Rounding Up 2018 & Planning for 2019

It may seem too early for most to be thinking about next year but at work, November is spent planning for 2019. Since I’ve been in that mind set for the last couple of weeks, I thought I’d do a round up post of what the last couple of months of 2018 look like for me and what I’ve got planned for 2019 so far.

Putting training into action

Last week, our team travelled to Bristol for two days of meetings which included planning for 2019 and a resilience workshop. I love reading about self-improvement tips but am wary of training courses on this as they always seem to disappoint me. However, this workshop was surprisingly good.

The trainer was non- preachy (is that a word?) and engaging. She gave us so many good tips about controlling stress levels and knowing your worth that by the end of it, I felt a bit like I could conquer the world.

I found myself nodding along to all the symptoms of impostor syndrome which I’d recognised in myself before but it’s nice to know I’m not alone. I left the session feeling inspired and motivated to make some changes to my working life in the hope that my confidence improves.

Working through my marketing diploma

I’ve been making good progress with my diploma work and only have 5 modules left to complete. My aim is to complete one more before the year is up and be completely finished by April/ early May next year.

It hasn’t been the most enjoyable course I’ve ever done but I have learnt skills in Photoshop and business communication so far which have been useful and I’ve been able to do it all from home (with the exception of the tests).

Long weekends

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You may have noticed over on my Instagram, that I’ve been to London a few times recently enjoying my annual leave on a long weekend. We’ve been to the Design Museum in Kensington which is well worth a visit even if you’re not interested in Design (like me).

We also went to a Ski and Snowboard festival in Battersea Park which had live demonstrations on the slopes, a bar, snow dogs and lots of stalls selling ski equipment and advising on the best ski resorts round the world. It made me very excited for a possible ski holiday with friends next year.

I’ve got a few more days of leave left to enjoy, which I’m going to fill with ice skating this weekend and hopefully a few festive activities to get me in the mood for Christmas. I’ve already started my Christmas shopping (another day of leave well used) so am feeling prepared for the end of the year.

Books & TV

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Probably a slightly strange thing to include in my plans for the rest of the year but as the weekends get colder and darker, I’ve been taking full advantage of staying in and reading till my heart’s content or making the most of my Netflix subscription.
I’m going to do a round up post of all the books I’ve read this year soon. By the end of the year, I should reach a grand total of 22 if not more! A couple of my favourites have been ‘All I Know About Love’ – Dolly Alderton and ‘Bring Me Back’ – B.A Paris. Stay tuned for reviews of all of them.

We’ve also been enjoying ‘The Good Place’ on Netflix. After watching so many depressing series about crime and drugs and all that jazz, I thought it was time we tried something a bit more uplifting. ‘The Good Place’ is definitely it. Although it borders on cheesy sometimes, the characters are funny and take the mickey out of every day situations.

I’d also recommend Louis Theroux’s series ‘Altered States’. The first episode, ‘Love Without Limits’ is on iPlayer and is about polygamous relationships. It gives a really interesting insight into the lives of people with several partners and the challenges they face.

Plans for 2019

So that brings me to my plans for 2019. I should probably start by saying 2018 hasn’t been a bad year at all. I’ve gained more experience in my job whilst also doing a diploma, I’ve had a few low points but also felt happier and more content than I have in a few years now. I always think, if 18 year old me could see where I am now, she’d be cheering me on, delighted at how far I’ve come. I know I’ve got a long way to go though. Here’s what’s next for me.

Start house hunting!

Admittedly, this might be more of a plan for 2020 but it can’t hurt to start looking early right? (Says the girl who trawls through Right Move on a weekly basis already…)
Rich finishes his Uni degree in June and although we will have to wait until he gets a job, we’re both well on the way to being able to move out.

It’s exciting and something that we’ve been thinking about for a while. For the dream to become a reality would be an achievement that would make me really proud. It’s difficult to get on the property ladder, so if we’re able to do this (even through the uncertainty of Brexit) then I’d call that a big well done to us.

I also can’t wait to live with the person who makes me happiest in the world and start making our own little life together.

Book a ski holiday

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This plan is more likely to happen in 2019 and I can’t wait! Skiing is something that Rich and I love. It’s a holiday that Rich has taken many times with his family but one I have never had the chance to experience except for a school trip when I was 15.

It’s an indulgent holiday I know and one we’re lucky to even be considering but next year is going to be a year of celebration. Rich will be graduating next Summer so this will be a celebration and a once in a lifetime sort of trip. (Although, if it goes well – I’m sure we’ll have the bug and want to return immediately.)

We’ve done some planning with friends and it looks like this could happen in the latter part of 2019.

Enter a creative writing competition

This is something I should have done years ago and I just never round to doing. Next year, I’m going to sit down and write my heart out. I want to have the confidence to press submit on that short story and maybe, if the time’s right, win the competition.

It may seem like an optimistic target but I’m learning it’s good to aim high, even if you’re not sure it’s realistic.

Be more ethical

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Cue the eye roll as someone else jumps on the ethical bandwagon. I don’t want this to seem like one of those frivolous plans that is just there to make me feel good about myself.

Next year, I want to feel like I’m making a difference to protect our planet. Specifically, I want to change my shopping habits. After seeing THAT Stacey Dooley documentary on fast fashion, I stopped to think about the sheer amount of clothes in my wardrobe and proceeded to feel immensely guilty that I was contributing to the collapse of third world communities.

What can we actually do about it though?

Not buy more clothes for a start. Although I’ve had many of my clothes for years, I will always check out new season pieces on ASOS and New Look to see what takes my fancy.

Next year, I will be making a conscious effort to buy less and seek out charity shops for those hidden gems that a few friends seem to be so good at finding. I’d also like to take some of my stuff to a car boot sale so that nothing gets thrown away. So many clothes end up in landfill and contribute to the pollution in our atmosphere.

So there’s my plans for the rest of the year and into 2019. I like to think of them as plans and not goals as there’s less pressure to actually do them.

We don’t have to constantly achieve in life to be happy and have a fulfilling year but by planning a few things that you’re passionate about, you’re more likely to want to give them a good go.

What are your plans for 2019?

 

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