New Year, New Goals.

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I think everyone knows that I for one, am glad to see the back of 2017. It brought so much heartache, disappointment and overall sadness that I cannot wait to say ‘adios sucker!’ to it on Sunday. Having said that, 2017 has been a year where my blog has really taken off, which I am so incredibly thankful for. It means the world to have your support. Even when I’m MIA for months on-end, you guys are still there with your kind and supportive words. 2017 also granted a life long wish of mine, having a dog! Never did I think this time last year that I’d have a doggo sat next to me while I wrote this. If my mum had £1 for every time I asked her if we could get a dog over the last 21 years – we’d be able to have quite a few dogs and a rather lovely big house.

Last year, I promised myself I’d focus on the word ‘positivity‘ more this year. Despite losing my Granddad, despite leaving Lush, despite having a great big crappy disappointment from the BBC – I think I remained positive through all. Well…. maybe. I’ve tried to remain positive and strong, and sometimes it’s not always possible to do that. But that’s okay and I’ve accepted that. I did my best and I believe I’ve got a more positive outlook on life than I’ve ever had before.

So, with a new year comes new goals. I’m just going to get the most cliche one out of the way to start with. I’ve got a gym membership and I love going down the gym, but lately I’ve not gone as much as I’d have liked and that saddens me. But I’m going to start going more, and more, and more. I’m not doing it because I feel like I have to. I’m doing it because I want to and I really enjoy it. I’ve not got a goal to lose weight (even though I probably should) or to lift more. I just want to get fitter and enjoy myself more. Plus, it helps clear my head when it gets fuzzy.

In 2018 I want to spend more time working on my blog. No more MIA for months and months! I’ll aim to post at least once a week! I think with everything that’s happened this year I’ve just felt as though I’ve run out of words to say. But no more! I’m back and I’m ready to face this coming year!

I want to kick start The Purple Project. I’ve got plans to start a business called The Purple Project – it’ll raise awareness of mental health issues and the such through being creative. Instead of destructive methods, we’ll use creative ones instead. I’ve had this idea for about a year now and one of my best friends Frank, has agreed to be the co-founder. We’re both so excited and have so many ideas! Along with my mum, Polly (another of my best friends and Francis’ lovely wife) and Jazz (you guys all should know Jazz by now, she’s like my twin guys) we’re going to create something incredible and hopefully make a difference in 2018.

I’m going to start doing things I want to do. Instead of waiting for a friend to say ‘I’ll do that with you‘, or ‘you should really take up this‘ – I’m going to do what I want, when I want and how I want. Granted I’m thinking about how I finally having the confidence to get back into acting, but it also applies to general things in life. I’m going to do things that make me happy.

On a similar note, I aim to do more things that terrify me. May as well, right? Fear cripples me and stops me from doing most things, but after listening to Taylor Swift’s debut album Reputation on repeat since it came out (sorry Jazz!) I feel like I should shake off (see what I did there?) my insecurities and do something that I want to do, even if it scares me. If Taylor can do it, so can I. In a way it’ll be like me challenging myself. That in itself could range from a variety of different things. I’m not talking jumping out of a plane or going on a journey across the globe without my phone and £10 in my pocket. It’s just little things that I’ll work on. Little but scary things.

One of my favourite quotes is ‘root for each other, and watch each other grow‘, something Lush Cardiff taught me. One lesson I’ll forever hold dear. This is my main goal for the year. I love seeing my friends, family, members of my community, achieve their goals. To do something they thought was impossible. We need more love and support in this world, especially after everything this world has seen. If I can do one thing to help someone else achieve something, then I’ll do it.

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Usually around this time, I discuss the word I’ll be focusing on for the coming year. 2018’s word is ‘courage‘. Have courage to move on. Have courage to let go. Have courage to pursuit your dreams. Have courage to stand up for your rights and voice your beliefs. Have courage to live your life the way you want to. To have courage to be yourself, no matter what. We all need a little bit of courage sometimes.

I’m sure as the year goes on, I’ll add more things to this list. But for now, that’s what I’m striving for. Simple things, yet I’m sure they’ll challenge me. I hope and pray 2018 is better than 2017. I hope and pray that 2018 brings happiness and love, family and warmth to everyone. I hope that you find the strength and courage to do something that makes you happy, to do something you’ve always wanted to do. You deserve to do something for yourself. Remember that.

So, there we go. New Year, new goals. What goals have you set yourself for 2018? Do you have a word you like to focus on? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you guys. And remember, on 01/01/18 – I will be launching my first ever giveaway! So stay tuned and use #LostGirlGiveaway on Twitter for any updates on it! I’m very excited for this! Anyway, if you’re out partying hard, or celebrating the New Year with loved ones, stay safe, be smart and spread the love. Until next year, have an awfully big adventure Lost Kids.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Eleanor May says:

    Good luck achieving your goals in 2018! My main goal is to improve my blog.

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  2. momentaryreverie says:

    My goal since maybe this summer has been to live with courage, so I connected to your piece. Also, I also find me telling myself ‘if so-and-so can do it, I can too.’ Sometimes that helps me take that leap of faith.

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  3. Happy New Year to you too 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉

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  4. Amy Deverson says:

    Having a word to focus on for the year is such a great idea and something that I have never done – ‘courage’ is definitely an inspiring one. I think mine for this year would probably be ‘love’… just to love myself, love others, love the world.. just to learn to love without questioning! x

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    1. Lily says:

      That’s a fantastic thing to focus on this year! Love fearlessly and be unashamed. X

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  5. Mayah Camara says:

    I’m really sorry to hear that 2017 was a really hard year for you. I really hope that 2018 brings you great adventure, opportunity, prosperity and some fabulous times with the blog! I look forward to seeing what fab things happen for you!

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    1. Lily says:

      Thank you so much my love 💜💜 that means a lot to me!

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  6. Sometime its just right to say adios to something and restart back anew. Totally loving all your resolutions for this yet, good luck on everything!

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    1. Lily says:

      Thank you my lovely! The same goes for you! X

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  7. Wishing you the best of luck with the Purple Project and hope 2018 is better for you than 2017. I too am glad to leave 2017 behind x

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    1. Lily says:

      Thank you so much lovely! I hope your 2018 is everything you want it to be! x

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  8. Lynne Harper says:

    I’m so sorry 2017 was a bad year for you 😦 great way to look to the year ahead and I’m wishing you a wonderful 2018. Can’t wait to follow your year on the blog xx

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    1. Lily says:

      Thank you so much darling 💜💜

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  9. I’m so sorry 2017 wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. i do hope 2018 holds lots of good and exciting things for you, though!

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    1. Lily says:

      Thank you my love 💜 that means everything to me 💜

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  10. Hopefully 2018 will be much better for you. I love that quote too x

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