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Hello 2018

So here it is! Hello and welcome to my first post on this crazy lil platform. I’m scared, nervous and excited all wrapped into one, but I’d be crazy if I wasn’t. I just want to start off by saying thank you for coming and having a nosey at what I have to say. I can’t wait to see where this platform goes this year and I’m excited that you get to come along for the ride. Let’s get into this...

It would feel wrong for me to start this post without discussing the absolute chaos that happened throughout 2017. Multiple tragedies, unstable leaders in high political positions, opinions that divided nations and trust in politics hitting an all time low. In a lot of ways, it was a complete shit show and I completely understand why so many people were wishing it away. But in other ways, 2017 couldn’t have been more awesome. I have never happy cried so many times at the sheer compassion and love I have seen towards complete strangers. People standing together when faced with extreme hate, people donating all they could to help others in need, men and women fighting against harassment. People truly investing their time and energy in something that will change people's lives for years to come. I hope that is something that continues to happen and make a difference in 2018, and I can’t wait to be more involved.

For me, 2017 was a year all about progression. I managed to complete my education, progress in my career, earn multiple promotions, start learning a new language and finally conquer mental health issues that have been holding me back for a long time. I got to spend lots of time making wonderful memories with friends and family, and most importantly got to spend another year with Joe by my side. I haven’t felt this unapologetically happy for a long time. I’m finally starting a fresh year on a positive note and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. I’ve been thinking about what it is I’d like to achieve this year, so here are my 2018 goals.

To travel more. Truthfully, I’ve only ever left the country once which makes me feel very out of place compared to my well traveled friends and colleagues. This is something I can’t wait to change. I have a list longer than my arm of cities I’d love to visit and places I can’t wait to go, so 2018 is the year I make it happen. Amsterdam is first on my list but I’d love the opportunity to travel more than once this year. I guess we’ll see what happens...

To read 12 books. If you follow me on Twitter (which if you’re not, you’re missing out) you may have noticed I have set myself a reading challenge. As someone that used to be an avid reader, the fact it has slipped from my priority list recently isn’t amazing. In fact, I don’t think I’ve read a book cover to cover since school. This will all change this year. Since I have moved my commute time has gone from a 30 minute walk to a 40 minute train ride, presenting me with a perfect reading opportunity. This year I want to tackle 12 books, and as of January 4th I’m already one book down! I’ve started off light with the Harry Potter series, but I can’t wait to indulge in some juicy drama later.

To be fitter. I know, I know, it’s such a cliche new year’s resolution but hear me out. I really fell in love with fitness last year, after dabbling in weight lifting towards the end of 2016 I spent a lot of last year testing my knowledge, strength and endurance in the gym. It has taught me a lot about myself, mainly that it’s all in my head and I can do a lot more than my mind lets me. I love feeling strong and fit and that’s something I want to work harder on in 2018. I have a lot of PB’s in mind relating to weights and times and I can’t wait to share more about this when I feel ready.

To love myself more. Over the last 12 months my mental health has improved massively. I started to realise my self worth and give myself the credit I deserve for getting through the barriers I’d given myself. I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made and that in itself incredible. The only thing I suck at is looking after myself and my appearance. 2018 will be the year that I start making more of an effort to match how amazing I feel on the inside on the outside.

Last but not least, to put my everything into my blog. It has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but put off due to fear of failure and judgement. I’ve realised that none of that matters, I shouldn’t let other people’s opinions dictate my actions and I’m not going to. I want to improve my writing, photography and find my style - I hope you’ll come along on this journey with me.