My Goals for 2018 ♡


For the past week, I've been reading so many blog posts about new years resolutions, changes for 2018, and anything relating to goals for this year. There's something about reading what other people would like to achieve or what they're working towards that is motivating to me. I hadn't planned on writing one myself mainly because I wasn't entirely sure what my personal goals were going to be. Most of the things that I would like to work towards are the same as what I set for myself last year and for the most part, I am happy with how it has been going. So this year is more like a continuation with some adjustments based on what I have learned works for me. In saying that there are a few small things that I am definitely changing this year even though I already started some a bit before Christmas. 

Better lifestyle - I see this almost everywhere and I think it's a great goal to set for yourself. In my mind, I don't think there's a specific lifestyle that everyone has to follow. It totally depends on how you would like to live and what makes you feel good. I know there are some lifestyles that are simply not realistic or maintainable for me. I enjoy eating a balanced diet and doing some kind of physical activity daily. Throughout primary and high school I did dance three times a week (as a subject in school) and then I did martial arts training three times a week as well. Over a year ago I stopped training though it wasn't my decision. Because I was finished high school I also no longer did dance so I wanted to do something that was physical. I ended up signing up for a gym membership with my mum and I generally go three to six times a week. Sometimes I like to do a class such as strength or body balance, just depends on what I feel like. I also enjoy exploring waterholes or forests if I don't feel like going to the gym. 

As for what I eat, I don't follow a set diet. I will say that I significantly reduced my sugar and fast food intake a couple of years ago. I also rarely, if ever, drink soda. However, I also don't have too much restriction on myself. If I feel like eating a cupcake or a small hamburger I will and I no longer feel bad about it. The reason being is that I don't eat those things very often at all. Rather than having the mindset of 'I want it but can't have it,' I think 'I can have it but I don't want it.' I was thinking of maybe doing a post on my favourite snacks or posts a little bit food related if anyone would be interested in that?

Clearing up my skin - Now this is something I have seriously struggled with for the past few years. I honestly don't remember when I first started getting pimples, but I clearly recall when I had the worst acne breakout over my entire forehead and chin back in grade 11 (the year 2015). Although my skin wasn't perfectly clear, it wasn't until grade 11 that I started breaking out really bad. I had those painful under the skin pimples that just didn't seem to go away. Listing everything I did to try and clear that up would be far too long to write about in this post, but if that's something you would be interested in reading please let me know in the comments. I tried going gluten free and that wasn't great for me. Now just recently I've decided to cut out dairy and see how that goes. So far it's been better than expected. I have fewer breakouts but a lot of scarring. Hoping it isn't just a good week because I've had a couple of those, which left me disappointed. 

Cutting out coffee - For me, this is something I never thought I would do. Ever. I've been drinking coffee for years. In high school and uni I would drink up to five coffees in a day and that probably isn't all that great for you. It wasn't always five, sometimes just one or two. If I'm honest the only reason I'm cutting out coffee is that I'm cutting out dairy. I have tried coffee with almond milk and soy and I just do not like the taste at all. I love having tea with almond milk, but coffee... not so much. Coffee was pretty much the only reason I haven't properly tried cutting out dairy previously. I am a little bit proud of myself though as I haven't had a single coffee since before Christmas. It actually isn't as difficult as I thought it would be. My new drink is an earl grey with almond milk. Too expensive to buy at a cafe though so I only drink it at home, which is saving me a bit of money!

More engagement with fellow bloggers and readers - This is something that I am really looking forward to achieving. I'm always reading my favourite blogs and discovering new ones. Even though I may have a large gap between posting on my own blog, I am still reading others and engaging with them. On my blog, I feel like even though I reply to every comment the level of engagement is not where I'd like it to be. One of the main reasons is because when I reply to your comments, you don't get a notification. Meaning that unless you check back you won't know that I replied. I personally tend to return much more frequently on blogs that engage with their readers and reply to comments (of course if you have an insane amount of comments I completely understand why you can't reply to every single one of them). But engagement is a very important part of blogging for me and also the most enjoyable because it feels more like a friendly community. I like to use Twitter and Bloglovin to keep up with blogs. Twitter is better to engage though!

Overall, I think I just want to work towards a better me. It's crazy how much a single year can change you. It's not that I'm a completely different person, but I definitely feel like I have grown and am more confident that I was even just a couple of years ago. The best advice I gave myself was to think about where I put my energy. My list isn't too long, but I feel I've decided on a few things that are definitely achievable for myself. 

What are some things you are working towards? Whether it's a New Years resolution or something else I'd love to know!
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  1. I really want to engage more with my readers this year as well! Good luck for all your goals and to a great 2018! x Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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    1. It's something I'm really looking forward to! Thank you, you too! xx

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  2. Great goals! I don't know if i could ever cut out coffee, but I have limited myself to two or one coffee a day. So it's something! I want to engage with new readers and find new blogs, support each other you know?
    Well good luck on your goals!
    Kim
    www.vanmenxel.com/blog

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! I never thought I could, and if it wasn't for me desperate to clear my skin I probably never would have. I totally agree with supporting each other, it's something that I love about blogging! xx

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  3. Good luck with all your goals, I hope you manage to achieve them! I'm trying to get back into engaging more with my readers too xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Thank you Hannah! I feel like engaging with readers is so important. I'd love to get to know them more too! xx

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  4. Good luck with your goals! I should definitely add clearing up my skin on my goals for this year too - it's been very temperamental over the past 12 months x

    astoldbykirsty.co.uk

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    1. Clearing up my skin has been a goal for so long and I'm still struggling, but hoping this is the year I manage to clear it up! Hoping everything works out for your skin too, thank you for leaving a lovely comment! x

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  5. All of your goals sound great... although I don't think I could give up coffee. Wishing you much luck with these and a wonderful 2018!
    -Amanda www.agoodhueblog.com

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    1. Thank you Amanda! I know it wasn't a decision I made lightly hahaha. xx

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  7. I absolutely love all these posts - there's so many people sharing their goals and ambitions and it's so nice to see! :)

    Wishing you a wonderful 2018 and can't wait to see more from you lovely!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Layla! I've been enjoying these posts too, it's always so nice to read what others are thinking about certain ideas! xx

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