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