I’m never one to miss a passing bandwagon. The end of the year is always the time to reflect on the last year and look ahead to the new one. I’m not one for making wild resolutions like I’m going to lose 5 stone! or I’m going to learn to play four instruments! My mum has always told me to set reachable goals instead, and I’ve found it tends to encourage you to do even more.
1) Blog! I set up Oui Stephanie in January after always having wanted to do a proper blog, but falling after the first few hurdles. I wanted to make this one stick, and I’m really pleased to say that it’s nearly been a year and I’m still posting somewhat regularly! I took part in two months’ worth of blogging every day, as well, to make up for some of the lapses. On top of that I feel like the quality of my blogging, especially the use of pictures, has improved throughout the year, too. So yeah, I’d say I’m happy with this one.
2) Get closer towards achieving my goals. I didn’t go into too much detail about this one, but basically I wanted to build more towards my future career plans. I didn’t really manage that at all this year. Well, except for making one decision which is a massive step towards it, but that only starts next year. I can’t say much about it yet, but I’m dying to tell the world, so hopefully I’ll be able to soon!
3) Procrastinate (much) less. I’m coming to terms with the fact that procrastination is basically a huge part of my personality, one I’m likely never going to get rid of. As I write this, I’m procrastinating getting out of bed, texting my friends, tidying up… but with that in mind I definitely think I’m getting better at knuckling down and getting things done when push comes to shove!
On another note, another thing I’ve felt happening that I’ve not necessarily set as a goal, is that I’ve become a lot less dependent on other people. I’ve never been the kind to ask for help, or to follow trends, (despite my bandwagon joke at the top of this post) yet for some reason I’ve always let my happiness come from other people. This year I’ve lost a lot of bad friends and I’ve been doing things on my own a hell of a lot more, and I feel so much better for it.
1) Stand up for myself more. To go with my newfound independence I feel as though I need to feel less afraid to call out when I’m not being treated fairly. As I read somewhere recently, there’s a different between being a nice person and being a doormat. I’m not naturally the type of person to be taken advantage of, but without going into too much detail, I’m definitely going to need to stand up for myself more from now on.
2) Work really hard; try not to procrastinate as much. This one ties into that career thing I can’t really tell you much about. Soon!
3) Enter into less group chats. Seriously, I’m currently in far too many group chats across Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage. I can’t keep up. And I don’t even want to be in half of them! I hopefully won’t need any new groups next year.
I love reading other people’s goals so please do send me your own!