Sunday, 8 January 2017

7 Things I Want To Do In 2017

It's that time again where we all take a moment to reflect on what we've achieved in the past year and plan what we want to work on for the year ahead. I am so ready for a fresh start and to get the ball rolling on making 2017 a much better year than the last one, although if I'm honest it won't take much to do that. I've compiled a list of a few different things that I want to change/work on in my life and will hopefully have made a lot of progress on by this time next year!

This is my number one priority for 2017. As I've mentioned, some pretty rubbish things happened last year and I ended up becoming so overwhelmed and so down that I barely left the house for a very long time. It was not healthy, it was not fun, and it ended up making my problems ten times worse than they should've been.
If this is the only goal I achieve this year, I'll still be calling it a success! Even though I am definitely a home bird and I love my cosy evenings in, there's definitely a line that shouldn't be crossed with how much time you spend cooped up inside the same four walls and last year I ran miles and miles over that line. Even if getting out of the house means just going for a ten minute walk around my estate, that's better than nothing. I just want to breathe some fresh air at least once a day!

I realise that title completely contradicts itself but hear me out. As part of my goal to get outside more, I definitely want to see more of my friends and do many more fun and exciting things, but at the same time I only want to do things and go to places that I genuinely want to do. I'm tired of being one of those people that can't say no to people, that gives in to peer pressure or is too afraid of disappointing someone to just say 'actually, I think I'll probably give that a miss'. I'm starting to realise that the people who are actually my friends wouldn't care whatsoever if I told them I'd rather do something else or if I just wanted to stay in that night, and the people who do care aren't the kind of people I want to be spending my time with. So 2017 is going to be the year of finding a balance between the two. Going out more, but with the right people, doing the right things! 

In 2016 I set myself some goals to read some books that I'd had on my shelves for years and never got round to. Aside from the harry potter series, I didn't read a book last year that had me wishing I could pick it up and read it, or spend hours curled up in bed getting totally absorbed in the story. This year I want to read more stand alone books, and I want to read whatever I want, whenever I feel like it. I'm not setting myself any specific reading goals this year, other than to pick up books I'm interested in and try as many as possible!

I try to go round to my grandparents house as often as I can already, but I really want to set aside some time to go and actually stay over more often. I love spending time with my grandparents so much. My gran and I end up talking about books or working on my patchwork quilt together, and my grandad always ends up telling me some sort of story and then falling asleep in his armchair. Hopefully this year I can spend many more weekends with them!

I don't know how I'm going to do this yet, but I know I can't continue on with the way my mental health currently is. I plan to purchase some books and educate myself on the issues I'm dealing with and the best ways to tackle them, and I've already got the ball rolling on getting these issues sorted out professionally, so hopefully come next year my brain will be in a much better place. I'm just going to take things slowly and tackle each day as it comes.

I went through a bit of a writing slump in 2016 but recently I've really been feeling the motivation to get my writing groove back on. Being a university student means in the summer I have a lot of free time so I'm hoping to be spending some portion of every day working on my writing and hopefully bringing my goal of being an author one step closer.

I do already keep a scrapbook of things like old letters, concert tickets and things like that, but I realised the other day that even though I have hundreds of pictures stored on my laptop, I don't actually have any printed. I want to purchase a beautiful scrapbook from paperchase and fill it with all of my old pictures from high school, so that in years to come I have something physical that I can flick through and look back on all my old memories.

What are your goals for 2017?



  1. I really want to fall in love with reading again. I can remember when I was at college and would do anything other than my college work I could read a book a day!
    Things have got that busy now I just dont seem to get the time anymore!

    Danielle xx

    1. I was the same I used to read so much! The books I've read recently haven't been grabbing me so I've just gradually slowed down with my reading but I'm determined to pick it back up! xxx


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