Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The 2015 Round Up & 2016 Goals

I understand that these kind of blog posts can be some what self serving but I really wanted to document what I got up to last year and welcome in 2016 with a fresh set of (realistic and achievable) goals. 2015 had a lot of expectations, with the previous few years containing plenty of achievements both professional and personal. It didn't disappoint but I will admit I left the year feeling a little unaccomplished. 

I started last year in our new family home. It's a modern, open plan penthouse apartment which has been a complete change in lifestyle. We previously lived in a townhouse which was far more traditional. A year later and the space completely feels like home and I can speak on behalf of my parents and self when I say we've never been happier with our living space. I also started the year working at my first full time job for an online retailer. Unfortunately, I soon realised that the job wasn't what I was expecting and my work there was unappreciated. I wanted to stick at it but the longer I worked there, the more unhappy it made me and in August I decided to quit. This was the biggest decision I made last year but by far the best. I now have the same job for a different brand but my work is valued so much more and I work from home, which I love! I also started to receive paid work for my blog and Instagram last year which is a little milestone I'm so pleased to have hit. I don't want this to sound like I started blogging to make money but to be rewarded for something that I've spent three years creating and working on is an achievement I'm pretty damn proud of. Despite all of this, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't pursue some plans further during 2015. I definitely feel I'm experienced and capable of achieving so much more than I did. My main goal for 2016 is to ensure it's filled with motivation and opportunity. I want to prove to myself I can be successful at what I love and create something that I can wholeheartedly say I'm proud of.

The year however did contain some of the happiest moments of my life; travelling to new cities and towns with my boyfriend, best friend and partner in crime. My favourite memory from the year actually has to be surprising him with a trip to Berlin at the beginning of Summer for his 21st birthday. I'm not quite sure how I managed to keep it under wraps but seeing his face when he found out he had 24 hours to pack before we jetted off was the best thing about the year. The trip itself also contained so many happy 'pinch me' moments. I feel like 2015 really taught me to live in the moment and to fully appreciate each and every day. My main goal for last year was to be the happiest version of myself and I'm so thrilled to look back and feel I accomplished that. A few other highlights have to be: discovering hidden coffee shops, cycling around Hyde Park in the sun, racking up a whole 'lotta milage on road trips around the UK, an American themed BBQ, building a blanket fort, spending days on end dancing at Boardmasters festival to celebrate my Birthday and more recently, exploring Austria and over indulging in the world famous Viennese Christmas markets. Looking back at the year, it really has been a blast and I'm so excited to see what the following year has in store. 

As for 2016..

I want to continue to be as happy as possible but I want to find the right balance and ensure 2016 is filled with motivation and ambition. I want to focus on my career and future plans and put them into action this year.

I also want to be more sensible with my finances and save money. I've been fortunate my entire life to have very little financial commitments so I've always spent money recklessly which as I mature is a habit I would like to shake. Although we don't have a timescale just yet, somewhere in the near future my boyfriend and I would like to move out and buy our first home together. I want to focus on putting money towards that in 2016 without having to decrease our quality of life. I don't think theres anything wrong with treating myself to a new pair of shoes here and there, but I could definitely cut down on the daily trips to Starbucks and unnecessary purchases.

Finally, without sounding like I've fallen victim to the yearly hype, I want to focus on becoming more fit and healthy. I spent a large part of last year living a much healthier and active lifestyle and it not only made my self esteem stronger, I felt rejuvenated and all round a lot better. The past few months I feel I let this slip and my skin, body and mind have definitely felt the consequences. I'm so excited to get back to focusing on my health and fitness.

I've really enjoyed looking back over the past 12 months and I'm so excited to begin a new year hopefully filled with happiness and success! Happy new year everyone!
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  1. Sounds like you had a great 2015. I hope 2016 is a great one too x

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  2. All the best for 2016, happy new year x

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