Nothing is accidental. That promotion, new job, new house, new car, amazing holiday… These things don’t just happen. You have to be intentional about them. Behind every new job, promotion, house, holiday is a person that has worked their butt off to get there. To get to their goal, their ambition, their intention. This isnt luck, this is days, weeks, months, even years of hard working manifesting into that end result that once was nothing more than an idea, wish or dream.
I don’t believe in new years resolutions. I havent written one for years. But what I do believe in is goals, ambitions and aspirations which have got me to where I am today. Last year I read a post by Michelle Reeves from The Dream Catcher about choosing one or a few words to act as guiding principles for your year that really resonated with me and helped me set my intention for 2016. To find, create and seize opportunities and have a year filled with adventures. I whole heartedly believe that it is much more powerful and meaningful to set one or two big goals and aspirations of things you want to achieve and ways you want to live by to really see big changes and shifts in your life.
2016: A Year of Opportunities and Adventures
2016 was huge for us as a family. It was a whirlwind but we have done and achieved so much together. We had a baby, watched two of our sisters get married, travelled half way across the world to Mauritius on our biggest family adventure yet and snuck in a few mini adventures to Cornwall and Wales. Ella started nursery school and the Mr got an amazing promotion at work. I took on and succeeded in my most challenging role in my career to date, one which scared me and that I had no idea how to even begin. I’ve grown my blog, re-branded it and started earning from it which I am so proud of. I attended my first ever blogging conference, blogging event and finally found my tribe who are an amazing group of girls.
It has been another amazing year that I am proud to look back on because we made the most of every opportunity that came our way. Even when I was scared or unsure, I pursued opportunities and adventures with vigour because I promised myself that I would and I have learnt some valuable lessons from doing so.
I have learnt that often things are much scarier than they seem and that I am capable of so much more than I thought. Whilst I have been reassured that my instincts are often right and that everything always works out in the end. These are such powerful lessons to have learnt and my experience over the last year has given me the confidence to go forwards into the new year being even more bold and ambitious than ever.
I have always played it fairly safe, but I’ve come to realise over the last year that fortune favours the brave. I had no idea three years ago when I started my current job that I would end up where I am, and I had no idea three years ago when I started this blog that it would be where it is. All of those decisions to go, do or start those things were made on a guttural feeling. I trusted my instincts and luckily they have all worked in my favour and for that I am hugely grateful. But as we go into a new year, one where I find myself at a crossroad, I wonder what could be if I made decisions more intentionally. If I was bolder and took a few risks along the way?
2017: A Year To Be Bold And Take Risks
So in 2017 I am going to be bold and take risks. That will be my mantra and guiding principle for the year. In 2016 we started the year knowing that we were going to have a baby, that I’d be starting a new role, seeing our sisters get married and potentially travelling to Mauritius. 2017 already feels different. It feels like we are going into a new year with a completely clean slate, with no big events or decisions already made. Just a whole lot of possibilities and decisions to be made.
I have a feeling that this year is going to be a big year in so many ways that I just don’t understand yet. I can feel it in my bones. Again for the second time after having a baby I find myself at a crossroad with my career. The first time round I decided it was time for a new, but similar career and jumped ship to a new organisation where over the last three years I have done very well and been very proud of myself for juggling such a demanding career with a little one. Second time round I find myself facing a redundancy situation which has forced me to reassess and examine my career and whether it is still what I want. I still don’t know the answer but I have some time to figure it out.
But one thing I already know for certain is that I want to take forward a business idea that I have had pretty much since I started maternity leave. I just never allowed myself to dream it would be a real possibility until now. I always believe that everything happens for a reason and I feel like this is my now or never chance which I would be a fool to let slip by. So one of the things that will hopefully come to fruition in 2017 is an exciting new business. I am scared of course, I’m not really sure where to start and how I’ll even fit it all in, but I am going to be bold and take the risk because if it pays off it will be totally worth it.
I also want to continue to grow my blog, not so much by followers, although that would obviously be great too, but by diversifying it. I want to introduce new and different series, collaborate with new as well as existing brands and create some products that I think other bloggers might find helpful using my professional and blogging experience. I love blogging now more than ever and although I have at times questioned whether I am right to spend as much time on it as I do during my maternity leave, it has proven to me and others around me that it is a genuine passion.
I want this year to also be the year that I find my natural vlogging style. As much as I love the whole experience and process of filming and editing, I still feel like im not as natural as I could be on video. I’m not sure whether it’s a case of needing to find my style or whether its my style that doesn’t translate well on video. Either way, this year I want to do more with my You Tube channel. I want to film more regularly, upload more consistently and grow my channel, and the same goes Instagram.
Family wise, I want us to finally finish off decorating our house. When we moved in last year we were focused on getting it renovated and decorating the shell of it. This year I’d like for us to put our stamp on it and make it feel more like home. I’d also like us to continue to take and make as many big and small adventures as a family this year. I would love to take another big holiday somewhere with the little ones, especially whilst im on maternity leave and whilst the littlest is still under two. Most years I have specific places in mind that I’d like to visit, but I really feel like the world is our oyster at the moment and am considering everywhere and anywhere from Hong Kong to New York, to Spain to Greece. As long as its family friendly it’s on the list!
Finally I want to make some more time for me this year. Having a six month old and a three year old is no easy feat. Its demanding, time consuming and constant, but I think we’ve finally reached the point where I can start to carve out and take a little bit of time back for me again. I’d quite like to build some time for exercise into my routine. I’d like to try to starting meeting friends without the little ones once in a while. I’d also like to start reading books again like I have over the festive period, and I’d really like to learn how to use my camera properly, perhaps with some photography lessons.
I believe 2017 has the potential to be a great year. Like any year though, it’s totally what you make it, so lets make it a good one. So here’s to being bold and taking risks. Happy new year!