2017 was a wild year. Whilst I had many wonderful experiences, (like I can’t shit on a year in which I met Kehlani and went to a Star Wars premiere,) it didn’t come without it’s challenges. As much as I enjoyed all the 2017 recaps on my friends’ instagram stories, I didn’t really have much to say myself, and as cliche as it sounds, I was just grateful to be happy, healthy and surrounded by people I love. I didn’t want to dwell on the whole twelve months and all it’s shenanigans as it would feel strange to sugar coat something that was, on the whole, a challenging and private year for me. So with that in mind, I’m going to take a look at my hopes for 2018 and what the year could have in store. Oooh er.
To start, you may have noticed I have a new blog header and new ones on my social accounts too… I’ve had a little redesign to freshen up my online presence. I wanted some coherency as I feel like it’s easy to get caught up in creating the content but forget about the way everything looks on the first impression. I’m ashamed to say that I do often judge a book by it’s cover and my internet hardback style waaasn’t looking so sweet towards the end of 2017. So with a little help from the wonderful Han Valentine (go and check out her instagram, she’s my insta idol,) I now have a fresh look that I feel represents me and my style and what I hope to be going forward. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Speaking of which, I’m so excited for my work over the next twelve months. 2017 gave me a kick up the bum in terms of finding financial stability, so I’ve been laying the groundwork for projects that not only am I thrilled to be a part of, but also will enable me to worry less about money. I love being busy, and I want to be busier in the coming months so that I am able to stop worrying about my firstly my income and secondly my relevancy as a vlogger and blogger. Instagram, YouTube, you name it, are modifying their algorithms, which is making it clear to creators that we need to not only establish ourselves on social media, but also have platforms, businesses and in projects over which we have more control. I think this will be a big year for creators taking more control of their careers and I am one hundred percent here for it.
One of my resolutions this year is to stop apologising for doing things that I want to do. I am the queen of compromise, always happy to do what the rest of the people I’m with are keen on, rarely taking my own wishes into consideration. Well this year I’m saying a big fuck you to that mentality. I am going to go on the nights out I want to go on, travel to the places I want to travel to and be more assertive about the things I like. I weirdly find this quite difficult so I’m planning to set a couple of goals, like to book a summer holiday with a couple of my friends, and see if I can follow through. Fingers crossed I learn to assert myself like I am entitled to – insert nail painting emoji here.
I’m also excited to hang out with my friends more. Unfortunately I tailed off a bit when it came to seeing people towards the end of last year, likely because I did that thing where you get into a relationship and you lose the balance of time alone vs time with friends. I never want to be that guy, and yet around November time I looked at my calendar and realised I hadn’t seen some of my closest friends in over a month. Not good. In addition, we’re all definitely reaching a part of our twenties where we get caught up in work, relationships and travel and forget about the drinks we were planning for next week. So this year, friends and family are a priority. I’m going to do more of the initiating and make sure I’m seeing my pals as regularly as poss.
And finally, I’m making music. It’s a long process but I love every second of it, and hopefully by the end of this year I’ll have something I can share with you.
So those are some of my thoughts on what might happen in 2018. The relentless optimist that I am, I have high hopes for what might be on the horizon. And hey, if anything I feel like I deserve a bit of good fortune in the next couple of months. I’m holding out for it, and with any luck it could be a really beautiful year.