Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

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.

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17 Comments

  1. January 8, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Wish you all the best Lucy!

  2. foo
    January 8, 2018 / 8:23 am

    Love the positivity and love the rebranding! Serif and sans serif both suit you but this sans serif cheeky look is exciting. Happy New Year and I wish you an awesome 2018!

  3. Sandra Brown
    January 8, 2018 / 9:01 am

    Love the re-branding … and I’ll certainly be looking forward to your music this year. Happy New Year and I wish you the very best in all your 2018 endeavours! ❤️

  4. January 8, 2018 / 9:05 am

    i love that you didnt recap 2017, but you shared all your sparkly wishes for the upcoming year! keep doing you and im exited for new music! hope you make more videos though i love your chatty vlogs xox

  5. Dipali Patel
    January 8, 2018 / 9:12 am

    Really looking forward to all the wonderful things you will be doing this year!

  6. January 8, 2018 / 10:10 am

    Sounds like you’ve got an awesome year lined up. Hell yes to being more assertive, that’s something I need to start doing this year, too. Here’s to a productive 2018 🙌🏻✨

  7. January 8, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    I’ll always look forward to whatever you do next! I’m also going to try to be less apologetic in everything I do in 2018. I’m tired of being so goddamn self conscious all the time.
    Good luck with everything, and I love the rebranding! 🙂
    juliainbluhm.com

  8. Merle Findhammer
    January 9, 2018 / 7:47 am

    Great vibes here! Love the overall positivity, it sparkles my own thinking about the future as well, so thanks for that, Lucy! Especially the thing you said about creators having their very own platform over which they have more control is a very interesting thought – it obvious, of course, but I’d never thought about the changes in YouTube etc. from the creator’s POV. Wish you all the best in 2018!

  9. January 9, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Beautiful rebrand Lucy, I would totally agree that it really suits your style and I think gives an even better initial impression of you and your work. I love your optimism for the year and I am feeling that way too! Balance is the key for me I think, and not letting too much of one thing over take my routine. Happy New Year and I hope it works well for you.
    Sophie x

  10. January 9, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    I hope that everything in your life will be absolutely amazing in 2018 and I wish you to complete all the projects that you have been working on!

  11. Pilar Gesino
    January 10, 2018 / 1:18 am

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store this year. Everything sounds so exciting. Hope you have a wonderful year, Lucy.
    Love
    Pili
    To Read with Tea

  12. January 10, 2018 / 5:47 am

    i love the first paragraph! its so spot on, i wish i was a little less dramatic n didnt just shit on the whole year as a whole because of a few instances. i mean i did see frank ocean. i am also so here for all of this positivity! looking forward to see what u do with ur year <3

    afuckinglook.blogspot.com

  13. Natalie Hanson
    January 10, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I’m loving the positivity that is completely beaming through this post! I’m so excited to see what you have to bring in 2018, whatever it is you’ll be amazing, you always are.

    Nat – nataliehansonblog.wordpress.com

  14. January 14, 2018 / 1:57 am

    I’m ready to kill it this year. That’s why I’m up at 2am making collages and listening to a grime classics playlist!!!! YEAH! Have a great year.

  15. January 16, 2018 / 10:36 am

    I hope you have a wonderful, positive 2018 Lucy! Can’t wait to hear your music!

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