Friday, 1 January 2016

2016 Goals

I'm generally not a big fan of New Year's resolutions and the cliche 'New Year, New Me' that we inevitably see doing the rounds at this time of year. I think it only serves to put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. As long as we're trying to do our best everyday surely we're doing ok without setting unrealistic aims such as becoming a total detox goddess come January or going to the gym everyday. However this time of year always does make you reflect (maybe it's all the sitting around over Christmas!) and think what you'd like to achieve over the next 12 months. It's good to have goals and something positive to focus on especially during the colder months. These are 5 things I'd like to do this year...

2016 Goals

1. Travel
I've really wanted to visit Las Vegas ever since I started looking into it a couple of years ago. I subsequently received a Las Vegas travel guide last Christmas and I'm now hooked! It'd be great to take in all the sights and visit the different casinos, go shopping (of course!) and combine it with a trip to the Grand Canyon. I'd love to plan a trip there so fingers crossed. I'd also love to return to New York, I instantly fell in love with the city when I first visited a few years ago and would love to go back. I've always wanted to go in December to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and the city all lit up for Christmas. I hope to visit more cities around Europe and to explore more areas of London too. I'd better get saving!

2. Organise & Print Photos 
This is something I keep meaning to do but I'm determined to actually get organised and do it this year! I'm guilty of uploading some of my favourite photos to social media and then never really doing anything with them. I miss having actual photo albums to look through, scrolling through on your phone just isn't the same. I've got many empty albums waiting to be filled so I have no excuse. I especially want to create albums from various trips and print photos of family and friends to put in the numerous frames I keep buying!

3. Visit more Exhibitions 
I went to some great exhibitions last year including the highly anticipated McQueen Savage Beauty at the V&A and more recently Mademoiselle Prive at the Saatchi Gallery. It's great to escape for a few hours and loose yourself amongst the art or learn about something new. I've already bookmarked the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition starting in the summer at the Tate Modern. The Saatchi is one of my favourite galleries in London and somewhere I hope to visit more in 2016. They have some really interesting exhibitions and it's free entry too.

4. Enjoy more Theatre & Comedy Shows
I love visiting the theatre and I'm always adding to the list of shows I'd like to see. I'm celebrating my birthday soon and would love to go and see a show as part of the celebrations! I've heard great reviews of Book of Mormon and I'd love to see Phantom in London having loved it in NYC. I want to see more plays too and take advantage of the January ticket offers and the half price hut. I was lucky enough to see lots of my favourite comedians last year including the wonderful Luisa Omielan at the Udderbelly Festival on the Southbank in summer as well as a whole host of great shows at Edinburgh Fringe in August. There's nothing better than laughing so much that you're nearly falling off your chair! I hope to be able to see lots more of these great comedians and discover some new ones this year too.

5. Improve Photography & Develop Blog 
I've recently been relying on using my iPhone for all my photos, it's just so convenient although it's not ideal for all types of photos or for high quality images. I'd been looking into a new camera for a while and recently took the plunge with an Olympus Pen. I can't wait to get started and hope it'll improve my blog photos as well as capturing all the trips I'd like to take! Alongside improving my photography I hope to develop my blog this year and feature more lifestyle posts of places I visit and things I've done as these are some of my favourite types of posts both to put together and to read about on other blogs.

What do you hope to achieve in 2016?


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