2016 Hopes & Goals

Monday, 11 January 2016

2015 was a bit of a blah year for me.  I don’t really usually think much about years as they go by and I’m not one of these people that approaches New Year’s Eve thinking ‘yes, this next year is going to be my year’ but there were a lot of things about 2015 that sucked for me.  There were a lot of good things too, of course, but ultimately it didn’t really leave me with any lasting happy feelings.

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I don’t mind thinking a little bit about what I want to achieve in the next twelve months, or what kind of vibe I want my year to have.  Honestly, I think most resolutions are just a waste of time anyway, and it’s so easy to set yourself up to fail.  Saying ‘I’m going to eat only healthy meals every day’ is going to make you feel guilty and awful and not want to bother anymore the second you have to buy a gross sandwich for lunch at work or Friday takeout in the second week of January.  But, saying something like ‘I’m going to start working on eating healthier, more balanced meals more often’ is a much more achievable goal that won’t leave you resenting yourself when you don’t tick that box every single day!

So, in the spirit of things, here are a few of the goals I’m hoping to accomplish in 2016.

I’ve been taking lessons for over a year now, slowed down by working full time and not sorting my theory test before starting to take practical lessons.  I’ve failed it a few times now basically down to bad luck and wrong-place-wrong-time situations and it’s beyond frustrating when I know that I’m a safe, capable driver, but let 2016 be the year that I finally get my full license.

I’ve been in my current job for over a year now too, and it was fine for a while, but more recently as work piles up I find myself frustrated that I’m paid a pretty rubbish wage to do the same work as people who are paid more than me, and the circumstances in my place of work are generally a pain anyway.  I really want to be earning more so that we can have a bit more disposable income to enjoy ourselves, so I’m on the hunt for a new job in 2016.  Luckily since I already have a stable job there’s no pressure and no rush, but I don’t think it’s doing my mental health any favours most days so I just want to be doing something new as soon as I can.

2015 was the year I became pescatarian, vegetarian and then vegan, so 2016 will be the year I keep developing my repertoire of vegan meal ideas!  I might start sharing more recipes and general cooking tips and tricks, but I’m still trying to figure out how best to do recipes and take food photos given that I’m not a food blogger and I don’t even follow other peoples’ recipes properly, let alone my own.

I didn’t really restart my blog with many expectations, but I’ve been blown away by the number of followers and the amount of support that I’ve had.  I never expected to ever be contacted by brands or anything like that either, but I have and the whole thing is still pretty damn weird to me!  My main goal with my blog is to keep searching for my own voice and my own style of photography.  I think I’m slowly getting there and finding what direction I want to take the blog, and I’m already planning a bit of a redesign of my various graphics so we’ll see how that goes.

I’ve had an Instagram for years now and I’ve always used it on and off.  I’ve had an iPod touch for most of that time, which has forced me to only post instantaneously from home or else after interesting things have happened.  It’s easy to forget to ever post photos I’ve taken, and the picture quality is never the best.  Luckily for me though, I got a hand-me-down iPhone 4 for Christmas and once I get it up and running, I’m going to start trying to use IG more regularly.  Rest-assured though that it will be a shitty Instagram without a theme or aesthetic because I can’t be bothered with all of this ‘grow your IG followers by doing this and this and this and never doing this!’ etc. nonsense – I’ll post what I want, when I want and if people don’t like it then whatevs.

Kind of a no-brainer for me, but I want to keep bettering my makeup skills and keep working on my photography, too.  This is all the more important this year because I'm going to two weddings, one of which I'm doing both the photography and makeup for, and the other I'm doing just the makeup for.  Eek, no pressure???

The Other Half and I haven’t exactly loved living in Surrey since we moved here – we only came here for his job, not because we thought it’d be a great place to live.  We don’t find the cities or people as nice, and it’s all so expensive that we can’t afford to do anything fun, we’re pouring all of our money into rent and we’ll probably never be able to afford a house here.  We were talking after Christmas and New Year’s and came to the conclusion that we’re both aiming to move back up North before the end of 2016.  We don’t know where or when or what he’ll be doing for work, but here’s hoping we’ll be in a nice little house or flat in Yorkshire or something again someday.
It’d be nice if I did all of these things by the end of the year, but it isn’t the end of the world if I don’t.  It’s just good to set yourself some goals every now and again and step back and look at what you want to actually achieve, whether it’s for the New Year or not.

What are you hoping to do this year?


  1. I'm in the same boat as you of failing it but being a good driver! Definitely need to tick passing my test of my to-do list for this year. Best of luck with all of your goals. I hope 2016 is a much better year for you! I'm moving back to Yorkshire myself this year, hopefully before Easter!
    I've just followed you on Bloglovin, can't wait to read more of your blog :)
    Becky; http://www.rebeccamarie.co.uk xxx

    1. It's so frustrating, isn't it?! Super jealous that you get to move to Yorkshire! Thanks very much, I hope your move and all of your own goals for this year go great! :)


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