I spent a lot of 2017 contemplating if I was on the wrong path in my life. I know that I’ve never been doing ‘what I love’ because I avoid conversations about work and I am unfortunately one of those people who live for the weekend. I count the days from Monday to Friday and at 5pm on Friday it finally feels like I’m free. I have this same sense of freedom when I have a break from work approaching. But it’s not just that I’m excited for a long lie (lol, what’s that?), it goes much deeper than that. It’s more like what I’m doing for the majority of my time is not enough for me and I’m constantly asking myself, am I cut out for the 9-5 desk job?
It’s always suited me perfectly because I can fit in all the other activities I want to be doing around work, but then I wonder, is there a way that these things could be the central focus of my day to day life, whilst still earning a living? We see it all the time on social media where people give up their day jobs to pursue their passions. What I have promised myself to look into this year is; how realistic is it? With a mortgage to pay, I have to consider my income more carefully when thinking about going back to study or starting something from the ground up. I can’t shirk my financial responsibilities and this is one thing you don’t see on Instagram; what did these (now) successful people have to do to get there? Was there struggle on their journey or did it all just fall into place as it looks?
It’s not necessarily that I’ve waited until the New Year to start thinking about my career, but it’s as good a time as any. With life being a lot quieter in January I’m able to think clearly and put the appropriate plans in place to take action (if any is to be taken).
A new year is a time where the majority of people feel like they have a fresh start to focus on their ‘resolutions’ or goals. The important thing to remember is that each goal should come with an action plan to achieve it, otherwise you’re setting yourself up for complete disappointment. Dream big but keep things realistic. I have found that smaller, short term goals allow me to work more effectively towards a larger long time goal.
So, what are my goals for 2018?
- Finish a Half-Marathon. Achieving this starts with signing up and I’ve signed myself up to 2 this year! I’ve got my training plans written out and if the injury gods allow, I’ll be smashing this goal in April.
- Run a sub-25 minute 5k. I want to push myself to improve on my current times (which admittedly haven’t been improving much at all recently). Have I reached my limit? I don’t know but I’m going to find out.
- Climb a Munro. After getting into hill-walking last year and thoroughly enjoying and experiencing the great outdoors this seemed like an obvious one for me. First step; get myself a new pair of walking boots.
- Read 30 books. It works out at 1 book every week and a half to 2 weeks. I think it’s a perfectly achievable goal as an avid reader and it will also encourage me to record what I’m reading and hopefully to pick up some new things I wouldn’t usually read.
- Bake a cake. I got a stand mixer for Christmas and I’m definitely a beginner on the baking front. I have tried to challenge myself in the kitchen and my cooking is coming along, so I want my baking abilities to follow suit. Plus, I think baking a cake for someone or a special is occasion is super cute.
I’ll likely come back to these and re-evaluate throughout the year, hopefully ticking them off and adding more!
What are your goals for 2018? Do you set yourself New Year’s resolutions?