2017 Goals and 2016 review

Here we are, another year has passed and as usual I’m late to the party with my goals.  It’s not that I haven’t had any, in fact I’ve had 2017 goals since like October.  That’s how eager I was for 2016 to wrap up.  It’s not that anything bad happened in 2016, in fact it was the opposite.  I’m just a sucker for a good ‘new year, new me’ situation.


2016 Review


We went on 2 overseas holidays and celebrated my birthday at Harry Potter World

One was significantly more substantial at 5 weeks and the other at 1 week, but we got to tick quite a few boxes.  Highlight being my 30th birthday spent at Harry Potter world!!!  We visited Fort Worth, Orlando, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Trinidad and Tobago in one trip, and a quick dash over to Singapore and Malaysia in the other.

We kicked some #adultlife goals

Last year we made a real effort to put extra money into our mortgage.  If there’s one thing I hate in this world it’s debt, but unfortunately if you want to be a home owner then you don’t really have a great deal of choice.  Pretty excited to say that I’m a lot happier with the number now.

We got engaged!

After 5 years together Jerome decided it was about time he put a ring on it.  The ring is beautiful and just perfect for me.  No immediate plans to get married, but it’s going to be one hell of a Harry Potter themed event if I get my way.



2017 Goals


Just make a damn decision already

Internally I am the most indecisive person.  I have numerous days where I will sit in front of Netflix and not watch anything because I can’t decide what I feel like.  I have realised that 2016 was spent trying to make decisions about things that barely impact my life because I think I should be doing something else.  It’s like when you have days off and you put so much pressure on yourself to have the best few days off ever.  You end up getting overwhelmed, have no idea what to do first, so you end up not doing anything at all.  Nightmare!!  It needs to stop!!


Read more books and do things that you like

I like to read, but my mind tells me I should be doing something else ‘more productive’ with my time like cleaning the house and making millions of dollars so I can quit my job and become a stay at home puppy mum.  Reading a book is not a waste of time if you enjoy it!!

Similarly, I’m going to stop feeling guilty for doing things that I enjoy.  If I want to bake a cake instead of cleaning the house, then so be it.  If I want to play on the wii for a few hours instead of solving the problems of the world, then maybe I should do that too!


Have a crack at this blogging thing

When I first started my original blog I was travelling full time and I loved it.  Things were happening real time and I was so excited to tell everyone about what was going on in my exciting life that I could have written a novel.  Fast Forward 4-5 years and life isn’t like that anymore.

I have read so many articles about how a successful blog means ‘finding your niche and sticking to it’ that I became so overwhelmed because I want a travel blog, but I’m not travelling full time anymore.  After basically a year of having a dormant blog I’ve decided that I’m the niche.  And even better than that, I’ve decided that people will read it if they want to read it.  I’m not going to spend excessive amounts of time asking myself ‘what does everyone else want me to write?’.  How about I just write what I want to write and see if anyone drops by.  Simple.


Exercise: Just move!

What happens when you set crazy goals and in the first week you don’t achieve them?  You’re miserable, you think you’re a failure, and then you give up.  Not this year, buddy!

I have a desk job where I work 10 hour shifts 4 days a week.  When I come home I’m so brain fried that I sit and do nothing.  Hence why this year my goal is to just do any kind of movement at all!  The best bit about it is that it’s not just gym exercise that counts.  I’ve been to the gym once this year, but because I don’t have such a crazy gym goal like last year I’ve been more motivated to do some great running with the dogs.  Not only will my body thank me for it later, but my mind has one less thing to feel guilty about.  Jackpot!!


Well there you have it.  A collection of my 2017 goals… or lack of goals really.  I could go on all day about little ones like ‘make a better grocery list’, but I’ll spare you the boredom.  I’d love to hear your 2017 goals so feel free to leave me a comment down below 🙂




  1. January 7, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Congrats on your engagement! I wish you the best adventures for 2017 and the Harry Potter wedding of your dreams :). I can’t lie – that’s pretty darn awesome.

    • Emma
      January 8, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks Alice. I hope you have a great 2017 too 🙂

  2. January 12, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Having a laser-focused niche is overrated. Like that line from “Field of Dreams” – if you build it, they will come.
    Have a great 2017!

    • January 12, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks John. I appreciate it. Just the words I need to here. Have a great 2017 too!

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