2018 Goals

I'd like to start by saying Happy New Year everyone! 

As I've got older, I've started to appreciate the idea of having proper goals to aim for in the new year. It used to always be to gain weight (I was a scrawny child) and then to lose it (when my metabolism finally caught up to me).

However, the new year marks a new beginning, a new slate clean to do what ever we want with it. I'm half way through my year at university and so in less than two years time I'll be an official adult out of education and into the real world. Thats some scary shit right there. It's time I got myself out of childish habits and be prepared to work damn hard for what I want.

I don't see them as resolutions, they always seem to fizzle out by the second week of January. There more like long-term, achievable goals, ones I can look back on at the end of next year and be proud of.

1. Hit 400 Subscribers on my youtube channel.
I'd like to at least double what I have now. I intend to keep a regular upload schedule, planning videos out in advance. I'd like to play around with my content, try something new and not to be disheartened when it doesn't turn out like I visioned it first time around. I want to show a bit more personality on my channel and definitely try out vlogging a bit more.

2. Hit 400 followers on Bloglovin'.
In a similar boat to my youtube, I'd like to double what I have now. I'm thinking about changing my upload schedule again, posting on a Saturday seemed like a good idea but is proving to be less effective than a week day. Ideally I'd like to back to posting twice a week and I would love to include more fashion. My #fashionfridays series throughout the summer was very popular, so I'd like to keep an element of that in my content.

3. I was going to write a post regarding Instagram growth but with the algorithm basically fucking things up for everyone (thanks insta xo) it's pretty much impossible to have a good level of growth without paying for it. In an ideal world I'd like to hit 2,500, but seeing as it takes about 5 months to gain 100 followers it's pretty much impossible. But hey, maybe this year will be the year Instagram realises this algorithm is the biggest pile of shit known to social media and with put everything back in chronological order...

But I will continue to aim to post daily and keep regular insta story content going. I love posting stories, my page is pretty structured so the stories allow for a bit of personality/behind the scenes come through. I guess we'll just see what happens with this one.

4. Read more.
Blogs, books, magazines. This applies to both the blog and uni. I want to improve the quality of my writing and the best way to do this is to read, a lot. But I also want to make the most of my time at uni and be completely saturated with information, I mean I'm paying £9,000 a year so I might as well.

5. Get fit.
Ok so before you roll your eyes, I'm being serious. This course is so physically demanding it's important to stay on top form. I want to feel strong and look my best, so I can stand in front of the mirrors in the studios in a leotard and be happy with what I see as well as perform to the best of my ability. What I've been doing for the past year and a half is not enough and if I want to be taken seriously I need to do more.

6. Learn to cook.
This ties in with the last one. I mean, I can cook aka give me a recipe and I can follow it. However, I haven't been making the healthiest of choices this semester. It's the first time I've had to cook for myself as last year I was catered. However, I'm going to spend my time off over Christmas looking up quick and easy healthy dinner and lunch recipes and store them up. What you eat is just as, if not more important that the exercise so I need to be more aware of what I'm putting into my body and not just eating crap because it's convenient. Which will in turn make me feel better, clear my skin up and allow my body to work the best it possibly can.

7. Be nicer.
Tearing someone down doesn't bring you up, it just makes you a bitch and when you're going into an industry where all people are going to do is tear you down, you've got to find a way to rise above it. 

8. Be More Positive
I'm a bit of a pessimist. I struggle to look at the bright side of situations and I lack a lot of self belief. 2018 will be the year where I think positively and dive head first into challenges with a confident mind set but not get disheartened if it doesn't go my way.

Stop putting stuff off, procrastinating and saying 'oh, I'll do it later'. I mean I definitely, 100% say this every year, who knows maybe it'll be the year it actually sticks?

I think thats it in terms of long-term goals, I have lots of short-term ones that I plan on turning into a blog post monthly. I have a feeling that if I were actually to write them down and post them on the internet I've got more of a chance of actually completing them.

Here's to the new year! May it be filled with love, success and happiness. 

Positivity - check.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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