I’m sat here writing this and feel like I’m asking the same question as every year – where did that year go? It feels like so much happened but so fast. How on earth is it 6 months since I left placement and how am I now less than 6 months away from finishing University? I feel like I’m in a stage of my life which is just on fast forward, it only feels like a few months ago I saw 2018 in with the girls from work. Even though the year flew by once again, 2018 had some of the best moments of my life partnered with some really not so great moments but hey, that’s life.
2018 saw me grow an incredible amount in myself both professionally and personally. So many things happened that I can’t even begin to list here but it was one of the best years of my life so far and I guess I owe a large part of that to placement. I am so incredibly proud of everything I achieved.
2019 isn’t exactly off to a flying start with all the deadlines I am currently drowning in, the ‘eating healthy in 2019’ goal definitely has been extended to February. February will be my January this year – anything goes, right?
In all honesty, I feel pretty 50/50 about the year ahead. Part of me is so excited. So excited that I am (hopefully….) finishing University and starting my career. Excited for a new change, starting completely afresh somewhere and seeing what life has in store for me. It is going to be one of the most important years of my life and what I do this year is going to significantly impact my future and where I end up. 2019 is going to be all about new things which is exciting. But then again, on the flipside, as I mentioned in my last post I am quite scared about the year ahead. There’s going to be a lot of decisions that will need to be made and I can only hope I make the right ones and be happy. I’m a self-confessed overthinker so the thought of what is to come does scare me. Saying that, this is almost how I felt two years ago (wow) when I found out I would be starting at L’Oreal in 6 months and that turned out ok, so let’s hope the same thing happens here.
For those who know me, I don’t like setting a new years resolution. By the time the third week in January is over, I’m either back to eating chocolate, the exercise stopped on day two or I’ve completely forgotten what exactly it was I was meant to change for that year. In my previous new year posts, I’ve written about what I’m proud of from that year but to be honest, I don’t think that will be hard to guess. At the end of the day, I work better looking at goals so I decided to look positively towards this year and set myself some goals. Some of these I know have a higher probability of happening than others but hey, can’t blame a girl for trying.
1. Graduate & get my first job
This one is pretty self-explanatory and it’s not a surprise to see it here. This year is my ‘expected year of graduation’ and this is the year I need to get my head down. The deadlines at the moment have knocked my motivation a little bit until I logged back into Linkedin the other day and saw someone’s new job update. It reminded me of how much I want to be successful and gave me the motivation I needed to power through these deadlines – the worst part is now really.
I have the next two weeks off before the new semester starts where I will be in for four hours a week – yes you heard that right, four hours. That’s a lot of spare time and I want to get a little job to occupy my mind on something else a day or so a week so when I do go back, I need to be organised and productive. This is doable with a social life too, my priorities just need to be in the right place – easy enough, right? (We will see how this goes…..check back for updates)
2. Look after myself better
I feel like going back to University alongside dealing with a personal situation since the start of term has meant I just haven’t been looking after myself as well as I should be. There’s been too much rubbish food, not enough sleep and I’ve just not been looking after myself as well as I should be.
I want this year to be the year I put myself first, start listening to my body and what I need. I just want to be happy and healthy (easy enough, yeah?).
3. Be more organised and plan
I’m a planner. I like to know what I am doing and when. I feel like this year is going to need some serious planning, there’s going to be a lot going on. To be honest, I feel like I am quite organised already but this year I need to really get everything together.
4. Be more grateful
It’s so easy at the moment to get wrapped up in the whole University, grad job bubble moaning away about my deadlines but this year I want to be more grateful. Its the little things with a goal like this but I want to appreciate things more. I don’t feel like I currently am grateful enough for the life I live and I am pretty lucky so let’s see how this one goes..!
5. See more of the world
My first ‘proper’ holiday abroad was to Barcelona in 2018 and I absolutely loved seeing somewhere new. I’m so desperate to continue to travel and experience somewhere new this year. I’m not sure when that will be yet, all these things cost money and I am in no way going into 2019 with enough money to go travelling, definitely not. The furthest I’ll be travelling is London at this rate but it’s a goal and one I want to achieve so much.
6. Keep learning
As much as I am ready to leave University, I am definitely going to miss having a ‘learning project’ on the go. I was constantly learning on placement but on the side, I completed a Digital Marketing qualification with Google. It doesn’t sound much but it was good to have a project on the side which I genuinely loved learning about and actually helped me in what I was doing day to day.
I’m not sure what it is this year I want to learn about or learn (and this is probably a goal for the second half of the year, let’s be honest) but I will find something. I always want to further myself and I do enjoy learning, I just know I don’t want to continue University for a masters just yet.
7. Create goals as I go
It’s all well and good creating goals now but things change. I want to continue to create myself goals as I go this year to make sure I make the most of 2019. It’s going to be a crazy year and I want to make the most of it. I want to make the most of every opportunity and create as many memories as possible.
So who knows what will happen and where I will end up. I wonder what I will have done with these goals in a years time.
Here’s to a year of change, I hope 2019 is a happy, healthy and successful one for everyone.