My Life Goals For 2016

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I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I used to.

They’d be cute litte things like ‘lose two stone’ or ‘exercise five times a week’ or ‘get a boyfriend’. Things that I thought would make me happier, things that I saw as goals I had to pass in order to be a valid person.

And then I’d beat myself up when, like 11 days later I’d be at the all-you-can-eat Pizza Hut buffet with my gal pals, 7 slices down and eyeing up the unlimited ice cream station.

Because the thing with New Year’s resolutions is that in reality they make you feel shittier than if you’d never set them up in the first place. Because if there’s one thing we humans adore, it’s setting ourselves up to fail with dramatic, unrealistic expectations.

Was I ever going to hit the school gym that was equipped with six machines and smelt of plasters five times a week? Nope. Was my nine and a half stone frame ever going to drop down to seven and a half stone? Not unless I chopped off my arms with a sharp kitchen knife.

So instead, I like goals.

Things to aim for.
Some of them are professional goals. Some are personal goals. If I hit them, well good work HG, and if I don’t well then that’s A-OK too. They don’t make me a failure or any less of a person.

Chris actually made me write up a career goal strategy in the summer that takes me up until the end of 2016 and it resides on my desk, so I can look at it and see what changes I need to make to be where I’d like to be.

It’s helpful on days when I feel like my blog/business hasn’t grown and I’m like woooooah man, you so close to that target already. You got this.

So these goals are to inspire me and motivate me and help me get out of bed on days when having my eyes closed for an eternity seems like the very best option.

 

1. PUT ยฃ2,000 IN SAVINGS

Last month I started a savings account. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE. And, if I’m entirely honest with you guys, I DO still dip into my overdraft and I am forever paying off my credit card because I’ll just stick ooooooooone more thing on it…

It currently has ยฃ110 in it. Someone call the Guinness Book Of Records, we have a new bazillionaire on our hands.

One day I’d like to be able to contribute to a deposit on a house with Chris. A bigger one with more bedrooms that we could, ahem, grow into. *Does a sick in mouth*

So yeah, as someone who is turning TWENTY EIGHT NEXT YEAR, I’d like to make saving for the future a thing this year. I’m still hip and fun and cool, I promise.

 

2. HIT 10,000 SUBSCRIBERS ON YOUTUBE

As I’ve mentioned 3476765 times before on this blog, YouTube has never been the skill that comes naturally – writing has. But as 2015 developed, I started getting compliments from people for more than just that, and it made me feel incredible because it was solid proof that I was getting better in other areas, including video and making sure that Insta grid looked seriously on bloomin’ fleek.

And y’know what? I’m really enjoying YouTube. I LOVE weekly vlogging. So this year, I’m gonna continue on that journey and I hope that you guys will hop on over and give me a lil watch if you haven’t already. There’s a lot of cat appearances in case that sways you at all…

 

3. MAKE MORE TIME FOR FAVOURITES

I’m the worst for not making an effort to get my oversized toosh out of Ipswich at the weekends to visit the people I love most. I feel protective of those weekends because they’re the only time I get Chris for giant slots of time and I want to make the most of them.

But this year, I need to remember that there are other people I love just as much. Family In London and Sussex, friends in Sussex and scattered around the rest of the country. People that mean a lot to me.

That boost I get from a day or two of full-on social time with people, lasts me well into the week and makes me feel so motivated with life. It’s like it carries me and uplifts me. Sometimes I get so lost in the loneliness and all-consuming cabin fever from working from home that I forget just forking out a bit of money for trains/petrol a bit more often could completely save my mental health.

 

4. VISIT THE STATES WITH CHRIS AGAIN

Admittedly, I probably took some travel for granted last year. But I also learnt a lot about which sort of trips are actually enjoyable and which ones are only really good for social media.

I listed my favourites in my yearly round-up (read here), and they all had one thing in common. Friends. Both old and new.

This year I’d like to have a New York take two with Chris. Either actually back in New York (because let’s be honest here, is it possible to go too many times? nopenopenopenope), or maybe Chicago or Miami or somewhere on the West Coast.

BA sale, I’m coming for ya <3

 

5. HIT 30K ON INSTAGRAM

Instagram figures trump blog stats for brand deals and blogger opportunities, and that’s just the way the dice rolls (is that even a saying or did I just make that up? I’ve been sat on the sofa for 6 hours and am probs delirious tbh). And so on that note, I’d like to put more of a focus on growing my following over there.

