2018 – Goals, Plans and More Adventures

Happy New Year To All!

2017 just flew by. If anyone knows where it went, please let me know! Last year was just the start of the adventures and 2018 hopes to see many more places,  more time exploring and picking up some new skills along the way. I’m not usually one to sets goals, aims or new years resolutions, as most of the time they fail within the first few weeks…

I feel now is a good chance to set my intentions for the year. Also, like many bloggers, I find that by writing and sharing these goals I have more obligation to give them a damn good go! My biggest aim is to have a go at as many of these goals as possible and to not get disheartened if I do not achieve these.

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Blogging & Photography

More Detailed Posts

I feel like my writing has improved since I’ve started blogging and I want that to continue. The words start to flow more and whenever I go somewhere I start thinking of what posts to write and what I could include in it. So I aim to give you all more detailed and informative blog posts over the next 12 months.

Flat Lay and Product Photography

I’ve always done photography. Going travelling and exploring gives me a chance to capture these memories as photos. Using our GoPro I am able to start taking photos when paddle boarding, swimming and doing other activities. However, I haven’t done much work with flat lays or product photography in the past. I aim to work on this to be able to show off some of the lovely items I have that suit some blog posts.

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Video Work

With the camera kit that I now have, videography is starting to appeal to me. 2018 is going to be the year I put my video differences aside and give it a go. Starting with some Instagram stories then maybe a few videos embedded into my blog posts.

Pinterest and Social Media

Over the next 12 months, I aim to learn, understand and use Pinterest to grow my blogs engagement and views. I am using Pinterest already however not to its full capabilities or using it properly as a blogger. The same goes for Google+ too. On Twitter, I am aiming to engage more with fellow bloggers in Twitter chats and by retweeting others posts too.  Then later on in the year, Facebook might be my next area to get my blog promoted on. Stats-wise I would like to see growth. I am not going to attach figures to these goals as I would be happier to just see growth and not be disappointed if I do not hit a figure.

Adventure, Travel & Outdoors

Learn To Surf

Living in Devon and spending much of my time at the beach, it’s about time I learnt to Surf. I had booked a surf lesson in 2017 on our SUP Weekend in North Devon. However, that got cancelled. I will be rebooking this surf lesson. Hoping that I enjoy it so that I can start hiring surfboards and get more practice in.

Explore More of Devon, Dorset and Cornish Coastlines

Living in such a beautiful part of the world that I need to discover more. 2018 is the year of taking Evie our campervan and exploring more of the coast. We started last year with our trip to the Jurassic coast, then spend more time exploring Devon, and then a week in Cornwall in September. There is so much more to see!

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Plan/Complete a Larger Trip

I’m not going to say too much about this one but there are loads of places across the UK and Europe I’d like to go. Not to mention the places elsewhere in the world I’d like to visit. I hope that in 2018 plans start to fall into place for a larger trip somewhere wonderful.

Climb More

Rock climbing and bouldering is a sport that I have been doing on-off for a few years now. Last year I started to give rope climbing a go. Trying to overcome my fear of falling. Sadly as the months went on, we just stopped going to the indoor climbing walls. So for 2018, the plan is to get climbing more, improve my skill and fitness then (fingers crossed) try outdoor climbing too.

Lifestyle

Meditation and Positive Thinking

If you know me, you’ll know I over think a lot and it can get me quite negative. I aim to tackle this and be more positive this year. Using some meditation apps to help clear and calm the mind. Then logging my morning and evening thoughts and feelings in my AM/PM Journal will help to spread my thinking, to not let it all bog my mind down. Positive Thoughts Only!

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Use Less Plastic

I have been trying to use less single-use plastic towards the end of 2017. Trying to use reusable cups/bottles more, remembering to take my reusable cotton shopping bags and eating in instead of taking out. My next purchase will be some metal straws, I enjoy drinking with straws but they are a terrible plastic waste. Also living near the beach means that every time I go for a walk I will do a #2minutebeachclean and hopefully get involved with Surfers Against Sewage.

2018. Let’s get cracking on what will be an adventurous year. What goals/aims have you got for this year?

See you next time and happy adventuring!

Jo x

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9 Comments

  1. The Crooked Bookmark
    03/01/2018 / 10:11 am

    It’s my first time visiting your blog but I love it 🙂 The design is gorgeous and beachy which is one of my favourite things, so that was a winner and I love the adventure side of the blog too.
    Some great goals – I am also working on the positive thinking goal too, my other half got me a gratitude journal for my birthday in August which until yesterday had not been used! I have decided I am going to use it to mark at least one thing I am grateful for each day.
    Good luck with your goals, I am going to enjoy checking back to see what new adventures are happening.
    Emma
    x

    • mindfuladventures
      06/01/2018 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I am thrilled that you like my blog :’) Definitely use your gratitude journal, I think focusing on those little good things that happen daily will help you to focus on positive thoughts. I am already finding that tracking my mood and thoughts with my AM/PM journal is making a world of difference to my positive mood. Let me know how it goes and good luck with your goals too!!
      Jo x

  2. 07/01/2018 / 10:54 am

    These all sound like great goals :). I’d really like to hit certain milestones on my blog/Twitter this year, and my main general life goals are to try and discover at least one TV show I love, pass my exams and trying to let people who make me feel inferior bother me less.
    Amy xx
    http://www.goldenbooksgirl.wordpress.com

    • mindfuladventures
      07/01/2018 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂 Those are some great goals, I am sure you will achieve them all! Good luck :’)
      Jo x

  3. 16/01/2018 / 11:29 am

    This is a fab post, I love the coastline around Devon and Cornwall, looking forward to reading about your travels and seeing your photos (and hopefully getting there in person 😁) x

    • 18/01/2018 / 1:02 pm

      It’s a beautiful stretch of coastline. So many beaches and coves to explore! I look forward to sharing my adventures with you all. What’s your favourite part of Cornwall/Devon?
      Jo x

      • 18/01/2018 / 8:53 pm

        I love the north Cornish coast. Boscastle to Port Isaac for walking the coastline, Perranporth for chilling at the beach. Ah, bring on the warmer weather 😀

  4. 29/01/2018 / 1:41 pm

    I love all your goals! especially the using less plastic. What we do like using tote bag to grocery shop might looks simple and insignificant but if everyone does it then wouldn’t the plastic sewage found in the sea lesser.

    x Rasya | nurulrasya.com

    • 30/01/2018 / 10:25 pm

      Exactly! Every little change helps reduce the amount of waste. I have recently purchased a reusable cup that I am trying to take with me to use instead of takeaway cups. Slowly but surely we can all make a difference towards less plastic in the sea!
      Jo x

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