My 2018 R̶e̶s̶o̶l̶u̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶ Aspirations

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Happy 2018!

If you’re reading this with a sore head and a furry mouth then I hope you saw in the New Year’s in style!

If you’re like me and stayed up to see the countdown in on the sofa, tucked up with a blanket, then I salute you! I’m all for painting the town red (well in theroy- reality is normally involving pj’s, Netflix and snacks!) but saving a small fortune on door entry and over priced drinks is far more sensible (this is what being over the age of 30 does to you!).

Anyway I digress. The purpose of this post is to share my musings of New Years Resolutions. Those three words that fill you much hope and inspiration but in reality is just a case of abandoned promises a few months (or weeks) in.

I’m one of those people who runs into the New Year full of desire to become a better version of me. #theoldAbbieisdead. The 1st January is like shedding your skin of your previous misdeanours (me? Never!) and vowing to make a change. Be it the most common resolutions of eating healthily or losing weight, swearing off alcohol and Mc Bangs to stopping procrastinating on seeking that dream job.We’ve all been there for sure.

I’ve got to the point in my life where I feel I’ve come to accept who I am and how I am. I’m getting to the stage where I feel too long in the tooth (ok I’m only 33 years old!) to want to change how I behave, and I like to think I behave generally in a polite, sincere and genuine way.

So that leaves me looking head long into 2018, wondering what do I want to become of it, if I have any say in it.

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And these are my 2018 Aspirations (not resolutions):

My blog- I created this 2 years and 4 months ago and I’m still driven as ever to keep writing as it’s been a lifelong passion. I’ve strived since day one of my blog to keep it honest and true to myself and keeping it positive and enjoyable to read. So I feel as I grow further into my 30’s, I want my blog to come with me, and my aspiration is to write more honest posts.

Don’t get me wrong, I love doing beauty, fashion and homeware posts. So going forward I want to use my blog as a space to share my more inner thoughts and with any luck strike a chord with a fellow reader.

I’m not the most travelled or career driven person, but my hope for 2018 is to delve deeper into who is Abbie Chic and share the struggles and experiences I have had since being on this earth.

I’m not about to go all philosophical on you, but just try and make this blog more all rounded and reflective of who I am. Perhaps I’ll share my school and career history (if working in retail is your thing), share more about my fears and failures and how being an introverted person has made me who I am.

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Working life- So I touched on previously my career of working in retail and this is an area in 2018 I would like to make changes in. I have been in my current job role for approaching 5 years in March and whilst at times I really enjoy it, there have been some challenging times over the last 8 months or so, that have made me wonder if it still is the job for me.

So with a new year tends to come a new start and my hope is to find a role that better defines me and makes the most of my skills. I’ve been lucky so far that I have gone from one job straight into another and I stick with that company for at least 4 years. The trouble is I have always been under driven with my working career, hence why I’m earning a retail wage and not living it up in The Big Smoke (aka London) as some hotshot earning large commissions (ok that’s very stereotypical image, but that’s the disparity as to where I am now).

As I’ve said before writing has always been my one thing I’ve felt myself doing and if I can channel that in some way to a job that pays the bills then I couldn’t ask for much else! Of course I’ll keep you posted on how this pans out.

Saving my money- This has been something I have failed hard on each and every year. I am driven by instant gratification, so the idea of saving for something always seems out of my grasp. There have been three occasions where I have saved successfully, which was for spending money for a holiday to Dubai, for moving fees to a new rented accommodation and for my wedding. Three pretty big things so it gave me the drive to save, but for anything smaller than that, then I tend to get as far as saving for two months, then I spend my money and whoops, none left to save!

One reoccurring example of this is Christmas. At the start of every year I tell myself, this will be the year I have savings in advance of December to buy presents with, and fast forward 11 months and my savings account is a mere £2.83. Satsumas anyone!

So this year I really want to get on it with my savings. I’m lucky in some respects as I am in neutral equity. I have no debts (you can see my blog post on my debt history here) but I have no savings.

