2017 Hopes & Goals

Monday, 2 January 2017

It’s that time of the year again, when everyone starts mulling over all of their resolutions and deciding on drastic or not-so-drastic changes they want to make for the New Year.  I wrote a 2016 hopes and goals post last year, so I thought I would do the same for 2017 too.  As I said then, I’m not much of a resolution person.  I don’t believe in the ‘New Year New Me’ hype and, honestly, I think setting ambitious and rigid New Year’s Resolutions just piles on too much pressure and has a tendency to make people feel like failures if they slip up.  There’s nothing wrong with setting goals for the new year, obviously, but I think we need to be careful about the amount of value we attach to meeting them and how hard on ourselves we can be if we don’t.

That’s why I prefer to describe my ambitions as hopes or goals – it’s less about publicly committing to a massive change or a ‘New Me’ and more about outlining what I’d like to achieve in the New Year, and if I don’t achieve it?  Well, it’s not the end of the world, it’s just a target that I would’ve liked to have met but didn’t!

After the way that 2016 went, I’m hoping for a more positive 2017, but having said that there wasn’t much about last year that was actually bad for me, personally, as an individual.  I was basically having a great time minding my own business while the world around me set fire to itself, and I guess that’s what I’ll hope for in 2017 too – that in spite of the bad things that will inevitably happen in the world that are out of my control, I can at least strive to meet my own personal bests and goals and live as good a life as I can.

So, this year I’d like to…

Now, I’m not quite committed to saying that I will buy a house, because in all honesty we still don’t know for sure what jobs we’ll have or where we’ll be living.  What we do know, though, is that we want to get onto the property ladder and have agreed to start getting our arses in gear and trying to prepare for this.  By the end of the year, we’ll hopefully have enough in savings, built up our credit ratings and have done enough research and preparation that we’ll be able to confidently start looking to buy in 2018.

I don’t dislike my blog photography and it’s certainly come a long way since I first started blogging, but I still feel like there’s something lacking about it.  I want to start being a bit more creative, playing around with props and lights and more than just the simple flatlays I’ve been relying on of late.  I also want to start including myself in photos more, but this is challenging considering my flat is a dump that I don’t really consider worthy of being in photos!

This is a goal I’ve been thinking about for quite a long time.  I love beauty blogging and my beauty reviews and in particular my makeup looks are posts that I put a lot of time and work into and that also get the most page views.  But, I still feel that something is lacking.  I have a lot of passion and a lot to say, and it seems a waste to not use my voice to write posts of more substance and depth.  My ‘deeper’ posts to do with veganism, going cruelty free, intersectionality and so on have all been wonderfully well-received and I hope to write more posts of that nature in 2017 and to put myself out there a bit more.  One of the unfortunate things about living with anxiety on the internet is being well aware of the fact that the more opinionated or substantial your content, the more likely you are to be harassed, trolled, hated and so on and I want to find balance between staying within my comfortable, safe zone and actually having something decent to say.

2016 was the year that the gym became a huge aspect of my life, but my workouts have only just started to have some semblance of structure and personal goals.  I’ve become so much stronger since August alone – before then, my arse was flat as a pancake and I could barely lift anything, and I now have visible triceps and biceps, have a round butt again and can lift weights I never thought I’d be able to.  I want that to continue, and namely I want to keep building up my arms, sculpting my booty and to start setting specific weight goals for myself so that I have something more concrete to work towards that’s strength-focused.

Last year was the first year for quite some time that I’ve actually done a lot of travelling. In the UK, I went to Brighton, Bath, Oxford, Puzzlewood and (several times) London, Norwich and Nottingham and finally got to explore beyond my backdoor in Madrid and Berlin. It reminded me how fulfilling and inspiring I find travel, and I hope to make more of an effort to satisfy my wanderlust in 2017.

What are your goals for 2017?


  1. Great goals Steph! One of my ongoing personal goals is also to work towards buying a house, but similarly I'm not sure how my work situation will pan out and the whole thing is making me very anxious haha...so, "work towards" rather than actually buy a house is accurate for me too :D I've personally loved writing "deeper" posts recently, and have always enjoyed yours too, so it'd be fab if you started to write more of those types of posts.

    My personal goals this year are to finally get a piercing (if I can stop being so scared of the pain!), only buy ethical clothing and stop using disposable coffee cups. I also want to write more, finish a short story and submit at least one piece for publication.

    Hope we both achieve our dreams or at least make a dent in them this year! xx

  2. Wonderful! I wrote my goals too. And I have already started to realize them. To make goals is very important. One of my goals is to pass my session perfectly. You know, I am sad a little, because I ordered one my work on essay writing service But if I wouldn't did it, I wouldn't passed another exams good. I wish you to achieve your goals this year and always!

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