In twenty seventeen

5th January 2017

In twenty seventeen

Last weekend I shared a post reviewing the goals that I set myself in 2016, and I mentioned that I’d only set one major goal for 2017; to buy a house.

I chose to only set one goal because honestly, that was the only measurable goal I wanted to achieve this year.

However, along side one measurable goal, I have many sort of “aspirations” or “values” or “intentions” that I want to focus on and prioritise in 2017. Some are measurable, some aren’t. They’re just changes I’d like to implement in my life this year.

I know it’s such a cliche to say “new year, new me” and I normally believe that if you want to make a change in life then there’s no time like the present. But this year something feels different. I’m feeling more mindful, more reflective, and I wanted to document this on my blog at the beginning of this new year.

My career

I want to carry on working hard in my job, and to continue to develop my coding skills. I’ve bought an online course in the Black Friday sales that I hope will allow me to develop my JavaScript and jQuery skills, as well as introducing me to some coding languages I have no previous experience with.

It came as a massive surprise to me when I got promoted earlier than expected back in October, and I just want to prove that promoting me was a worthwhile decision.

My relationships

I want to nurture my relationships. I want to make more time for my friends and to make sure that we don’t go months on end without speaking. I also want to make more time for my family, and to go home to Shropshire more often, especially now I have a car.

I want to have more date nights with Tyrone. At least once a month. I can’t remember the last time we went on a date, and this needs to change! Even if we’re skint and can only afford a McDonalds, we should plan dates so we have something to look forward to.

My health

I want to take better care of my skin and discover what is triggering my acne. For instance, I want to take an allergy test to find out if I am allergic to anything. I’ve heard that allergies to certain foods can be linked to acne. I also want to drink more water on a daily basis.

I want to prioritise my mental heath and I want to be in control of my anxiety. I will start CBT in 2017 but it may be a long wait until this can begin, so I want to discover ways I can help myself.

I want to continue to take care of my hip and to work on building up the surrounding muscles. I want to book myself in for another steroid injection when I need it. The dream is to go one year without a steroid injection (8 months so far!) as the longer I can postpone them the better it will be for me in the long run. I also want to make time for yoga as often as possible because it’s not just great for my physical health but also my mental health.

I want to register with a new dentist because my current one is horrific. I hope to find a dentist who is gentle and doesn’t cause me to have a panic attack mid-appointment. I want to get new braces made. My current ones are around 6 years old and therefore they’re pretty disgusting!

My blog

I want my blog to continue to be a place to document my life and the lessons I learn through adulthood, to share the things I am passionate about, and to reflect.

I also want to write more about careers this year in hope that I can inspire others to follow their passions and work hard to get to where they want to be.

I don’t want to get wrapped up in numbers, or schedules, or comparison. If things become overwhelming then I should take a break. Blogging isn’t a job. It’s not a necessity in life. As Heath Ledger once said “The day I stop having fun, I’ll just walk away.”. I never want to make blogging something I want to walk away from.

Do you have any values, aspirations or intentions for 2017?

P.S. I hope you like my Quality Street work of art up there. Finally, a use for the Coconut Eclairs!

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  1. Your work of art is funny. It made me giggle when I saw the picture on bloglovin.
    Date nights sound great, so does continuing learning and all the other plans. x

  2. I want to blog more this year. Not sure how long the motivation to blog will but hopefully for a long time!

  3. I want to be able to function and be a better person for not only myself but my husband, and Marley, my fur daughter. Happy New Year!

  4. I also believe there is no time like the present if you want to make a change. It is a bit cliche to think of these things just at the beginning of the year. But it just so happens that the new year is a great time to reflect on things, too!

    I hope you get to go on more dates. 🙂 Nick and I used to go on many dates and eat out for dinner a lot. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that we go less, but these days we just try to save money or we aren’t up for anything new so we just go somewhere we’ve been before. 😆

    Good luck learning new programming languages! JavaScript is a great place to start, that’s something I am working on personally. My work supports me with my learning so that’s been really helpful. I hope you pick up some skills quickly! For me I found it to be a hard learning curve because I have tried to learn JavaScript many times and forgotten because I didn’t really practice or get a lot of stuff to try. I would recommend Wes Bos’s course at javascript30.com though – he is a great tutor and his course is free. I am still going through it now.

    Haha at your comment for the coconut eclairs. There are only a few that I like in the Quality Street boxes and they are the yellow ones in your photo, and the other caramel/vanilla ones. I really dislike the others. 😜

    • Holly

      Thank you for the recommendation! I’ve signed up so I will have to take a look. We tend to use jQuery at work, and I’ve sort of picked it up as I’ve gone along, but I’d like to understand JavaScipt better.

      Haha the coconut eclairs always get left behind! In the UK we have a box of chocolates called Celebrations (They’re made by Mars, so I’m not sure if you have them in Australia) and the coconut chocolates in those boxes always get left as well!

  5. Kya

    These are really wonderful things and I wish you the very best in making them a reality. It’s very important to look after yourself and your health. I am 100% that you deserved the promotion! 😀

    Looking forward to the posts you share this year. 🙂

  6. Happy new year Holly! (I’m sure it’s not too late to say that! 🤔)

    I had a blast reading your blog throughout last year, I’ve seen how much you’ve grown and developed. It’s been interesting seeing your life post-university too and you’ve been an inspiration to see you go onto the tech field with a degree not entirely linked to the career you’re persuing (go girl!) With all that said, best of luck with your career goals. I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store for you!

    I’m glad you’re prioristing your health too. It didn’t hit me until last year to find out how bad my unhealthy eating habits were, lack of exercise, staying up late, obsessing over work had on my physical and mental health. Since then I’ve taken on better habits which has helped me a lot! I’ve been struggling with acne for years too, and although it’s not as bad now (I’m left with a lot of scarring and have a few bumps during certain times of the month and I have foundation that covers everything everyday) Its still a goal for me to find out how to fully heal my skin, I’m sure we can find out together through blogs and everything! I had a friend whos acne was triggered by dairy food and cutting it out completely helped her skin a lot!

    Best wishes on your goals Holly!

    • Holly

      Aww! That’s so lovely of you to say so. I often joke about crazy my career path has been so far but it’s heartwarming to know I’ve inspired people.

      I think the thing I get most upset about with my acne is the scars and redness they’ve left behind. I hate wearing foundation but I feel I have to wear it because I’m so self conscious without it. If I find any solutions to healing or reducing the appearance of acne scars I’ll have to let you know!