Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Well hello there, shiny new year. What am I going to do with you?

Parts of 2018 were a bit rubbish. My anxiety hit me over the head with a sledgehammer just when I thought it had left me alone completely, which led to me being signed off work for a couple of weeks. A knee injury I obtained last winter still hasn't healed, and having practically lived at the hospital this year seeing various physiotherapists and podiatrists, and even having an MRI, I'm wondering if it ever will. I fell out of love with blogging for a while, I had to go through two very unpleasant ordeals at work that I can't expand on here, and we had some sad family news.

But it's also been a great year. It took a while but I started to manage my anxiety again, and eventually I got back to work. I'm blogging again. I ticked off all the places on my travel wish list, having been to Brighton, Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam and New York in 2018. I got over my fear of flying. The two incidents at work seem to be over, and I've really developed myself there, being given more responsibilities. More recently, I've started volunteering again, this time at a local food bank - increasingly important in today's political climate, and something I've always wanted to do but never got round to doing. I've also been working on driving in unfamiliar places, something I've struggled with for years. That one is going to take a while, though.

So without further ado, my goals for 2019 are...

Continue seeing the world

Like I do every year, I've begun 2019 with a fresh list of places I wanna go. I went to my first Disney park in June last year and immediately fell in love, so I'm hoping that in September I can go to Disney in Orlando (now we know I can fly!) as well as the other parks there. I would also like to visit Italy and Poland. We'll have to see how Brexshit affects that, though...

Finally close the door on my knee injury

Well, not literally. How to Land Yourself in Hospital Again: a guide by me coming soon to a bookshop near you. But yeah, I can't be arsed to keep going to the hospital. In October I was signed off by my physio, but I'm still seeing the podiatrist. I'm hoping I'll improve enough that he'll sign me off too, and then I'll be free! (Seriously, it's such a trek to get to the hospital. Effort with a capital E.)

Get a pay rise

I've been working really hard towards this specific goal so I'm hoping it pays off (literally) this Spring. Ultimately, though, it's out of my hands, so we'll see.

Go abroad with my parents

I've never been abroad with my parents, and it's something I would really really really love to do. I know this is some people's idea of hell, but we get on well and there's places I want to show them.

Be happy and healthy

I mean, this is the ultimate one, isn't it. As long as this is achieved, it doesn't really matter if the others are or not.

What are your goals for 2019?


  1. Ah I've always wanted to go to Paris and New York - it looks amazing there!

    Wishing you an amazing 2019 x

  2. What a lovely, balanced post! I appreciate the dose of realism in this end-of-the-year wrap-up. :) You went to so many cool places! My family is going on a trip to Europe next summer and I couldn't be more excited. I've never been out of the country before and I'm anxious to explore more of the world.

  3. I love Paris, never been to any part of America though. Good luck with your goals.

  4. It sounds like you'll have fun with your goals this year :)
    I'm planning on doing more adventuring around the UK, exploring new places.
    Cora |

  5. Why has it taken me so long to discover your wonderful blog!