Another chatty lifestyle post today about the year ahead and some of the current plans and aspirations I have for it. I’m hoping it’s going to be a really great year for myself and the people around me but only time will tell!
I’ve changed my schedule from what was Wednesday, Friday and Sunday uploads to Thursday and Sunday uploads. As I said in a post at the end of last year, I need to spend more time edging myself back into real life. Blogging is a lot more hard work than people tend to realise, especially when you’re a perfectionist and insist that all of your content is your own. I never have and never want to use stock images, my posts are an average of around 900 words each as I like depth and because I blog about a whole load of different things my images need to be set in all different sorts of places and with the use of other people at times. There will be 2 posts per week going forward with the possible addition of Chronic Confessions on 2 Wednesdays per month if people continue to share their story!
Although I said above that my schedule has changed, I’m going to try not to be too hard on myself if I don’t have the content ready to stick to it. I find my life generally runs a lot better when I have a plan/schedule ahead of time which is why I have specific days but If I have a really unwell week or feel uninspired then I won’t punish myself for it. Sometimes you just need a break. For that reason I’ve vowed to cut down a bit on collaborations this year, also.
I’m extremely grateful for all the brands I’ve got to work with but I think sometimes you can get caught up in that side of things and feel like the amount of work you get defines your status. The thing is that’s probably true if either you’re trying to make a living off of it or you’re trying to be an influencer rather than a blogger/writer. I however, am doing neither. I want to write about things I’m passionate about and make like-minded friends as well as friends who are not so like-minded who can educate me.
I’ve turned down a few collaborations already this year because I need to spend some time just writing for me again. I need to remember that people come to my blog because they like my writing, recommendations, advice and reading about my life and journey with illness not because they like ogling the things I get sent.
So I tried a choir a few years back. To be honest, the majority of attendees were quite a lot older than me, the songs were very outdated and it was just quite a boring experience. It’s safe to say I didn’t stick at it. Back in November 2018, a post popped up on my Facebook that a new choir was starting in January hosted by a girl who was in the year above me at BIMM. I’ve been going for a few weeks now and am having the best time! The music is current, the people who go are super friendly and funny and it’s just a really relaxed and fun experience with no judgement. I can’t wait to see where it goes!
You know the saying ‘never mix business with pleasure’, well Jake and I said we’d never do commercial music projects together that weren’t for educational purposes for that reason. We had bands and music projects with other people but it’s never seemed to work out long-term. So we’ve decided to scrap it and actually do some stuff together and not to blow my/our own trumpet but we sound pretty damn great together. We’re not ready to put anything out quite yet but I’ll definitely be promoting it when we do! We’ll also be performing live so if you’re in Bristol/Bath you should totally come and see us.
I’ve been asked to do projects with some producers which I’m really looking forward to in the coming year. Some of which I’ll be contributing vocals to songs on an EP and I’m not entirely sure what is happening elsewhere yet but again, I’ll keep my social medias updated with what is to come!
As well as working with producers, I also want to properly record some promotional songs for mine and Jakes project. We’re thinking of starting up a Youtube channel for covers and performance videos (if you’re interested/want to support us, you can subscribe here for when we do start uploading). I also did a performance with a Bristol rock covers band called Rooted a few years back who I’m planning to perform with again this year!
Sorrento and its surrounding areas are known to be incredibly beautiful, my mum went a few years back and didn’t have a bad word to say about it. Jake and I were really eager to go so not long after my surgery we decided to just go for it and book a week there! We’re heading off in early May so it won’t be unbearably hot but around a nice 20 degrees. We’re going to go to Pompeii, climb up Mount Vesuvius, visit Herculaneum, pop over to Capri and not forgetting seeing the incredible Amalfi Drive. Italy is my absolute favourite place to go on holiday and it’ll be the fifth place I’ve visited. I’m completely in love with how rustic it is, the beautiful flavoursome food, the wonderful culture and the friendly and relaxed vibe there. If I could handle heat, retiring there would definitely be the goal.
Last year we went to Cinque Terre for my mums birthday and this year we’re going to Switzerland! My mum, stepdad, brother and I are going for 5 nights in June and It’s going to be brilliant. I think we’re going to take a boat around Lake Geneva and go to Annecy in France to explore! I’d never even thought about visiting Switzerland before to be honest but now I know how amazing it looks and how many exciting things there are to see, I’m really damn excited to go.
This is the latest addition to the holiday pile. With how the past couple of years have treated me, I really just want this year to be amazing. I’ve wanted to visit America for the longest time but I always thought I’d go to Orlando first for Disneyworld and Universal. Unfortunately, our budget didn’t quite stretch that far (and who knows if it ever will). We’re going to New York for 5 nights over our anniversary in November and we really wanted to see a show on broadway to make our time there extra special. We couldn’t believe our luck when Moulin Rouge was showing so we booked it for our last night there. I really think it’ll be an unforgettable trip!
Nope. I’m going to be in my mid early twenties. Before I know it I’ll be 40. Growing up really does scare me, time seems to go by so much faster now. Although as odd as it sounds, quite a few people in my life have told me that their life seemed to fall into place a bit more when they were 23 which I really would LOVE to happen. All I could ask for right now is stability because it’s been a hell of a long time since I’ve experienced it.
We’ve never been away for our anniversary before so I’m really damn excited to spend it doing something amazing in New York! We are both huge music lovers so are planning to tour Madison Square Gardens in the daytime, go on a cruise in the evening and then end the day with a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. I can’t imagine being with anyone other than Jake and hope we have many, many more amazing anniversaries to come.
I’ll be doing the 10km WALK IT event for Crohns and Colitis UK again this year in May with my friends and family in tow. I want to expand the charities I raise for though and learn how to put some events together to support them. I’m also going to start to donate any unopened/unused products I have to homeless shelters or charities that make hampers for people going through cancer treatments. I was going to take part in an ostomy charity calendar as well but unfortunately don’t feel I’ll be well enough this year so am going to apply for the next one they do!
As disappointing as it is, I’m not quite there with being ready yet. I thought I would be and tried to push myself back into it but I’m still dealing with quite a lot to do with my health and if I’m being honest with myself, rushing back into a “normal” life would really hinder me mentally and physically long-term. I’m determined to fight whatever is going on, though and am sure I’ll be working by the end of the year if not sooner. I’m really excited to start earning again and be back in a routine!
This goes with the above point. Once I start getting a proper wage I can finally start saving for moving out and adult things. Jake and I have been in a place for a very long time, in every way other than financially, where we’ve been ready to live together. Although I like to think the fact that we’ve had to wait so long and get through so much to get to that point will make it extra special when we do!
Do you have any solid plans for 2019?