26 GOALS FOR 26
26 GOALS FOR 26
It’s an interesting age. You’ve either got your shit together or not. I’m between the two. That’s why I want to do something about it with 26 goals for 26.
If you visit my blog, you’ll know I love setting myself some goals. It’s something that keeps me going every single day. I set them daily, weekly, monthly and annually. In fact, I think I might be obsessed. But they keep me focused. They help me to aim for something. If I didn’t set them, I’d be a complete mess.
Growing up can be a big deal. Let’s face it, being an adult is bloody hard work. It’s easy for us to let life pass us by and just get on with it. That’s why I like to set myself some dreams that I want to achieve between one birthday and the next. I want to embrace living in 2019.
Thinking about the different areas in my life that I want to improve on, some are more subtle changes than others as I am content in certain aspects. I’ve always been someone who strives to learn and improve, to better myself and others around me. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as I’m doing it for the right reason: for me. Without further ado, here’s what I want to achieve in my 26th year on the planet.
1. GET A CAR
I sold my car in September 2017 when I moved to Sheffield to do my Masters. Since I moved back home last August, I’ve been trying to save up as much money as possible but obviously, now being freelance, it might take a little longer! It’s been my biggest saving goal since moving back and I’m determined to have a car sooner rather than later. I miss the independence of having my own vehicle because I live out in the countryside with only 6/7 very expensive buses a day.
2. GET MY FREELANCE BUSINESS UP AND RUNNING
I’m unsure whether to set up a seperate website to my blog or to add a Services option on the menu bar. I’m leaning towards two standalone businesses but obviously this will require a great deal of time. I have plenty of it now though! I’m really motivated to make freelancing work for me but I am also aware that if it doesn’t, I can always go back to full-time work.
3. VISIT THE THEATRE 10 TIMES
I’m such a theatre geek and managed 5 trips last year, including one London trip to see Wicked again. I already have 3 shows booked in at my local theatre, two ballets and the musical Kinky Boots, but will probably buy tickets last minute for some productions. I’m hoping to get to London again because there are so many shows on right now or that are coming soon! I just wish it wasn’t so expensive!
4. FINISH WATCHING MY MUSICALS COLLECTION
I have an extensive musicals DVD collection because they are my main love. I’m currently up to D in my alphabetical collection so I have a looooong way to go! Although I have my favourites, it’s been really interesting to watch a real variety of musicals: old and new, light-hearted and serious. Musicals are not all happy and jolly!
5. MAINTAIN MY MINIMALISM CHALLENGE
I will share more of this challenge soon but it’s been really interesting to cut back on my possessions and use the items that I already have. I’m definitely moving more into the ‘quality over quantity’ frame of mind.
6. CREATE 4 CAPSULE WARDROBES
I’ve been researching capsule wardrobes for years now and set up my winter capsule in January. With my minimalism challenge underway, I thought it was the perfect time to stick to one! I was already wearing the same items regularly anyway so now it means that anything else is unwanted.
7. READ 26 BOOKS MINIMUM
Reading used to be such a hobby of mine until university sucked the fun out of it. In January alone, I read 7 so I’m well on my way. I think I may increase this goal as the year goes on though!
8. VISIT 3 NEW-TO-ME CITIES/TOWNS
I’m a real fan of staycations; there’s just something about this country that I love exploring. I’m heading to Cornwall in July so I’ll probably be ticking this goal off then but I definitely want to visit some other places too. Stay tuned for my UK travel bucket list post, coming over the next few weeks!
9. GET UP EARLY
I’ve been getting up at 6.30am most weekdays and even on weekends, I’m out of bed at the latest by 8am. I’m not really a morning person but once I’m awake, I can’t get back to sleep. Plus it means I’m not wasting half of my day by being asleep!
10. EMBRACE GETTING OLD
I know 26 isn’t old but I am getting older. When I turned 20, I was so scared to grow up. Now I’ve had a few years to think about it, it’s not so scary anymore. I’ve always been mature for my age but being an adult is certainly something that I’m okay with now. It doesn’t mean it’s easy though, being an adult is hard!
11. FOCUS ON MYSELF
I’m all about me, me, me in 2019. I’m so sick of doing stuff for other people and not being appreciated so now I’m putting myself first, doing what I want. That can be anything from spending a day in a city exploring, going for a solo coffee shop trip or having a pamper evening. Self-care is so incredibly important and it’s okay to put yourself first sometimes!