I would love to be able to have a savings account for getting a deposit on a house, but at my rate of pay, lack of saving and cost of houses I feel I’m fighting a losing battle. But baby steps, start small and maybe I’ll get there, though I have more chance of winning the lottery in my eyes!

So my conclusion? I want to start as I mean to go on. I know me, if if procrastinate and only start making traction on these aspirations half way through the year then I doubt I’ll actually stick to them!

Also I can plan all I want, but you never know what is around the corner, so I’ll keep these goals there to be worked towards. As it has been said ‘a journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step’.

I’d love to know what your hopes for 2018 are. Please do leave a comment below, so we can champion each other to go out and take the world on!

Love and hugs,

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  1. Kathryn @TravelWithKat
    January 1, 2018 / 10:37 am

    I bought my first flat many years ago when prices were so much more realistic. I really can't imagine how young people (like yourself) ever get a foot on the property ladder these days. I wish you well on all your aspirations. I'm rooting for you!Last year, for what seems like the first time ever (and being over 50 that's a lot of years of failing), I made some progress on one of my resolutions. I've finally found a diet that works for me (Harcombe diet) even if I don't stick to it 100% and lost a stone and a half. I'd like to do the same again this year. In part because of how I look but equally so that I can be healthy enough to make the most of the wonderful opportunities that my blog brings me. Happy New Year to you and yours.

    • Abbie Chic
      January 1, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      Hi Kathryn, yes I don't think I'll ever get my own place unless I win the lottery. Much respect to the diet. It's never easy sticking to something regimented I find. I wish you all the best for 2018 xx

  2. Helen Newman
    January 1, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    I really like the idea of aspirations rather than resolutions! I'm always saying i'm going to be healthier, exercise more etc but that isn't reserved for January. Good luck with all your goals!

    • Abbie Chic
      January 1, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Hi Helen, thank you. Here's hoping we stick to our goals, celebrate our achievements and rock 2018! xx

  3. Samantha Abbott
    January 1, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Love this kind of post, I’ve written one very similar about my blogging goals for 2018. One thing I need to do is save my money too! Lovely post. Best of luck with your aspirations! Samantha xHttp://

    • Abbie Chic
      January 1, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      Hi Sam, thank you! I hope 2018 brings you all that you wish for 🙂 xx

  4. highstreet_beauty
    January 2, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Happy New Year! I wish you every happiness and success with all your goals for 2018 x

    • Abbie Chic
      January 2, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you! You too, I hope it's all you want it to be! 🙂 x

  5. Char xo
    January 4, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    Loved this post Abbie! So refreshing to call it aspirations rather than resolutions! Its all about putting plans in motion to get whatever you want in life. Wishing you nothing but success this year!Char xo ||

  6. abbeylouisarose
    January 4, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    Happy New Year, Abbie! It’s so wonderful to hear that you’ve reached a stage of self acceptance where don’t want to change the person that you are – I can definitely attest to the fact that you are a kind, generous and respectful lady! I really hope you’re able to find a new and fulfilling job this year, it sounds like you have a lot of skills and experience to utilise and I’m sure that those will be snapped up by an enthusiastic new employer in no time! Best of luck with the savings too, I am also an instant gratification person in some respects so I know your pain!! I’m sure that with some determination, you’ll start getting some savings on track! Seeing that bank account figure grow little by little really is motivating! Sending you all the best for 2018!Abbey 💜

  7. Megan Hunt
    January 5, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    Good luck with all of your plans for this year! I too am hoping to put away as much money as I can. I'm also aiming to get back into freelance writing / blogging after taking a break to have my little boy. Hope 2018 is a fantastic year for you.Megan @ Seek My Scribbles

  8. Phy
    January 5, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I love that your so open and sincere about your life and who you are as a person!! I love this post keep up the good work Abbie!

    January 7, 2018 / 11:26 am

    I am with you on saving money, every New Year saving money always on my list and I always fail but this year I hope I can save more money and I hope you will too !

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