New Year, New Me?

Well, it’s that time of year again: new start, new beginning! This isn’t a New Years Resolution post, per say. I know what I’m like: I set resolutions which last for a week or two, before being abandoned because they’re unattainable. Instead, I want 2018 to be a positive year for me. Whilst 2017 on the whole hasn’t been that bad, there were some really shitty moments that had a significant impact on my ability to remain positive.

But rather than dwell on those negatives (they’re things I don’t really want to think about), let’s try to celebrate the positives:

1. I got a great new job where I could easily progress and make a difference. The staff are fab, the school is great and whilst there have been some really trying moments, on the whole I’m happy there.

2. Me and Rob are looking to move to a bigger house in 2018. Our current house is slowly being outgrown (thanks to Owen’s ever-expanding toy collection), and we are looking to expand our family in the future. With this in mind, we’ve really worked hard in 2016 to rebuild our savings and thanks to an inheritance payment from my late Great-Uncle, we’ve been able to do this. That money will be the foundation for us to start afresh somewhere else, and will hopefully set the precedent for the pitter-patter of tiny feet in the near future.

3. Whilst this was a bit of a slow burner getting started, in the second half of 2017 I really made an effort to try to lose a bit of weight – for my own health more than anything. I managed to lose a stone and a half, and whilst I’m nowhere near where I’d ideally like to be, I’m a stone and a half closer to that goal becoming a reality, and feeling better about continuing this progress into 2018.

So what does 2018 hold in store for me?

With 2018 in mind, I don’t want to set specific resolutions that will no doubt be forgotten about 3 months in. Instead, I’m going to set ‘focus points’ that I would like to continue to grow over the next 365 days…

A bad habit I’m going to break:
Biting the skin around my thumbs. I’ve being doing it for years, and this year will be the year I stop for good!

A habit I’m going to develop:
Posting regularly on my social media accounts for my blog. I’m really going to make an extra effort to post regularly on Instagram and develop my engagement on Twitter.

Whilst I’m on this subject, I’d also like to make an extra effort with my photography skills, for blogging but also in my regular life.

A destination I’d like to visit:
I talked here about places I’d like to visit in the near future; rather than choosing one, I’d like to simply say I want to go somewhere new.

I’m going to work harder at:
Making time to exercise and eat healthier. And decluttering my life. I have far too much stuff and not enough space to store it all!

A project I’d like to finish:
Redecorating the house. We started, but never quite finished…

A class I’d like to take:
Piano class. Or maybe something photography related.

I’d like to spend more time…
Reading. I haven’t prioritized that much in 2017 which saddens me, so I want to make an extra effort to read the books I’ve brought but not gotten round to.

A food I want to eat more:
Fruits and veggies.

I want to wear more:
Daring/adventurous clothing, that makes me feel good about myself.

Here’s to a prosperous and fulfilling 2018 for us all!

Love Gemma signoff


15 thoughts

  1. Congrats on your weight loss Gemma! That’s incredible! Go you! 💖 I’m with you on the read more in 2018, I always get so distracted! Also a photography class sounds awesome! All the best with your goals & hope you achieve everything you want to! 😘 xx

    Bexa |

  2. Lovely post. Sorry to hear about the bad stuff that happened to you last year. I wish you all the luck for your goals for 2018. And top marks for including Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine in your first photo – one of my favourite books of last year x

  3. For every bad thing, there’s something extraordinary waiting to happen! I love this post and the hope it brings. I’m truly sorry about all the bad things that happened, I know that must have been a terribly hard time. Keep your head high and keep doing amazing! I hope you find the perfect house for you and you’re fam. Lol I’ve always wanted to take piano as well. 💕

    xx Lena |

  4. These are wonderful resolutions and completely realistic and attainable! Very best of luck with them all. I’m sorry to hear you went through some difficult stuff in 2017, I hope 2018 is wonderful to you xxx

  5. Sorry to hear last year was difficult but congrats on your weight loss and I wish you the best of luck with everything that 2018 has to offer it sounds like it’s shaping up as a fabulous one !

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