09/01/2016

2015 Reflecting & 2016 'Goals'



Well hasn't it been a while again, once again life has got in the way. What better way to kick off the new year than to put some 2k16 goals in place! I don't really make new years resolutions as such, but I do think it is nice to sit down and think about what you've achieved during the course of the year and then put some kind of plan or goals in place for the new year. Grab a cuppa and a pack of biscuits (bourbons for me plz) cos this is going to be a long one.

I do tend to be a glass half empty kind of gal and spend way too much time letting the negatives outweigh the positives, and sometimes I really need to sit down and remind myself that it ain't all that bad. Thinking positively is something that I really need to work on, we're all guilty of comparing ourselves to others and feeling inadequate whether it be blog/career or even general life related but looking back on this year as a whole it could have been worse.

My main goal at the start of last year was to get myself into the fashion industry. My career is something that I haven't really gone into much detail in on here which seems crazy as it's meant to be kind of like a diary but I graduated in 2013 with a First Class Honours Degree in Marketing with Advertising Management. I didn't really have any fashion experience behind me other than a short stint in Visual Merchandising but I knew that fashion was exactly what I wanted to get into. I applied for A TONNE of internships/jobs and after hearing nothing back decided that I needed to get some kind of experience behind me so took a job in digital marketing in the travel industry. So last year I vowed that this would be the year I finally got my foot in the fashion door and landed myself a job at ASOS in March. I finally found my way in and ASOS was always the dream, so that was definitely a huge positive last year. Since then i've managed to get myself featured on both the ASOS Homepage (#lifegoals) and The Daily Mail's Femail Website. I got myself an ASOS branded Instagram account.. follow me here if you don't already. I also celebrated 3 perfect years with my boyfriend James and managed to save some money towards a house deposit for us (should have saved more but girl gotta shop). I spent more time with my friends (another 2015 goal), visited new places and learnt new things so on the whole when I sit back and write it out, it wasn't all as bad as it sometimes seemed.

So with that in mind, I have put together some little changes and goals for this year. In the past i've set goals like reaching x amount of followers but that just seems to really set me back if I don't meet my usually too high expectations, so this year i'm setting more manageable 'changes' if you like, so here we go.

1. Take more photos. Not of my brunch, shoes, clothes and my #ootd, but of things that actually matter. Dates with my boy, nights out with the girls, that lovely sunset.. You get the picture.

2. Travel more. I usually use all my holiday up on 2 nice long holidays in a year with a couple of days spare for Christmas, but this year I want to make better use of my time. City breaks can be done with 0-1 of my precious holiday days, so this year I want to visit more places whether it be a day trip to Cambridge to go punting, a weekend in Venice or my 2 week dream trip to the Maldives. This year I need to see more of the world!

3. Blog more/improve content & photography. This is a tricky one, as I always have such good intentions but my poor little blog often gets neglected and when I do manage to find time to take some outfit pics I usually sit down and rush out some words about it and stick it up on Instagram then leave it another 3 months. With my best friend being an amazing photographer.. you can check her out here, I really should find time to blog more. I really do enjoy blogging, so this year I want to be a tiny bit more consistent, expand my content to travel and a bit of lifestyle and improve my photography a bit.

4. Work harder. Kind of ties in with the above but this one is more career related. Although I am working for an amazing company, now isn't the time to stop working hard. I want to learn more, progress within my role and my career and try and produce some good content and maybe even work with some brands here in this space. Something I do miss about both university and working in marketing is the writing. My job is very creative but writing is something I don't really get to do any more so I would like to start looking for some kind of writing work whether it be fashion/food or even travel.

5. Be positive. Last but not least, in fact probably the most important of all.. BE POSITIVE. Yeah I might not have 100k followers or own my own house but we have to start somewhere. Whenever I feel the negative spiral start kicking in when yet another person posts a pic of their first house keys/dream holiday/huge engagement ring etc etc, i'm not going to stress about it, but think about what I do have and what I want to achieve this year and focus all my energy on changing things that are actually in my control.

So there we have my 2015 recap and 2016 goals. Well done if you're still reading after all of that, let's see how I got on with the above in 350 odd days. Have you made any resolutions or goals for this year?

L x

2 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had an incredible 2015! I really like your goals, I think it's so important to picks things that are achievable and geared towards helping yourself be happy :) being positive and travelling more are two of mine, too!

    Helen xx
    helsyeah.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Helen, it wasn't such a bad year looking back. This definitely is the year of being positive and visiting lots of new places :).

      xx

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