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5 Goals I’m Currently Working Towards

5 Goals I'm Currently Working Towards I'm Just A Girl blog

With the last quarter of the year now officially in full swing, and only a few short months until we ring in 2019, I’ve come up with a number of different goals that I want to work towards.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time now, (if so, THANK YOU) then you may remember that I wrote a similar post last year all about the things I wanted to achieve before the end of the year. This post is similar in some ways, apart from I’m not really setting myself a strict timescale to accomplish everything.

With that in mind, here are 5 goals I’m currently working towards. Let me know in the comments below what 5 goals you’re currently working on!

5 Goals I'm Currently Working Towards I'm Just A Girl blog

Make More Money

This phrase isn’t exactly unusual or uncommon but whenever I hear it, I always think of my favourite book series ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic‘ by Sophie Kinsella.

I’ve always used this method whenever I need to save money for a particular goal, and with our Round The World trip creeping ever closer, I’m constantly finding new ways to make more money.

I’ve been incredibly lucky in the last few months that my freelance travel writing projects have really taken off, and I’ve been working with some truly incredible clients. I’ve committed to writing every single day and I really think my hard work is starting to pay off. With that in mind, I’m determined to work even harder and make more money by working with even more amazing travel brands and clients.

I do actually have a goal in mind of the amount of money that I want to save before we go travelling – let me know in the comments if that’s something you’d be interested in hearing more about in a separate post!

Cut Back

This point actually ties in very nicely with the one above – incidentally, it’s also a ‘concept’ that I took from the Shopaholic series many years ago.

In the book, Becky (the protagonist) aims to save as much money as possible in order to pay off her debts and fund her shopping addiction. While I (thankfully) don’t suffer from either of those things, I am still keen to make and save as much money as possible for when we go travelling and one of the ways I intend to do this is by cutting back.

I’ve been slowly introducing this concept into my life over the last few months; with cutting back on the things I buy, looking for cheaper alternatives whenever I can as well as stop using so much makeup in preparation for travelling. I aim to continue cutting back for the foreseeable future in order to save as much money as possible.

More quality time with my family

Family time has always been incredibly important to me, but it seems that the older I get, the more time I want to spend with my parents and younger brothers and sisters.

Spending weekends in The Lake District where my parents now live are something that I want to do for the next few months until we leave for travelling, and I also want to see my grandparents as much as possible.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that my oldest and best friend had a baby boy a couple of weeks ago, and with me being godmother, (!!!) I really want to spend as much time as possible with the little bubba before he grows up too quickly!

I really can’t wait until we go off on our travelling adventure, but I know for damn sure that I’m going to miss my family more than I can put into words. So spending lots of quality time with my family is definitely something I’m working towards over the next few months.

Work on a more balanced lifestyle

This is something that I say I’m going to do every single week and yet I still often struggle to put it into fruition. However, over the past few months, I’ve been trying much harder to obtain a more balanced lifestyle with regards to my eating habits, exercise and work-life balance.

I don’t feel as good about myself as I once did so I’m extremely determined to change that over the coming months. Living in the city centre of York has given me the opportunity to be outdoors much more. While I’d definitely prefer to be snuggled up inside our studio apartment during the autumn and winter months, I’m still looking forward to lots of chilly morning walks through the Museum Gardens and by the river.

I also need to continue eating more fruit and veg which I’ve actually managed to improve drastically upon over the recent months. I think it’s still important to indulge in a decadent hot chocolate every now and then, especially in the autumn, but overall I’m really determined to be much healthier.

A healthy, balanced lifestyle will also set me in good stead for when we go travelling.

Get prepared for travelling

This point isn’t necessarily just one thing I need to work towards; it’s a lot of factors will pay a part in getting prepared for travelling.

We’re hoping to purchase our first set of plane tickets in the next few weeks, and I think once that’s fully booked, we can really get into the swing of planning and preparing for our departure!

There’s still so many things we need to sort, organise, book and buy and we haven’t even really made a dent on them yet! However, I’m hoping that the long winter evenings will give us plenty of time to get things planned and with Christmas fast approaching, I’m hoping to put some key travel essentials on my Christmas wish list.

