Happy New Year! I hope you had an amazing start of 2018 and are feeling motivated to embrace the magic of new beginnings. As cliché as it sounds, I always enjoy setting a few goals for the new year. The thing is that I often set myself up for failure with too many – and probably unrealistic – goals or even goals that don’t truly resonate with who I am or where I want to be.
That’s why I created the 2018 Goal Setting Workbook with all the steps we need to take in order to set intentional goals and achieve them in the new year. After filling in the workbook I ended up with a few things I want to reach by the end of 2018. And that’s what I’m sharing with you today as I feel like writing my goals here on the blog is a way to keep myself accountable. So let’s move on to my goals for 2018!
My Personal & Professional Goals For 2018
Be kinder to myself.
In 2018 I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and say yes more often. I’m constantly scared of what might happen or what others will think and I’m honestly so done with that. I want to push aside anxiety and fear and go after what I really want. But to do that, I really need to work on my self-talk as I can be my worst critic. I want to be kinder to myself and believe that I can do whatever I set my mind to. At the same time, I want to remind myself that it’s okay to not do it all and to cut myself some slack. This means not feeling guilty of taking time to rest and lots of self-care.
Read fifteen books.
I spend way too much time in front of computer screen and while the Internet is a very cool thing, we all need to switch off every now and then. With that in mind, I want to read fifteen books this year. Although it’s something I really enjoy doing, I don’t often make time for it.
Start a Youtube channel.
Because of my fear of what others will think, I’ve been putting off this goal for the last 5 years! But I’m committed to making 2018 the year I finally do it. I would like it to be a mix of vlogs and sit down videos, similar to what I do here on the blog. The thing is, I’m thinking of doing it in Portuguese. For those of you who don’t know, I am from Portugal so English is not my first language. While I feel comfortable writing and listening in English, I’m not as comfortable speaking. But I haven’t made up my mind yet so I would really appreciate your input on this.
Create a workout routine.
This is the typical New Year’s resolution, isn’t it? In 2018 I want to create a workout routine to help me stay in shape and feel better about myself, not only in terms of looks but mainly for my health. I’m not sure if I should join a gym or attempt to do it at home with the help of Youtube videos but I’ll figure it out. I also want to get back into yoga and be more consistent with it!
Restart a gratitude journal.
This is a habit that I kept for about a year but stopped it once my Five Minute Journal came to an end. I’m not sure why I didn’t start writing in a simple notebook instead because that practice really had a positive impact on my well-being and that’s why this year I want to start doing it again.
Start a daily meditation practice.
Another thing that I want to get back into is meditation. It’s something that I’ve done in the past and I believe it can benefit me and bring some clarity to my life, which is a bit all over the place at the moment.
Get a tattoo.
I’ve been wanting to get a small and meaningful tattoo for ages and as this is the year that I turn 25 (!!), I think it’s the perfect time to do it.
Keep growing my blog.
At the end of last year, I saw an amazing growth on my blog and I really hope it keeps growing in 2018. It has been lovely to finally see the results of my work after three years of on and off blogging. So this year I want to keep improving my content and photography and maybe even start working with brands and making a side income, who knows? I also want to keep up with my weekly newsletter and create more of a community online.
Launch a blog photography course.
I’ve been playing with the idea of creating a course to help lifestyle bloggers improve their photography for quite some time and I really want to launch it this year – maybe even this month! That being said, I would love to know what’s your biggest struggle when it comes to blog photography + would this be something you would be interested in? I would love to hear from you!
Launch my stationery business.
As a huge stationery lover, I’ve been dreaming about designing my own collection of paper goodies for years. I’m just going to start with one little thing and see how it works. It is pretty much designed but I’ve been procrastinating on it thanks to the impostor syndrome. *fingers crossed* it will see the light of the day in 2018!