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Sunday, 6 January 2019


2019 goals

hello 2019. i'm back. maybe...

It's been a hot minute (that's the new in phrase, right?) since I've even opened blogger, let alone published any content on this blog. 6 months actually if we're going to be precise. I can think of, at least, 506 excuses for not blogging for half a year but the shortened version is a mixture of working way too many hours, pure laziness and losing all motivation for the blogging world as a whole. I'm still debating a regular return to blogging but for now I thought I'd give you a little update on my busy year and what I'd like to achieve in 2019.

A round up of 2018.

2018 has been good to me. Obviously there have been a few minor bumps in the road but on the whole, I've been really content. Over the last couple of years, I've worked on myself a lot; I used to want to be the best at everything, compete with everyone and I was a pretty bitter individual. In recent years, I've just learnt to chill out a bit. Life is not a competition. Almost everything I do now is to make me, my family and my friends happy and I'm not too fussed about what everyone else is doing around me. I have a brilliant family, a roof over my head, a challenging but rewarding job and a wonderful group of friends. That's what is most important to me and I'm extremely grateful.

Image of Golden Circle, Reykjavik

My personal 2018 highlights: 

- travelling to Reykjavik, Krakow and Sardinia.
Read more: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Reykjavik 
- a sobering experience visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau
- fulfilling my childhood dream watching Eminem live at Twickenham
- taking part in an Inflatable Colour Dash and a Race for Life for charity
- celebrating my parents 30th wedding anniversary
- a lovely girls weekend in Manchester
- covering my face in glitter and sparkly gems to watch my favourite ever girls Little Mix for the second time

Like many of you, I'm so over setting myself crazy goals to keep up with the Joneses; there's a crazy social media pressure to ensure your plans are as elaborate as possible - jumping out of a plane, swimming with dolphins in the Maldives, backpacking across the globe but I personally just want to take things back to basics and keep it more simple, y'know?

things I would like to achieve in 2019.

Keep travelling - I'm incredibly lucky to have visited 3 new destinations this year and I'm hoping to take a few more trips this year if I can. I'm looking forward to visiting Mexico for 2 weeks in March and although nothing is set in stone, I think one or two cheap city breaks will be involved in the coming months too. Possibly Vienna and Bratislava or we may continue our Scandinavian love affair and opt for Copenhagen.

Volunteer more - I started volunteering with the homeless this year; it's not something I want to detail too much as there have been so many people posting their charitable actions all over social media for praise and for personal gain. What I will say though is that it's been an incredible feeling to help people and equally the amazing homeless community in my city have also contributed greatly to my personal growth. Volunteering will be a much bigger feature for me in 2019.

Dwell less - 2019 will be my year of just trying to let go. I dwell on tiny details constantly until I drive myself to distraction. If I'm irritated for example, I will think about that small irritation for hours or days and the only person it's having a negative impact on is myself. So I'm making it my mission to just take a few deep breaths and try to let it go. I know this one will be really difficult for me because it's a trait that is deeply ingrained in my personality but I'm going to try my best!

Make more time for my good friends - I have a not-so-great habit of cramming way too much into my life and always maxing myself out until I'm exhausted. I didn't see it as too much of a problem until one of my friends said "I can never book in anything with you Fran because you're busy every single weekend." She wasn't wrong, I've been sacrificing quality time with the people closest to me and that's something I will definitely be changing.

And a few other little aims...

- get a new piercing
- improve on my work performance from the previous year
- get right back into reading blogs
- share and support the content of other bloggers consistently
- be more active
- read 45 books as part of the Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge
- continue to educate myself on white privilege

Let me know about your 2019 goals in the comments below, I love finding out what challenges people have set themselves, no matter how big or small.


  1. I'll definitely check out the Goodreads challenge as I'd love to read more this year! All the best for 2019! x
    Abigail Alice x

  2. One of my goals for this year is to read more too. I haven’t read since I studied English at A level, being forced to read boring literature put me off but I’m so ready to get back into it!

    I’m so glad that you’ve got your blog up and running again. I’m excited to read all the content you’ve got planned for 2019!

    Here’s to another great year 🥂

    Fran |


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