Monday, 1 January 2018

2018 Goals


First of all - happy new year! I can't believe 2018 is actually here - how quickly did 2017 fly by?!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve celebrating and have spent the majority of today making the most of the leftover Christmas food and spending time with family.

Like I've done most years since I started this blog, I thought I'd do a little 'goals' post running through my hopes and aims for 2018 - to let you guys know what I have planned or even give you a bit of inspiration when it comes to writing down your own resolutions.

Improve my health, diet and fitness - and lose weight!
Okay okay, so this one is a total cliche but it's a well-needed one for me! In 2017 I completely neglected my health, didn't look after myself at all and as a result put on a lot of weight. I feel horrendous because of it and so I want (and I will make) 2018 the year I finally get fit, put any issues with food behind me and focus on looking after both my physical and mental wellbeing. I love how I feel when I work out, and I know I feel so much better in myself when I eat healthily - I just need to make the effort to stick with it! I'll definitely be eating a lot more fruit, much less chocolate (honestly, I'm actually a bit sick of it after living on it for the past week or so) and just generally experimenting a bit more in the kitchen.

Take more photographs
I feel like 2017 was the year I really started to neglect my photography. I really, really want to get back into it this year, and improve my blog photos significantly. I feel like there are so many incredible bloggers out there now who are creating stunning images after only a few months of blogging and I'm like woah - I need to up my game! I want to learn more about my camera, think of better ways to photograph products for the blog and just in general play with my camera a lot more. I also want to take a lot more pictures of me and share them on here and my Instagram, as I feel like in 2017 this is something I really stopped doing due to feeling so self-conscious (leading back to the above goal!)

Stop overthinking everything
If there is one thing I've always been guilty of, it's overthinking. I overthink everything. I've always been the kind of person who sits back quietly whilst thoughts are whizzing through my head, and I'll often agonise over decisions because I overthink them and think about all the things that go wrong. I definitely need to alter my thinking so that I don't obsess over things and get myself worked up over the silliest of things!

Have more confidence in myself
This kind of relates to the above - I always work myself up and over-think things because I don't have a lot of confidence in myself. I've been like it since I was at school - I'd often put off projects because I thought I wouldn't do them well enough, so it seemed better not to do them at all. I feel like I've started becoming a bit like this with my blog - I'll not photograph something because I feel like it will never live up to my expectations. I think I really need to improve my confidence in myself this year and realise that I am capable of doing a good job - even if I don't always believe it!

Quit comparing
This goes hand in hand with the above - I am very guilty of putting myself down, especially when it comes to comparing myself to others. I compare my work, my photography skills, my social media presence to other people's and ultimately it ends up making me sad. I think there's a fine line between appreciating someone's work and it making you sad because you think you'll never compare - so I'm going to focus less on comparison and more on improving my work for the better.

What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments!
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