2016 Review

2016 was a year of real ups and downs and particularly life-changing. Life happens, and by that I mean it really does. Not to mention all the terrible things that have gone on this year, 2016 has been on of the strangest times to be alive.

I’m going to look back over the goals I made back in January although I know I didn’t achieve much. There’s nothing I hate more than setting goals and not achieving them, but it’s important to see where we are and how we can move forward. I think some of my problem is that I only had these goals stored on my blog, instead of intentionally displaying them somewhere where I would see them every day. That’s the first think I’m going to do when I have finalised my goals for next year.

2016 GOALS

Connect with the UK blogging community. // I got better at this but I’m definitely not where I want to be with this goal yet. As I mentioned previously, 2016 turned out to be a bit of a flop. I am very grateful for the connections I have made already but I know that I will meet more people once I start to become a little more active and network more!

Stick to one writing project and write 50,000 words. // I did not achieve this but I’m going to make this a priority in 2017. When I feel down with my depression and anxiety, writing really helps me to escape. It’s always been my dream to publish a novel and it’s not going to happen if I’m not even writing.

Earn money from my blog, even if it’s only a little. // My blog isn’t even close to where I want it to be. I launched it at the beginning of this year with an intentional vision but I haven’t been able to carry that out. I felt so inspired this time last year but with everything life threw at me, my blog had to take a back seat. I’m learning to fall back in love with my blog and not neglect it. I’d love to make money from my blog, but I know this will come in time once I focus on what’s really important.

Have an idea of a plan for my future. // Right now I’m engaged and unemployed. This year didn’t happen how I thought it would, however I am really grateful for all the lessons learned and the excitement Joel and I now have for our impending marriage. I would say I have definitely achieved this goal and my next priority is to find myself a new job in the New Year. Hopefully, one that compliments the degree I have.

Set up my own business. // I still want to pursue this goal, I think, but I still don’t know which way to go with this. I’m going to continue to dream in 2017 and see what happens.

Do. // I loved having this as a goal as I did try so many new recipes out and tried a few different projects, but it wasn’t specific enough to allow me to feel like I’ve achieved anything big. I think I’ll revamp this goal to make it more attainable. Watch this space!


  • Joel and I got engaged this year.
  • For my dissertation, I wrote an entire screenplay and got a First.
  • In July, I graduated from university.
  • I quit my job to pursue my dreams.
  • I became obsessed with makeup and made it a project to do my own makeup on my wedding day.
  • Joel, Jonny and I went to Amsterdam in January for a few days and it’s stirred up the wanderlust in me.
  • For my birthday, I got two little friends, Benny and Perkin who are gerbils. And by the way, they know their names which is really fun! Though they are little creatures, they do bring me such joy and I’m so glad I have them.
  • We acquired another little friend when I felt sorry for one of the hamsters at work. His name is Womble.
  • I began to relapse back into my depression and anxiety but I am dealing with it.
  • We took Joel with us on our family holiday to Spain this year and I had so much fun practicing my photography.
  • Making ammends with an old friend that I haven’t spoken to properly for years.

What were your favourite moments of 2016?