Saying Goodbye to 2016 and Setting Goals for 2017

Ah, what a year 2016 was, eh? Certainly one that’s gonna go down in the history books, though sadly not for great reasons. I don’t need to recap the losses we’ve had and the bad decisions made, I’m sure. And now those that wished 2016 away have had their wish granted; welcome 2017!

I’ll be honest – 2016 was actually a pretty cracking year on a personal level. Literally a life changer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had dark times and suffered loss and heartbreak through the year, but I can’t focus on that.

Instead I need to think about the fact that what started as a year of exams and university stress eventually became the year I made new friendships, had some incredible blogging opportunities, won an unbelievable amount of competitions (including a number of holidays!), started building a home, graduated from university and somehow landed my dream job.

Had you asked me a year ago today what my life would be like at the end of the year, I would have never given you the correct answer. Things couldn’t have fallen into place any better for me.

So now the pressure’s on for 2017. It’s gotta be a good one. And so, I’m setting myself a handful of relatively small goals to help it become another great 365 days. Here goes

➯ See more of the world. 🌎✈️
I’ve always been a gal that loves holidays and trips away. But just recently I’ve caught a different kind of travel bug. I don’t want to just go on holidays; I want to explore the world. I want to see new things and experience different cultures.

➯ Get my health back. 🏃🏻‍♀️🍏
Whilst this goal includes losing weight, it’s so much more than that for me. I used to be 4 dress sizes smaller than I currently am, be able to run on the treadmill for half an hour as a warm-up, wake up not feeling like crap. But then I started uni and my health just took a backseat. And it’s terrible. I need to make a change. No excuses now, this is the year.

➯ Talk to other bloggers more. 💻💬
I’m sure I’m not the only one guilty of loving people’s blog but never actually telling them. Or wanting to chat to people on Twitter but fearing you might come across weird or annoying. But sod it. Bloggers, I’m comin’ for ya.

➯ Explore the UK. 🚉🎡
I’ve become so consumed with exploring the world that I forget there are a tonne of beautiful places on my doorstep; my hometown included. Now I’m in a full time job and get weekends off (something I’d not had for 6 years previously!), I can finally spend some time taking staycations. And documenting them all online, naturally.

➯ Venture into YouTube properly. 📹👩‍💻
I currently have one video on my channel. And it took me forever to edit because it’s all so new to me. This year I’m determined to venture into YouTube properly. A tad tricky considering I hate getting in front of the camera, but I have 12 months to man up and do it. Bring it on!

➯ Move into my new home. 🏡💑
Though we haven’t moved in yet, my boyfriend and I bought a house back in 2015. Seems sooooo long ago, right? But Damian has stripped the whole house back to nothing but a shell, rebuilt walls, rewired the full house, changed the plumbing, converted the loft – the full shabang basically (all on his own whilst working full time might I add!). Now we’re just waiting on blinds and carpets, and I can’t wait to get moved in.

➯ See friends more often. 💕👭
Holding my hands up: I am guilty of not being good at keeping in touch with people. I’ve always been that way, and I don’t know why. But the small number of friends I do have are those incredible friends who you can meet up with after months of not seeing each other and nothing’s changed. This year I am determined to make more plans with friends. And I’ve already set the ball rolling with some of my Hull Bloggers besties.

➯ Book a solo trip. 🚢🗺
Probably the toughest goal for me this year will be going ahead and booking some sort of trip on my own. I’m so used to sharing my adventures with someone else, but I’m determined to experience solo travel. I’m a wimp and it scares me, but I know full well I’ll probably end up loving it.

So there we have it. Eight goals and 12 months in which to succeed. I think even just accomplishing half of them would make me a happy bunny. You guys are welcome to hold me accountable. In fact, I encourage you to do so. Naturally all of these goals are accompanied by the hopes of continuously improving and bettering my blog along the way. I’m a buggar for not scheduling tweets and not being consistent with blog posts. And I wanna keep upping my photography game too.

Basically, I need to learn to say no when Netflix asks me if I’m still watching and practice being more organised. Shouldn’t be too tough… right?

What are your 2017 goals? Do you have any similar to mine? I would love to hear about them!

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  • These are great goals and 2016 sounds like it was an amazing year for you! I Saw you win a fair few competitors haha I really want to go on a solo trip too this year x

  • These are amazing goals. I would also love to see more of the UK and you’re right there really are some beautiful places on our doorstep. We have also just ventured into YouTube and have a few videos on our channel however would like to post more regularly in 2017.

    Good luck lovely and happy New Year,

    BeauTeagenes
    http://www.beauteagenes.com

  • Lucy

    Brilliant goals hun especially explore the UK more, I definitley want to do that too! happy new year xxxxxx

  • Some amazing goals here, my goal is to try to travel more aswell, I wanna see the world!!! And to other bloggers more is mine too, I made a new twitter so I need to get talking more!!!
    Good luck!! Xox

  • LOVED this post! These are great goals. I too want to give more importance to my health and I’ve already joined the gym as a start to get stronger because at the moment my body is very weak. You are super lucky with all your travels, it’s amazing that you get to experience what you do…here’s to many more adventures!

    http://www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

  • Sian…

    I definitely want to explore the UK more! There are so many incredible places here that I’ve still yet to visit, and they don’t call Yorkshire God’s country for nothing! My goal should be to meet you in 2017 and definitely attend a Hull Bloggers event!

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Debra-Bow

    I love your solo trip goal!! It’s something I’ve also wanted to do for quite some time, so maybe that will be one of my goals too. Great post Ashton x

  • Love all of your goals! I hope you get moved into your house soon, sounds like Damian has put so much work into it, it must be amazing! And I also want to book a solo trip! I want to explore somewhere by myself so badly I’m just so afraid ha. Maybe this year will be the year. Btw I absolutely love your pictures, especially the first image! Just gorgeous

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

  • helena

    You must be so so excited to move! You’ve set some amazing goals for this year!

  • One of my goals is to travel the UK and see the places closer to home!

    Lauren x | http://www.huggled.co.uk/