2018 Goals

My last post of 2017 mainly focused on what had happened in the year and ended with a couple of questions about what I’ll be doing in terms of self-improvement/self-love/self-care. I really enjoyed answering those questions and it felt good to write everything down. I feel like with writing those answers and publishing them on my blog for everyone to see, I must now be held accountable. 

This post will focus on my actual goals for 2018. I FaceTimed my cousin last night, and she really inspired me with her own goals for the year. She said that she feels like this year is going to be her year and I feel the same way. I can feel it in my bones (and not just because it’s cold)!

I recently tweeted a few things I’m looking to do this year, and I’m looking forward to taking steps to achieve these things:

✨ Speak things into existence
✨ Remove negativity in my life
✨ Get a jar and when something good happens, write it down and put it in
✨ Make a vision board
✨ Buy a new planner

I am a bit late in getting my planner for this year, but I finally ordered one after researching for about 2 hours for one that I think will help me with my journey. I found Trigg Life Mapper, which seems promising. 

“Each week you write down your goals – categorised into “self”, “work”, “passion”, “relationships”  – and the action you will take. You get a day-to-a-page format with space at the top to prioritise that day’s tasks, with bullet points for appointments underneath. On a Sunday, it asks you to reflect back on the week and note what you’re grateful for. There’s a six-month review in June then at the end of the year, you are encouraged to take stock of what you have achieved.” – Independent, 10 best 2018 planners

I feel like it echoes the Happiness Planner I have, but at half the price. Whilst I really enjoyed the Happiness Planner, I think it is time for me to try something new. I will most likely post my first impressions on Instagram, so keep an eye out on that. 

My goals for this year are probably similar to many others because they mostly include health, fitness, personal growth. The strides I took in 2017 definitely laid the foundations for helping me with my goals and I am super excited!

Finish my first draft

This is different to finishing my book because it is a long process to get to the final product. I want to at least have a first draft completed by the end of February, which I think is definitely possible. There’s also the fact that I have 50k+ words already written of my story, so that’s a nice little headstart. I’ve already made progress with writing up character backstories and timelines, and I plan to keep track of all this via a thread I started last year:

This is the first time in a long time I’ve been excited about one of my plots. I have (or had) this habit of starting stories and never getting around to finishing them. I know exactly how I want this story to end, so let’s see what happens!

Dress more like a grown up

I was having this conversation with Mutay last night, and this goal may sound a bit funny but honestly, it is something that needs to be done. Whenever I go to work I genuinely feel/look like one of the college kids that I see roaming around outside Sainsbury’s. I don’t much care for clothes, I’ll be honest, but I feel like I need to start dressing my age. Ready for my glow up, 2k18.

Somebody just needs to buy me a whole wardrobe, though.

Maintain relationships 

I have pretty strong relationships with the people in my life and I just want to keep that going, really. This means making time for people. I know this can be difficult with school or work or other social commitments, but if those people are important to you then you will make the time. 

I am hoping to get out a bit more this year and whether this will garner new, lasting connections, we’ll have to see, but it would be nice. There are so many interesting people in this world and I love hearing other people’s perspectives, as well.

Implement healthy habits

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. I started off really well with exercising and healthy eating last year and then I fell off the bandwagon several times, and then it got to October, I want to say, and bam. I was just straight sitting on the road going nowhere.

I stopped making my own healthy lunches and would either grab a meal deal from Sainsbury’s or bring in last night’s leftovers which usually consisted of a lot of rice. I haven’t been to the gym in months. I’ve only recently started drinking water diligently, again.

My skin has suffered because of my laziness, and it’s gotten to a point where I know that I need to do better. Not just because I want a hot bod but because if I don’t actually look after my body then my eczema flares up and it just makes life really hard. So, I’m writing it down now – I WILL MAKE BETTER HEALTH DECISIONS IN 2018.

Work on my portfolio

I have had for how many years now, and aside from posting a bit on there, I’ve largely left it abandoned. I want to revamp it, add new content, all sorts – I know I want this domain to be a portfolio, but I don’t know what direction I want it to take. Keep an eye out for updates!

Get into a strong blogging habit

Again, last year I started off really strong, had a bit of a wobble mid-year and then sort of got back on it towards the end. I definitely want to put more time and effort on my blog this year, as I do feel like it has been neglected a bit. Also, actually catch up on the blogosphere because I’m really behind on posts/comments. 

I have many goals I want to achieve this year including more travelling, but I feel like that one’s a given. Like I mentioned earlier, I feel like this is the year to achieve everything! I know I can achieve these goals if I put my mind to it, and as above, I’m going to be doing more speaking things into existence. ?️

We’re 7 days into the new year and I’ve already found my theme tune of 2018.


  • Nancy

    Happy New Year, Chynna! Good luck with all of your goals for the year. I love how you made yours simple and valuable. #3 is going to hit home because collecting all of the good vibes that will happen over the year will bring you back up whenever you’re feeling a bit down. I do the same with saving emails that hella complimented my work.

