I know that I'm pretty late to be posting about my goals and plans for 2017, but I purposely took the time out to have a serious think about what I want to achieve over the next 12 months. At the start of every year I tend to write a ridiculously long list of goals only to become a bit overwhelmed by it all and as a result I don't get a lot of it done. I love making lists of both short and long term goals, and to this day I still need to physically write things down on paper in order to make them real and unavoidable. This year I've decided to simplify my goals for 2017 down to the most important personal ones - focusing more on bettering myself, leaving silly insecurities behind and getting out of my comfort zone. Of course I also have career and travel goals for 2017, two of which I'm ticking off at the end of the month with a trip back to my favourite city, New York! It's been far too long since I've visited and I really wanted to make sure I got back over at some stage this year. I'm also shooting some really exciting content for the blog over there so look out for that in February! Some other places I would love to visit (some unfortunately aren't as realistic as others) this year are:
- San Francisco
While I did manage to tick some amazing things off my 2016 goals list like visiting Japan and eventually starting my blog (only about 2 years later than intended!), it was definitely a tough year and I'm really happy to see the back of it. Going forward into this year, I want 2017 to simply be a year of doing with no excuses. For as long as I can remember I've always been such a worrier, even about the smallest things and I've let that stop me from putting myself out there and doing things that I deep down really wanted to go for. This year, I want to say yes to opportunities and not let my shyness or worries get in the way, travel a lot more and grow creatively by pushing myself every single week. A few creative goals this year are - carry my film camera around with me and get back into photography, pick up my guitar every week and try to learn a new song, learn a new recipe every week and of course put my all into making the best content possible for the blog. Starting a blog was and still definitely is a scary, nerve wrecking process but I can't wait to write and share more personal posts here. It won't be easy but it's a step forward in getting out of my very comfy comfort zone!
Health and wellbeing have a big part to play this year for me. While I'm already quite a physically active person and enjoy exercising and eating healthily, my main health focus this year is on my mental health and overall happiness. Like I said, I get in my head a lot with stupid worries that often bother me for weeks (...months, really) even though I kinda know deep down that I'm being ridiculous. A big one last year was getting caught up in my plans for the future and being a 'successful' person, but now I'm happy to take things slow and try my hardest to leave the negative weight behind, devoting that time to bettering myself every day instead. Fellow over-worriers will know how hard this can be but it was never going to come easy!
So to sum up, I want to be happy, healthy and get creative in 2017.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I wish you the very best for 2017!
Photos by Brid O Donovan