Friday, 4 January 2019

Setting Attainable Goals In Twenty-Nineteen



I'm finding it quite hard to fathom that we are now past the stage of mulling over twenty-eighteen and at a point where we are becoming so engrossed in the traditions of the New Year, that we are mindlessly and frankly a little aimlessly filling our timelines with goals, set out as plain as day for our friend list to see.

It's a fascinating concept, resolutions/setting resolutions. Because whilst some will find it easy, I just think it's tedious and a bit overwhelming and that is probably why I ashamedly experience a post-Christmas dread each year. You know... that time in limbo where we're past the turkey and ham dinners and M&S crackers and are now at the brink of being forced to think more in depth about the career moves, health goals and travels we want to take this year.

That's why I am Setting Attainable Goals In Twenty-Nineteen.

#GOAL 1 - START SAVING 

If I had a pound for every time I said that I needed to save in twenty-eighteen, I probably wouldn't be writing or setting this attainable goal. But I think it's imperative at the age of twenty-two, that I open an appropriate ISA savings account and begin the process of setting aside some money. You never know when you will need it. Besides, I would love to travel more often, maybe purchase more equipment for my business and possibly think about a house some day. So what better way is there to start, than by counting up my spare change and generally saving where and when I can.

#GOAL 2 - START FREELANCING

This goal pretty much speaks for itself, but I want to start freelancing. I've already set up my photography business, I just managed to rebrand my blog and I'm now in the midst of setting up a YouTube channel - this year is looking really creative. But whilst freelancing is very much a goal I want to continue into twenty-nineteen, it's the biggest attainable goal I have and I'm already making waves by booking my biggest freelance job of the year - an October 2019 wedding (I get goosebumps just thinking about it).

#GOAL 3 - BE MORE ACTIVE 

Now that we are well and truly over Christmas, I just want to be more active. It's something I failed to stick to in twenty-eighteen, often sitting on my laptop so long I would start seizing up (the perks of freelance editing and all that). So, in twenty-nineteen I need to learn when to take a god damn break and go for a walk, or dance around my room for a change. In general I would love to shift some extra weight and start strength training and working on my endurance again. I did attempt CrossFit once, maybe this is something I could do again.

#GOAL 4 - GO TRAVELLING 

Go travelling is and will be something that remains on my list of attainable goals every year without fail. It's something I have always wanted to do, whether it's a road trip around Ireland or three days in Amsterdam. Travelling with Matthew is honestly my favourite thing to do and I personally like the freedom of writing about my adventures. In no particular order, I would love to see Australia, San Francisco and Canada one day.

#GOAL 5 - START DRIVING AGAIN 

After our car accident in 2018, driving has been something I've despised. I just hate cars in general and I'm absolutely sure if I could walk everywhere I would... but that simply isn't the case. I would love to start driving on my own again, independently; instead of relying on my parents, or my partner Matthew because I know I'm guilty of doing that and I know it can't continue. I really want to take my confidence back with both hands and get behind the wheel and that's exactly what I'm going to do in twenty-nineteen.

What attainable goals are you setting this year? 
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  1. Best of luck with your goals lovely :) I'm sure you will be back behind the wheel in no time, it must be difficult having had an accident. Travel also sounds amazing! Both Ireland and Amsterdam are on my list! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Thank you so much Jessie-Ann. I managed to drive on New Year's Day, so I'm already buzzing that I've made a start with it, but I think in general it's just a fear / nervousness that something could happen again - I just have to think positively and sing to Lady Gaga when I'm driving from now on haha! I'd definitely recommend the two, even though I'm from Ireland I feel like I need to see way more of it & I would love to head back to Amsterdam again x

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  2. These are great goals. Good luck achieving them all! One of my goals is to travel more too..

