2019 Plans And Aspirations!

31st January 2019

Hey everyone!

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!

Blog Plans And Aspirations

Plans, additions and aspirations picture

New Schedule

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!

New Attitude

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.

Music Plans And Aspirations

Diary with "choir" written in it

Joining A Choir

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!

Jake And Al

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.

Working With Producers

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!

Recording And Other Bits

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!

Travel Plans And Aspirations

New York written in diary

Sorrento – May

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.

Switzerland – June

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.

New York – November

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!

Personal Plans And Aspirations

"enjoy bright mornings" quote

Turning 23

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.

6 Years With Jake

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.

Do More For Charities

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!

Get A Job

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!

Save Save Save

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?

’Til Next Time,

18 responses to “2019 Plans And Aspirations!”

  1. I literally love your journal so much, it’s the cutest thing. I’m really proud of you for telling yourself to bite down to two posts a week, I know it must have been difficult for you to do as you’re such a workaholic. Your posts are always incredible so I’m always excited for your posts, whether they come out less often or not. It can be so easy to get caught up in collabs etc. and forget why you wrote in the first place, I’m glad you’re remembering it’s important to write for yourself. I’m SO proud of you for getting back into your music, I wish I could join an acapella choir! It seems so cool. And I’m beyond excited to be able to hear what you and Jake have been working on, remember when you’re famous that I was your first YouTube subscriber haha 😉 I can’t wait to see all of your holiday photos as well, you’re gonna have such an amazing time at all of your destinations x

    Alice // http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thanks Al, it was actually a big deal for me believe it or not! I love writing for myself and it’s been lovely doing so recently. If you lived here I’d be forcing you to come with me, soz. Hehe gal you’ll be backstage mate, not gonna forget you xo Thanks Al 😊❤️ x

  2. These are such great aspirations, I wish you all the best with them! x

    Shannon | https://shannonmichelle1.blogspot.com

  3. Bronia says:

    Firstly I love the chatty style of this post! Honestly posting two times a week is very impressive to me as I’m currently struggling to find time to do one a week at the moment. It takes me so long to take my blog photos, I don’t have great lighting/space in my house so it feels like such a chore and I really want to figure out a way to change this. It sounds like you’ve made some amazing goals and I’m so jealous of your travel plans! I need to get making some of my own

    Bronia | http://www.broniajane.co.uk

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you 😊 it can definitely set you back when you don’t have a good place to do everything! You definitely should when you can, traveling is so fun! x

  4. I haven’t been to Sorrento but Pompeii is incredible. Make sure you have a hat or a parasol because there is next to no shade, and it gets so hot! I went in May and nearly fainted! I’ll be marking GCSE Literature exams while you’re out there so I’ll try not to turn totally green with jealousy.

    Georgia x

  5. hanmorris97 says:

    Such a great post, and good luck with everything! I’m glad you’ve found a choir that suits you, and you’re having fun with it! All of your trips sound amazing too, I can only imagine how fab your pictures are going to be- hope you have the best time!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  6. glowsteady says:

    So exciting to see you working towards more to do with music!! I’ve been reading your blog for pretty much the entire time that I’ve had mine so it’s so nice to see you talking about life beyond being unwell (lol why am I so cheesy pls). Your travel plans sound so exciting too! I hope you have the most amazing year! x


    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      This is such a nice comment Sophie, thank you ❤️ It’s so nice to finally be feeling like I CAN talk about life beyond being unwell! It took over every aspect of my life for such a long time and it’s slowly but surely fading, just takes time! Thank you, I hope I do too hehe x

  7. Nancy says:

    I’m excited to read about your plans and aspiration for the year! It’s okay to take a little step back and iron things out. Your posts are always great to read. YESSS, don’t be too hard on yourself. Things can happen and the beauty of blogging is that there is a lot of flexibility. Focusing on yourself is very important. Hope you’ll have fun in the choir group! Love that you have a lot of travel plans happening this year!! You’re doing all of this and you’re still young!! Sending you LOTS AND LOTS of positive vibes!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you Nancy! ❤️ A step back is definitely needed sometimes. That’s very true, I’m so happy that I have this little space on the internet to be creative. I appreciate your lovely comment so much! X

  8. lifeofshar says:

    Your new schedule sounds fab! I also love reading your posts and they are all such high quality, you can tell you put a lot of effort into them, your blog is amazing. But like you said, blogging can take up so much time it is nice to have a bit of ‘me’ time, or spending more time with family and friends. I can’t wait to hear more of your beautiful voice! Wow! So many holidays! I can’t wait to see all the pictures and hear all about them, Sorrento sounds like a dream! 6 years is 100% goals!! For me at reece it will be 5 years this year! Not far behind;) The last 3 points you mentioned are things I really want to focus on this year, especially with graduating.. I will need a job AND MONEY xxx


  9. Can I just say how old I feel knowing you’re only going to be 23 this year and I’ll be 27 soon 😂😂 you’ll still be early twenties lovely 😘 We’re going to be going to Rhodes for a week in July with my family and hopefully a week in Italy (yay!) for a week in September with Aaron’s parents, but haven’t actually booked anything yet. Our big goal is to save as much as we can to buy a house next year as this flat is getting to pokey and claustrophobic – if you move into a flat, try to get a ground or first floor, the stairs are killer after 6 years! So excited to see what’s to come for you music wise this year, I pictured you singing in a Glee style choir (probably nothing like that) and hope to come see you guys when you’re playing! ❤️❤️

  10. helloaycan says:

    This post has got me super excited for your year. You have some amazing plans and goals and I honestly can’t wait to see all of these exciting plans unfold. I’m so glad you’re getting back into singing, you are super talented.

    Aycan // http://www.littlewhitesocks.com

  11. I love your handwriting and these photos are so cute! I’m super excited for this year for you, all of your goals and aspirations sound amazing and I can’t wait to see you tick them all off. Sorrento, Switzerland and New York will all be incredible and I can’t wait to see your photos and hear all about them. Funnily enough, I agree with the whole ‘falling into place’ thing when you turn 23.. I never thought about it until now, but it’s been true for me so far! I’m SO bloody excited for yours and Jake’s YouTube channel and I also can’t wait to come to your gigs 🙂 Please let me know when I can sponsor you/donate money towards the charities?! You’re such an amazing and giving person and I should deffo take a leaf out of your book. Love you millions girl 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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