New Year, New Me || My Goals for 2018

January 2, 2018
Ghenet Actually || My Goals for 2018

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to think about setting some goals for the year! Every year, I think, I talk about New Year’s Resolutions and setting goals. Some are harder than others, and some fall by the wayside by the time February rolls around. Still, it’s a nice feeling to sit and think about what I’d like to accomplish over the next year!

Pay Off My Credit Card Debt

This is a big one, and part of a bigger goal of being more financially responsible. I don’t have a ton of credit card debt… at least we’re not talking like Β£10,000 or anything! It’s still enough that I want to really get it down. I have one credit card back home that I’ve been paying off for ages; I’ve always paid off a little more than the minimum. I’ve decided to increase that massively over the next few months to clear it completely. I’d rather be a bit more skint for the first few months of the year and then not have to worry about it, am I right? They can be a bit dangerous, credit cards! I always end up using mine and honestly, there’s no need for it. So my goal for this year is to pay them off, and once they’re paid off, only use them for major purchases. That seems reasonable I think!

Build Readership of My Blog

I love my blog so much, and I’d love for it to be more than it is at the moment. I had a really great call with Kat Molesworth, who helped me come up with some really great ideas and goals where my blog is concerned! Sometimes it just takes that little extra bit of guidance to feel motivated! Plus, someone sharing their knowledge is particularly helpful, and Kat really did share some great tips! I’m planning a little bit of a rebrand, and will be starting a newsletter as well! If you’re interested in signing up, you can do so here! My blog is my baby, and I’d really like to take it to new levels, so 2018 is about trying my hardest to grow it even more!

Heal My Broken Relationship with Food

I have a really unhealthy relationship with food, and it’s having an effect not just on my mental health but also on my confidence. This last year was highly stressful and I had a lot of low days. My weight has ballooned as a result and it’s left me feeling and thinking some not very nice things about myself. When I’m feeling low, or sad, or stressed, I have the tendency to binge-eat. A pint of ice cream, an entire packet of biscuits, giant bags of crisps. Things that, ordinarily, are better consumed in smaller portions. I have no problem indulging and treating myself every once in a while, but my main concern is getting a handle on my response to emotional triggers and why they cause me to binge-eat. This isn’t about weight loss, or dieting, it’s about my mental health.

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  • Reply Heidi January 2, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I have the same goals as you, as my main goals πŸ™‚ Especially the first and the last one! I don’t have much on my credit card, but I would love to pay it off as soon as possible. It’s so easy to use! I might just hide it and use it when I actually need it. And the food, same. I have the same problem. Hopefully you will get to your goals x

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    • Reply Ghenet January 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      I unfortunately do have a bit on my credit card, but this is the first time I’m making enough money that I can pay it off in bigger bits without being skint the rest of the month! It makes a big difference! And with the food, I always think, it’s so easy to say, oh I’ll lose weight, but actually it’s more important (and probably longer lasting) to focus on what’s causing me to gain weight in the first place, you know? Hopefully we’ll both accomplish our goals this year! Best of luck!

  • Reply Beth January 2, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Lovely goals, but this is exactly why I don’t want a credit card, I’d worry too much about the debt! And yes I have so many roads I want to take and goals I want to reach with my blog this year xx

  • Reply Yami January 4, 2018 at 1:10 am

    I have the same credit card goal. I really want to treat myself to a European “Grand Tour” so I want to get most of my money going towards saving and not taking care of debt. I love to treat myself to short term pleasures so I have to think more in the long term. That has to do with my weight too. It’s probably a small consolation, but I did start reading your blog because you were not one of the cookie cutter British expat blogs out there. You look different, you’re diverse, I could relate more and that made me want understand your experience more.

    • Reply Ghenet January 4, 2018 at 9:21 am

      What a nice comment! Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s not a small consolation at all, and means a lot to hear! I like to treat myself too, and I see nothing wrong with that at all, but it’s the toxic binge-eating (which I actually get no pleasure out of and usually end up feeling worse) that I’m trying to break! It’s really hard! I was young and stupid when I first started using a credit card, and I didn’t really develop a responsible attitude to them as a result. Now just trying to remedy it!

  • Reply Lynsey || One More Slice January 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS. Where can I get that cat mug??

    Anyway, your goals are really worthwhile and inspiring to me. I have quite an unhealthy relationship with food as well and is something I want to overcome this year.

    I look forward to reading how you’ll progress with your blog over the next year and wishing you best of luck with trying to get down your credit card debt. Been there, done that and it is not fun! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • Reply Ghenet January 22, 2018 at 11:58 am

      The cat mug is from Oliver Bonas, but I don’t think they have it in stock anymore! It’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only one who struggles with this kind of thing. It’s really hard sometimes! I’m planning a few posts to go more in depth about these things!

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