{Lifestyle} 2018, A New Year, with New Goals

Let’s be honest, the beginning of 2018 hasn’t been the only year I have been filled with hope and a new fire to make the most of the year ahead. If you would like to take a quick trip down memory lane then I suggest you take a look at what I said at the beginning of 2017… oh the naivety!

Not to get tangled too deep into politics, but twenty days into 2017 and Donald Trump was inaugurated as 45th President of the United States of America. Since then the Western world has been a complete laughing stock and it feels like we are only one hot headed tweet away from (literal) nuclear meltdown. I think that pretty much set the tone for the rest of 2017, all I can say is that I hope and pray to God that 2018 is an improvement!

Personally, 2017 was hard… Seems like that might be the general gist of adulthood, slowly, so that you almost don’t even know it is happening, life just gets harder and harder! Gosh it’s great being all grown up! Haha!
It’s not all doom and gloom in my life right now though, there are some really fantastic things happening, and since about mid-year things have started looking up (which I credit highly to altering my medications/contraception, which you can read more about here)!

Looking back at last year’s goals, here is a quick recap of how I went;

Work on becoming fitter and healthier: I’m going to say that I didn’t complete this. While it felt like I did ‘try’, I know that I didn’t try very hard, some lifestyle changes and changes in medication saw me put on some weight, and I actually got to the heaviest I’ve ever been, instead of the healthiest version of myself.

Make a substantial effort towards improving my mental health: This one is a tick! While I had a lot of setbacks, and I’ve had to take a break from study to preserve my sanity, something I’ve been doing has worked, while I’m not saying I’m cured, I have no trouble admitting that I believe I’m on an ever-improving road to recovery!

Improve the puppies’ quality of life: Another tick! I didn’t do absolutely everything I wanted with the boys last year, but I do think they had an excellent year. I taught myself to properly groom them and shave their coats, I completely gutted the back yard, no black dirt, no weeds and no hazardous plants, and I enrolled Theo in obedience school all to improve their general health. In April I brought home the foster puppies, which they both (although, not so much Charlie at the time) adored, and since adopting them out into their forever homes we have a monthly play date where we all catch up and let the dogs run free!

Graduate my double major: Well that didn’t really work out for me… During the first semester of 2017 I had to make the difficult decision to put my studies on hold. I decided that my studies and my bachelors could wait, whereas my mental health needed urgent attention. At this point in time, although I am doing better, I am not sure when I will return to uni.

Visit somewhere new:Ā Umm, does Caversham Wildlife Park count?
No, it doesn’t. Not even by my standards! Unfortunately, I didn’t achieve this in 2017, but I’m determined to make it happen in 2018! I may even have a little (or big) somethin’, somethin’ on the horizon!

Keep up with extracurricular activities: Again, this is a nope. I wish I had, but everything I started I gave up before 2017 ended, while I will try to pick them up again, now that I can, I still don’t think it allows me to qualify for this one!

Read more books: While it was a nice idea I just felt I didn’t have the time for books, and 2017 passed by quickly, with me only completing two novels in the entire year! For those interested, those books were; Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.

Plan more dates: Yes, we planned more dates, however I don’t think we quite stuck to the one per fortnight rule I set. However, I am still declaring this goal as a success. Kody and I are now closer than we have ever been, and we have been having fun trying out new places and discovering new experiences together.

So, after that little recap I’m sure you would love to find out what goals I am setting this year!

I don’t want to be too dull, but I’d really like to take a crack at these goals again, the ones that worked I’d like to keep up with, and keep working on, while I’d love a second chance at the ones that I failed.

Work on becoming fitter and healthier: Same, same folks. My health and fitness levels have plummeted this year and I’d really like to get back to who I was, who I still am inside… while others may look at me and not notice a dramatic change to my outward appearance, I can see it, and what’s more, I can feel it. I’d love to get back to a stage where I feel capable and just a lil bit sexy.

Make a substantial effort towards improving my mental health: Although my mental well-being has been on the rise this year there is always room for improvement. At this stage I am good, but I’d like to work on maintaining my positivity, even under stressful conditions, such as returning to university!

Improve the puppies’ quality of life: Again, I think I’m doing fairly well in this department, but I’d like to keep it up in 2018, and perhaps even go a little further now too?

