On a Wi-Fi-less plane home from Spain recently, I found my goals for 2018 written down in the notes on my phone. I’ll be honest and say that, until that point, I must only have glanced at them a couple of times but the act of writing them down clearly did something because 10 out of 13 of them I can comfortably say I managed.
Then I got to thinking about my plans for the year ahead. I definitely have some in mind but recognising that I’d barely referred back to my last one made me question making another digital list that ends up ignored. I’m also a super competitive person (even with myself) so the three I didn’t tick off are slightly haunting me, I won’t lie. That’s why I’m scrapping that this year and taking the time to appreciate what I’ve achieved/ done/ enjoyed over the last year before skipping straight ahead to another 12-month-long to-do list.
Introducing my 2018 best bits…
On 1st January, my boyfriend and I moved into his very first flat. He won’t mind me saying that it was in a bit of a state when he bought it six months beforehand but together, and with a lot of help from The Interiors Lady, we transformed it. A year on we’re looking to change a few things but I still very much enjoy calling this home. I recently uploaded a living room tour if you fancy a nosy around inside.
My lovely friend from work started Wine Club this year – a monthly meetup of ambitious women (her words, not blowing my own trumpet) who enjoy wine. While it turned out to be far less classy than it sounds, our catch ups are genuine highlights of my month, every month. We’re taking Wine Club abroad for the first time in January too and I can’t wait to make more memories with these wonderful humans.
A year of freelancing
This summer marked a year since I first set up my social media accounts and started freelance copywriting. I can’t quite believe it’s been that long already and I have to say, while there’s still a hugeeee way to go, I’m pretty proud of what I have achieved in that time. I’ve certainly learnt a lot, some good, some not so good, and am looking forward to what 2019 has in store.
I’ve been lucky enough to go on four different adventures this year – Oslo, Split, Madrid and Marbella and I have equally fond memories of all four. Travelling is what makes my soul happy and I hope to be lucky enough to do even more of it in 2019.
Breaking 1000 followers
At times, I thought I’d never get to 1000 followers on Instagram but I did, a couple of months ahead of my one year target too. Getting to 2000 now seems equally impossible but I’m far less focused on the numbers than I was this time last year. Less time on Instagram and more on other areas of my business is the plan for the year ahead.
Another Instagram-related best bit. Not sure how spending less time on there’s going to go!
2018 was the year I attended my very first Insta meetups though which have definitely been highlights of my year. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know the people behind the squares in real life and not being told off for being on my phone all night because they are too.
My first real Christmas tree
My first year living away from home meant an opportunity to get a real Christmas tree! Our family tradition is to put up the artificial one my grandad bought us years ago. I love it for its sentimental value but decorating one of our own and learning to look after a live one has been a lot of fun. I wasn’t quite prepared for how prickly they are though.
I’ve harped on loads about how I hated reading until very recently but 2018 really was the year that changed. At first it was non-fiction only but I recently completed my first fiction book in years (courtsey of the Wine Club Founder who lent it to me) and I LOVED it. Either way, I’ve read more books than I can count which means more than any other year of my life so far. Firstly I’m pretty darn proud of that and second, I really it hope continues now that the year is over.
What have been your favourite things about 2018? Any goals for the year ahead?