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An update on my 2018 goals

An update on my 2018 goals

We’re well over halfway through the year now, and it’s time to revisit some of the goals I set myself at the start of the year to see how we’re doing! I’m pretty rubbish at setting New Years resolutions and tend to cheat a bit, setting goals I know I will achieve during that year. But my mum said that’s okay so that’s the end of that conversation.

If you want to read the original post, you can find my 2018 Goals here!

Item number 1 on the agenda was to get my Digital Marketing qualification and I purposely put this first because I knew it was pretty much a done deal. It is done, dusted, and I probably wont get the certificate for like another year but whatevs. I’m still in a state of crisis and don’t actually know if I want to put all my eggs into the Digital Marketing basket for the rest of my life but a qualification can’t hurt. Life is really hard, isn’t it? Deciding what I want to do as a career is horrifying and I still pretty much refuse to admit to or commit to a long-term career option. I always wished I was one of those people, who just knew what they wanted to do from when they were like 5 and stuck with it all the way through. Those people know what’s good.

One of the main goals I set myself for this year was to improve my content & blog photography. I’m pretty sure I said the same thing last year and felt like I’d made an improvement, but I’ll probably set myself this goal forever because I will never believe I have reached my full potential. I’m a lot happier with my content now than I was even at the start of this year, but I’ll never stop working to be better and pushing myself to create things I can be proud of. Product photography fucking sucks and I prefer outfit shots, 100%, but it might be time to start working on that. May end up breaking my camera, who knows.

I literally wrote down “3. Boring adult things” in my notes for this post. Clearly caring a lot here. There were 3 main things I had written down in the original post – start saving, start a pension and work on my credit rating. I have extremely recently started saving so although it’s not a lot, I can technically check that off. If I stopped getting tattoos every 5 minutes, I’d probably have a lot more saved, but what ya gonna do.

As for the pension, I’m just waiting on my beautiful pay rise that I’ll be getting in a month or so. Then I can sit down with my financial brained dad and work out how much I can afford to put in every month. Because my dad deals with pensions literally every day, he’s extremely useful to have. He always tells me stories of clients who have over £2 million in their pension and I’m like, can I just put my whole pay in every month? I don’t need to live right now.

Finally – the horrible credit rating. I can’t even tell you if it’s good or not because I have no clue, and I’m gonna assume that other than time I got a phone call from the New Look card people telling me I owed them money, I’m doing pretty good. I now finance my own car (grown up) so I’m going to naively assume I’m all set.

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I’m unsure why I picked 4 goals to focus on, instead of going for a nice rounded 5 which would also push my word count up to a more satisfying number. Anyway, number 4 was left very vague and open ended – I just wanted to continue to be happy. I ended last year on such a high note and I wanted to continue making choices for myself. Now that I think about it, this one is a little tricky. I think I’ve said before that I’m constantly striving to be better than I was yesterday – I’m never content just being how I am and need change to keep me motivated and on the right tracks, so will I ever actually be happy?

Happy seems like the end goal, not really an ongoing feeling for me. I could be happy for a whole week and not looking to change anything, and then the week after I want new hair or I need some sort of lifestyle change. I’m definitely over-complicating this and should stop trying to explain how my weird brain interprets things, but that’s why this goal was pretty silly, looking back.

The more I think about the fact I have just written my mid-year update, the more I freak out. How are we more than halfway through 2018 already?! Life is going so quickly, I genuinely don’t know what I’ve actually achieved or done in the past 6 and a bit months. I’m really not ready for 2019 and to continue growing older whilst not really knowing what I’m doing with my life. Slow it down please.

How are you getting on with your 2018 goals?

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  • It seems like you’re doing really well in terms of your goals, good job! I should really put boring adult things on my list, too, although for now I’m still enjoying the student life haha. I am currently reading the Book of Joy and it talks about how it is better to focus on joy than happiness because happiness can’t be a permanent state. I also think we put too much pressure on ourselves to be happy nowadays and forget that negative emotions are part of the human experience. xx

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