This Time Next Year II

Hardcore fans of my blog who have been reading since the dark days of 2016 may remember that this time last year, I completed the This Time Next Year tag (try saying that three times in a row fast). I thought that it might be fun to revisit this post to check on how well I got on with the goals I set last year, as well as setting some new targets for 2018. I don't believe in New Year resolutions as such because they always tend to fall by the wayside before we reach the middle of January, but as I mentioned in my summer goals post, having targets gives me so much motivation to smash them. Goal-setting worked well for me in 2017 so I am determined to continue!

Rules of the Tag:

  • Thank the person who tagged you (thanks, past-Abbey!)
  • Write your goals for next year
  • Write how you’re going to achieve your goals
  • Tag at least 5 of your blogger friends to share their goals
  • Then, if you wish, in 365 days write a post for everyone to see if you have been successful or not.

    2017 Recap

    1) Graduate from my Masters degree with a distinction. 

    Mission accomplished! In July, I graduated with a distinction in my Master of Studies in Classical Archaeology and also managed to get a funded PhD place, which is something that I never actually thought I'd be able to do! However, in 2017, I didn't want the entire focus of my life to be on academic stuff, so I set three other goals to reflect this...

    2) Keep up with blogging for a year and a half.

    Check! I've been posting regularly throughout 2017 and although I have lost motivation and struggled for ideas at times, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I wouldn't change blogging for the world. What has really made 2017 a fantastic year in the blogging community for me, however, is the people. This year, I have been lucky enough to meet some truly fantastic fellow bloggers who I am so grateful to call my friends. I consider these friendships more valuable than any blogging award, brand collaboration or follower milestone that I could ever wish for.

    3) Have a better handle on my anxiety.

    Smashed it! I feel like I've made so much progress on this over the past year. I haven't had a panic attack in a good while, I have only had one episode in the last few months where I've been so anxious that I physically shake, and I am a lot better at managing negative thoughts. I also began talking about mental health on my blog - I was open about my struggles and coping mechanisms in my Surviving vs. Thriving post for Mental Health Awareness Week, a post which I was really proud of. Sure, there have been low moments this year as well, I would be lying to say that everything is 100% hunky-dory, but I have made noticable progress that gives me reason to feel cheerful.

    4) Become a more rounded person.

    It's hard to think of this goal as fully achieved because you never really stop growing, learning, and evolving as a human being, but I feel like I have made quite a bit of progress this year. In 2017, I started reading recreationally way more thanks to launching the Blogger Book Nook with my lovely friend Tabitha, I started to learn another language by taking a German course, and I have unleashed my creative side through photography and scrapbooking.

    2018 Goals

    1) Embrace a vegan lifestyle.

    As a massive animal lover, I put a great deal of thought into going vegetarian in 2017, mainly due to the ethical arguments. I've also been dabbling in veganism for quite a while now, trying out vegan recipes and other plant-based alternatives, but this year I want to make a big effort to cut animal products out of my diet. I'll be taking on the veganuary challenge this month, which I'm hoping will up my creativity in the kitchen and introduce me to a lot of fantastic vegan-friendly substitutes.


    2) Improve my physical fitness.

    A stereotypical goal to have, I KNOW, I KNOW. But hear me out. When I asked my boyfriend what my New Year goals should be, I elicited an audible groan when he replied "do some exercise, you lazy bitch." He is definitely right though, it really is shameful that I'm not more physically active. I really enjoy swimming and was in a good routine of going to the pool for a while, and I do enjoy doing HIIT workouts on YouTube, but I need to make exercise a more regular part of my routine. I'm going to achieve this goal by trying to find some new fitness activities that I really enjoy. Wish me luck.


    3) Become more professional.

    Can getting new clothes really count as a New Year goal?! Well, it's on my list. Right now, I feel like I dress like a teenager. My go-to outfit is jeans and a comfy jumper, which doesn't exactly scream "GIRL BOSS HAS ENTERED THE BUILDING". I want to look like I mean business when I turn up to meetings and conferences, which means revamping my wardrobe a little bit. I want to slowly incorporate more professional clothing into my wardrobe to help me feel more confident in academic settings, which brings me to my final goal...

    4) Present my PhD research at an academic conference.

    Public speaking is not something that I feel at all comfortable with. If there are eyes on me talking, I garble my words and just want the ground to open up and swallow me. However, if I'm ever going to make it in the world of academics, I need to be good at presenting my research in front of others. Therefore, in 2018, I have resolved to get up there and give a presentation at a conference. I'll need to work hard to get a paper accepted but I'm determined to smash it.

    If you'd like to participate in the This Time Next Year tag, you are more than welcome to take inspiration from this post! I'd also like to say a massive thank you to the lovely Hayley for taking the photos featured here. Do you have any goals for 2018? Share them in the comments below! 

    Until next time,

    A x

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