For me, 2017 has been a year of growth.
It was never my plan for it to be a year of growth but that’s how it’s turned out.
I’ve moved into my own home, I’ve got married, I’ve travelled, I’ve been promoted at work and I’m starting a new course that will enable me to go down more of a teaching path if I wish to do so. I’ve started making more time for my friends and family and I’ve stopped going out as much as I’m a big fan of waking up on a Sunday with a clear head and a healthy looking bank balance. It’s been pretty sweet (bar the tories getting into power again anyways).
In celebration of making it halfway through the year I figured today was a pretty good time to look back on my beginning of the year goals and see how well I’m getting on with them.
(i.e not so well).
Buy a house.
As we all know I sacked off saving to move into a rented property then I used some more of my savings to go to America for two weeks. I was left with a still pretty good sum but nowhere near enough to buy a house. I think my priorities have changed since I first wrote out my 2017 as I no longer think a mortgage will make me happy – I’m not saying I won’t ever get around to buying one but for now, this is going on the back burner.
Start reading books again instead of scrolling mindlessly through Instagram when I’m bored.
I can tick this one off the list as I have well and truly (re)caught the reading bug this year. I’ve read around ten books which could be improved upon but considering I’ve read next to nothing over the last two years that ain’t half bad. I’m currently reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman so I will probably be reading that for a while as it’s 700+ pages long.
Eat a bit better and move a bit more.
Erm. Well I’m eating a little bit better I guess? Less snacks and more home cooked meals but that’s about it. I would love to move a bit more but I’m part sloth and can never be arsed. I’ve been thinking about joining Jody’s gym, I just need a little push to do so.
Visit as many new places as possible.
So far I’ve visited Amsterdam, NYC and Las Vegas which is pretty fucking cool. I have three days in Berlin pencilled in my diary for October but apart from that I don’t have anything else on. I wouldn’t mind a cheeky staycation somewhere but we will have to see what my funds allow.
Have the confidence to write articles and submit them to other sites.
So this one is a big nope as I’ve barely had chance to write for my blog, nevermind someone else’s. I’m not writing this one off altogether though as I’m hoping that once things calm down at work I will have some free time on my hands.
How are you getting on with your goals? Have you achieved them or have you abandoned them?