I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes – Neil Gaiman.
I may be a bit late to the game for sharing my hopes, goals and general chit-chat about the year ahead. It is the middle of January, but doesn’t it feel like it’s been an age already? Nevertheless, I am very excited about my year ahead. At the beginning of last year, I was a little lost. I didn’t have a steady job; I worked for my dad stripping wallpaper and knocking down walls. I went on holiday to Prague and then two weeks later, booked another spontaneous trip to France. I seemed to be doing okay, but I was taking each day as it came and slowly, but surely, 2018 turned into one of the best years yet.
As for 2019, I am grabbing it with two hands and holding on for dear life. I already have plans set in motion. I can see change is coming ahead and I am looking forward to every hurdle and every new beginning that this year throws at me. There will be a lot, and some of the time I will have visible worry lines across my forehead. Mostly, though, I’ll have a smile on my face.
Let’s start with the most exciting thing on the agenda. Travel. Since I flew to Australia nearly three years ago, the travel bug has hit me hard. I want to fill my months with trips near and far. If I cannot grab my backpack and run away for a few months of sun, sand and sea, I want to at least visit a few places that I’ve never seen before. First up is a new favourite: The Cotswolds – more on that further down the page. In a week or so, I’ll be taking my first flight to Lisbon for my best friend and I’s annual city break. I can’t wait to explore all corners of the city and eat and drink my weight in incredible food and wine. Also on the list of cities to visit this year are Amsterdam and Paris, but the times aren’t set in stone. That will be three new cities to explore and tick off the bucket list, and that’s pretty amazing.
It is finally the year that I spread my wings a little bit further and move out of mum and dad’s again. This time, I hope, for good. A scary thought process runs through my mind. I am terrified, then excited, then thrilled and then terrified all over again. Not only will I be moving in with Warren – something that will be a big change for the both of us – I’ll be moving out of the North West and heading down south to The Cotswolds. It’ll be a change of pace and a change of atmosphere, but I can’t wait for a new kind of adventure.
CAREER VS. JOB
My current contract is up in April. I will have been back at The Perfume Shop as a supervisor for an entire year. It has gone so quick. I’ve learnt a hell of a lot in this job, a lot of it being what I’ve learnt about myself. I am ready to move on from retail and try something different, something away from customer-based roles – at least face-to-face service. Everybody tells me I have the biggest amount of patience going, but that patience has started to thin. I love perfume and I love working with the people I do, but I am excited for a new challenge. Who knows what it will be? I only know where it will be, and it will be with a completely new circle of people which is both exhilarating and frightening. As for my career, I want to pursue my dreams, as cheesy as it sounds. I want to work towards a career of writing, and I will continue to do so even if I never earn a pound from my creativity.
BLOGGING AND SOCIAL
Blogging is at the forefront of my mind as it is most free moments of the day. So is social media. Social media is a constant buzz in everybody’s ear. We need to do more. We need to share more. We need to be online at all hours of the day. No. No, we don’t. Even people as young as twelve are becoming addicted to receiving likes and comments. Twelve. It is the harsh reality we live in, and we wonder why teenagers hate the way they look and want the absolute best in everything, not to mention those of us in our twenties. I’m taking a little step back from social media. I will still be posting, probably a lot more than the average person, but I won’t be taking it as seriously. At least, I hope I won’t be. As for blogging, it is my outlet and I’ll continue to use it as my outlet. I love to pour my words out into the keyboard, create a lot of imagery and hit the publish button. As long as I have this website, I will continue to blog, blog, blog.
Will 2019 be the year I finally turn my health around? I doubt it. However, I am edging closer and closer to thirty. I really need to start looking after my body and my mind. My mind is fine; it is just the constant worrying that tends to plague my head. With regards to my body, I want to eat healthier, but I love my crisps and chocolate too much. People say eat in moderation – I unfortunately, don’t know what moderation means at times. Family pack of crisps, anyone? Instead, I think I will turn my body to exercise and actually keep it up this time. I have started Barre Balance, a mix of yoga, pilates and barre work in Liverpool. It works the muscles that you don’t realise you have, and it is so relaxing at the end too. I’ve only done three classes and I want to continue heading back for more. I also want to vary the exercise I do, get out of my comfort zone, and work my body in new ways.
The beginning of January is always a combination of bleakness and wonder. We are in the bubble of new year, new me and looking forward to the brighter starts. We are in a state of positivity and affirmations and a willpower that won’t be stopped until February, but I hope this effect lasts longer than the first month. I am more than ready for the year ahead and I can’t wait to get it started.
What is on your agenda for 2019? Are you just as excited as I am for the year ahead?
Love, Faye xo