Oh Hey 2018...
This time last year, I sat down to write a very similar post to this one, feeling totally overwhelmed by the pressures of life and work and all I wanted to focus on was finding myself again, my spark and my inner happiness. I vowed to take 2017 to better myself and in so many ways I really really did. I definitely haven't left 2017 a model human being, but I learnt to self care, to keep my tunnel vision turned on and focus on my own shit more, and to embrace challenges and tackle them head on. I've become more organised, tidier, more sure of myself, stronger, tougher, learnt to prioritise, became less tolerant of BS and have far less shits to give about things that don't really matter.
I feel great. Even when things aren't perfect I still feel great and I can't thank my past self enough for saying a massive fuck you to the pressures of new years goals last year. I think sometimes we all need that, to have a year that you dedicate just to working on yourself, no pressure, just taking each day as it comes and putting your mind and body first.
It's allowed me to start 2018 with a clear mind, positive attitude and a fire in my belly I hadn't felt for a long long time.
So, what are my goals?...
Think & Dream BIGGER
As much as I've always been a dreamer, I got in to the habit of doubting myself a lot over the past few years. I dream big and then rip it to shreds days later, who am I to want this? It's probably better suited to someone else right? What if that doesn't do well? The crux of this is you will never get anything done if your first thought is about how something could be doomed to fail before you've even tried.
Last year I had a lightbulb moment where I realised not only it is important to stop doubting myself, but to surround myself with others who dream with you, filling you with excitement and motivation, not doubt. Our attitudes are just as important as the team around us.
So dream, when you sleep, when you're on the bus, dream when you're in the gym. Dream so big there's no room left in your mind for doubt.
And then do it.
In 2017 I experienced my first real big moment of feeling like I'd failed. It was totally crushing and heartbreaking and though I didn't know it at the time, a blessing in disguise. At 26 years old I'd never really faced failure, rejection or even made many mistakes, and you know what? Things keep moving, life goes on, and sometimes when things don't go right it really is a blessing in disguise. So this year I'll be doing the things that scare me, aiming higher and taking more risks. Because that moment changed me.
It drove me to strive for more, to ask for more and made me realise sometimes you can fail from playing it safe just as much as taking risks. Those big dreams I'm whipping up aren't going to work if I play it safe are they?
So let's do it, whether it's a big lifestyle change, starting a big project or saying YES to something new. Let's do it.
Give Myself Time
Time to create, time to think, dream, muster courage, listen more, time to move more. Last year I gave myself time to step back, and work slowly. So onwards and upwards right?
I want to give myself the time to do things that make me happy, to be more creative with personal and work projects. To work on that serious summer body AND take that two week summer break I've been dreaming of YEARS. Time to write more, time to relax, time to prioritise so I can work my arse off and then switch off at the right times.
Sometimes it's not about constantly working 24/7, being super busy and working at a million miles an hour. Sometimes it's about taking a step back to approach life in a steady, clear way, and enjoying every step you take.
No wishing the days away, drinking up every second.
2018, it's time.
let’s hope this year would be the year of the change!
Wishing you a happy 2018, Suzie! I feel so related to what you say about shredding your dreams. Let’s work on this together! Let us know how you are doing with those goals 🙂
I think we often forget that we tend to be too hard on ourselves and we just need to slow down a little bit so I love that you mentioned ‘make mistakes’ – I genuinely think this is very important. Also – I love your outfit here so much – especially shoes (which are my huge love and can’t wait to get a pair of those) and the coat which looks so so so cosy.
I feel like making mistakes gives you the most amazing opportunities and you will grow as a person the most. Taking risks, making mistakes, those are some things that everyone should do sometimes and even if they are heartbreaking sometimes, then you know that they have been worth it.
Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner
LOVED this post, Suzie! Can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for you
I completely understand how you feel! I’ve been through hell the last few years and the people that were around me didn’t even care. I’ve finally learned that I should put myself first and stop caring what people think. And so should you! Your well-being is important, so make 2018 your best one… yet!
Let’s up it is a great year for all!!
The Lisa’s World
Such a great post!! 🙂 I want to make my dreams bigger in order for me to reach them!! 🙂
I love these goals so much!! I wish you the best 2018!
I loved reading this! X
What lovely, positive words. So happy for you Suzie – you sound like you’re in such a good headspace!
Elisha-Mae | www.elisha-mae.co.uk
Loved this post, beautiful pictures too
Mel x mediamarmalade.com
This is the best goals I’ve read so far. Not impossible, not too much and they do not give any pressure (first reason of why I stopped them).
I love this blog post Suzie!
Oh Suzie I love your relaxed approach to life.. You are such an inspiration!
xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com
Accepting that good things take time is so important as is making mistakes even though we avoid them at all costs. some of the biggest lessons are learnt by making the mistakes in the first place!
I really enjoyed reading this! Yes to more blogs from you in 2018!!!
You don´t even know how much this post is inspiring me, thank you for your honest words and let´s make 2018 the best year ever!
I totally agree with you, this year I really need to stop getting so down when I make mistakes and remind myself that I will only learn from them xx
Wow, very inspiring! My resolution this year is to be more selfish… It sounds horrible, but it purely means to take care of myself and focus and my goals and dreams instead of constantly being the support for everyone else. No more being the supporting character in my own life <3
Love these lookbacks on 2017. Hope your 2018 is filled with lots of happiness and smiles.
Giving yourself time is something we should all do. We always want to do more, but it’s important to focus on our health sometimes. I couldn’t agree more to that point!
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Loved this. It’s nice to here about other people’s year in truth, it makes me realise how human everyone is.
A very relatable post. Give yourself time and believe in yourself are wonderful words to live by in 2018.
Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca
We also feel the same way as you and we sincerely hope that you achieve your goals for 2018. Hoping for the best. xoxo
Cosset Moi | https://www.cossetmoi.com/
I love this post! It’s so motivational and it’s even inspired me to really try and push my business this year!