2017 has been quite the year. There have been equal amounts of good and bad dispersed throughout. I’m so grateful to have had another year of learning, each lesson seemingly tougher than the last. I posted previously about what I achieved in the first half of 2017, and what I wanted to achieve for the remainder. I’m using this post to do two things. To reflect on a tumultuous year, and to decide for myself what 2018 will bring.
SHOP THE LOOK (or similar)
I’ve officially been a team leader for a year now, as of December 16th. It’s been the quickest year ever, so that feels so crazy to me. I’d never been in a leadership role before, and I really didn’t think I was designed for it. But even though I’m an introvert when very little leadership skills, I proved myself wrong. Despite the stress of it, I took everything in my stride and came out on top in the end, which I’m truly so proud of. Accomplishing that makes me feel like I can really do anything, which is a mentality that I’m taking with me into 2018.
Returning To Blogging
I took the leap back into the blogging world, at long last. Despite how inconsistent it can be at times, I’m at my happiest when I’m productive and creating content that I’m proud of. I wrote my first fashion post of 2017 back in January, and it all just came together from there. Granted, I’ve slipped several times, but life happens, right? Despite not being as productive as I wanted to this year in terms of blogging, I’m still proud of the work that I’ve put in and all that I’ve achieved. I pushed my comfort zone in terms of style and have lots of wonderful posts to look back on, as well as to inspire me going forward. Stay tuned for 2018, ‘cause you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
Being Less Hard On Myself This Year
I won't lie, I haven't mastered this completely as of yet. But it's something that I've been putting into practice for the last third of 2017, as things took a dip from September onwards. I'm so hard on myself about everything. Lacking in productivity, the quality of my work, even things that aren't my fault. My brain goes overboard and makes the fault belong to me, and things spiral from there as they tend to do. But I'm not a bad person, and I don't deserve to make myself feel like this. Especially so when 99% of the time, the situation is beyond my control. 2018 is the year of learning to ride the wave, whatever it brings.
It's also the year that I stop beating myself up for taking a break. We have it embedded in our brains that we should always be doing something. But without breaks and time away from our passions, we can't refresh, reinvigorate and start anew. I've spoken about this before, and I'm making it my mission to end the cycle of self-inflicted guilt and hardship in 2018.
Plans for 2018
A Full Driving License and Car Ownership
It's a new year and a fresh start, and I'm taking a positive attitude with me into 2018 to match. I want this to be the year that I achieve things, so I'm listing plenty from the get-go in order to make it happen. My main priority is getting my full driving license this year. Twelve lessons and a test should be a piece of cake, right? I'll admit, I'm quite the nervous driver at the minute, but I'm hoping that with time and practice that it won't last. I also want to buy a car, and experience true independence from that.
Travel and Education
Speaking of independence, travel ins on the cards for 2018. I have Edinburgh booked for my birthday weekend, and I'd love to make Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague or the US happen throughout 2018. That's only a tiny portion of my massive travel wish list, keep in mind. I want to improve my skill set across the board, and do online courses in my spare time to boost my career prospects for the future. I treated myself to one for Christmas funnily enough, so I'm going to make that a good habit for this year.
Saving, Physical Refreshment and Personal Style
I've been saving a nest egg for the last while, so I'm going to go full throttle on that for the future. I have so many ideas in mind for tattoos, so I'm biting the bullet and making them happen. I've been itching for big changes for quite some time now, so I really want to re-pierce my nose and dye my hair ice-blonde all over, but we'll see if I stick to that over the course of the year. It's the year that I push my personal style even further than I did prior. I wore this outfit for a PVRIS concert in November, and I don't think I've ever felt cooler. My goal for fashion for 2018 is to take that feeling and times it by 100. I have full faith in myself to make it happen, as well as everything else in this list.
Looking back on 2017, what are you proud of? And what do you want to achieve this year?