Today marks my 26th birthday.
Which means… I’m officially closer to 30 than 20.
And it is kinda scary…
Because I always thought that I would have totally figured out my life by the time I’d turn 25.
And looking back at how badly I managed to make work of the resolutions I wrote last year, I cannot help but laugh. Because figuring out my life by the age of 25 or 26 even? NOT THE CASE WHATSOEVER.
But that does not mean I cannot do better.
So here they are, my resolutions for the year 2018.
Personal goals for 2018
Travel a lot
Even though I made the exact same resolution last year, 2017 contained less travel than I had hoped it would.
I was unable to visit my friend Karen in South Africa because of work reasons, had to reconsider my trip to Iceland, and just didn’t find the time to go to many of the places I would have loved to go to.
So, what did I do?
Those trips were super fun really, but I’m hoping to travel a lot more in 2018.
Already on the agenda? A trip to Champagne in France with my girlfriends, which I am super excited about.
As for my travel plans in the making, there’s a road trip in Italy coming up. I’m also planning to do another European city trip with An-Sofie (a bit like the one we did in Riga), but we still have to determine our location. Oh, and I might finally be headed back to Asia this year, so stay tuned!
I am so ridiculously unfit that I am almost ashamed to admit it.
I plan on changing that in 2018.
Next year I’ll totally be writing posts on how to get and stay fit, you guys.
(That’s probably waaaaay too optimistic, but a girl can dream right?)
Start my own copywriting business
I’m already working on this one actually, so yay!
My 2017 reading game was only slightly better than 2016.
But hey, I’ll take every improvement I can get!
And I intend to build further on that.
Last year, I read 6 new books: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassen, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, 1Q84 by Murakami (ok, this one’s huge and totally counts for three books), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Niemand is ooit verloren by Catherine Lacey, and #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.
This year, I would like to read 25.
I’m currently reading A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner, so I’m already very busy with making this goal a reality. Go me!
I worry too much.
Not only that.
I worry too much about stupid stuff.
And in 2018, that has to change.
I’m not sure how I plan on doing that exactly, but I’ll make it work.
I know I have to.
Blogging goals for 2018
Start posting consistently
I’m even more ashamed to admit to this than to admit my not being the fittest person on the planet, but between my last birthday post and the one you are currently reading, I wrote and published four posts on my blog.
That’s only four posts in a whole year.
Admittedly, I had a crazy year with my internship, the search for a new job, the start of a new job, the redesign of my blog and the move from my parent’s house to my new apartment in Ghent.
But still, four posts in a whole year is not an awful lot.
I plan on changing that in 2018.
Because I really really really love writing for you guys on this tiny personal space of the web, and I really really really hope you guys love reading about my travels and the not-always-so-easy road to a life full of self-care.
But hey, I’m heading off to a great start!
Because… I’ve got four posts lined up already: a photo essay of my favorite park in New York, a clumsy confession in which I write about being soaked in Copenhagen, a review of my car rental with Hertz (spoiler alert: it’s not good), and a post about my favorite fish & chips restaurant in Brussels.
That’s already the same amount of posts that I published last year, you guys.
Start a newsletter
I actually already wanted to start a newsletter in 2017, because I realize how important it is, but I just didn’t make it a priority in 2017 and as a result it didn’t happen. There are no excuses, I know. Silly me.
I will make it happen this year, though.
In fact, I’m already working on it.
So stay tuned for an announcement!
Become a pro at affiliate marketing
I’m aware of affiliate marketing and how awesome it is, but I have no clue whatsoever where to start.
But I really really want to figure it out this year.
So I plan on taking a crash course and experimenting with it.
Because I feel like it’d be really great if I were to be able to let you discover some of my favorite products, places and services. And I truly hope you, my dearest readers, will in turn be able to discover some of your new favorite products, places and services along the way.
Let’s just say it’s gonna be a wiiiiiiild year on this blog, you guys!
Improve my photography
I’m taking a course in photography the next couple of months, so I’m really excited and optimistic about this one!
What are your goals and resolutions this year? I’d love to find out!