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New Year, New Scents, New Goals*

new year

So I may just be a *tad* late to the party with this post, but better late than never, right?!

I’ve been spending the last few days indulging in SO many bloggers’ New Year posts and I’m now feeling more inspired than ever, which is why I’ve put together my very own goals post today.

The start of a new year is always a time that I adore because everyone’s feeling so determined and motivated and there’s so much positive energy. As I said in my ‘2017 Highlights‘ post, 2017 really was the most amazing year for me and I’m determined to make 2018 just as good. Here are all the things that I’d like to achieve this year.

Become much more confident in front of the camera

As much as I love taking flatlays and working on different arrangements so that I can make my images look as good as possible, I’m really determined to be much more confident in front of the camera this year. You’ll very rarely see “candid” photos of me on here or on my Instagram and that’s definitely something that I want to change this year. Some of my favourite bloggers have got their look nailed when it comes to being in front of the camera and it makes me want to dress up in something super cute and pose in front of the camera to capture that perfect shot!

Visit at least five new cities

Last year was an incredible year for travelling and even though Matt and I are planning an around the world trip next year, I’d still really love to visit some new places this year. Whether it’s just a new city in the UK or somewhere a bit further afield, I’m really excited to visit new places.

Enjoy experimenting with new and old products

I have so much makeup in my collection that it’s almost ridiculous so this year I’m determined to cut down on my spending on new products and instead focus on using up the ones that I already have in my collection. Having said that, if there’s something new that I’m desperate to try then I’m not going to deprive myself; we all deserve a little treat every now and then…

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a number of new perfumes from Parfen* and omfg they are all absolutely divine. Perfume has always been one of my favourite parts of my beauty routine, so I was incredibly excited to try these out.

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501 Lemon & Apple

This perfume reminds me of a beautiful sunny, summer’s day as it’s so fresh and fruity. With delightful scents of lemon and apple, it’s a perfume that only needs a couple of spritzes to leave you smelling delicious. The floral and fruity smell reminds me of being in a sunny country surrounded by gorgeous blue seas and the blazing sun. I think this is actually my favourite perfume that I received.

562 Sweet Lemon

A heady combination of lemons, mint and peonies, 562 is a perfume that can be worn at anytime of the year but it’s an ideal scent for a spring or summer’s day. It’s light, refreshing and delicious without being too overpowering.

901 Jasmine & Lily

Jasmine & Lily is a more musky scent, complimented by notes of orange and jasmine. I think this perfume is more suited to an evening as it’s incredibly elegant and sophisticated; it smells beautiful and it makes me feel very ‘grown up’.

Work on my health and fitness a lot more

For anyone who knows me, you’ll know that I’m notoriously bad at exercising and eating healthy; I just love pizza too much. This year however, I’d really like to up my fitness levels a lot more. Even if it’s simply just going for a quick walk around the village, I’d really love to try and get out more.

Attend more blogging events and work with some of my favourite brands

2017 was incredible for me as I got to attend a fair few blogging events which allowed me to meet lots of new people. This year I’d like to attend even more, starting with the #BlogAtTheBeach event next weekend. I’d also love the opportunity to work with even more incredible brands this year; ones that I truly admire and love.

Building an ‘I’m Just A Girl’ community

A large part of my blog name stems from the idea of being ‘a girl’ so I’d love to implement this idea even further on my blog and social channels. I want to be able to interact with more people even more on all different platforms and possibly even at events. I’d love for you guys to become even more involved with this little old blog and I can’t wait to see what this year brings us.

New Year

What are some of your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

*This post contains products that were gifted to me for reviewing purposes. All thoughts and opinions regarding new scents and new goals are entirely my own, please see my disclaimer for more.


  1. 6th January 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Visiting new cities is on my list of goals for 2018 too! I hope you achieve everything this year! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

    • chloedickenson
      7th January 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Yay! Thank you Han! X

    • chloedickenson
      7th January 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you! X

  2. JustTheBeginning-x
    7th January 2018 / 9:16 am

    These are some great goals! I’m on the look out for blogging events but there seems to be nothing nearby! Hopefully I spot one this year at some point.

    • chloedickenson
      7th January 2018 / 7:10 pm

      I hope you get to one at some point this year! X

    • chloedickenson
      7th January 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks so much babe! X

  3. Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose)
    7th January 2018 / 1:48 pm

    I absolutely love the fact that you want to grow more of a community around your blog, it really is so rewarding to have a group of people around you with whom you have a lot in common to share ideas, give feedback, and just generally be there for a chat when you feel like it! Visiting 5 new cities is such a great goal as well, I’d really love to do something similar as there are so many fantastic places in the UK that I just haven’t seen yet! Scotland’s top of my list, Edinburgh looks like an absolutely stunning city! Becoming more confident in front of the camera is also something that I’m working on, today I’ve posted my very first chatty Instagram story and I was so nervous doing it, but the feedback that I’ve got has all been positive so far so I’m going to try and continue! best of luck with all of your goals, I’m sure you’re absolutely going to smash them!

    Your blog is also looking amazing at the moment with the new theme!!

    Abbey xxx

    • chloedickenson
      7th January 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you ever so much Abbey! It’s definitely people like you in the blogging community who inspire me every single day!

  4. 7th January 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Fab goals! I would also like to feel more confident in front of the camera and visit more new cities x

    • chloedickenson
      7th January 2018 / 7:07 pm

      It’s definitely something we should work on! X

  5. 7th January 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Love this.
    I’ve just uploaded my “to do list” for this year over in my blog.
    I’m the same as you and would like to grow my blog this year and hopefully work with some brands that I’m in to

  6. 7th January 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Love this.
    I’ve just uploaded my “to do list” for this year over in my blog.
    I’m the same as you and would like to grow my blog this year and hopefully work with some brands that I’m in to

    • chloedickenson
      7th January 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Ooh I can’t wait to read that post! X

  7. 7th January 2018 / 10:32 pm

    What a fabulous set of goals here Chloe! Visiting 5 new cities is a great one, I’m determined to do more smaller holidays this year rather than big ones, so hopefully I can see a lot more of England and nearby countries too! Building a community around your blog is a great goal to set too, even though I believe you have so many people who love and support your blog too!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

  8. 9th January 2018 / 8:31 am

    Great goals Chloe! I would love to visit some new places in 2018 and step outside my comfort zone a bit more as I do get quite anxious regarding travelling. All the best for 2018! x

  9. 9th January 2018 / 9:36 am

    Love your goals for this year!! I always find it so motivating when you start a new year off and have clear ideas of what you want. Those perfumes look brilliant too! I hadn’t heard of them before x

  10. 9th January 2018 / 1:55 pm

    Some amazing goals Chloe, visiting new cities sounds like a fantastic one and is something I want to do this year in the UK. Good luck with them all, I’m sure you will smash them xx

    Kristy | http://www.thevioletblonde.com

  11. Debra-Bow
    10th January 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I really like the point of visiting Five new cities as its something I’d like to do too. We always say we will do it ‘next time’ but next time is never gonna’ come around if we always push it back. I’m definitely going to draw some ideas up of where to go! Such a good post 🙂

    • chloedickenson
      12th January 2018 / 8:18 am

      Yay good idea! Xx

  12. 16th January 2018 / 8:05 pm

    The jasmine and lily perfume is something I reckon I would love so going to give them a google!! Love jasmine scents so much.
    And if you’re looking for a city to visit… Brighton is pretty cool… wink wink nudge nudge… xxxxxx


    • chloedickenson
      23rd January 2018 / 8:20 am

      Hahah I definitely want to visit Brighton this year if possible! Xxx

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