Write down all the goals for 2017
As long as I can remember, I’ve always dreamed big. Work as a pilot. Own a house with a pool and a red Ferrari in the driveway. Travel the world. Be the female version of Indiana Jones. Become a rockstar.
Too bad I can’t sing.
As I get older (I can’t believe I said that..) I realise that when it comes to our dreams, we will never achieve them if we don’t work towards them. So I decided to work towards my biggest dream.
Become Lara Croft. Travel the world.
At university they like to bother us with reflection reports that force us to set SMART goals. These are goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound.
Although I used to hate those reflection reports, I have to admit I’m starting to see the value in being goal-oriented in everyday life.
As the year comes to a close, I’m reflecting on the last year and looking forward to the one ahead. As I was vaguely pondering the future, the ProBlogger newsletter dropped in my inbox and mentioned setting goals. Damn. I took it as a sign and decided to write down some blog, travel, and personal development goals for 2017.
The smart stuff (wake up, brain!)
The largest goal for next year is to finish my master’s degree in Leisure, Tourism & Environment within the first half of 2017. After that this site will be renamed The Sandra Stories, MSc 😉
I’m also enrolled in quite a few online courses in the first few months of the coming year. Topics include social media marketing, entrepreneurship, blogging, and photography. Hopefully there’s some space left in that brain of mine.
I also noticed that I started to read less and less books throughout the years. Even though I love reading. That’s why I’ve decided to read 12 books next year. One a month.
It sounds like a ridiculously small goal for someone that read through the entire local library at age eleven. However, it’s small enough to do on the last night of the month if need be. So I know I can get it done.
The interesting stuff (or, blog & work goals)
Aside from studying all the things I mentioned above, it’s time to move forward. Since I’m getting old and everything, it’s time to make a plan (as we say in South Africa) to join the grown-up world and start adulting.
This means finding a job (meh) and think about careers (yay). It’s becoming more clear that I either need a job with 6 months vacation time, or I need to figure out a career path that let’s me work wherever I want in the world. Or wherever there are coffee shops with free wifi.
This is one of the reasons why I’m actively working on several online courses relating to social media marketing and management.
The fun stuff (or, travel the world)
I’m spending the first two months of 2017 with friends in South Africa. Two more trips are being planned right now that I’m really excited about. I’m going snowboarding with a few of my girlfriends, when I get back from South Africa.
Then I also want to visit the Traverse bloggers conference in London in April. Hopefully I can make some friends with similar interests and goals.
Also, it’s London.
Then, for graduating university & being a grown up (although not necessarily behaving like one), my parents are taking me on a family trip. I really hope to go gorilla trekking, but we’ll see what we can all agree on.
In addition, I still hope to go to Australia on a working holiday visa. Although looking at all the other plans, that might remain a goal for 2018…
Have you set specific goals for 2017? Please share in the comments!
This post is linked on the awesome Monday Escapes link-up!
Happy New Year,