2018 Goals – The Review

As the doors to 2018 closes, I think it is fair to say that it had been a good year for the husby and I, generally.

We’ve spent it with family and friends; been lucky enough to go on three amazing holidays abroad (Greece, Disneyland Paris and Gran Canaria); had several weekends away; adopted a cat from Greece; watched two of our best friends (Bill & Carl) get married, and bought our first home together. 2019 definitely has a lot to live up to!

Each year, instead of setting new year resolutions, I set myself goals, on things I would like to try and achieve throughout the year. I originally wasn’t going to do any goals for 2018, but I changed my mind at the last minute. Well February is the last minute, right?

At the end of the year, or I am gonna be honest, the beginning of the next year, I like to look back on what goals I have set and see what I have achieved…or not!

Goal 1 – Crossfit


Last year, saw me try a new exercise regime and begin doing Crossfit, and I loved it! The goal for 2018, was to improve my technique and challenge myself more.

I’d say that I have challenged myself more, although honestly not always to my full. I’ve seen vast improvements in technique and strength, and even getting PBs, which is what I wanted to achieve.

In the process, I’ve seen a big difference in myself both physically and mentally. Physically, I am the best that I have ever been and with that comes the confidence that I’ve not really felt before.

My attitude towards my body and weight is something that I have addressed over the socials before, so to have this mental change about how I see myself is a really positive change.

Goal 2 – Declutter the flat


At the end of 2017, we were in the process of buying the flat, so I set a goal to declutter the place of 15 years of crap!

Amazing on how things change. We scrapped buying the flat, as the company couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery!

Instead we found a house that we fell in love with and bought that instead!

So what did that mean for this goal? A full house declutter had to happen, and it felt so invigorating.

As we were downsizing slightly, a lot was trashed/given to charity. I even think I got rid of half my wardrobe. Although, after moving into the house it is clear that we still have some more decluttering to do before we’re finished.

Goal 3 – Professional development

Professional development

Each year, I have some sort of goal in relation to professional develop. For 2018, I just wanted to improve in the role, and possibly look at a senior position.

Generally, the year has been really good professional wise. I have successfully completed my first project as a front-end lead, and I also saw my confidence grow tenfold.

Although, there has been times where my confidence has taken a tumble, but I plan to work on that. I’ve also made the decision that I don’t want senior role responsibility…just yet.

Goal 4 – Personal development

Guy jumping between cliffs

For 2018, I wanted to think about myself more, ignore the gossip and not be afraid to ask for help. It was quite a weird goal to set and measure, as the things that I outlined didn’t really arise for me to tackle it.

I think it can be said, apart from how much of a good year that I’ve had, is that I’ve got an amazing group of friends. And together, we’ve made some great memories throughout 2018.

Goal 5 – Sort out the websites

Server room

For 2018, I planned to sort out my personal and professional websites, and move them to a new hosting partner as the previous was like someone forgot to put a penny in the electrcity meter!

Well as you can see, I have moved my personal site to a new hosting company and this is up and running.

However, my professional site is on hold for the moment, as I don’t have time to set it up and start looking at creating content. Although, maybe this is something that I can work on soon.

Goal 6 – Use my laptop

Asus laptop

Well it is fair to say, that I’ve hardly used my laptop in 2018, and has become the most expensive paperweight that I’ve ever bought.

Instead, I have relied on my trusty old computer, to do everything that I want to do.

However, I have started the process of sorting out what I want to transfer from the computer to the laptop, but it is a slow process.

I still plan to swap to the laptop in 2019, as I have a few things planned so need to sort that out ASAP!

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