Things That I Want To Do More Of In 2018
I’ve already written posts about what I’ve achieved this year, and the goals that I set for myself for the second half of 2017. But it’s already November, and this year is coming to a close, and fast. Don’t get me wrong, two months are plenty of time to do more of what I want. But regardless of that fact, I’m already planning really far ahead in what I want for 2018.
2017 has been a serious whirlwind year. While I conquered and accomplished a lot, it’s passed almost instantaneously. This is absolutely because of my long working week, with a two hour commute both ways, and a boyfriend that lives all the way in Belfast. I have no issues with any of the above, but I need to somehow take back some more time for me. There are certain things that I’ve loved that have been put on the back burner for the last few years. And 2018 is all about taking back control and re-introducing some old and new favourites back into my life.
It makes me quite sad that I didn’t really travel at all this year. I used all of my annual leave taking long weekends instead, so it’s not like I didn’t enjoy myself. But I want to see more of the world next year. I’ve been saving money furiously for the last few years, burying it in an account with the hope of earning some hefty interest too. So it’s about time some of it went somewhere. Even though the thought of spending any of my savings completely wracks me with guilt. ANYWAY…
Everyone around me has been going on trips or booking them, so last week I bit the bullet and booked one too. I’m officially going to Edinburgh for my birthday next year! My birthday falls on a Friday, so it’s the perfect opportunity to take some time away. I’ve been once at 17, and that’s when I decided that it was my favourite city. Not that I’ve seen much else of the world yet to compare it to, but regardless, I can’t wait to go back! I’m also hoping to make Amsterdam happen at the start of next summer. It seems like the most perfect city in every respect, so I really can’t wait to explore it! I don’t know what else is on the radar travel-wise for next year. All I know is, I want to do more!
Reading is something I grew up with. During primary school, I willingly lost sleep at night secretly reading under the duvet with a flashlight. Yep, I was that kid. Jacqueline Wilson was my life at the time, I don’t think I missed a single release of hers until I started secondary school and grew out of her books. Despite that, I went on reading over the course of my teens. When college life took over, reading took a back seat. With lectures and assignments during the week and work at the weekends, I just didn’t make time for it any more. I became even more lax with it when I started working full time. I want to make the effort to get back into it consistently as soon as I can.
Even though I write five days a week in my job, I feel like my writing skills are faltering because I don’t read as much these days. When I was at school, I used to be filled to the brim with writing ideas, and used to go completely overboard with my creative writing in the best way. I don’t write creatively any more, I just don’t feel as inspired as I did growing up. I think this and the lack of reading go hand-in-hand, AKA I need to make more time for it in the coming year. I’ve got a book wish list as long as my arm on Amazon, so now’s as good a time to start as any!
Ah… Beloved downtime. It’s kind of a catch twenty two for me, if I’m honest. If I’m not being somewhat productive, I always feel guilty. Even if I’ve had the longest week and I’m just watching an episode or two of Gossip Girl to wind down. Something as simple as that makes me antsy, and the guilt creeps up like nothing else. I think it’s because I have very little spare time, and it could always be better spent than doing nothing at all. This is something that needs to change for 2018. I deserve some time to relax without feeling guilty about it. Everyone needs time to veg out and re-charge, and I’m no exception to the rule. To be honest, I feel a bit worn out lately from long work days as well as a long commute, so I’m looking forward to actually enjoying my downtime going forward.
Have you got anything you’d like to do more of in the coming year?