I mean, I’m not going to shift any focus from this platform, I’m just gonna be a bit more on it over there.

Sometimes (most of the time) I feel like a massive dick head for caring so much about Instagram, but I genuinely enjoy taking good images, editing them and compiling them into the grid. It’s not about being fake with your life, it’s more saying ‘right, I want to get a photo of this thing I just bought, what colour background should it be against?’. Does that make sense?

If you’re not already, then you can hit me up over here at @hannahfgale.

 

6. FINISH DECORATING THE HOUSE

We’ve stripped the carpets, painted the walls (although they do look a *bit* like we let a blind raccoon do it), and put some photos, candles and blankets about the place but it still doesn’t make my heart do happy leaps. We haven’t *quite* nailed it.

So this year I’d like to finish it, to pull everything together, to make it look like a complete, cosy family home that would have Pinterest begging for a photo. Yup.

 

7. GIVE BLOOD THREE TIMES

I’m a big advocate of donating what you no longer need – whether it’s clothes or organs or blood.

I only managed to give blood twice last year because of my nose piercing, so this year I’d like to make sure I hit the maximum three again.

The pain is so minimal and it could literally save someone’s life. Plus, it’s a good excuse to eat chocolate and pasta because nope, fainting ain’t cute.

Book your appointment here and make a serious difference.

 

What are your goals for 2016?

  • Amy

    Completely agree about not making resolutions – mine were exactly the same as yours when I was younger haha. I hadn’t thought about making goals instead though so I’m gonna make a list later! Xx
    Call Me Amy

  • All very good and commendable goals. You’ll lose your shit when your savings hit $2k. Putting money away is an addictive habit.

  • Totally agree about the whole goals thing, much better than resolutions. These all sound awesome, I also want to get to the states this year – hopefully in the summer! X

  • Love your goals and can’t wait to see yo sassy ass hit them because girl you are going to go so far. I love the fact that you are so humble and modest and just love life the way the normals do. And yet aren’t afraid to talk about your overies or vag or love for food- and just be one of us. Fears are too darn common in life and people just brush past them for the sake of staying positive and tumblr on social media. It’s so refreshing to see a real life person just living it and making it in the world. Go on Hannah. Do it for us girls.

    Amandabootes.co.uk

    • OMG you’ve made me feel SO bloomin’ emosh! Thanks so much for your sweet, constant and incredible support over the past year or so. It means so much xxx

  • Great goals! Have a fab year lovely xx

  • Lovely goals Hannah! I’m setting a few for myself today, too. Things to reach for! Good luck and hope you get a second NYC this year ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Laura | collectinglabels.com

  • I like your blog. I LIKE YOUR INSTAGRAM. I like you.

  • Chloe marie

    Totally agree about the whole goals thing, much better than resolutions.

  • WE ARE SO IN SYNC AT THE MOMENT.

    http://www.fashionnomads.com

  • What a great list! I love that you started a savings account, that’s very important — especially for investing in your future. I like to save 10% of what I earn. Hope you can make it out to the States again, that would be a lot of fun!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  • Love these goals! Giving blood is a great one. I’m such a wuss… Maybe I’ll donate blood at least once. I can work my way up to three times! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • So many great goals, I have similar myself. I like the idea of having goals instead of resolution too. I’m in Miami at the moment and I think you’d love it! x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • Eve

    What a great post, Hannah! This has really made me feel motivated for 2016!

    Hope you have a brilliant year.

    Eve xo
    http://anorganisedscatterbrain.blogspot.co.uk

  • Great goals, Hannah. I’m doing month by month goals this year – I’m better at approaching problems little by little ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great start on the savings, BTW. It took me a good few years to get the hang of saving back in my twenties, but it’s truly one of the best skills to master. Rooting for you over here.

  • I love goals, they’re so ~aspirational~ and you can really envision the life you want to live, versus Resolutions which sound tired and cranky and terrible. I have a lot of goals, different ones for different parts of my life (career, financial, social/emotional health, learning goals, etc.) and I’m still trying to decide what is important. But I figure even if I don’t reach all of them by December, I’ll at least be better off than I was at the beginning of the year.