    It’s never too late to buy a planner! I bought mine in May one year and had no shame XD. I am rooting for you to get that book published!!!

    Ha, I dress like a college student whenever I am not at work. But it feels so comfy though???? Still, looking forward to Chynna rocking fashion again 2k18!!! And yaaaaaSSSSS get that portfolio constantly running! I’ll be here for you, girly :3. No more Cove Bar, though. Gonna be called something else but will still have lit drinks!

  • Amy-Anne

    50k words on your book already is quite impressive, I’m sure you’ll have your first draft ready in no time. I bet you’re super excited to start working on polishing it off, I find that’s one of the best bits, finetuning and adding things every now and then. I love reading everyone’s resolutions, because at least 90% say they want to dedicate more time to blogging, and so do I – so here’s to a year full of brilliant new blog posts! Also yes to the travel, I only flew a couple times in 2017.

    Little Moon Elephant

  • Pauline

    I was SO inspired by you when you did the #NaNoWriMo challenge, I was in the middle of writing my first draft of my dissertation and never felt so inspired to push through! Here I am, survived it and have it all completed! 😀 Good luck with finishing your draft, I know you can do it! If you could do #NaNoWriMo and the amount of words you already have, YOU GOT THIS GIRL! I’m hoping to see you published soon and Ill be there hyping YOU UP!!!!!!!!!

    YES TO HEALTHY HABITS!!!! Always here if you need support or pointers, I love talking about health (as you know full well LOL)


  • Lena Dee

    Now discovering your blog after being tagged in a tweet and I love it! This is such a great post filled with loads of inspiration. I wish you the best with your blogging agenda Andrew portfolio site (which I think is an awesome idea) and I look forward to reading your award post.

    xx Lena |

  • Kassy

    The planner sounds like a fantastic way to keep track of your goals and ensure that you are doing the things that make you content. Taking the time with the reflection points would be a great way to see how you are going too! 😀

    Good luck with writing your book and completing the first draft. You have already written so much, which is awesome! I am sure you will be able to get to that first draft in February. 😀

    I wish you the best in maintaining relationships and improving your health. These two can have a significant impact on how you feel, and they are also two big things I want to focus on in 2018 as well. 🙂

    Happy New Year! 😀

  • Cat

    That sounds like an interesting planner and like a great way to organize your tasks and goals! I hope it works out for you!

    Good luck with all of your goals too! They all look like good things to go after, and it’s nice that you have ones for your hobbies as well as your own well-being. 50k+ words is amazing progress already, so I hope you’ll be able to finish your first draft soon! I also think that’s great that you have a goal on maintaining the relationships you already have. It’s a good reminder to make time for people who mean a lot to us.

    Yay for healthy habits! I started doing that the last half of last year, and it definitely makes me feel better. Keeping a long-term habit is hard, but I hope you figure out what works for you!

    Aahh, your mention of your portfolio reminds me that I haven’t really done anything with mine either. I don’t know why, but it’s been hard for me to figure out what kind of content I want on it. Blogging can be hard to keep up with too. I look forward to seeing more from you though!

    I hope 2018 will be a good year for you!

  • Tara

    I wish you all the best and send you good vibes for 2018. You have some good goals going on here. I am so happy that you found a plot you can work with! You got this girl!

    As for the dressing part — I must say if you like the way you dress and it’s a part of you, then dress what you want. I certainly don’t dress like a “grown-up”, but then again, I cherish comfort over appearance with my clothes . . .

    Keep it up with your healthy habits and blogging and relationshipping! I also look forward to seeing what you will do with your portfolio!!! ^^

    • Chynna

      Thank you, bb!

      You have a point, but I think in my head I know I can dress better. And also, I do look at myself in the mirror and think, “Meh” so I definitely want to change that mindset!

  • Georgie

    Good luck with your goals ♥️ 2018 is YOUR YEAR!

    I especially want to wish you luck in finishing your first draft ? I know you can do it. YOU CAN DO IT, GIRL!

    Eating healthier is gonna be hard because good food is good. But there is good healthy food out there and almost every restaurant will have a healthy option. I found that cooking at home can help sometimes too, because you can easily cook healthy meals that taste good. That way, restaurant eats are like a huge treat and even more enjoyable ?

    I don’t think dressing more like a grown up is stupid. My style has changed over the past few years and even though people really liked my style before, I felt like I was dressing too much like a teenager. I want to dress not only my age, but maybe even a bit older, because I look young. #asiangenes. And because I want to be taken seriously, in general. If you want any tips on fashion or anything let me know ☺️ One tip I can give you quickly is to never feel like it’s not an occasion to dress up. You should always dress up because you never know who you might bump into or what lies ahead of you that day. ? Not to mention, it can give you so much confidence when you dress well. Have a vision in your head and when you make clothes, make sure they match that vision (for example, mine is “strong independent woman” ?).

    Good luck with your portfolio as well! Mine has been sitting around untouched for some time. In fact it’s not really a portfolio, I feel like it’s a glorified resume. LMAO

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