My Goals for 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year!

I am hoping the 2016 will be a fresh start.  2015 was quite a challenging year for myself, but it was also a turning point for me.  I cut off a lot of people after feeling messed around by so many people, but I started gaining a lot of opportunities as a result of my blog and I carried on friendships with good friends who are true to me and support me.

I've had so many challenges and issues at university, but when the going gets tough the tough keep going.  That's the way I think and that's the way I am.  I have been through a lot since I moved away to university - living with rubbish flatmates and housemates who were horrible to me and had no consideration for myself and my boundaries, having 'fake' friends who don't respect me for who I am, trying to survive on the basic loan (I got several jobs to deal with this), issues with my course (though I still enjoy it) and feeling overwhelmed with final year demands.

Even though the past year was like a tidal wave - up and down! - I feel better about myself.  I feel as though I'm becoming my own person.  Over the past few years I have changed as a person, but I feel as though I am still true to myself.  I feel stronger in myself, and stronger in my personal beliefs, values and morals.  I am who I am and I am not afraid to show that.  I don't compromise who I am for anyone - I'd rather be who I am instead of trying to something I'm not, and if certain people can't respect that then that's not my problem.  I have no time for fake and toxic people who have no respect for me anyway.  I'm not ashamed of who I am.  I'm not fake, I'm completely genuine and I'm 100% real, and in 2015 I decided to surround myself with similar, like-minded people.

Old habits die hard and some things never change: I have still have goals and ambitions I want to achieve.

- I want to graduate with flying colours.  I'm in my final year right now, and I'm aiming to graduate with a 2:1.

- I want to find a job and start my career or start a Masters degree.  I want to start working as a Content Writer/Digital Journalist, or I want to study a course in Magazine Journalism.

- I want to find a place to live.  I haven't decided if I want to stay in Leeds or move elsewhere (i.e. move to Manchester or move back down to London), but I have enjoyed living in Leeds.  It's much cheaper and slower than London!  I want to live somewhere where I'd feel happy, safe and settled.  If I stay in the North of England I would love to try to find a place where I could live on my own.  After the issues I've had throughout my childhood and living with flatmates/housemates at university, I think I'm better off living alone.  I am an introvert after all.  I like to keep myself to myself, I like my own company, I like my space, I like my boundaries, and I love solitude.  A home should be a sanctuary, not a battleground.

- I want to tend more blogging events.  In 2015 I went to the Bloggers' Festival, the Motel X Illamasqua event, the #LeedsXmasMeet and the LaRedoute Bloggers' Christmas party.  Even though this was a new thing for me and I felt shy at times, I thoroughly enjoyed these events!  Going to a blogging event is a great chance to meet fellow bloggers and connect with brands and PRs, so I can't want to go to some more!

- Get an extra job, because I need more money!

- I want to find inner peace.  I feel so happy with who I've become since 2015, but I still have strong feelings of bitterness, anger and resentment towards those who have hurt me in the past.  I don't take kindly to people hurting me, messing me around and letting me down, and I don't suffer fools glad, but I want to find inner peace for the sake of my sanity.

- I want my blog to keep on going from strength to strength.  I am so happy with my blog.  I started my blog in 2013 as a hobby but in the summer of 2015 I started taking my blog seriously.  I changed my blog name and URL.  I started gaining opportunities.  I started attending blogging events.  I don't like the numbers game in the blogging community (I'm no good with things like Google Analytics and statistics) but my total page views on my blog and my Twitter followers has increased massively, and I'm so glad about that.  I consider my blog as a my personal platform, and my little corner of the internet, but I want more people to read my blog, and I want my work to be recognised.

Here's hoping that great things will come in 2016!

Happy new year!

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  1. Love your blog! Such great goals, have to rob more of these! Xxx

  2. "A home should be a sanctuary, not a battleground." Exactly! I feel the same way!

    I hope you achieve your goals :)



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