Getting prepared for travelling also ties into the points above with regards to spending time with my family, making more money and cutting back on unnecessary purchases. I’m so unbelievably excited and I can’t believe we’re just a matter of months from setting off for our trip around the world!

5 Goals I'm Currently Working Towards

What 5 goals are you currently working towards? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

32 Comments

  1. 8th October 2018 / 5:09 pm

    Making more money is definitely on my goals’ list! I want to make more time for friends and family but also traveling. I have achieved quite a good balance lately… Working towards being more committed to my blog because i have not been as active lately!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:44 am

      They’re also such great goals to have Corinne, I’m sure you’ll smash them! Xx

  2. 8th October 2018 / 5:34 pm

    These are great goals! The financial aspects of this are definitely something I can relate to, and I’m trying to cut back on a lot of things. Preparing for traveling (I’m SO JEALOUS) is such a good goal as well, I loved planning and preparing for my travels!
    Hels xx
    http://www.thehelsproject.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:42 am

      Thank you so much lovely! I hope you find cutting back easy haha! Xx

  3. Joy abou zeid
    8th October 2018 / 5:54 pm

    I hope you accomplish those goals! Great post xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:42 am

      Thank you Joy! X

  4. 8th October 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Great goals and I have no doubt you will achieve them! Loved the post!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:41 am

      Thank you ever so much! X

  5. Mary Meier
    8th October 2018 / 6:18 pm

    All excellent goals and worthy of effort for sure!!!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:41 am

      Thank you Mary!

  6. 8th October 2018 / 7:56 pm

    I love your cardigan in your photo! It’s such a lovely colour 🙂 These are great goals and all very realistic too. Making more money is definitely something on my list too and thank you for actually including that because money (especially within blogging) is such a touchy subject! xxx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:41 am

      Thank you so much Jenny, it’s my mum’s haha! It really is, isn’t it?! I’m glad you enjoyed 😘 xx

  7. 8th October 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Making money and cutting back are my 2 main goals for the next 6 months!!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:40 am

      Ooh yay! We can do it together! Let me know how you get on x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:40 am

      Thank you Carolyn! I really hope you get the chance to travel more! X

  8. 8th October 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Good luck with your goals Chloe! Wow! A round the world trip is so exciting! I can’t wait to follow your adventures, I hope you have an amazing time and all the best with the saving and preparation <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:39 am

      Thank you so much Bexa! Xx

  9. 9th October 2018 / 1:08 am

    These are all great and attainable goals! I’m currently wanting to make more money as well, I am dedicating more time to writing, I am exercising more, I am being more intentional about keeping in touch with friends, and I am taking more time for self-care.

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:39 am

      Ah they’re all such lovely goals! Let me know how you’re getting on! X

  10. 9th October 2018 / 5:48 am

    Jealous! I wish I could go travel around the world soon! You’re definitely going to have to prepare a lot of things for a trip like that. Have fun!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 8:39 am

      Thank you Marielle!

  11. Kelly Richardson
    9th October 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Your post has reminded me that I need to start thinking of my goals for 2019 too. Couldn’t agree more with what you said too, especially the goal on cutting back and travelling more.

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly!

  12. 9th October 2018 / 4:33 pm

    I feel like I could have written this myself. Haha. Good luck, girl! And I hope you crush your goals!!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you very much!

  13. 9th October 2018 / 6:35 pm

    When you put your goals “out there” you have a higher chance of success. There is no question you will smash your goals. Making more money is high on my list and I’m proud to be realizing it day by day.

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th October 2018 / 10:00 pm

      I absolutely agree Rosemary! X

  14. 9th October 2018 / 10:10 pm

    Oh my! I read the shopoholic series years ago and totally forgot about it! Anyway, I love these goals, and I love that you post them!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th October 2018 / 7:29 am

      Thank you so much!

  15. 10th October 2018 / 10:40 pm

    These are fantastic goals! I need to do some of this too… You’ve got this girl!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th October 2018 / 8:12 am

      Thank you so much!

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