Better late than never?
As a serial "New Years Resolution" breaker, this year instead of making resolutions and changing things, I'm going to work towards some goals. Goals seem a bit more motivating, don't you think? I mean, I could pretend I'm going to give up my evening glass of wine for the month of February but lets be real, I'm not about that life. So here's 10 goals I'm setting myself for 2018 - hold me accountable, will ya!
1. Get into a fitness regime and stick it out
I know I said this wasn't about the cliche resolution type things, but getting into a solid fitness routine is at the top of my goal list for 2018. I got into a rhythm at the end of 2017 with some regular pilates classes (by the way - so obsessed CC: MVMT Society) - so hopefully it's all about picking that up again and continuing it with a little more focus. For me, it's probably more about my mental health than anything else, but more on that later!
2. LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH MY ANXIETY PROPERLY
This is another big one for me. Last year my anxiety really took hold and I didn't have any idea how to fix it, or even manage it. While there's many routes I can take for dealing with this, a big goal for me this year is to really give myself the time to sort through the cause and workshop some ways to deal with it, in order to manage in on a daily basis. Baby steps, right?!
3. WRITE MORE
I love writing, but I don't damn do it enough! This year I've been replacing podcasts with music while I'm at my desk all day in the office and it's been amazing in terms of inspiration and getting ideas going in my head. I want my blog to be more life talk supplemented with nice clothes, shoes and bags. A visual diary of my thoughts, per se.
4. WORK HARD, PLAY HARD
Work / life balance is something I really, really struggle with, especially since I've picked up more work in this blogging space in addition to my full time job. While everyone just tells me to quit my job and go full time in the blogging space, that's not something I want to do (I love both guys!) so I just need to learn to balance everything a little bit more! Sure, there will be times where I'm so snowed under and stress levels are to the max, but for me, being a bit more organised and managing workloads and expectations is a big goal for my 2018. Even if it's for the sake of my girl Kiara, who has to listen to my weekly mental breakdowns ... hehehe. SORRY!
5. TREAT MYSELF AND THOSE AROUND ME MORE
While the next statement might sound weird coming from a Blogger, I don't really often buy myself things. Real talk, I'm so so so incredibly lucky to be able to work with brands and have an amazing array of nice clothes and shoes, but when it comes to splurging on a treat - for example for working on a big collaboration or reaching a work goal - I can never bring myself to take the plunge! On the other hand, I absolutely love buying things for other people and treating them - so this year I want to make sure I'm doing more of that and also treating myself for big accomplishments. I think we all deserve that once in a while!
6. RELAX A LITTLE
Going to come out and say it, but I am extremely highly strung! Haha. I think this partly comes from a) my anxiety, b) my OCD with everything needing to be organised to the nth degree and c) being a perfectionist! Whatever it is, learning to relax will be good for my brain (less headaches when I wake up), my jaw (jaw clenching and teeth grinding is a real problem around here!) and probably just my general well being!
7. ADVENTURE MORE
Oh yeah, did I mention I acquired a fiance at the end of last year?! Rohan, who you might know from behind the lens, got down on one knee December 2nd and asked me to marry him. Hell yeah! Last year we tried to adventure a bit more and made some incredible memories, so whether its cheeky trips in Australia or some international travel, I definitely want to make a lot more memories with adventures in 2018 with Rohan by my side.
8. DON'T FEEL BAD SAYING NO!
I'm definitely one of those people who says yes to everything and somewhere down the line, a lot of the totally regret it. I recently read Sarah Knight's 'The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F@ck" and it was the best read ever. Being able to say no is definitely something I want to work on this year, because saying No is totally okay!
9. CUT DOWN ON MEAT / DAIRY INTAKE A LITTLE BIT
While I'm just generally not a big meat eater anyway, it's something that I've been trying to actively eat less of, always opting for vegetarian options when possible. That said, I won't cut meat out completely as I have little self control when it comes to my Mum's lasagne, but if I can cut down to very little intake, thats good enough to meet (lolz) this goal for me! On the dairy front, I have a slight lactose intolerance so try to limit this too - I don't drink milk and if I do, it's lactose free, same with ice cream. However my one insanely huge problem/guilty pleasure/weakness is cheese. I love cheese. If I could, I would marry cheese. Heck, it makes me feel SO ILL when I eat it yet I continue to do so because the love is that real. So, in 2018, I'm making it a real goal to cut down hard on the amount of cheese I eat. Even 1 month completely dairy free for me will be a huge accomplishment.
10. DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES ME
I'm very much a comfort zone kinda girl. While that sounds bad on paper, when I do something in my comfort zone I totally commit to it 110%, so it's not that bad! But taking on a challenge that really scares me - whether that's because it's outside my comfort zone or because I think I'm going to fail - turning that fear into an accomplishment will feel damn good.
What are your big goals for 2018? Do we share any of the same to help each other out?!
WEARING | RODEO SHOW PLAYSUIT / ASOS Baker Boy Hat / Skin Footwear Boots / Gucci MARMONT Bag / RAY BAN GLASSES
Photography by Rohan Benstead