2nd January 2018

New Years Resolutions: 2017 vs 2018

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe we’ve said goodbye to 2017 and we’re saying hello to 2018.

2017 has truly been a rollercoaster of a year.

I’ve experienced new things, there’s been lots of change, lots of drama, but plenty of good times.

I wrote a post last year on 7 New Years Resolutions to keep for 2017, where I wrote what resolutions I wanted to personally keep in 2017.

Now it’s time to reflect and see whether I managed to keep those resolutions (which to be honest, I am awful at doing!)

I am really, truly excited for 2018. 2017 ended on such a high that I am full of that January motivation, as opposed to the January blues.

It’s even greater that we started this new year on a Monday. How satisfying!

And looking back on what I said I wanted to achieve in 2017, I think I did rather well!

So to carry on with tradition (even though it’s only been a year) I am going to reflect on what I said last year and compare what I want to do this year…


Last year, I mentioned how I wanted to focus on my health. I didn’t want to go too mad, but I wanted to ensure I kept active throughout the year. Despite the last few months, I have kept this resolution.

At the beginning of the year, I joined the gym and started going regularly, started swimming and I got back into dancing.

I’m not perfect, I know I could do more to keep myself active, but it’s a start and I’m pretty proud that I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to the gym.

After Christmas, I will be going back. I mean, no one likes going to the gym during Christmas, right!?


I mentioned how 2016 was a big year for accomplishments for me and that I didn’t know what I wanted to accomplish in 2017.

I still don’t know what I accomplished this year, in terms of big things, but I know I’ve had many small wins over the last 12 months.


I said I wanted to travel more and I bloody well did!

So I can definitely put a massive big tick next to this one.

I visited 7 new cities and 3 new countries this year and I couldn’t be happier!

2017 was a big year for travel and I hope to continue this next year.


I felt very negative last year.

I was about to graduate with a degree I no longer wanted to do, I didn’t have much clue on what I wanted to do and I was in a right slump during the summer, working in a job I no longer wanted to work in and I didn’t have the best summer.

I’ve had much more to be positive about this year and I feel I no longer look at the negatives, as opposed to the positives.

Even my friends and family have noticed a difference in my mood and how I’ve become less agitated at everything.

So I’m feeling very positive about the year ahead.


I wanted to be more creative this year. And I think I’ve done very well on this resolution.

I’ve carried on blogging, despite a bit of a break the last few weeks.

I started singing again, regularly, where I’m now doing open mic nights, I went and got cast as the lead role in a local pantomime and I did some tap classes too.

And I started writing my first book which I hope to continue writing and hopefully finishing in 2018.

I was worried with me starting a full-time job that I would loose my creativeness, but my role is luckily a very creative role and my outside activities only help feed my creativeness at work.

Here’s to being more creative in 2018!


When I wrote my New Years resolutions, I wasn’t in a happy place.

I quoted: “If you’re not happy, ask yourself why. I want to focus on making myself happy this year and not settling for anything less.”

And I believe I’ve done that. I know what it feels like to get comfortable

I had to be selfish in order to make myself happy. And because of that, I’ve lost people.

I may have lost people, but I’ve come out the other side stronger and much happier for it.

Sometimes you’re got to do what makes you happy, as you have to look after number one.

So what are my New Years Resolutions for this year?

Self improvement

In 2018, I’m going to be working on improving my skills and personal progression in my job, my career and on my blog.

In order to advance in my job and career, I want to start getting some qualifications under my belt.

I’ve been intrigued to start the Google Digital Garage course in Digital Marketing, which you can complete in your own time and at the end, receive a certificate.

I’ve heard great things about it and I think it would really help with my progression.

I want to keep learning, keep growing and I want to notice a difference by the end of the year. I don’t want to be doing the same thing all year long with the same skills as before, with no growth.

I’m going to be stricter with my blog schedule. At the end of last year, I lost


Let’s talk about money, money, money.

I’m an avid spender.

I spend too much money on clothes, food, Starbucks coffee and travel.

Those are the things I love the most.

But I’m starting to think about the future.

I’m not saying I’m perfect, as I will probably still spend money on the things that make me happy.

But I do want to start saving for the bigger picture; like my own place to call my own, or for a trip of a lifetime to Australia, or to just carry on saving for that rainy day.



This year, I want to visit 3 new cities or countries.

I think that’s a realistic aim.

I’m already on my way to visiting one new place, as at the end of January, myself and Josh are going to Westray, which is all the way up in the Orkney Isles (a 13 hour trip if driven) as we’re visiting his mum (which will be my first meeting with her!)

I cannot wait to be surrounded by the beautiful Orkney Island, going for long dog walks on the beach and exploring what the isle has to offer.

I want to see more of what the UK has to offer, plus I’m keen to go to Budapest this year alongside another city (maybe another visit to Prague?) Plus, I have never been to visit my brother’s University town, so I’m keen to finally go whilst he’s still in his second year.

Who knows where we might end up this year…


I want to carry on being happy in 2018.

I will carry on being selfish and ensuring that everything I do makes me happy, but at the same time, not in the expense of other people around me.

But if putting my own happiness means I have to lose people, then I need to remember I’ve only gained my own happiness back.

What are your New Years resolutions? Did you manage to upkeep the ones you made last year?

I hope you all have happy, successful and healthy New Years.

10 responses to “New Years Resolutions: 2017 vs 2018”

  1. Chris Richmond says:

    Happy New Year Nicole.
    Ok new year resolutions for Myself 2018.

    1. Have a happier 2018 than 2017.
    2017 was a tough year for me I thought 2016 was bad enough but 2017 the first 4 months was hell.
    But hey that’s in the past.

    2. Find myself an nice female who loves me for me and not try’s to manipulate and dictate me and is willing to negotiate everything for the best of the relationship not blackmail me.

    3. The project I started mid way through the year last year should bare fruit and good wages.

    4. From the wages save up and get my own place.
    My Mum & Dad have been good to me after what I lost in 2016 .
    I need to give them there Home back.

    5. I need to get my passport.
    Yes believe it or not I have never had one.
    I would love to do a road trip to Milan also while in Italy visit both the Alfa Romeo museum and the Ducati.
    I do own a Alfa Romeo myself so it would be nice to take it back there.

    So that’s my 2018 New Years Resolutions

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