12. CONSISTENT BLOGGING SCHEDULE
Even though I’ve been blogging since early 2013 and on The English Everygirl since July 2014, it’s been rare that I’ve found a blogging routine. In the past two years, I’ve blogged very little in that time. Since attending the Blog and Beyond roadshow in Leeds, I’ve been feeling pretty motivated to start posting regularly.
Meeting other bloggers isn’t something I do very often but as mentioned above, I had such a great time at a blog event that I’d like to continuing doing this. This community is so great and it’s so nice to see bloggers supporting and helping each other if they can.
14. START EARNING FROM BLOGGING
I’ve had plenty of gifted items over the years as well as the odd sponsored post but I’ve never posted consistently enough to warrant brands wanting to work with me. This year, I want to work on posting quality content which in turn should increase my chances of making money. I’m not ashamed to say I’d like to make money from blogging!
15. START BAKING AGAIN
I used to bake all the time but life gets in the way and my dad bans me because I make such a mess when I bake. My speciality are super chocolatey brownies (I get carried away with the chocolate chips) but I am on the lookout for a cookies recipe and maybe I’ll try my hand at cakes again.
16. MAKE MORE OF AN EFFORT WITH FRIENDS
Since spending most of my time last year living between Sheffield and Hull, I didn’t get to see my friends as often as I would like. This year, I’ve already started making a little more effort but friendship is a two-way street. Whether it’s going for a coffee or a sit-down meal, I really appreciate quality time with friends. It’s a nice escape from staring at my laptop screen all day long.
17. MAKE NEW FRIENDS
It’s so much harder to make friends as an adult, especially when you work from home. This just means that you have to try even harder so if anyone is in the Hull area or just visiting and needs a new friend, send me a tweet!
18. FIND THE PERFECT PAIR OF SKINNY JEANS
Jeans shopping is basically my idea of hell. I always wear the wrong shoes, I tend to go shopping before eating so they don’t fit when I get home, I’m only 5″3 but can’t buy petite jeans because I have a 30″ leg. I might just buy some denim fabric and stitch a pair myself. #jeangoals
19. MAKE A DAILY TO-DO LIST
Organisation is one of my fortes but I do get easily distracted. By writing my to-do list every evening for the next day, I wake up ready to kick-start my day. I just need a hot chocolate first and then I am ready to conquer anything!
20. GET OUTSIDE MORE
Working from home means I don’t get a lot of fresh air, apart from hanging the washing out. When I get into the swing of things and get a proper schedule organised, I want to go on daily walks. I live in the countryside so it’s really easy to do!
21. UPDATE OLD BLOG POSTS
I’ve read that you need to keep on top of going over old posts and updating their photos, links and SEO. This is something I’ve never, ever thought to do but it’s a good idea to do this sort of task when I’m having brainfreeze and stuck for ideas. Might even inspire something new.
22. CREATE A SKINCARE ROUTINE
By trying the products I already own, I can see which products are working best for me. I’ve collated quite a collection of skincare but due to my eczema and sensitive skin, I can only use specific products. Anything that doesn’t work for me usually gets passed to my mum or friends!
23. REDUCE UNNECESSARY PURCHASING
Similarly to my skincare products, I also have enough of pretty much everything else. If I don’t need it, I’m not buying it. I’ll admit I might make a splurge purchase now and then (I’ve had 1 make-up haul, a few e-book purchases, 2 box sets bought and 4 clothes hauls since the beginning of 2019, although most of the clothing has been returned) and I am a little disappointed in myself. I’ve spent a max of £150 with everything I’ve kept so I don’t feel too guilty.
24. FINISH MY SCRAPBOOK
I bought myself a scrapbook as I was keeping all paper memorabilia in a realllly old Groovy Chick pencil case (retro, I know, but that’s how long I’ve been collecting tickets for!) so I thought it was about time to upgrade. I’ve collated every ticket for every gig, show and match I’ve ever been to but some have disappeared so I’m gutted!
25. CREATE A CLEANING SCHEDULE
Thanks to Mrs Hinch, it’s cool to love cleaning which I did anyway! Because I live at home with my parents but also work from home, I can help around the house a little more during the week. I actually enjoy doing laundry as you can stick in a load of washing whilst you get on with other tasks!
26. SAY YES TO MORE OPPORTUNITIES
I’m not saying that I’ll be saying yes to everything but I do want to become less of an introvert. I’ll always be a homebody but I want to get out there more, interact with people, try new things. This goal is about improving my self-confidence and feeling good in my own skin again.
Are you a goal-setter or do you just go with the flow instead? Is growing up something you’re enjoying or do you want it to slow down?