As mentioned in my first post of the year, 2016 was a year of lessons for me. I learnt a lot about myself: what makes me happy, what makes me sad and some negative behavioural patterns. Rather than ignore the lessons I learnt and continuing to make a long line of mistakes, in 2017 I really want to start applying this knowledge and demonstrate I've actually learnt from my mistakes.

As I often do at the start of a new year, new season or on the anniversary of my birth, I am currently feeling tentatively optimistic. I am certainly not all steam ahead when it comes to making the changes I want to see in my life, but I am feeling hopeful that I can have a positive year. I even have a little motivation to start working towards the things that I want. I will be spending January being kind and gentle with myself and figuring out exactly what I want my goals to be this year.

For now, here are my intentions for 2017. I will be solidifying these into concrete, time bound and measurable goals towards the end of the month.

Resurrect my blog 
During 2016, I barely blogged at all. My ability to organise myself deserted me last year and I was seriously lacking in motivation. For a while, I considered just giving up entirely but there was also a nagging feeling at the back of my mind that blogging is something I really did want to continue with. I am feeling very positive about this so far, as just two days into the new year, I am on my second post of the year!

Make a good start on my 30 Before 30 list
On my 25th birthday in May, I created a list of 30 goals I wanted to achieve by my 30th birthday. At the time I was super excited about it but just a week later, I'd forgotten about it. As a result of this, I've barely made a start on it. I was taking a look at it the other day and I've decided that I want to make a big dent in this list this year.

Get some marketing qualifications 
Although I've been working in marketing for nearly three years now, I don't actually have any marketing qualifications other than my work experience. While I have no doubt that the fact that I've actually already had a marketing job is extremely valuable and something future employers will be interested in, I think I'd feel 100% more confident about my career if I had some actual education, and proof of that education, behind it.

Dramatically reduce my dairy and meat consumption 
For the past couple of months, I've been having some issues with my digestive system - mainly painful stomach ache. While I am sure that this current bout of issues I've been having was triggered by stress, I am also sure that my current diet has hardly been helping the situation. I notice my symptoms are always worse when I've had a lot of dairy, processed meats like chorizo and sadly, whenever I drink alcohol. I will not 100% deprive myself of these things because they are my favourite things and if I do "ban" them, I will end up bingeing. My current thoughts are that when at home, I will not eat meat and dairy and will have these things as a treat when I'm away from home or it's a special occasion. As for alcohol, I will be limiting that to special occasions as well rather than every single Friday.

Make a conscious effort to be a better friend 
Over the years, I've lost a lot of friends. If I'm totally honest, I'm really, really not fussed about the vast majority of these but with some people, it's a real shame that the relationship has completely died out. In 2016 I figured out who I want to remain in my life long term and in 2017, I really want to play my part to make sure these friendships don't fade away. That being said, I've also identified a few relationships where the effort I put in was not worth it and I want to be strong enough to remove these people from my life.

I'm starting to think my life would feel a lot more fulfilling if I stopped spending all my money on food, clothes and makeup and instead put a bit more towards exploring both the UK and abroad. My budget means that a few different UK destinations are a lot more likely this year than a trip abroad but we will see...!

Stop messing around and pass my damn driving test!!!
I first took my driving theory test in 2012. Once you have passed your theory, you have two years to complete the practical or the theory expires. So yep, in 2014, my theory expired. In October 2015, I took my theory test again and now, suddenly, I have less than a year to pass my practical or my theory will expire again. It's so much money wasted and I will be deeply annoyed with myself if I let this happen for the second time. Time to stop messing about AND DO THIS.

These are just a few of my intentions for 2017. Have you set any intentions or goals yourself?