- Save money for travelling
I love travelling and discovering new places. One trip that I’m hoping to do this year is to go to New York during the holidays. I went there a few years ago during the summer and I am head over heels for the city so now I’m dying to see it looking all festive.
- Read at least two books a month
If there’s one thing that I can do well is read one book a day but since I don’t have the time for that I promised myself I will read at least two a month.
- Exercise more and start dancing again
I’ve only recently started going more to the gym and it actually feels really nice. Once you go regularly it becomes a healthy habit and I want to exercise even more this year. I also want to get back into dancing and take some classes because it’s another passion of mine that I don’t want to let go of.
- Get involved in charity work
Besides donating clothes I’ve never been involved in charity work and I am determined to change that in 2017. I am really inspired by vloggers Judy and Benji Travis who this year managed to raise over $500.000 in their annual fundraiser called Dancember. I know I don’t have their online influence but I still want to do something for a good cause.
- Stop procrastinating
I am one of the biggest procrastinators ever and I hate it because I end up stressing myself a lot. This year I will try to fix this issue and be very organised.
- Do very well in university
I have pretty good grades at uni and I’m quite proud of them. I think for an international student uni can be ten times harder but I managed to stay on top of it and I want this year to be at least as good as the previous one in this department.
- Put my phone down more
I am one of those people who’s always on their phone and since I started blogging it got even worse. You always want to check stats, followers, mentions and all that and I think we get caught up in it. Even at night when I can’t sleep I still reach for my phone. In 2017 I will put my phone down more and even take 24 hour breaks from the internet.
- Invest in photography equipment
Besides travelling this is another thing I want to invest my money in- photography. I want to save for a new camera, a nice lens, some more props and possibly a soft box light for next the next autumn and winter. I would also like to learn more about photography and go beyond knowing how to press the button and change a few settings.
- Be consistent with my blog and post at least twice a week
One thing that I learned since I started blogging (besides six other more which you can see here) is that consistency is key in growing your blog. I will attempt to post at least twice a week this year and work really hard on my little corner of the internet.
- Grow my blog and social media
I reached all my blog and social media goals in 2016 and I’m hoping to see my platforms grow even more this year. I don’t see why I won’t reach new milestones as long as I continue to work hard. If you fancy following me on social media, you can find some links at the end of this post and on the sidebar.
- Start a newsletter
I would love to have a newsletter for my blog which could be sent out to lovely subscribers maybe once a month. I haven’t figured out the content for the newsletters but I was thinking blog posts recaps, giveaways or interviews with other bloggers. If you have any suggestions about this feel free to let me know in the comments section.
- Start making videos
I want to take the plunge and make some Youtube videos even though I’m terrified that no one will watch. In 2015 I posted a couple of videos and they were doing pretty well but I got to embarrassed so I deleted them and thought blogging was my calling.
- Do more writing
I’m not talking here just about blog writing, but I want to write more in general. I was once told by a teacher that I have what it takes to write a book. I’ve never taken her words seriously because writing a book takes a lot of time, hard work and even courage but now I’m thinking why the fuck not try it?
- Open an e-shop
I always dreamed big and this is probably my biggest dream right now. I want to have a small online shop where I could sell some stationary bits such as cute instagrammable prints, notebooks or stickers.
- Allow myself to have a bad day
Whenever I have a bad day I try to fight it but sometimes it gets worse and I get annoyed at everyone and everything, including myself. I want to give in, have my bad day and not force myself into being happy. I will take the day to regroup and tell myself that it’s just a bad day and not a bad life.
- Stop comparing myself to others
This is another thing that I need to work on. Most often I compare myself to others without even realising it and it’s quite disheartening. I am more than okay with my imperfections so I just need to focus on my journey and my own strengths. And when it comes to numbers, I will constantly remind myself that likes, views or followers don’t define or make others a better person than me.
- Put myself first
This sounds pretty selfish but it’s far from that. I am that person that goes above and beyond for someone without expecting anything in return. Last year I put other people’s happiness above mine and all my efforts were taken for granted so I ended up getting hurt. That’s when I realised I had to cut those people out of my life, start taking more care of myself and do what I want and what makes me happy for once.