My goals for 2017 (& a review of my 2016 goals)

29th December 2016

My goals for 2017 (& a review of my 2016 goals)

Last December I set myself three goals to achieve by the end of 2016 and, well, I manage to achieve one, fail one and I’m still trying to figure out if I achieved the other one or not. I’ll explain more in a second!

Today I’m going to review my 2016 goals and also discuss my goals (well, goal) for the coming year…

A review of my 2016 goals

1. Pass my driving test – YES!

I finally passed my driving test!

I started learning when I was 18 but gave up when I found it too difficult to drive a manual with my hip condition. And also because I was a skint student.

However, in 2016 I had a major incentive to learn to drive; a driveway at my new home. After 5 months of learning I took my test and passed first time.

2. Save £5,000 – SORT OF?!

This was a weird old one. I set myself the goal to save £5,000 because it seemed reasonable at the time. But then, of course, I ended up having to move house and I couldn’t afford to save as much each month.

So then life got back on track and I got promoted so I could finally start saving again. I think over the space of 12 months I did manage to save £5,000, but I never really kept tabs on it.

But I ended up buying a car so it’s all gone now anyway!

3. Complete a 365 Instagram challenge – NO!

I set myself the challenge of taking a photo and posting it to Instagram every day for a whole year in 2016. And I failed.

I managed to complete 147 days of the 365 day challenge. In the end I stopped because I lost interest, and I was actually becoming quite stressed out about it.

And what’s the point in doing something that suppose to be fun if you aren’t enjoying it?!

My goals for 2017

Now, this is where I usually write down a few goals for the coming year. However, this year I’ve decided to just have one sort of “major” goal that I can work towards.

1. Buy a house

Yeah, that’s pretty “major”.

When I sat down and thought about what I wanted to achieve in 2017, the only thing that came to mind was my desire to own my own home.

And honestly, I think it’s possible. I got promoted this year so I can afford to save more money each month. Also, Tyrone graduates in 2017 year and will join the world of work, so he will be able to save more money too.

Do you have any goals for 2017? 

Did you have any goals for 2016? If so, how did you get on?

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  1. I hope you can achieve your goal in 2017. xx

  2. Cat

    Good job on your 2016 goals! That’s awesome that you passed your driving test, and I feel like #2 should count :) I mean, it got used up, but I feel like the car is the prize for achieving it, haha. I also think it makes sense to stop a challenge if it’s not fun anymore. I remember a 365 eventually feeling like a chore, and my project 52 came out that way too.

    That’s a big goal for 2017! I hope you’ll achieve it! Good luck! :D

    • Holly

      Thank you! I wish I could have carried on with my Instagram challenge but the start of 2016 wasn’t great for me. And when I look back at the pictures I took around that time it brings back lots of bad memories.

      Ah well, onwards and upwards!

  3. Amy

    Congratulations on passing your test! It’s so great that you passed first time – not many people manage that! I nearly crashed on my first one…

    I also tried to save money this year, but it wasn’t as successful as I would have liked. I ended up breaking my laptop, losing my 3DS and having to re-buy all our furniture, so that’s probably why!

    Good luck with buying a house! This time last year I wanted my own house so badly, but now we love the house we’re renting, so we’ll probably end up putting it off for a while. I hope you manage it!

    • Holly

      Thank you! I still can’t believe I passed first time!

      Ugh, sometimes life surprises us and we have to spend money we didn’t think we’d have to spend. At the beginning of 2016 I never could have imagined I would be moving house this year, and spending my savings on a washing machine and a fridge.

      I love the house I live in at the moment and it will be a difficult decision to move from it. But I just hate the feeling of throwing my money away with renting.

  4. I wanted to post a photo daily on my instagram this year too but end up not really following it. :/

    • Holly

      It’s such a difficult challenge, isn’t it? I often found myself panicking at 11 o’clock at night because I hadn’t posted a picture that day, and it just took the fun out of it.

  5. Congrats on passing your test with flying colors <3 Also good luck on your goals for 2017! I wish you the best <3

  6. Good luck with your house plans! It sure is lovely to own your home. Lots to do (maintenance, garden, etc) but it’s definitely worth it.
    I’ve wanted to do some kind of daily photo challenge, but never got around to do it. Now I’ll instead join an online photography course that involves some photo posting so that’ll be my photo challenge.
    I don’t usually set specific goals, but I actually remember I did at this time last year. But I can’t remember what my goal was, LOL!
    For 2017 my goal is to live more, enjoy life more, worry less. Do things that will help me get closer to certain career goals.

    • Holly

      Thank you! I know it will be stressful but I’m sure it will be worth it.

      Joining an online photography course sounds like a good idea. Your 2017 goal sounds perfect! I love it!

  7. Congrats on passing your driving test! That’s pretty awesome that you managed to fulfill your goals, even partially. I set goals for myself every year and they always end up falling through, aha.

    Good luck on the house buying! Looking at different houses is one of the best parts about looking into buying a home. I helped my parents when they wanted to buy a house and I remember that the whole process was really stressful.

    • Holly

      Thank you! It can be so hard to stick to goals, especially when we don’t know how life is going to pan out.

      Yes! I love looking at houses! I’m a bit obsessed to be honest, haha!

  8. Kya

    Congratulations on passing your driving test! :D That is really wonderful news. Even if you were not able to save the money, I am sure it wasn’t expected that you would move and have to buy a car when you made the list.

    You should be so proud that you did 147 days! I used to try and make myself do those kinds of challenges, or sketch everyday, but it can be really hard and does put pressure on you.

    Wishing you the best for 2017 and hope you get the house. :D

    • Holly

      Thank you! Yeah, if someone had told me this time last year that I’d be living in a house and I’d have my own car then I wouldn’t have believed them!

  9. You did so well! And who cares about posting a photo every day… I did that every day for a few years when I had a photoblog and it does indeed get quite stressful unless taking photos is something you enjoy doing on a daily basis. I follow someone on Instagram who has done that in 2016, but I guess for people like you and I, we probably prioritise and prefer blogging. :) It’s not fun if you start to feel like it is a chore.

    I’m so glad you passed your driving test! Wooooo!

    I used to love the idea of saving up for a house but now it’s probably the furthest thing from my mind. I think travel is at the forefront of my mind, and houses in Australia are really expensive. I’m not too sure I want to settle down here either, and although I have enough money to put a deposit on a house, most houses here are upwards of a million dollars and are usually pretty small. It’s better to rent on this side of the world. 😆 But I wish you luck, and I really hope you find a house that you LOVE.

    • Holly

      Thanks! Yes, I fell out of love with Instagram and I would much rather invest more time in my blog.

      Woah, that’s expensive! Houses are pretty cheap in the UK in comparison (although if you ask most people my age they will moan about how they will never be able to afford to buy a house). I think the problem here is that renting is often as expensive as paying a mortgage, and I think I’d rather be putting money into something I that I will own.