My goals for the rest of the year (2018, take 2!).
2018, take 2.
I'm currently sat in my local Starbucks, typing away and smiling to myself at how in the space of a few months - and even weeks - I feel like a completely new and different person. I feel like I've been in a constant state of anxiety since I was offered my job in London in April last year (I think deep down, I knew it was never the right thing for me), and just knowing that in a weeks time I'll have my own little flat back in Liverpool is just making me SO happy. It honestly feels like a whole weight has been lifted all of a sudden and I'm just so excited now for the rest of 2018.
I always knew that I wasn't happy in London, but it's been one of those situations where I didn't realise ~just~ how unhappy I've been, until I've started to change things and get myself out of it. It's only now, that I'm finally starting to feel like myself again that I'm realising how utterly down I've been for the last year.
And it's not just been all things London, there's been other, personal things getting me down and making me feel super anxious too. And it's been amazing how cutting those things out has made me feel better.
So, here's to a much, much better second half of 2018. One without constant tears, anxiety and bad stresses, and filled with lots of incredible friends, laughter and a lot more looking after myself. Here are my goals for " 2018, take 2 ".
Make my new flat my home
I can't wait to show you guys where I'll be living, and when you see it I'm sure you'll agree that it's SO ME. The whole place is white and grey, and you bet I'll be accessorising with lots of blush pink cushions, copper accents, and all of the fairy lights everywhere. I'm going to have green plants in the window and candles in my bedroom and I really want to make it as cosy as possible.
It'll be the first time that I'll be living completely on my own, and do you know what? I'm so excited to have my own space to do whatever I want with.
L O L. I fully fell off the health and fitness bandwagon two years ago now, and I've not managed to get myself back on it yet. But, as soon as I'm all moved and settled, I'll be signing myself back up to the gym to get myself back to were I was at the end of 2016. My body confidence is always so much better when I'm doing some kind of exercise, so I'm excited to get back to it.
I also went swimming last week, for the first time in years, and I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it. I'm thinking of finding a gym in Liverpool that comes with a pool, so I can have a morning swim before work!
Creating content I love
Do you know what I've missed? Creating blog and Instagram that I really love. I've not been able to create any content while in my current flat, as it's small and dark and just not made for taking photos of or in. But I'm getting my huge mirror back so I can take outfit photos again, I can have bright and pretty backgrounds and just get creative again with photos at home - you can probably tell I've already planned lots and I'm not even moved in yet! I'm hoping it's going to give me lots of motivation for creating things again and I'm looking forward to it.
Visit lots of new places
I've suddenly found myself with 8 weeks to do as I please and one of my aims is to visit as many places as possible. Unfortunately, it's landed slap bang in the middle of school holidays, so places abroad are off the list as it's just way too expensive - but, with weather like this, who needs to go abroad anyway?
I am going to Paris for the day with one of the girls which I'm very excited for, but other than that, my plan is to do a little tour of the UK - visiting quaint little villages and beautiful coastal towns that I've never been before but always wanted to go to. I'm sure I'll be posting them on Instagram - so have a nosey over there if you want to know where I'm getting to!
Girls in Work
If you don't already know, I also run Girls in Work alongside the best team of two of my favourite people. It's a site for all of the inspiration, motivation and empowerment we need as working women navigating our careers and the workplace.
The next few months are certainly going to be all about growing the platform, planning events and lots of really exciting things that we hope will come to fruition. It'll also be about figuring out how we can continue to work together with me now living 250 miles away from the girls - but if anyone can make this work, I have every confidence that we certainly can!