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    1. Thank you Eleanor, I hope I can sit down in a years time and say that I have. Where would you like to travel? x

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  3. Good luck with all your goals lovely, I'm sure you'll smash them! I hope you manage to get driving again, I know how hard it is to get back into something after a bad/traumatic experience!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Thank you so much Lucy! It's been difficult, but I've already managed to get behind the wheel once this week, so even if I did it once a week I'd be buzzing haha! x

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  4. Good luck with of your goals angel!! One of my goals this year is to start writing a book (eeek!!). I'm glad I put 'start' into that goal though so I don't feel too pressured aha.

    loved the post xx

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    1. Thank you so much & a book? How exciting! I hope I can see it someday and best of luck with your new venture. Making a start is the best kind of progress x

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  5. Good luck with your goals lovely, I'd love to be able to save but I am such a spenda'olic! I'd love to be able to drive too but it gives me so much anxiety!

    Dena xo | Dena Jayne | Bloglovin

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    1. Thank you Dena-Jayne! I'm definitely guilty of being a spenda'olic, especially online. Driving is scary, but if I can get behind the wheel this year - I have ever faith that you can to x

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  6. Some lovely goals here! I wish you all the best with them, I'm sure you'll smash them all. I'm totally with you on the whole budgeting / saving. I would love to own my own house this year so definitely going to push myself to save enough. An ISA is definitely a great way to start!

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you Gemma, I certainly hope so. That's fantastic! I hope you manage to get enough money together to make it a possibility - there are help to buy ISA's with some banks, maybe that's something you could use to leverage your savings to help make it a reality x

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  7. Good luck with your goals this year! My attainable goal this year is to take more time for myself, doing things that are just for me!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love this goal, sometimes you just need to take a step back and look after yourself x

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  8. These are all such great goals! I hope you have an amazing year ahead.


    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

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    1. Thank you Candice! I hope you have an amazing year to x

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  9. Have exact same goals - yes gal we can do this! xo

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    1. That's amazing! I'm sure we'll both kick 2019's butt x

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  10. Last year my aim was to save and I managed it opening 2 different ISAs! This year I aim to relax and have a bit more me time!

    Lola Mia x

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    1. That's fantastic! I'm pleased you managed to achieve your goal, I could definitely put some focus on more me time x

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  11. Good luck with all of your goals for 2019! I'm hoping to get back to driving lessons myself this year.

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    1. Thank you so much Amy! I'm hoping I'll be able to stick with them. Good luck with your driving lessons x

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  12. Ooo I love your goals mand i hope that you achieve them! Number 2 sounds so exciting, cant wait to see more of your posts after descovering your blog today! and im sure once you start dricing again you will gain confidence over time, especially just by starting with driving ot the shop or somewhere close by to begin with, youll get there!xx

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    1. Thank you so much Jacqueline! I'm determined that's for sure haha & I'm pleased to hear that you're excited for more, I really appreciate that. I couldn't agree with you more, even if it's short journeys I'd be happy x

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  13. Great goals! I'm excited for my goals too! Happy New Year!

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    1. It really is isn't it? Thank you for stopping by x

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  15. Setting attainable goals instead of set in stone resolutions seems to work better for me too! You have some really great ones to work towards! Good luck!

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    1. I seem to stick with them easier when they are attainable, but I'm glad to hear that you do to and thank you so much x

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  16. Best of luck for your goals! Setting up a savings account was the best thing I ever did, as it's impossible to spend it when it's a separate account. I hope you're able to feel confident driving too xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Thank you Hannah! That's exactly the mindset I have with it to, at-least if it's in another account it really is impossible to spend. I hope so to, I've already made a bit of a start, but I just need to keep trying x

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  17. Happy New year gal! Best of luck with all your goals! I'm completely the same with saving, it's a goal of mine too! I know I need to do it, but I'm so awful at it.. I hope 2019 is an amazing year for you xo
    www.lexiealexandra.com

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    1. Happy New Year Lexie and thank you! Saving is hard admittedly, but even if you put small amounts aside a week, at-least its something. I hope 2019 is an amazing year for you to x

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