NEW YEAR, SAME ME, JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER THIS TIME AROUND

It feels like it's been a while since I posted on here! I mean, it hasn't actually been that long, but I always feel like the time between Christmas and New Years stretches out and forms one long chain of endless days, each one feeling exactly like that last. This festive period, I've done something which I'm usually completely awful at doing - I've managed to switch off from work and actually not feel even the slightest bit guilty about it. Usually when I haven't blogged for a little while, I feel this gnawing in my chest, telling me to step it up and get some content written, but it's been really nice to be able to take a step back and offer myself a break from that stress.

However! My brain has now been happily rested, and I'm ready to jump back into writing and creating with a vengeance. I've got a good feeling about 2018, and I have a really positive feeling about the work that I'm going to produce throughout it. I've got some blogging goals roaming around in my head for the year in front of us, but I also have a handful of other things which I want to achieve in the next 365 days. So, I thought I'd share them with you all. Here are some of the things which I hope to accomplish in 2018.

TRAVEL AROUND AUSTRALIA
I may as well start with the biggest goal on my list! Since I left uni, I've wanted to fill my time with travelling. I've done small trips since graduating, but 2018 is going to be my year of seeing the world. I've already started to plan a solo trip to Australia for a few months in the summer, so a huge goal of mine is to be able to do as much and see as much as possible when I get there. Not to mention, make sure that I work my butt off in the first few months of the year to fund the trip!

WRITE MORE OFTEN, FOR MYSELF AND FOR WORK
In 2017 I wrote more on my blog than I ever have in previous years, however, I want to push that a little harder in 2018 and dedicate more time to creating content which I'm proud of. Alongside my blog, I want to focus more energy on submitting work to other publications. Getting published on The Guardian website was one of the highlights of 2017 for me, and I definitely want to be able to achieve that again in 2018! I'm also going to be writing for myself and setting myself prompts whenever I can - something I did very little of this year. I think it's important to create content which is just for me, that allows me to practise writing, as well as putting together the more edited and structured pieces which I publish on the blog.

BEFRIEND AN ELDERLY PERSON
Something which I've wanted to do for a while now is join the befriending service which Age UK and offer to spend time weekly with an elderly person, who may not have contact with too many people. Loneliness in older people is a huge issue and is something which I really want to offer my services to. If you're interested in signing up to, you can do so here!

READ AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
In 2017, I set myself the goal of reading 24 books and I've managed a total of 42 (I started trying to go for 48 to hit double my goal, but I think I was pushing my luck a little bit there!) With my travel plans up in the air at the moment, I'm hesitant to set a goal number of books to read in 2018, but I'm challenging myself to read as many as possible. After really getting back into reading this year, I've started to notice how much it's started to help improve my concentration and my own writing, so reading as much as I can in 2018 is a must!

CUT MILK OUT OF MY DIET
I realise that this sounds like a super easy resolution, but I know for a fact that it's one which I'm going to find the most difficult (mainly because I'm so picky and a super lazy cook). After recently turning veggie and not looking back, I've decided that my next step in making my diet more ethical is to cut out milk. I'm not ready to go fully vegan yet (it can be difficult to find a balance between eating ethically but also making sure that I'm healthy), but I do want to start making steps towards this, so as of January 1st, milk is a no go.

GO TO A PROTEST FOR A CAUSE WHICH I SUPPORT
This year, I was absolutely blown away by the amazing women (and men) who stood up together all over the world to share a voice and shout about what they believed in. Whether it was the Free Periods march in London, the anti-Brexit rally's across the UK, the Not My President protests across America or the Women's March - each time that I saw video clips and photos popping up on my screen and in the news, I felt a well of pride that these people were using their voices for good, and to protect my rights as well as their own. So in 2018, I no longer want to be a passive viewer of these protests, but a member of the rebellion. One of my goals in 2018 is to become a part of this and use my voice.

So those are just some of my goals for 2018. Some of them are pretty huge, and others are smaller, but just as important. While you're here, I wanted to take a second too, to say thank you so much for being here and reading my blog this year. I've seen my small following grow slightly larger in 2017, and have made some amazing friends and had some wonderful opportunities in the process. You reading my words and giving me a place to shout, knowing somebody out there is listening, is what keeps me going. So thank you. And Happy New Year!


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  1. Your goals are so similar to mine (apart from Australia, that's a pretty big one!) I would really recommend trying oat milk when you give up cows milk as the taste and consistency is really similar (some plant milks are quite sweet or watery imo). Reading and writing more were both on my list of goals last year and I'm also trying to keep this going so I can do even more in 2018

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll try that for sure! I hope you manage to reach all of your goals this year!x

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  2. Woo they sounds like exciting goals! Australia will be amazing! I'm trying to read more next year too - I did similar, set my goal at 25 and have ended on 41 which I'm happy with. It definitely helps with my writing and it's just nice to have some time away from a screen! x

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    1. Thanks Jasmin! Hopefully we both get loads of chances to read this year :) x

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  3. Wow those are some incredible goals and I would like to wish you the best of luck for the upcoming year! I also want to concentrate on reading more books and do as much as possible to help causes I care about, whether that is through protests or charity work :) Here's to an amazing 2018! xox

    maria | http://whatismaria.com

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    1. Thanks so much - good luck with your goals!x

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  4. Just stumbled on your blog & really love it! I also want to read more & cut milk.. Thanks for your amazing content.

    xoxo Megan :)

    www.welldressedmess.com

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  5. I think these are great goals because they're so specific. It's not like "be healthier" or "drink more water" you have specific actions you want to accomplish - so hopefully that gives you a better chance at accomplishing them!
    The Australia one is the thing I most want in my future. I definitely don't have the funds to spend an extended amount of time there, but my husband's grandparents live in Australia so visiting will be in our future at some point! I'll have to bookmark any recommendations you share from your travels there for future use.
    And I think it's great that you're thinking of others as well when setting your goals - being a friend to the elderly and limiting your impact on animal consumption. You seem like a genuinely lovely person and I'm glad I found your blog <3
    Asti | atypicalnarrative.com

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    1. Thank you Asti - I've had plenty of years where I've set more vague goals and you're right, they're so much more difficult to complete. Thank you for your kind words, this was a lovely comment to read. All the best with your own goals in 2018!x

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  6. All of your goals sound amazing Lauren - how exciting that you're off to Aussie! You're such a genuinely good person and this definitely shines through in your goals.

    Abi | abistreetx

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    1. Thank you Abi, this is so kind of you!x

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  7. For the milk one, my top recommendation is long-life sweetened soya milk by Alpro! i find it has a far more subtle taste than the fresh milk and is also so handy to have stashed away in a cupboard (avoids a pre-cereal milk crisis?) I have IBS and found my digestion so much better after cutting out dairy, plus the ethics too is an obvious one :)

    I am right with you on befriending old people, i really want to volunteer as a library helper once i've passed my driving test, so i can take books to elderly people!

    Sending you all the love and luck in the world for 2018 xxx

    Bumble and Be

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