I spent a lot of time towards the end of last year thinking about whether I should set goals for my blog this year, because last year I got a bit wrapped up in the stats and I wasn't enjoying not hitting targets. I've decided not to set blog goals this year, I will have targets but they won't be set in stone over a time period, and they won't be written down so I can't get wrapped up in them. Instead I've decided to set some more personal goals, I don't set New Years Resolutions, they're just not me and I usually fail. These are a few goals to keep me going throughout 2016...
Focus on myself | Throughout 2015 I found myself focusing on other people, who in the end were not worth the time and effort. From this I learnt that at the end of the day, the only person that's always got your back is you. In 2016, I'm going to do the things that I want to do, when I want to do them and I will be doing them for myself and no one else. I want to start eating healthier again, and get myself back into a regular sleeping pattern, as I know doing both will improve my life on a day to day basis so much. 2016 is going to be my year.
Travel more | 2015 was a year that I felt trapped in a bubble that I could not get away from. I wasn't allowed to travel to many of the places I wanted to, and I just felt stuck. Towards the end of the year I travelled more, I saw new cities, and I was so much happier already. My main goal for 2016 is to travel as much as I can, book a ticket, take a ride, visit a new city. It can be risky, but it's experience. 'Travel whilst you can, or you'll regret it when you can't' is one of my favourite mottos at the moment. I want to travel the country, and it would be a dream to go abroad this year as I haven't been away in so long, let's hope I can.
Get my AS levels | As I dropped out of college last year, and restarted in September, my education is my main focus. I hate college, there is no doubt about that, I don't find my subjects overly difficult I just don't like the whole style of my college at all. Saying that, I need A Levels. Going to university has been my dream since I can remember, what I want to study may have changed many times, but I have never doubted the fact that I want to go to university. I take my AS exams in May/June, and then continue on to take the A Level exams next year. My goal is to finish 2016 with 3 high graded AS Levels so I can apply for uni.
Stop buying things I don't need | The amount of times I pop into Boots to pick up some essentials, and walk out with a bag full of products that are definitely not essentials is crazy. I waste so much money. It's a fact. As soon as I get paid it's like a race for me to spend it, I cannot save money at all. If I want to travel this year, then I obviously need to save some money. I'm also saving up to buy a camera to improve my photography, and potentially start Youtube. I am currently on a spending ban, I'm not sure how long it's going to last, and I have essentials, football tickets and train tickets as exceptions to the ban. I have a goal to reach, and I'll go from there. If you have any tips on how to save money, please let me know, but it all seems to be going well so far...
Learn to say no and not feel guilty about it | Last year one of my goals was to start saying yes more often, and this was great, until I started saying yes to absolutely everything and I ended up with so much on my plate that I just didn't have time for. It really got me run down and it's not the kind of stress I want to put on myself ever again. This year, I want to learn how to say no and not feel guilty about it. You cannot please everyone and you do not have to take every opportunity that comes to you. Saying yes to everything, can lead to people walking all over you, which is something that happened to me a lot last year. I've definitely learnt from my mistakes, and from now on I will find it ok to say no. Do things because you want to, not because you feel like you have to.
Have you set yourself any goals for 2016?