Looking back at my 2017 roundup makes me realise how much has happened this year! I was so surprised that all those things had only happened a year ago, I’ve really enjoyed 2018; I’ve achieved some of my goals and I feel even more settled now. It’s so therapeutic to take this time to reflect.
I’m now vegan!
That was one of my main goals last year, having become veggie towards the end of 2017, I really wanted to push myself to become vegan. Primarily for health reasons, but also for moral ones too. For 2019 I’d want to experiment more with my cooking, and take a bit more time to try recipes out.
My health took a nosedive but I came out of the other side.
I’ve suffered with arthritis since I was 10, but at the beginning of the year I hit a really tricky time and was back to hardly being able to walk. I managed to resist being put on some really strong medication and have managed to get almost fully better through more natural methods. A massive test for me but I feel better than ever now!
Grown as a designer
I feel this year I’ve got much better at being critical of my own work and pushing myself keep going until I’m happy with it, not just when it answers the brief. I’ve also made the huge decision to leave one of my jobs and either find more freelance work or a full time one closer to home. Although it was a scary decision I have no regrets and I’m very excited to see what 2019 brings!
I managed to read more fiction this year, so in 2019 my goal is to read more non-fiction. I’m thinking I should replace the time I mindlessly scroll on my phone in the morning with dipping into books such as:
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies) by Scarlett Curtis
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life by Katharine Ormerod
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba
Ticked some travel destinations off my bucket list
I have been super lucky this year and was able to travel to Iceland, Cyprus and Turkey. Each of them were so so special in their own ways and it’s really given me the travel bug. In 2019 we’re hoping to visit Turkey again with Jack’s family, New York for my 30th (eeeek!) and possible Las Vegas/LA/Japan - we’ll see!
Made photo albums and organised my home videos
I’ve got better at organising the millions of photos I take, and FINALLY got around to printing them out! It’s such a nice thing to do, I love looking through my parents’ albums so I want something that I (and possibly my future kids) can look at. I’ve also started mashing all the videos for each year together, my Dad was big on home movies when we were younger so I want to continue that.
Went to more gigs and shows
Something I really wanted to do this year was to spend my money on larger events rather than blowing it on random nights in the pub. It was a dream come true to see Beyonce and Jay-Z on tour. We went to some great festivals: Field Day, Love Saves the Day, Simple Things and Lovebox (seeing Childish Gambino was another highlight). Went to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime for my birthday and saw my sister in 3 amazing shows too. Next year I’m seeing the Spice Girls which is a TOTAL DREAM and something my 8 year old self wouldn’t ever believe was possible, also Stefflon Don and the Book of Mormon I’m very excited for.
Saved, saved, saved!
Jack and I have been working hard to save as much as we can to buy a house, something I mentioned last year. We’ve done better than we hoped and are thinking we could start talking to a mortgage advisor in April. I’m not sure whether we’ll actually manage it in 2019, but it’s looking more achievable which is very exciting. (For anyone doing similar, I’d strongly recommend looking at a Lifetime ISA if you haven’t already!)
A few more goals
Buy an iPad + Pencil to have fun drawing and develop my illustration skills
Develop my branding, animation, coding and web design skills
Use my time more effectively and stay motivated
Go to bed earlier and feel more refreshed
Become fit and strong - get myself to the gym more often!
Look into ethical fashion and not buy random crap I don’t need
Start weaving/crafting again - I find it so therapeutic to make something hands on when I do so much on the computer
And finally, I would LOVE to give this blog a bit more love if work doesn’t take over again!