2017: Life, Goals, Hopes, Fears… and Blogging

January 8, 2017

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I’m not a huge resolution and goal maker when it comes to the start of the year. I often think being freelance means doing about 5 jobs at once, so I have monthly and weekly meetings to sort through my short term goals. I’ve made a little musical vlog which documents my hopes and fears for this year and that’s linked below, but I thought I’d write them out for any of you still eye-rolling at the vids.

LIFE GOALS

Travel to Cuba. This was on my list last year and I’m OUTRAGED I didn’t get there. I visited the Cuba! exhibition at the AMNH and now I’m even more keen to go.

Travel to Sweden, Spain and Paris. Three of my nearest and dearest will be moving to various European countries this year. I’ll miss them terribly and it would be foolish not to go and see them for the £50 return or whatever it is.

Change my appearance if I feel like it. I have a small smattering of artwork when it comes to piercing and tattoos, but considering I live 10 minutes next to the body mod capital of London I don’t know what my excuse is to not finally get my tragus pierced or get that floral dotwork piece I’ve been daydreaming about for years. What am I waiting for? It’s not that I’m scared, it’s more lacking the time to plan ahead and book in appointments for these things.

Focus on non-career things. This is a massive one for me. I actually had to rewrite this entire list because all my goals were career based! I need to remember that friends, family, health, travel, happiness and rest all have a place in my life.

WORK GOALS

Schedule less for my days. My average daily to-do list is between 20-30 items long. I NEVER finish, I never get through the lists, I never take more than an afternoon or an evening properly “off”. I wrote last year about how hard I find it to switch off and relax. I’m still not convinced that’s a bad thing, but I do think that making smaller, complete-able lists for each day would probably help boost morale.

Make a concerted effort to change career paths. I spend too much time dealing with people and too little time writing music. I do what I get paid to, technically, and on paper I have my dream job. But I would like to see if that can’t be tweaked a little.

Take more pride in myself. I feel like many of my peers are like “oh my god it’s so hard being in your twenties wah”. I don’t really feel that way. I’m very grateful just to be alive, healthy and with money coming into my bank account (however fast it seems to disappear after that). I have a great job, a lovely boyfriend, excellent housemates in my dream house and the most wonderful friends. AND I make a lot of great work which I never share because I assume nobody cares.

This year I’m going to share the things I pour my blood, sweat and tears into and if nobody likes it then fine. This is the one part of my life I get insecure about; I tend to spiral into thinking that my work must be shit, because if it was better than people would share/care about it themselves and I wouldn’t have to constantly ask. I don’t think that’s actually how it works in the real world and the best way to overcome that is to be proud and keep working and keep sharing it around. But who knows? Maybe this will be the year my doubts finally perish, or maybe they’ll finally overcome me and I’ll shut up for good.

BLOGGING GOALS

Start some sort of online place for sharing vegan material separate to my blog. Already SMASHED THIS as you may have seen in my last post. If not, please check out Vegan Vegan Club! 🙂

Blog less. This may seem counter-productive but I spent 2016 trying to post three times a week, in the process frequently neglecting other “blog” related jobs, such as revamping this website (which I did in September last year) or starting to record videos (which didn’t happen until December). I also fell way behind on replying to comments and just having time to catch up with other blogs. That’s not what I want for 2017! Posting twice a week will take the pressure off but hopefully means I can still write all my ideas on this space.

Make more videos. I am so much happier that I’ve been making and uploading more videos. My hope is to get good enough to make actual music videos for my songs. I hope some of you have checked out the videos I’ve made so far and are hopefully enjoying them? As you can tell it’s all a bit stupid and low-production at the moment – if it takes more than 6 hours from start to finish it gets scrapped. Priorities!

Learn more about using social media. The only platform I use with any sense of confidence or happiness is Twitter. Snapchat is too bitty, Instagram has the weirdest algorithms, Pinterest is overwhelming and as you probably already know I bloody HATE Facebook and despise everyone I know who uses it to contact me (aka most people I know). BUT. We live in a digital age, my work (all of it) relies on audiences and interaction, and I’ve decided to use each month to try and get to grips with a new platform each month. This month is Instagram. Anybody else use it?

So there you go! A few of my goals for this year. If any of you are using YouTube or Instagram then please let me know and I’d love to hear about your goals too!

 

10 responses to “2017: Life, Goals, Hopes, Fears… and Blogging”

  1. iertjeblog says:

    I’m using instagram, Facebook and Twitter
    Good luck with your goals

  2. Very rational and achievable goals I’d say, fingers crossed you’ll make them come true 🙂 xx

  3. Great ideas! Wish you to make them all happen (Cuba is sooo beautiful, I discovered it 2 months ago, but so very expensive for non-locals, grrrr); you’ll love visiting your friends in their new homes all over Europe and that’ll surely bring a little something more to your daily work and inspiration.

    As for tattoos and piercings, hell yes!!! Specially if you’ve been dreaming about it for a long time, it’s calling you, then it has to be done 😉 (says the 5-times tattooed girl).

    Enjoy the day, most importantly. Live happily and smile that beautiful smile of yours. Good things happen to those who think positively. Have fun!
    Cheers!
    Jul’

  4. Some awesome goals here Laila! I need to work on making more videos too, and travelling is always a goal of mine! Cuba would be awesome to visit, I hope you get the chance to go.
    – Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk

  5. Don’t underestimate some things, please – people care about your work, I am loving your videos, for ex.! The goals as a song, loved that! Also, please don’t feel guilty about not commenting – we can all understand that! And I am really happy when I read your comments and see you had some time, it means that you could relax a bit – and that is important in life, to “stop” a bit from time to time. Cuba is also on my list for ages, but I still need to plan it in a better way. So I’ll wait for your tips 🙂 I think that twice a week is good to post; I was doing that and now went back to once a week. For a while, anyway, who knows. We should do whatever is comfortable to ourselves! Hope you have a lovely week!
    DenisesPlanet.com

  6. Jen says:

    Insta is my favourite social media platform!! I think if you can do twitter you can do any other platform, easy! I cannot get my head around twitter, tried a couple of times but I don’t neeeeed to use it at the moment so I don’t. I use facebook to keep in touch with friends and follow news. Instagram is the place where I feel I have most “found my people”. I get to fill my feed with beautiful images and inspiring people, and find it easy to connect. Love your goals! Have an incredible year!!

  7. Jane says:

    Sounds like you have an exciting year in the works. Yes to Cuba!! Let me know if you have any qs on the logistics of going there, since a couple of my friends have also been and we all did different kinds of trips – one of us will hopefully turn up an answer!

  8. Reshma says:

    You are very talented and you should definitely take pride in yourself!! Best wishes for 2017! 🙂

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