Hello 2018! (500th Post)

What better way to start off a brand new year than with my 500th post! Good lord I write a lot. Anyway, it’s 2018! So I wanted to make a post saying hello to the new year, and maybe making some goals and plans. Otherwise called, New Year’s Resolutions. I have never been great at this, but if I blog about them, maybe I’ll do better this time around.

To make things more fun, I’m going to make 18 goals for 2018.

  1. Try a new baking recipe at least once a month – I have two recipe books to choose from, so this seems very doable. Since I have lots of other hobbies I like to spend time on, aiming for at least one a month should be doable.
  2. Learn new songs on the piano – You may notice there’s no number here. My aim is to learn at least one, I really need to get my rusty piano skills back up to scratch
  3. Learn new songs on the ukulele – I actually learnt one new song in 2017, but I want to learn more. I really love playing the ukulele and singing along, as terrible as my singing voice is..
  4. Practice photography more – Again, just a vague goal. But I want to take more photos, maybe do more challenges. I want to continue learning more. I don’t doubt I will take more photos this year though.
  5. Complete Duolingo course in Japanese – I’ve already started a few weeks back, and it’s been so much fun. Here’s hoping I don’t lose motivation over the year.
  6. Do some sort of exercise at least twice a week – running, dance cardio, strength, yoga, just something damn it! Come on Angela, just do it!
  7. Learn more hairstyles than just a ponytail – I don’t do much with my hair, I just don’t know what to do with it. I need to try some of the many pins I have.
  8. Continue trying more makeup looks – similar to my previous goal, I want to learn to do more with my makeup. Especially with my eyes. It’s fun to play with!
  9. Try more DIY’s, maybe make a scrapbook, or home decor – I did the travel wall last year, and I’d like to do more! Pinterest will be very helpful with this goal.
  10. Go on holiday overseas – We have plans for Japan which seems like it’ll go through. If something happens though, I hope we still get to go overseas at least once this year.
  11. Go on holiday within New Zealand – I always like to say travel locally, so hopefully we can do more of that this year!
  12. Keep my journals and planners up to date – I have quite a few journals. One to keep track of my budget, my daily thoughts journal, and my blogging planner. I want to continue to keep them up to date.
  13. Complete a colouring book – I have so many, and none are even close to being finished. Maybe I can finish my small one..
  14. Read 30 books – My 2017 Reading challenge was set to 20 books, I finished that and more, so I think I can set my goal a little higher this year! 
  15. Watch 15 movies – I mean new ones, not rewatching ones I’ve seen before. 15 is already a lot, but it seems doable.
  16. Continue blogging everyday – I love blogging, and having a post up everyday has been so much fun for me. Here’s hoping I can keep this up for 2018!
  17. Do more collaborations with fellow bloggers – I did a few collabs in 2017, and I’d love to do more 😀
  18. Reach 5000 followers! – I mean, I never thought I’d get over 2000 by the end of 2017, so why not aim high right? Even if I fall short, it’ll still be more followers than I would have imagined I’d get to! 

That last one is just wishful thinking on my part. Otherwise I think all of these are doable, they just require constant work and motivation. I plan to blog about how I’m getting on with these throughout the year to hopefully keep me on track 🙂


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  1. Happy New Year Angela!

    1. Happy New Year to you too Natalie! 😀

  2. Yay! Great resolutions! Hopefully, they all come to pass! I know your dedication will pay off! Blessings! Xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! I hope I do well on them this year too 🙂

  3. Happy New Year Beauty! What amazing resolutions I hope you have so much fun as you reach to attain them this year!?

    1. Happy New year to you too Kate, thank you so much! 😀 <3

      1. Thank you sweets! Happy new Year to you as well! <3

  4. Super goals. All the best in 2018z

    1. Thank you Ruth 🙂

  5. Happy New Years Angela!!! (Also let’s collab again because I have that same goal and I loved working with you before!)

    1. Happy New Years to you too Pamela! And yes!! Let’s do another collab 😀

  6. Great goals and wish you a happy new year!!

    1. Thanks Maha, I wish you a happy new year too 😀

  7. Happy New Year! Were still stuck in 2017 aaaa! How you achieve your new goals in this new coming year!

    1. Happy new year to you too ?

  8. I’d love to collab with you on something! And I’m sure you’ll achieve all of these. I keep thinking about going to some kind of hairdressing lessons to learn how to style my hair, that and makeup classes 😉

    1. Ooh I’d love to do a collab with you Sarah! ?
      I literally have no idea what to do with my hair ever, so i want to learn something more ? same with makeup

      1. We’ll both have to think up some ideas ?

  9. Great goals Angela! Best of luck 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Chanelle! 😀

  10. Good luck with all your goals and happy new year!! Hope you have a beautiful 2018 ? xx

    1. Thank you so much Amelia! I wish you all the best in 2018 too 🙂

      1. It’s okay ? xx

  11. Happy new year! 🙂 I’m with you on the trying to finish a colouring book! I keep starting a page then forgetting and then changing my mind and picking a new one to do ?

    1. Happy new year to you too Hannah! Haha, I keep doing that too! I also have quite a few books now too, so I keep jumping around on them 😀

  12. Those are really great plans. Happy New Year Angela!

    1. Thank you so much Andy! Happy new year to you too 😀

      1. Congratulations on your blooming blog. It’s really great! You really deserve it

        1. Thank you so much Andy 🙂

          1. You’re welcome 😀

  13. thelifeofangela
    happy new year 2018

    1. Thank you. Happy new year to you too 🙂

  14. Happy New Year, Angela! And congratulations on your 500th post, that sure is a lot of writing!

    1. Happy New Year to you too Nina! Haha, it’s definitely a lot of posts!!

  15. Oooo some great ideas, may have to pinch a few myself! I think the whole ‘learn more hairstyles than just a ponytail’ has been on my list for a little while – really should try something different this year too! 🙂
    Caz x

    1. Haha, I haven’t been able to do more than just the standard ponytail for years! Hopefully this year, we can both learn something new 🙂

      1. Yep, get some hair grips and maybe even a curling tong at the ready!! x

  16. Congrats on 500. Impressive!

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  17. omg 500th post that’s awesome!!

    1. It’s pretty huge! 😀

  18. Following you now ! I’d love to see more about your makeup looks. I’m a new learner. 😀

    1. Thanks Miya! I hope to do more makeup posts in the future, I’m a beginner too, but I’m slowly learning more 😀

  19. I really love your goals and I do wish you the best of luck to achieve them in 2018!

    1. Thank you so much Anne!! 🙂

  20. Good luck with reaching 5000 followers. I’ve just reached 100. I have a long way to go!

    1. Haha, I aimed really high, but hopefully I’ll reach it! Good luck on growing your blog too 🙂

  21. Happy New Year! Those are all very good resolutions, I don’t have too many but I’m eager to get started on most of them 🙂

    1. Thanks Rossy! Haha, I thought it would be fun to try make 18 for no real reason. Here’s hoping we both do great on our resolutions 😀

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