Saturday, 20 January 2018

My Goals for 2018

A couple of readers asked what my goals were for 2018, and everyone knows I love a good old list, especially during the first weeks of a new year. They're like the blank pages of a new notebook: full of possibilities, dauntingly empty, and weirdly satisfying...

My goals for 2017 weren't written down - or if they were, I can't find them. But I know that I made a hell of a dent in my bucket list last year, and I crossed off some of the biggies including trips to the Shard, the London Eye, and even Paris! Readers of my first ever blog will know that I've always wanted to go there. The Eiffel Tower was even my blog's background at one point...

My main goal for 2018 is for it to be as good or even better than 2017. But I guess for the sake of this blog post I'll be slightly less vague...

1. Go to Paris again. You should know me by now: Paris will always be my #1 - it's not coming off the list! The original plan was to stay in the same apartment again but the AirBnB host has moved, so it's no longer available. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THAT APARTMENT. Also, I don't like change. Can you tell?

2. This time I'm hoping to fit in Disneyland. I've never been to any of them. It's very sad.

3. I caught the travel bug, so let's add Edinburgh, Brighton, New York, Amsterdam, and wherever else I end up through friends with similarly long lists of places to go.

4. I need to learn to drive on motorways. I wrote about the time I ended up on one by accident, right? And that was my first time. On my own. In an unfamiliar place with like 2% battery left on my phone. It properly put me off but I need to sort it out. If anyone has any tips on motorway anxiety, throw them at me PLEASE.

5. Finish a novel. Not necessarily the one I already have going, because I have a few fresh ideas that I'd like to get rolling... but work has taken over my life so, you know, I'll write like one word and that'll be it.

6. BUDGET. Oh my god. I already do, but let's just say I give myself a cut of my salary every month to live on, and just over two thirds of it goes on petrol, which leaves me with basically nothing left for anything else like my phone bill or that necessity called food. I need to sort myself out or get a pay rise. The former option seems more achievable.

7. Keep this blog going. You might've seen this blog post letting you all know that I'm slowing down on the blogging front - and I have - but I don't want it to end completely. No, I don't tweet a lot anymore. No, I don't have a blog post up every single week. No, my Instagram isn't updated daily like it used to be. But I am still here, and I'd like to continue to be. (Is it just me or does that sound way darker than I meant it to?)

8. Get a set of keys to my own house. Because I don't have any, and I live here. And I have lived here for an entire decade... interestingly I have only been locked out a couple of times during that period. *shrug*

9. Learn to cook a few more meals, because seriously, I am twenty-one years of age next year and my main dish is still pasta.

What are your goals for 2018?


  1. Hi Amber. I used to be so anxious about driving on motorways (and still can be sometimes!), so here are my tips for getting through it:
    1. Have someone who knows how to drive and who you trust do it with you a few times.
    2. Pick a place to go to, and go when there isn't as much traffic, such as a Sunday morning. Look up the route first on Google maps, and even do streetview so you can see the junctions and the route ahead of time.
    3. Don't be afraid to keep your speed down (as this will make you feel a little more confident), and if you are out of your restricted plates already, put them back up again for a journey or two. No one else will know, and other motorists tend to give restricted drivers more room and slack when it comes to slower speeds.
    4. Remind yourself that you do actually know how to drive a car, this is just a slightly different environment, and you can crack it too.
    5. Practice. Even if you have no where to go, drive on a motorway around once a week to keep the nerves at bay for the next time you do actually have to drive on one. Even if you practice the same route a few times, it's practice being on a motorway that will make you feel more confident.

    Hope this helps!

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