Dear 2017| Final 2017 Resolutions Update

Today’s the day guys! Today’s the day we’re going to look revisit all the goals I set way back in January and see how I got on.

I’m not sure how well it’s gone honestly, my priorities have definitely changed in the last twelve months, but let’s see, shall we?

In my original Goals Post, I divided my goals into 9 categories so for continuity’s sake I’m going to divide this wrap up into the same sections…

this-blog
1. Get 100 followers.

I now have nearly 500 followers!

2. Have my first guest post.

I didn’t get around to doing any guest posts, but I did do a collaboration… does that count? In all honesty, I think I’m too controlling to actually let anyone entirely lose on my blog so this is probably for the best!

3. Write 100 posts.

Just a few days ago I hit 200 posts, so I’ve definitely passed that… all in all I’d consider that a win!

routines

1. Establish (and stick to) a morning routine.

I did okay in this area, I just struggle with consistency, I’m really struggling to keep it going, but at least I’ve made a start! I’ve decided no longer to focus on this as a goal in itself, but rather to use it as a way to make my other goals easier and more consistent.

2. Establish (and stick to) an evening routine.

This goal falls into a similar situation as my morning routine really, in fact, I think I’m actually less consistent with this one than with my mornings because it’s so easy to get distracted!

3. Create a monthly cleaning/housework schedule.

I ended up actually having a fortnightly routine as I found that worked better for me, but I have done this one.

finances

1. Have a spending freeze.

I tried a couple of spending freezes this year but they didn’t go very well, so let’s just move on shall we?

2. Create (and stick to a) monthly budget.

I failed miserably, I am ashamed. Let’s not talk about this either

3. Get out of my overdraft in my checking account.

I definitely didn’t do this one either…

4. Save £1000

… or this one either.

Unsurprisingly, financial stability is one of the main focuses of my 2018 Resolutions, I have a lot of plans in the works to sort it so I have high hopes, but 2017 was a total bust.

adopt

DID IT! Ticked it off in August time I think and was absolutely thrilled that I finally got around to it, I’d highly recommend you do it in 2018 if you haven’t already!

experiment

A goal to try a new recipe once a week was just unrealistic. This was possibly the stupidest goal I ever set out to achieve. I’ve learned my lesson and have made a new, simpler goal for meal planning in 2018.

ethical

1. Use cruelty-free cosmetic brands.

I’ve done really well in this respect, as all my makeup has run out I’ve been pretty good about making the effort to find a new cruelty-free alternative.

2. Eat more vegetarian meals.

I would say I’m eating more vegetarian meals, but I’m not as many as the Abby who set this goal would have thought. In other words, I made progress, but wouldn’t say I completed it – it’s more of a habit goal anyway.

3. Buy at least 75% of my clothes second hand.

Really bad at this one, but I’m looking into ways to make it easier in 2018.

I’d say I made good progress in this area particularly in the perishable sector but I’m looking forward to working on the clothing sector more this coming year!

health

1. Go for at least a 10-minute walk every day.

Ha… ha… ha… didn’t happen. It was a nice idea though!

2. Establish consistent meal times and stick to them.

I actually started intermittent fasting this year and this kind of comes with it, so I guess it’s completed.

3. Include a short workout in my morning routine.

Since my morning routine was inconsistent, this was too. Overall, there really wasn’t any great progress in the health department at all. In the same way that my finances are a rollover to 2018, this one is coming too.

informed

1. Watch at least one documentary per month

Did not happen even a little bit, but it’s one of those things I no longer really care about.

2. Watch 10 new movies off the IMDb Top 250

I watched a few, not 10 though, I’ve changed the way I approach this for the coming year as well.

3. Read at least 1 news article every day

I think I started doing this by sheer coincidence, but we can count it as a win, right?

4. Start listening to a podcast.

Nope, didn’t happen. I did try for a while but I just wasn’t fussed, I like videos and audiobooks, but I’m just not sure I’m a podcast kind of girl.

All in all, I feel like I know enough about current affairs without going out of my way and I’m happy enough to keep it that way.

spiritual

1. Use some bible notes to direct my reading.

Bible notes didn’t really work for me, I prefer to pick a book of the bible and work my way through it, but you only learn if you try!

2. Start a prayer journal.

My prayer journal has evolved a few times over the course of the year, but it’s something I love to have.

3. Start helping out more in Sunday School.

I definitely did this one, I’ll be running it before long if I’m not careful!

Spirituality is another area I really want to work on in 2018, but progress was made here (unlike with my health and finance goals!)

So, that’s all my original 2017 goals. I guess it wasn’t terrible, but at the same time there’s a lot I didn’t achieve.

Then in September I published my 18 before 2018.

Of the 18 goals I set out with….

…I completed 10 of these goals including:

  • Minimise my kitchen.
  • Sell 1 item on Etsy.
  • Restage my office shelving
  • Get 400 followers on my blog
  • Redo my master bedroom
  • Rearrange my living room
  • Read another 23 books
  • Do Blogmas again
  • Reorganise and simplify my module centre
  • Declutter my home decor

… which leaves me 8  more goals to roll over into 2018:

  • Save £500
  • Start waking up at 6:15am on weekdays
  • Get 1000 followers on my Instagram
  • Learn how to make 5 different balloon animals
  • Complete a 20-hour phonetics and phonology course
  • Upload my first Instagram video
  • Start an elderly outreach program in my church
  • Start using the envelope budgeting system.

So there you go there are all my goals for 2017 wrapped up.

Now it’s time for a little bit of reflection to help you guys out, so here are the top 3 things I learned:

  1. The fewer the goals the better you’ll feel. I definitely picked too many areas to focus on in 2017 and so I’ve drastically simplified my goals for 2018. Even though I achieved a lot, I feel like what I didn’t achieve outweighed it because I was too optimistic.
  2. Review your goals at least every quarter. My priorities have changed a lot over the past year and my goals didn’t really reflect that, in 2018 I’m going to take a lot more time for review and revision of my goals over the course of the year.
  3. Set goals that you can check off. It might be something as simple as saying ‘do ___ for 2 weeks’, but having an attainable goal that you can check off in your bullet journal or iPhone notes is a really great way to motivate yourself. In 2017 I had a lot of goals that were habit based and thus became difficult to track made it difficult to feel more accomplished.

So, there we go, I am now officially saying goodbye to 2017 and getting ready to make 2018 even bigger and better.

I hope you guys all have a wonderful New Years Eve and I’ll see you back here in January!

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