My last post may have been three words long but I’m back with a few more words in this post. This year I embarked on a challenge to travel to 12 destinations in 12 months and unless my flight to Copenhagen is cancelled next week, I am going to complete it. If I’m honest, I didn’t think I’d be able to do it. It has been tiring, there have been moments where I haven’t enjoyed the city I’m exploring but it has taught me an awful lot. Making a commitment to yourself to do better takes courage and next year I want to continue on this journey.
There is nothing like the prospect of a new year to make you reflect, rethink and realise what you want. I think about the future constantly and I do forget to enjoy the now which is why I have a blog post brewing on the importance of being present. But there are some things I want to start now and in early 2019 for me.
I miss drawing, painting and sketching so much. I only find myself doodling these days when I’m on a boring phone-call or if I need to visually demonstrate something. I’m a creative person and the London grind can sometimes make you feel like a tired donkey. So whilst I won’t be enrolling in art college, I will be looking for a casual art class I can drop in every now and then. It’s time to create something for myself, for me and not for the world to see.
I may have briefly mentioned I wanted to set up a beauty brand in the next couple of years and it’s important for me to learn the business and the industry inside out. Make up courses aren’t cheap but instant loans can be a huge help when it comes to needing to pay for something up front. But most of all make sure it works for you and you can realistically pay it back.
I read a stat somewhere that the billion dollar beauty industry is growing at a rate of 6% per year and if I put the work in now, I’ll be a part of it someday. My good friend Nadiene completed a course earlier this year and it has been nothing but inspirational and the push I need to do it.
This is something that’s going to be a huge priority for me in 2019. The last quarter of this year has been filled with a little too much stress and anxiousness for my liking. So that means I need to be selective about how I spend my time. More gym, less events, more saving, less eating out, more spas, less doubt.
I’m never going to let travel go. I already have a few trips booked in 2019 and I wonder if I should do 12 destinations in 12 months again? A day trip to Toulouse confirmed that it doesn’t need to be a whole weekend and it can be done on a budget…
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