Goals For The Rest of the Year 2015

Sunday, November 01, 2015

2015 has come and gone so quickly!  I can't believe it's almost over!
Despite this I still have a list of goals that I would like to achieve before the end of the year.

1. Complete my dissertation over the Christmas period
I have a 5,000-6,000 word dissertation to do.  The first draft is due in February and the final draft is due in April (straight after the Easter holidays.)  Considering how organised I like to be (I like to keep on top of things) and considering the fact that I have other essays to do, my aim is to complete my dissertation over the Christmas holidays.  It's not the most ideal way to spend Christmas but in my mind it has to be done.

2. Try to find a job for post-graduation
I have managed to find a couple of casual jobs (working as a promotions assistant and student ambassador) for the time being in order to top up my bank balance (the maintenance loan from Student Finance is never enough) but I need to find a job for post-graduation.  Ideally I'd like a job working as a magazine journalist/content writer/PR consultant.  I'm also considering doing a Masters degree.

3. Start getting paid for writing articles and blog posts
I love writing and blogging but I don't want to do it for free forever.  I'd love to get paid for my passion and I would like to work as a freelance writer in the future.  I am so grateful because blogging is opening doors for me and I am gradually gaining opportunities to write, receive samples and attend events.  However I would like to make a living from writing.

4. Attend more networking events
I feel so grateful that I have the opportunity to attend events related to networking or blogging - Pure London, Bloggers' Festival and #IllamasquaXMotel - but I want to attend some more!

5. Get 20,000 total page views by the end of December
Ever since I started taking my blog seriously and promoting it on Twitter since the summer, my total page views have been increasing and my blog has been improving and going from strength to strength.  Here's hoping I can achieve 20,000 views by the end of the December!  I have a lot of great posts coming up so watch this space!

What I have achieved so far...

1. Finished my second year with a 2:1 and entered my final year
Yay! :)  My second year was very tough - I had a lot going on - but I'm so glad I got through it.

2. Worked, interned and blogged during the summer
I have always struggled with getting jobs in retail (despite having experience) and I was sick and tired of being messed around by my previous employer.  I even struggled to get certain jobs such as office work and working in a bar/pub.  I got so fed up that I outright decided not to apply for these jobs anymore, plus they would not benefit me for my future career anyway.  People always say "Apply for any job.  Take anything.  There are plenty of jobs available," but I don't think that's true.  I don't think you should take any job but that depends on the situation, and I think there are so many employers that want to mess young people about.  I always think it's better to apply for jobs/internships/work placements that will benefit you.

Instead, I decided to spend the summer blogging and writing, and I spent every day doing this.  Plus I worked and interned: I worked as a Student Ambassador at my university, worked as a Freelance Fashion Writer for Your Coffee Break and interned as a Freelance Social Media Intern for Azzy London.

Even though I wasn't paid for some of these roles, I enjoyed them, I learned a lot, I thrived, and those things are important to me.

3. Attended my first bloggers' event!
I attended the Bloggers' Festival!  More on that here.

4. Took on opportunities to network
I attended the Bloggers' Festival, Top Drawer London and Pure London (more on that here.)

5. Increased my blog traffic and readership
I promoted my blog over the summer and since then my total page views have significantly increased.  Here's hoping I get to 20,000 total page views by the end of December!

6. Cut toxic people out of my life, and strengthened friendship bonds with my true friends
I got to mid-2015 and I was so fed up.  I was so sick and tired of people not treating me the way I deserve to be treated, and I felt as though people around me were hurting my feelings and trying to bring me down at any given opportunity.  It was becoming clear to me that a lot of people around me did not have my best interests at heart.

Gradually (over the past few months) I have cut toxic people out, and I feel so much happier.  I feel free!

I have no time for bullshit and I deserve to have good people in my life, not nasty individuals.  I am so sick and tired of being treated poorly.  I've had enough.

I've met so many horrible people (and university and in my life) and as a result of that I have been keeping my distance from so many people.  The only people in my life that I surround myself with are two friends I met when I did a foundation year at university, Lippy society members and my good friends in London.  I'm not fussed about anyone (or anything) else.  I believe in quality over quantity: it's always better to have a limited amount of good people in your life than too many people who are hurting you.

Right now, my blog is my 'bag', my degree is my focus and starting my career (pot-graduation) is my priority.  I have zero time and tolerance for nonsense.

I am more interested in maintaining friendships with true friends who value me and respect me for who I am instead of fake 'friends' who set out to put me down and hurt me.  I have spent so much time with my true friends and I have felt much happier.  I have no time for toxic people whatsoever.

What are your goals for the rest of 2015?  What have you achieved this year?

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