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ACHIEVABLE GOALS FOR 2018

Previous years I have tried the whole 'new year, new me' approach. I would begin the year excited and full of optimism, sure that the following year I would improve myself in all aspects of my life. Turns out that's pretty darn difficult to do. I would wake up on New Year's day with a raging hangover and feel so disappointed in myself for sleeping in 'til noon even though I made a promise to myself that I would get up every day before 9am.

As January would slip away I became more and more angry with myself for still being the same old me. Still not a morning person, still a serial procrastinator, still hate reading and still so flaky with my blog.

 I have well and truly learned my lesson so this year I am not making any 'resolutions' I know neither my life nor I am going to change in 2018 unless I win the lotto or something which would be very much welcomed!  

There are however some small things I want to aim to achieve in 2018. I think it's always good to have some small goals to aim for to keep you focused so here are a few of mine.

1. Save more money 

I wouldn't say I'm a big spender but I do want to start saving more for my future and important things, spending less on frivolous things like makeup and shoes. I'm not saying I won't be buying any make-up or shoes in 2018 because let's face it, I definitely will. But maybe I don't need another red lipstick exactly like one I already have, Y'know what I mean?

2. Be more grateful

I want to be more consciously grateful. I want to really think about it or even write it down, whether that's here on my blog or in a diary, I am not too sure yet. It's no secret that life can be a b*tch sometimes and we can easily get bogged down by the daily grind so I think it's important to take note of all the good stuff in life and take a moment to be grateful.

3. Travel more

I don't necessarily mean travel abroad more, although that would be amazing if I could! I just mean to venture further afield at weekends than my local city or park. I want to go on more road trips, go on different walks, visit new beaches and just see more of Ireland. Even if I could just spend one day a month outside my county that would be great. 

4. Spend less time on my phone

I am definitely guilty of coming home from work and spending ages scrolling aimlessly through my phone. Sometimes I can hop in to bed only to spend up to an hour looking at my phone before going to sleep. I see this as one of my worst habits so I would really love if I could gradually cut it down in 2018.

5. Do more meaningful things

On Christmas day this year, I spent 5 hours making a 3d puzzle of the Eiffel Tower, I found this to be a much better way to spend my time than watching TV or looking at my phone like I've already talked about because when it was done I felt like I had accomplished something. I know this is a very small example but that feeling of accomplishment was so good and I really want to feel it more in 2018. So instead of being passive and doing nothing, I'm going to try and do something more often. Whether it be to create content for my blog, bake, take up a new hobby or sport, create something, help out somewhere, I want to be doing things that result in me feeling proud.

6. Go for more walks

Not only do I want to go on more walks for my own sake as a form of exercise I want to do it for my dogs sakes. Nicky and Lily love nothing more than to see me rattling their leads and I love them so much that I want to make sure they are living happy lives and getting all the exercise they need so I really want to up the amount I bring them for walks and not let a little drizzle stop me. 

7. Take better care of myself 

In 2018 I want to take better care of myself in general. I want to be good with my skincare, invest in things that work. I'm also really concerned with my dental care, I need to floss every day but I'm so bad at doing this. I want to eat as healthy as possible and try to avoid takeaway food altogether. If I can continue to avoid the doctor in 2018, as I have done most of my life so far, I will be pretty happy.

8. Drink more water

So this should probably have been put in with the last point really but '7' felt like a weird number for a list! I am terrible for forgetting to drink water. I find myself with a headache and feeling tired and it's usually because I have drunk barely any water that day so I'm going to try to change this in 2018. 

So there we have it, some small things I would like to do in 2018. Wish me luck in achieving them! 

Finally, I just want to wish anyone who reads this a wonderful 2018. I hope it's filled with love, happiness and good health. Happy New Year my loves. 

Sinéad x

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