My 2017 Goals | Kelly Pendragon

18:22 Kelly Wheelhouse 0 Comments

I have always enjoyed making goals at the beginning of each year. It gives me something to aim for and helps me to see what I've achieved, or how my life and goals have changed. Out of the five things I wanted to aim for last year, I only actually achieved one- to purchase a new camera. I bought myself the Nikon D3300 DSLR, which I found on Facebook for a bargain price of £200. I also bought a big lens for the camera so I can take nice wildlife and macro photographs. Hopefully this year I'll achieve more than one of my goals!

1. Write at least one blog post per week
The only way to keep a blog active and interesting is to keep writing new posts, and I've struggled a little with that. When I first started this blog I used to write on a regular basis, but then I slacked out a bit. I spent the whole of 2016 writing only one post at the beginning of the year and started writing again in the last week of December. I love writing, it's been a hobby of mine since I was in school- I was forever writing stories and had a very creative mind. I'd still love to write stories, but prefer writing blog posts so I'd rather aim my writing skills here on the blog. I don't want to blog professionally, only as a hobby, but I'd also like to build up a following of regular readers. I have struggled a little with categorising my blog, writing whatever I like and not really having a particular category to sit into. So this year I'm officially categorising myself as a 'lifestyle blog', writing about my own life, experiences, travels, interests, ideas, etc.

2. Go on more adventures
2016 for me was full of adventure, mostly because of my boyfriend Justin taking me new places. For the first time ever I spent more time exploring the countryside than city shopping and I loved it! I've had more excitement travelling through miles and miles of fields, woodlands and rivers than I ever had shopping in Nottingham or Birmingham. It's so amazing how much you can discover in the middle of nowhere. I've seen birds and animals I'd never seen in real life before and made the most of my cameras by taking countless numbers of photos. This year I'd like to continue what I started last year by going on more adventures with my other half. I want to travel through more countryside, whether that be the same places or new places. I also would like to visit at leat one new city I've never been to before, as well as having the adventure of a lifetime on my summer holiday to Cornwall this year.

3. Learn how to do night-time photography
This is something I've always wanted to do since I started taking photography more seriously. I love doing photography as a hobby, and now I have a proper DSLR camera my passion has grown even more. So far I've learned everything I know from YouTube videos, websites, facebook groups, and a friend of mine gave me all the notes and slides from a photography college course. All of this has helped a lot, but one thing I've never learned how to do is night-time photography. The main thing I'd like to learn is how to do light trails. I'm sure it's fairly easy with a tripod, but I've not looked into it properly so that's why it's one of my goals for this year!

4. Read more books
I've always enjoyed reading from a young age and used to read book after book in my teens. However, since I've left home and got a place of my own I don't seem to read very much anymore. I do still love it and have so many books it's unbelievable. This year I want to read at least five books, which may not seem very many to most people, but I want to slowly edge myself back into it. I'm currently reading a book on my new iPad which was free on the apple books app. I like reading on my iPad because it means I can read in the dark without bothering my other half with the lights being on whilst he sleeps. You can also change the settings to how you read most comfortably including the shade of the page (e.g. white, grey, black), font, and text size.

5. Don't be so stressed / Be happy
This is a major one for me as I've spent most of the Christmas period getting unnecessarily stressed and upset. My new year motto is 'There's no point stressing over things that are out of my control' and this week that motto has helped me a lot. I'm in a better place in life, no longer plastering on a fake smile or pretending I'm ok, which has made me a little more fragile. I allow emotions to flood over me more which leaves me feeling unhappy at times, even though my life is almost what I would describe as perfect. There are a few things which really get to me, but I'm changing my mindset so I don't get upset about things I can't change. It's sometimes easier said than done, but I have some of the greatest friends and most supportive family I could ask for.

Feel free to let me know what some of your goals are for this year in the comments, I'd love to hear them! I wish you all the best for the new year!