Lifestyle | 5 Things I Want To Achieve In 2016 Revisited.

Leeds, UK

I'm sure you're tired of hearing this by now, but bloody hell, hasn't 2016 flown by. As we reach the end of December, 2016 really feels like one of those 'blink and you'll miss it' type years.

At the beginning of the year I put together a list of a few things I wanted to achieve in 2016... Looking back there's things I've flopped at & things I've really succeeded in; With you today I'll be delving into my goals (I dislike the word resolutions) as well as putting a list of things I'd like to achieve in 2017.

5 Things I Wanted To Achieve In 2016.

1. Save Money - With buying the house last year, topping my bank balance back up was imperative! I mentioned in my previous post that I'd set up a direct debit to take a small amount from my current to my savings account each week. My mindset was 'look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves' which is very much true - I've managed to save a fair bit of money over the last year, but instead of going into my savings account, it's gone into Dan & I's Wedding account. Eeep! So I've definitely succeeded at saving, only now I have a reason and something to save for!

2. Go On Holiday - I've definitely succeeded at this one! After having zero holidays last year, I definitely felt like I was in need of some time away. This year we jetted off to Berlin, spend a week in The Algarve and finished the year off with a cosy cottage in the peak district, Dan, myself and the pooch. It was bliss!

3. Do More Interior Design - I began 2016 doing freelance Interior Design work however unfortunately this was rather short lived. I knew at the time of writing my original post that my heart wasn't truly in it any more, but I wanted to continue as I'd put so much time and effort into qualifying becoming an Interior Designer. Don't get me wrong, I love Interiors & adore decorating but  my passion for it is no longer there. It seems everyone's an interior designer at the moment, whether you're qualified or not - It makes me feel rather underwhelmed with my qualification & what I've achieved.

4. Create More Lifestyle Based Posts - Waaah! Okay, well this one definitely hasn't happened! I started off really well, but things quickly dried up. I struggled to think of topics and found it especially difficult creating imagery. I'm not a lifestyle blogger! It's just not me & I certainly am not about to start forcing content.

5. Do More Stuff - The most general point of all! Ha! I've definitely used my time better this year, going out walking, playing squash. I'd still like to 'do more stuff' but compared to the previous year, I feel like I've definitely achieved point number five.

5 Things I Want To Achieve In 2017.

1. Pay off half of our Wedding - We all know Weddings aren't the cheapest things in the world! In fact they're pretty effing expensive! We're on a roll with saving now, so carrying this on is something I'd love to do, and I'd definitely feel like it were an achievement paying at least half of our big day off by the end of 2017.

2. Enjoy more me time - My brain is constantly buzzing. There's always something going on up there, whether it's important or not, I'm always thinking about something. I seriously need to learn to relax, I should probably start reading more, it's not as if I don't have the time! Instead of scrolling, I should be filling my head more productively with inspiration.

3. Take more photographs - Being a blogger, you'd think I'd be pretty snap happy, but truth be told, I'm actually a really lazy photographer. I'd love to document more of my days across my social medias as something memorable to look back on. Aiming to post at least every day on Instagram is something I'd love to do, but is it achievable? Watch this space.

4. Get Garden Ready - We have pretty much everything we need to reorganise our back garden, we just need to get our butts in gear and do it. We'd originally planned to do it last Summer, but somehow that didn't quite happen. Here's to Summer barbecues in 2017!

5. Cook more adventurously - I love cooking, I absolutely adore it in fact! However I'm getting slightly bored of the same meals I'm cooking, week in, week out. I need some serious food inspiration from some kick ass cook books.!

How have you guys been getting on with your 2016 goals? What are you planning for 2017?



  1. I dislike it when I hear people say they've failed in things.. it's not really that it's just you either have had too much to focus on and something else has taken place or it was actually unachievable and you should give yourself a - If you're here, with us, in health and happy then you've succeeded in 2016. :)

    Weddings are bloomin expensive! This is why we kept ours pretty low key. Plus neither of us wanted a big wedding, but also neither of us have much family.

    I love forward to seeing what 2017 has instore for you. All the best and a Happy New Year. :)


  2. You did a great job with your goals for 2016, Claire!! Honestly, well done!! Loved the "do more stuff" one :D I definitely relate to the blog content goal - some things just can't be forced. As much as I was thinking I'd ever include a recipe in my blog, nope, that's not going to happen lol. On the contrary, I have discovered I LOVE lifestyle posts and that are my strong suit. So that's an exciting thing!
    Good luck with achieving everything you have planned for 2k17, lovely. I also would love to be more adventurous with cooking. It's been quite a journey going from zero cooking to preparing dinners every day for hubby and myself after we got married. But boy, I've been loving it!! Though I feel like I need to experiment a bit more :) There's always room to grow))
    xox Nadia

  3. Shame your passion for Interior Design isn't there any more. I was never good myself, so I can appreciate the hard work.

    Weddings are definitely expensive. To off set this, my husband I got married with paying less than £1000. Yes our wedding was less than stellar, but we had no debt. So it was worth it in the end. Especially when we ended up with a large deposit for our house because of it.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog


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