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.
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.