It’s that time of year again, the Christmas decs have been stored away for another twelve months, all the chocolates have been devoured and everyone is preparing for their new year health kick. Whilst I’m not one for new year’s resolutions (I know I’d stick to them for about a week, maybe two before they went out the window), I do like to sit down, set myself some goals, and think of what I want to achieve in the upcoming months.
Although January is always a month which seems to drag for me, I do love the beginning of a new year. From the anticipation in the air to the possibility for change, it’s always a good opportunity for a clean slate and some new found motivation and inspiration.
The bloggersphere has been very saturated with people writing and sharing their 2019 goals with their readers and although I was slightly skeptical about writing my own at first and adding to the abundance of similar posts which I’m sure have already flooded your online space, I couldn’t start off the year without sharing my plans and goals for 2019 with you.
If not for anything else, I feel like writing these goals, intentions and plans down on a page helps me to stay focused on them and not lose sight of what I want to achieve.
Although it was filled with so many opportunities which I feel very honoured to have received, 2018 was a bit of an odd one at times. From the stress of my uni work to the feeling of loneliness due to studying and blogging from home taking its toll near to the end of the year, it put a lot of things into perspective for me.
Saying that, 2018 was undoubtedly the most determined I’ve ever been, in terms of blogging, education, learning and gaining independence, I pushed myself to step out of my comfort zone and I want to keep it up this year.
So, what am I hoping to get out of 2019?
With monthly Open Uni assignments to complete up until my exam in June, my studies is still very high on my list of priorities this year. And whilst I’m determined to work hard on my education, I also want to find the right blogging/uni/social life balance.
I want to try to enjoy more of what I’m learning instead of pressurising myself and convincing myself that I’m not doing good enough, something I did a lot last year, guilty as charged.
It’s the year of trying to tell myself that what I’m doing is good enough.
It’ll be my 21st birthday in the summer which I’m sure will be here before we know it and with tickets booked to see Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran in April and August, I’m hoping at least a couple of other concerts will also be on the cards, here’s to some exciting plans!
MY HOPES AND GOALS:
PRIORITISE SELF CARE: The importance of self care is highlighted more and more these days and it’s something I want to prioritise this year, something which is easier said than done for me and I definitely let it slip in 2018, especially in the last few months of the year.
By self care, I don’t just mean having a long bath and popping Netflix on for a few hours, I mean it in the sense that I want to put my mental health before anything else. I want to try to put less pressure on myself when it comes to things such as uni work and I want to learn to take a step back when things get a little too much. It’s all about pursuit of balance for me this year.
WORK MORE WITH CHARITIES: Working with charities to raise awareness of disability and spreading their message is something which I’m incredibly passionate about.
I became a Young Ambassador for the charity VICTA Children last year and worked with the RNIB on a couple of their campaigns and I hope I can do more of the same this year.
No matter how boring it makes me sound, I’m in my element when talking about vision impairment and I want to use the passion I have for raising awareness to my advantage even more in 2019.
BUILD MY WRITING PORTFOLIO: On to another passion of mine, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, writing is one of my main passions – the 53 blog posts and 12 guest posts/articles I wrote last year reflects that.
I’m already quite proud of all the guest posts and articles I’ve written outside of my own online space but I want to build on that even more this year and hopefully become a freelancer.
There are already a few things in the pipeline in terms of my writing, even a couple of guest posts in Welsh which I’m extremely happy about since it’s my first language and I want to produce more content in the language, perhaps a Welsh version of My Blurred World? Who knows.
ASK FOR HELP WHEN I NEED IT: I can be incredibly stubborn and if I’m struggling with something, let’s take uni work for example, I’m always adamant that I’ll find a way to figure things out myself rather than admitting that I need a little helping hand.
I know it’s going to take a bit of work but I’m determined to change this in 2019 – it’s in black and white now so there’s no going back, I really want to stick to my word with this one.
2018 was a year of stepping out of my comfort zone and I plan on doing more of the same this year, although it can be daunting, it can also be very rewarding and I’d love to do more of the things that my younger self would never have had the confidence to do.
Perhaps more radio/TV interviews? We’ll have to wait and see what opportunities come my way.
I also have quite a few other goals including the generic ‘visit more places’, read more, so on and so on but the above are the ones I’m focusing most of my energy on.
So, what can you expect in My Blurred World this year?
Well, when it comes to my blog, you can still expect to see my usual Sunday evening posts. From disability content to my ramblings about life, it’s all still going to be here. But I also want to focus more on beauty and fashion content, of course incorporating my disability into them to make them my own, and perhaps publish them during the week every so often, we’ll have to wait and see though.
It’s going to be my fourth blogging anniversary in April – where did all that time go? And although my blog is something I’m already incredibly proud of, I want to work even harder on it this year and make it the best it’s been since I clicked that publish button for the first time back in 2015.
I want to create content that you enjoy reading so if you have any feedback for me in terms of what your favourite posts of mine to read are and what you’d like to see in the future, please do let me know!
I also want to put some effort back into my Instagram this year. I’ve let it slip over the past year or so due to not feeling as inspired when it comes to photography over on there, I blame my continuously deteriorating eyesight but lets not dwell on that. I love fashion and I want to portray that more in the photos on my blog and Instagram so here’s hoping for visits to pretty places and the opportunity for more outfit photoshoots so I can share them on my platforms.
I know that at the beginning of a new year, some goals and aspirations can seem a little ambitious but I’d like to think that the ones I’ve set myself are quite realistic.
I never could have anticipated any of the things which happened last year which goes to show that change can happen at any point, who knows what my life will look like six months down the line. Although I have goals I want to achieve, things I want to work towards and some things I want to focus more on, I’m excited to see what else 2019 has to offer.
I’d love to know what goals you have for the year ahead, is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2019? I always think that a new year is a great opportunity to start a fresh but we also need to focus on what’s important and not pressurise ourselves to change too much.
Happy New Year to you all, here’s to a happy, healthy, inspiring and magical 2019!