2018 Goals

I don’t particularly enjoy making New Year’s Resolutions. I hate the way it makes me feel if I don’t accomplish them, but this year I’ve set a few goals that are super achievable and will make me feel great at the end of the year.

My TBR

    • Read 52 books and save £1 for every book read

Like most booklovers, I’m doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge, as I’ve done every year since 2011. Back then, I read 100 books but these days I aim to read 52, one per week. But it’s less about the number for me and more about the joy of seeing all the books I’ve read over the year (it also aids my terrible memory!). I saw people tweet about Aoife’s idea to save £1 for every book read, so I’m going to pop a coin into my ‘What happens in book club, stays in book club’ mug for every book I finish.

    • Visit two new countries

I’ve travelled a little over the past couple of years (and I hope to blog more about my travels, both around the UK and abroad) and this year I’d love to visit at least two new countries: Hungary, the Czech Republic, USA, Norway, Australia… or somewhere else!

    • Visit 10 new places in London

I’ve lived in London most of my life but there’s still so much left to explore. Whether a new museum, borough, coffee shop or park, I want to visit at least 10 new places in London this year. I really enjoyed doing this last year, from visiting Highgate Cemetery for the first time to discovering amazing new brunch places to go to with friends.

Stockholm, Sweden

    • Acquire fewer material things and reduce the amount of stuff I own

This is something I tried to do in 2017 and would love to continue this year. Last year, I decided that I wanted to spend my money on experiences, rather than on stuff. This includes buying fewer but higher quality clothes, frequent book-culling, frequent spring cleaning, buying new toiletries only when others are empty, and being aware of eco-friendly packaging.

    • Go to exercise classes every week and complete Couch to 5k

At the end of 2017, I joined the gym for a 6-week trial and really enjoyed how motivated it made me feel. I plan to renew my membership once my awful chest and throat infection disappears. I loved doing Body Combat (a mix of yoga, tai-chi and pilates) classes and I was also training for Couch to 5k until I suffered from ankle pain. Once I get myself proper running shoes, back onto the treadmill I go!

    • Make lunch and buy fewer lunches/hot drinks

I’m guilty of spending a lot of money on food. It’s probably my biggest expense after rent. I love eating out, but I know that it’s not necessary to buy lunch and a hot drink every day, so I’d like to limit those to once per week. Even so, I’ve swapped to a KeepCup to be more environmentally friendly, which does make it tricky (I get 25-50p off each drink when I use it!). It’ll also encourage me to get back into cooking and being organised with my food shop.

Berlin, Germany

    • Learn to crochet

I bought a little crochet set a while ago, but fear of failure is stopping me from giving it a shot. I’ve been told that crochet is super easy, so I need to just give it a go and make that damn bunny.

    • Take driving lessons and pass the theory test

As a lifelong Londoner, I can’t drive because I’ve never needed to. But a chat with a friend recently spurred me on to try. I’d love to acquire a new skill in 2018 and learning to drive is a big one. I passed my theory test nearly 10 years ago now, so it’s back to square one, but if I pass my driving test this year it’ll be a huge accomplishment. I love the idea of the independence that being able to drive gives someone.

    • Learn to be kinder to myself

And finally, it’s an important one. 2016-17 were tough years for me, in different ways, and I didn’t help much by not being kind to myself. I’m not perfect, but I don’t deserve some of the things that happened, and I need to stop being so hard on myself. If I’m kinder to myself, I’ll have more confidence and energy to do what makes me happy… learning, new experiences, exploring, spending time with friends, and making new ones.

Are any of these your 2018 goals?

33 thoughts on “2018 Goals

  1. I haven’t heard of the “save a pound (or for me, dollar) for each book read”, that’s such a great idea! Definitely going to do it!

  2. I love these goals! I’m also doing the ‘save a pound’ idea for the books I read this year, and I would love to get fitter too, as well as travel more!

  3. I also love the “save a pound for each book read” idea, at the end of the year it would be nice to donate the money to a local library or a project that has to do with books.

  4. I love all of these goals!! I should really save a dollar for every book I read. That is such an amazing idea. I also want to travel more… hopefully I’ll get a chance to this summer before I start college.
    And crocheting is super easy and fun!! I bet you’ll love it!

  5. I love the save a pound idea. Oh and btw we have some of the same goals for this year, exercise, driving and I’m also doing the Goodreads challenge. I do agree that reading is about enjoyment and experience. I think most of us don’t really take the time to fully immerse ourselves into the book because we are too busy trying to get more done, i.e. trying to read as much as possible rather than investing and connecting with the characters, story etc.

  6. Crochet is easy enough once you get the hang of it!! I’ve been crocheting for about 12 years now 😊. It just takes a bit of practice. YouTube is your friend if you get stuck on anything!

  7. Loved the idea of saving £1 for each book read. I am actually going to do it but not for me… for my son. I’ll put £1 for each book read in his piggy bank 🙂

  8. I do love the save a pound for every book you read. It’s such a fab idea. 🙂 I also aim to be kinder to myself. Good luck with these goals!

  9. Some great goals here! I’m also trying to take more lunches into work – going well so far!

  10. Good luck with your goals! 🙂

  11. Oh, I love the one about visiting two new countries. I’ve done something similar, though I’ve kept it at one new country and one new city. I love exploring new places. Good luck on your goals.

  12. It’s very easy to take resolutions too far and get stressed out over them. When they stay as goals that you hope towards to become better they can be good, but it is problematic if you stress over them and they no longer become something beneficial but just another thing to check off/ do. I like your list though and think you are more than capable of completing it all very well 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  13. You’ve set yourself a lot of goals! Good luck. I hope you enjoy striving to achieve them.

  14. You DO enjoy making new years resolutsions, look how much you wrote on the topic 🙂 Come over to visit the Czech Republic if you havent been 🙂
    I recommend you resolve to get the whole drivers licence right away, theory – no use, unless co-driver.

  15. I LOVE your goals! I’d highly suggest visiting Norway and Czech Republic — Norway because I hear it’s gorgeous and Prague because Prague is AMAZING (I’ve been there twice and loved it both times). Your plan to visit more places “around home” is really great too. Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city. Learning to drive will be a BIG STEP and I wish you best of luck. And I 100% agree with the “be kinder to myself” goal. Stacey, you’re awesome, and don’t ever forget that. Plus, we all need days (weeks?) of self-care, and your goals for the year sound right on point with that.

  16. Being kinder to myself is definitely one of mine too!! Xo

  17. If you want to reduce the amount of stuff you own, please pick up ‘GOODBYE THINGS’ by Fumio Sasaki ASAP! It’s by far the best book on minimalism/decluttering I’ve read. 🙂 And you don’t have to become a minimalist after reading it, it just gives you a lot of tips!

  18. I like your goals on acquiring fewer material things. It tickles me as an environmentalist. Good goal. Cheers!

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