    P.S. I’m going to read your blog more frequently in 2016. It brings me great joy and makes me feel A-OK to be where I’m at. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Claire R

    You are a constant inspiration to live life to the fullest and completely fill my heart with joy whenever I see you have posted a new blog- and this one did not disappoint!

    I shall be spending my evening compiling a little list of personal goals for 2016
    Because this is a fantastic idea!

    Congratulations on such a fantastic blog and general social media presence. It can sometimes feels like having an online sister! Keep up the fantastic work and thank you for making me realise that their is complete beauty in normality. You rock! Xx

    P.s. I would highly recommend getting yourself on the bone marrow transplant register. I did and within 2 years I had literally saved a young mans life. It’s incredible. Think about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love this list! You’re so right, goals completely trump resolutions. Good luck with yours, especially the travel and spending time with loved ones x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  • my resolutions are always really vague, so at the end of the year i can be like yeah maybe possibly i actually DID drink more water than i did in 2015.

    Even if it’s by like 1mm.

    Still a win in my books!

    http://www.lovefromlorna.co.uk

  • I absolutely adore your blog!! I have just started following you and I’m enjoying so very much!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.facebook.com/jewellery.by.made.in.florence

    xx

  • Your such an inspiration and I loved your last goal!
    -Morgan x
    http://justmorgs.blogspot.co.uk

  • God I’m so with you making dramatic New Years Resolutions I always used to aim far to high and about two weeks into January would end up beating myself up over the fact that I couldn’t keep to them. This year I’ve simply promised myself that I will dress more professionally for work. I reckon even I can master putting on jeans that don’t have holes in and wearing smart jumpers instead of scruffy hoodies.

  • Those photos are stunning!
    http://www.patagoniamall.com

  • Loved this post it really made me laugh!

    I’m really focussing on paying off my finance because I have way too much because I’m abit of an idiot haha and then I want to begin saving for the future, it’s such a good goal for you to set!

    I give blood too and it’s the least selfish yet most rewarding thing a person could do! It’s such a valuable thing and I’m all for giving things I don’t need anymore, whats abit of extra blood in our bodies going to do when it could save a persons life!

  • Well done for opening a savings account! I’ve been meaning to for a year but just have never got round to it so you’re giving me a huge incentive to!! I think setting yourself realistic goals is much better, I personally don’t really like sharing them as mine are so personal and specific that most people will just find them boring! Totally remember the days of making resolutions to ‘get a fit boyfriend’. So unbelievably cringe haha.

    She’s So Lucy

  • LOL had to laugh at number three as it sums me up totally, especially the train tickets prices. But here’s to 2016 and getting out more often!
    Lisa x
    lisavillaume.com

  • Awesome goals! Good luck for the year head. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sally x

  • Fab goals Hannah, seeing more of the world is definitely one of mine and also growing my content on the blog and YouTube

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • I’m not a fan of resolutions because they feel so definitive, but goals show you the direction that you want to head towards and yours are totally achievable. You’re incredibly hard working and 2015 was only the beginning of your success. Wishing you a goal-fulfilled 2016 xo

  • I find resolutions are a lot easier to break whereas goals can always be there and worked towards. Good with your flat, savings and gaining subscribers – I know you can do it!

    Jemima x
    anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

  • Lucy

    Gorgeous picture at the start, I love it! These are great goals – i really want to finish decorating my home too so i can just LIVE in it for a while!

    Lucy xoxo

    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • Happy New Year!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    These are great goals & no doubt you will complete them all!

    I want a new tattoo,
    I want to drop a dress size
    Start a new college course to further my career.
    Take a cooking class
    Visit the lake district
    & finally get outside more!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m doing the same about not making new years resolutions, but instead some goals that i can try to accomplish. I’m so excited for this year!
    http://Www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

  • Danielle

    Don’t usually comment on blogs but I HAD to say you look so beautiful on that top photo! Definite profile picture material right there. x

  • Nat

    My huge life goal this year is to save enough money for a deposit on a house with my boyfriend. I’m so excited for us to make such a huge step together, and also towards our future. ๐Ÿ™‚

    https://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

  • I have so many goals to achieve this year!:) If you do and believe you will achieve!..

    http://www.moggypoggy.com/


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