I want to find the blog/life balance
Lots of you will already know that I work full time and the blogging, filming and social media stuff is all done in my free time. Last year was a mad one in terms of deadly things I was able to do, but I used up a lot of annual leave on blogging things. This was grand and all because I was having fun, but it felt like I'd not much time off for myself just to relax. I felt like I was on the go all the time. This year I'm going to be very careful about what I use my annual leave for. If I'm doing bloggy things and have to take days off work for them, they have to be super cool, be a deadly campaign I'm working on or help benefit the blog in some way.
I want to read more books
I got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and am loving it. I always said I'd never get one because Dad used to be a bookbinder and instilled in me a love of proper real books. But with Mam moving in, I'm low on space, so I thought this would be a great way to read more and not take up precious space in the house. I absolutely love it and can't wait to bring it away with me when I travel and not have to take up precious suitcase space with books! I spend so much time on computers at work and at home and the same goes for my phone. You know yourself how hard it is to get out of the cycle of checking Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, so this is a nice way for me to unwind in the evenings.
I want to learn more things
I've a couple of things in mind, but I love learning new stuff. I started brush lettering last year and want to continue that. I'd love to do a flower arranging course as my idea of arranging flowers is cutting off the plastic from a bouquet and plonking them in the vase. There are a couple of computery related courses I'd like to do as well, so the plan is to find some that fit into my schedule and get cracking. Maybe I'll even do a Spanish course! You never know what can come out of learning something new! I'm off to the Dublin Tech Summit and can't wait to come away inspired and ready to put what I learn into action.
I want to redecorate my office (again)
A couple of years ago, I went wild in Ikea and bought all the things. I love the set up of it now, but need to rejig things a bit so it's more functional. Because we got new windows all through the house, the wallpaper on that wall has been torn down and it looks manky. I've got my eye on a gorgeous wallpaper that I can't stop thinking about so I think when spring hits and the house isn't freezing, I'm going to fix 'er up. I've lots of ideas and you know when you don't know what style you're going to settle on and end up with a mix of everything? Totes gonna happen to me.
I want to experiment with different blog posts and videos
I want to up my game so hard with my photography
With the new member of my camera family, I'm enjoying taking photos again more than ever. I feel inspired and love being creative when it comes to mixing products, props and flowers of course! I really want to develop my own style when it comes to my photos and would love for someone to see one and know I took it. I died and came back from the dead the other day when Lisa Eldridge liked my photo on Instagram and I've had such lovely comments from people saying that they're enjoying my photos and again, I have lots of ideas of what I want to do with it. Maybe I'll learn how to use all the features on the camera, or maybe I'll just keep plodding along on the auto settings! I'd love to work with brands in a photography sense, creating images for them, but I've a lot of practicing to do!
I want to be more aware of my spending
Have you made any goals for the year?