2017 in Review

And thats it! Its the last day of the year so it is time to reflect on the goals I have set myself. Did I acheive them? Well lets see. 

Blogging Goals

I am hoping to hit 10,000 views

ACHIEVED – I almost reached this target – I got to 9500 this year. That is still 3 times what I got last year so I am still willing to accept that as a success. And in total since I started I have now had around 13700 so Perhaps I can say I have reached 10000. 

I am also hoping to hit 100 subscribed followers

ACHIEVED – I hit this target in august! As of now I actually have 135! Yay!

I also had in my bullet journal goals to hit 500 likes and 500 comments

ACHIEVED – I managed to reach 915 Likes and 541 Comments. Yay!

Another bullet journal goal was to have created and published 15 new recipes.

ACHIEVED – I published exactly 15. My favourite was the choc orange tarte.

Crafting Goals

The first is to finally get around to taking up spinning.

ACHIEVED – I did indeed manage to start spinning. I spun my first ever hank of yarn in the most wonderful autumnal colourway. Unfortunately my spindle then broke, so now I am looking for one thats a bit more robust!

My second goal is to crochet 6 miles (tracked Via Knit Meter).

ACHIEVED – I crocheted exactly 6.7 miles this year. Thats 10,783 meters or 11,972 yards. Wow!

My third goal is to learn some basic knitting skills

ACHIEVED – I nanaged to learn back in august. I still havent made anything substantive yet but I understand the basics.

To have created at least 12 new crochet patterns by the end of the year.

ACHIEVED – I published 13 new patterns this year. You can find them all on my ravelry designer page, here

Lifestyle Goals

My main goal here is to reach a goal weight of 80kg

CANCELLED – Yeah… Not gonna happen. Whilst we are making some healthier life choices, moving house put a huge dent in out attempts to shed a bit of weight – Maybe next year eh? It would be unhealthy of me to loose this much weight in such a short period of time but I will continue to slowly and surely lose a little at a time. 

Financial Goals

Within the next couple of months I hope to clear most of my debts

ACHIEVED – I actually managed to acheive that in february!

Once that debt is clear, I hope to start saving a significant amount of money per month, to begin to save to buy a house!

ACHIEVED – I am indeed managing to save a significant amount. I recently reached the one year anniversary of sticking my middle finger up and quitting that toxic job I was in where I was constantly sick stressed and angry all the time. I wasnt even being paid fairly so despite regular 40 to 70 hour weeks I was completely unable to pay off my debts or save any money at all, so the fact that In the space of a year, I was unemployed for 3 months, then managed to pay off my debts and am now saving to buy a house makes me feel really proud of myself!

Relationship Goals

As you will probably already be aware, my partner proposed to me back in October! Yay! We had always wanted to get matching engagement rings custom made for us, so within the next few months I would like to have that ring on my finger

ACHIEVED – Funny story… so all of the prototyping went well, we came up with something lovely that meant a lot to us and when we received the final casting we loved them. That was for about two weeks, at which point, we found out I was allergic to silver. I came out in a really gross row of blisters. So I did manage to get my ring. But then I had to get it redone in new less allergy inducing metal. I now love wearing this ring.

By the end of the year, it is also our hope that we will have booked a venue and will therefore have a set date, even though we do not wish to marry for a few more years

ACHIEVED (SORT OF…) We visited our dream venue back in May. It was lovely and we were definately hoping to get married here. But then we had a moment of clarity and realised all this faff wasnt for us. So we have made new wedding plans instead.

Hobby Goals

It is my aim to broaden my film and literature horizons this year. With that in mind, I am going to aim to read 15 new books and watch 15 new films this year!

PARTIALLY ACHIEVED – I am miles off on the reading! I still havent managed even one book – I got so close to finishing The Trouble With Lichen an Metro 2033 whilst on holiday but then we moved house and I lost track. As for films though, I did actually reach my goal of 15. These are Deadpool, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Karate Kid and The Martian, IT, Mother, Blade Runner 2049, The Ritual, Happy Death Day, The Snowman, Jigsaw, Geostorm, The Last Jedi, The Red Turtle and Alien Covenant.
So there we go – I think I did ok – I got a bit behind on 1 or 2 goals but on the whole I managed to acheive what I set out to do! Heres t oan even better 2018. Did you acheive everything you had hoped to this year? 

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