :)
    Here's to booking holidays and looking fit while doing it. ;) I hope you had an amazing New Year. xx

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  18. I didn't realise how important little décor pieces are in making a house feel like home - I've already began decorating and it's made such a difference to the way I feel when I'm home. Good luck in your decorating endeavours! :) x

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  19. I've already started decorating (it's so much fun) and I'm so happy with what I've done so far. It's definitely important to feel "at home" while at home haha. x

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  20. Thank you, girl. :) I hope you get to have that vacation, you deserve it! x

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  21. Wow you go, girl! Surprise accomplishments are the best kind of accomplishments haha. All the best for the year ahead. :) x

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  22. Aww thank you, sweet Natalie. Your kind words mean a lot - you're definitely motivating me to work my butt off! Here's hoping for some good news come December. xx

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  23. What an awesome saying! It's so true and so relatable. I'm going to write it down and use it as my mantra this year. Thank you for being so inspiring! <3 x

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  24. Aww thank you, Sara! Here's hoping a accomplish something this year.
    I hope you get to move house, girl. You'll feel amazing once you do, I'm sure of it. All the best for the year ahead! x

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  25. I'm glad you agree, Natasha. I truly hope that you get the chance to travel this year. Here's to an amazing 2018! x

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  26. Thank you, lovely! Here's to that getaway! You and your family deserve it. :) x

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  27. I know them feels, girl. Little by little, it'll get there. :) All the best in getting your home the way you want it. :) x

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  28. I just wish I wasn't petrified of aeroplanes hahaha (I don't even have a passport, I am literally phobic aha). I'm determined to have a holiday this year, though. I completely agree that it's important! :) x

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  29. I've started adding a few homey touches already and you're right, I feel so energised! x

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  30. It's definitely a better way to go about it if you ask me. I hope nothing but the best for you this year, Crystal! x

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