Marry the man of my dreams: I’m in the process of planning my 2018 wedding, and I can’t think of anything that makes me happier than the thought of being Kody’s wife. I can’t wait to walk down the aisle towards him and recite our vows… here’s to our happily ever after!

Visit somewhere new: 2018 will be the year this happens! I know it! How do I know it? Because I’m already planning an interstate adventure. Kody and I will be going away in Autumn and I’m so excited to explore another state with him!

Begin and keep up with extracurricular activities: I have a few ideas of things I’d like to pick up, and keep up in 2018. I’d really like to try make an effort towards actually completing these activities rather than being lazy and continuously making up excuses to get out of things!

Read more books: I’m not going to set a number this year, but I’d definitely like to take a little more time out and read some of the books I’ve collected. In summer I’m planning on laying on my hammock in the sun, and during winter I’d love to read while soaking in the tub with a good bath bomb.

Plan more dates: Roughly two dates a month would be good. Considering we do everything together 24/7 we don’t need too many extra planned and structured dates, just a couple of fun things to do in each other’s company!

Nurture my wild side: Coming out of a long period of depression feels like a fog has just been lifted on my life. I feel like a new person, but I also feel like the right person, the real version of myself. It is a bit hard to describe, but I’d really like to try to nurture that side of myself, the side I have lost touch with. Most people who have met me may describe me as quite or shy, but I can assure you that this is not the case… I am fun loving and wild, I know I can be, so I’d like to work on making it feel more natural

Don’t take lives for granted: One of my friends had a close call with a loved one recently and it has just reminded me to not take anything for granted. Live in the moment, and never leave without saying ‘I love you’. I’ve had my hardships, and I’ve not had a particularly easy life, but I am so blessed beyond belief and I never want to forget that!

Be a barefoot beach babe: I don’t literally mean I want to walk barefoot down the beach (is there any other way to walk on beach sand?). This goal is just a reminder to live a little on the wild side, be fun loving with just a touch of carefree. I’ve been so anxious and stressed these last few years, and I’d really like to make up for that by letting my hair down a little more often and making sure I catch some rays of sunshine!

Live life a little more organised: I’m a list kinda girl. Hell, even this post is a list! I thrive when I am organised, as long as I’ve got a little flexibility to adjust with the flow. Setting myself too many unrealistic tasks has been my downfall in my past, and even though I may complete 75% of my chores, I still feel like I failed as it wasn’t the 100% I had hoped for! In 2018 I am planning on keeping a *Bullet Planner to keep myself on track, and to help me see what I have achieved, and not just what I have left to do!

Did you have a happy New Year?
How did you go with achieving the goals you set yourself in 2017?
What are your goals for 2018?




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  1. January 5, 2018 / 10:56 am

    While you didn’t achieve everything you planned in 2017, you did achieve some pretty big goals so you should be proud of yourself!

    I hope you have a great 2018 and you continue to make good progress with the changes you enjoyed so much last year. And congratulations on your upcoming wedding! šŸ™‚

    Happy new year! Hope that this first week of 2018 is going well for you!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • January 12, 2018 / 10:41 am

      Thanks Mica, your too kind, and your right, thank you for the reminder, even though I didn’t get everything done, I should still be proud of what I did accomplish! And I am!
      I’m sure 2018 will be an amazing year for me, albeit a bit hectic!
      All the best for 2018 for you as well, I hope you had a lovely new year! Xx

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  2. January 5, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    You go, girl! You’ve got one of the happiest days of your life, your wedding, coming up (I’m so excited for you) – there’s no way 2018 can be a bad year for you! I’m working towards a few of these goals myself this year: I’m focussing more of my health and fitness and I’m also trying to sort a getaway out for mid-late 2018. All the best for this year, lovely. You’ve come so far in terms of your mental health and wellbeing, here’s to continued growth! šŸ™‚ xxx

    • January 12, 2018 / 10:33 am

      Thanks Christie! Your too sweet, I really appreciate your kind words and support! I know 2018 will be a busy year for me, but I’m hopeful it will be the best one yet! I’ve got so much to look forward to, I really feel blessed right now! Xx I hope your 2018 is absolutely magnificent, and good luck with your own goals!

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  3. January 15, 2018 / 8:10 am

    I’m so proud that you had the strength and bravery to put aside big goals to recognize your mental health is definitely worth working on. I have faith that you’ll accomplish is all! I’m looking forward to reading about all of your adventures, and your wedding!

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