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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019: Recap and Goal Setting

And just like that we’re waving goodbye to the whirlwind of emotions and memories brought to us in 2018 and saying hello to a brand new year full of adventures and opportunities as we enter the unexpected in 2019.

When it gets to the end of a year you can either swiftly accept the transition as nothing but another day, or take it as an opportunity to throughly reflect on the previous year.

I am guilty of making a fuss and looking back at how I spent the year: what I achieved/ didn’t achieve, what new places I’ve visitied, what opportunities I’ve had and who I’ve had come in/ out of my life. As a strong believer in ‘everything happens for a reason‘ I can’t look back at any experiences negatively as it’s put me in the position I am today.

To list a few of my highlights of the year:

  • Travelled an extensive amount of the world including: Italy, New York, Mexico and Poland.
  • Winning a competition and flying to the ‘Unknown’.
  • Obtained a high 2:1 in my first year at University.
  • Being selected to go to Iceland with my Univeristy.
  • Built up my independence.
  • Met some amazing people.
  • Put hard work into my blog making it successful.
  • Collaborated with some incredible brands/companies.
  • Mostly perfected my work/life balance.
  • Most of all, had fun.

I thought it would be quite fun to include my Instagram top nine of this year and my Spotify Wrapped as these are both huge aspects of my 2018: growing my Instagram following and spending almost 520 hours listening to music!😲

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Post-reflection comes goal setting, creating New Years Resolutions that (will hopefully) last the duration of 2019 rather than just 5 days into January.

Having thought about it there’s quite a few resolutions that I want to set myself for next year. Including the following:

  • Blog consistently. It’s sometimes difficult to blog all year-round when I have University deadlines etc. but that is no longer an excuse and can be easily resolved if I plan ahead and schedule posts.
  • Along with blogging I want to up my Instagram game and build a bigger support network (organically).
  • Gain more work experience within Social Media Marketing.
  • Travel more and see new places. (This is and will continue to be a resolution I set myself every year!).
  • Wear blue jeans more. This is a smaller, sillier one, but I ALWAYS wear black skinny jeans, I want to mix it up more.
  • Ideally i’d like to buy a new car this year. My car is slowly coming to the end of her life (RIP Carly).
  • Become organised and start fresh. I want to have a big clear out of my handbags and put in all the essential items (lip balm, mints, cash etc.).

In order to feel good about going into the New Year i’ve had a thorough clear out, organise and clean of my room. Having neat/clean surroundings is such a great way of getting into a positive mindset.

It will be interesting to look back at this blog post next year and see if I have successfully completed any of these resolutions. But for now, all that’s left is to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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