New Year’s Resolutions: 2017 vs 2018 – What I’ve Achieved & My New Goals

New Year’s Resolutions: 2017 vs 2018 – What I’ve Achieved & My New Goals

Hello lovelies and welcome back. Also, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be a good year for all of us! With January comes new year’s resolutions… Last year I decided to write mine down on a piece of paper, fold that piece of paper and keep it on a shelf where I would see it everyday. As a reminder. My idea was to not open it until 2018, to see what I had achieved, and what resolutions I hadn’t kept. I haven’t read the list yet, so we are kind of reading it together today.

My 2017 New Year’s Resolution,

New & Old Goals


Well let me tell you I’d forgotten how many new year’s resolutions I decided to take… And that I’d forgotten about a few (oops). So here is my list and what I made of it!

  • Travel more
  • Stick to a healthy diet
  • Do more exercice
  • Take more photos
  • Learn how to use my camera
  • Learn how to edit photos properly
  • Start a scrapbook
  • Start a journal
  • Get a job in the UK
  • Declutter my room
  • Save money
  • Start drawing again
  • Pass my ballet exmen

What I achieved

Well at least I stuck to 8.5 of them (out of 13) which is pretty good right?! Even if I didn’t travel to new countries I visited Corinne in Manchester twice and discovered a city I now love, and traveled to London twice also (I think…). So “Travel more” check!

Last year I hated what I looked like so I decided to change my diet in order to lose weight. I lost 14kg (2 stones), so I think it’s safe to say that I can tic the “stick to a healthy diet” box too. With this I also did more exercice. During the summer, as I don’t have any dance classes, I decided to go for bike rides with a friend. We cycled for an hour each day, which I’m pretty proud of! So that’s another box ticked. If you want me to write a blogpost about this, let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve also looked into how to use my camera and edit photos “properly”, I still need to learn about some things, but I’m happy I stuck to this resolution as I think my photography has improved (a little).

“Start a journel” is the “.5” I did keep a journal this year but stopped in June, I just didn’t have the time and then just forgot about it.

Let me tell you that after “sticking to a healthy diet” “decluttering my room” was one of the best decisions I took last year. I go rid of a lot of thing, sold a lot of clothe, and rearranged my room for it to look less messy. I would recommend this to anyone!

As I’m still living at home I was able to save money quite easily. However, I’m happy I was able to save as much as I did.

Last but by no means least, I passed my ballet exam! Now I’m moving on to the next one and hope to have the same result…

Resolutions I didn’t keep

For the other things on my list, besides finding a job in the UK, I don’t really have an excuse besides “I forgot” or “I didn’t have time”. If you want to know more about why I didn’t get a job in the UK in the end, you can ready my life update!

My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

  • Stick to a healthy diet: because I really don’t want to put on weight and you feel much better when eating well.
  • Take more photos: I really need to up my game on the blog & instagram.
  • Start a scrapbook: because I really really reeeaaally want to print all my photos and sort them in books for when I’m older.
  • Kickstart my journal: for the same reasons as the above.
  • Declutter my room: because I think it’s a good thing to do each year.
  • Save money: it’s never a bad thing to do, even if I don’t have immediate projects in mind, at least the money will be there when I need it.
  • Work hard to make my business successful: do I really need to say why?
  • Pass the first part of my last ballet examen: I’m already working on this and hope everything goes for the best so I can be proud of myself.

As you can see not much has changed, maybe it’s better that way as I feel that setting the barre to high isn’t the best to get things done.

Do you have new year’s resolutions? What are your goals for this year?

See you soon, love


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  1. January 7, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Well done on everything you achieved! You really had an amazing 2017 did you? Well done on passing your ballet exam, that’s amazing. You’ve got amazing goals for this year as Well, I’m sure you’ll smash them! All the best for 2018.

    Jordanne ||

  2. January 7, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    I havenโ€™t really set specific goals this year but I am much the same as you – I want to travel more, save money and I would love to declutter my room!

    Holly x

  3. January 7, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Well done with your resolutions and good luck for this year. Mine are to exercise more and listen to more podcasts because I feel like I should do that more. Have a great 2018!

  4. Lisa Dimaline
    January 7, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Always good to review previous goals before setting new ones ๐Ÿ˜ good luck with all in 2018 & starting a scrapbook definitely 1 of mine โ˜บ๏ธ Great post as always


  5. January 7, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I really hope that you’ll achieve all of your goals and more. I decided to keep my new years resolutions for myself as I realized that when I don’t tell them to anyone I actually achieve them. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  6. Elise
    January 7, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    A great post! I am definitely trying to stick to a healthy diet and save money. I hope you stick to your goals! X

    Elise //

  7. January 7, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Oh I sooo want to start a scrapbook!!! It’s been on my mind forever! Maybe this year… ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. January 7, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    wow, well done you on the weight loss, Iโ€™d love to see a blog post on your journey! Some great resolutions there and they seem easy enough to stick to so I hope they go well for you! Happy new year to you too and I hope 2018 is amazing! Laura x

  9. January 7, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Great list of things! Well done for all you achieved last year.

    One of my resolutions this year is to read more, as I used to love it when I was younger and just stopped. Its starte quite well nearly finished my first book haha!


  10. January 7, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    This is such a good idea to look back on last year’s progress, I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ You smashed it girl, 8.5 out of 13 is pretty good – I probably would have forgotten about half of them if it were me, haha!
    I only have a few resolutions for this year but for once am hoping to stick to them xx

  11. January 7, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Iโ€™ve never had the idea to write down resolutions before and not look at them until the next new year, thatโ€™s such a cool idea!! Iโ€™d say 8.5 out of 13 was pretty fab to be honest, especially as 13 is loads to begin with! Mine is to only use a reusable cup when I get a coffee so hopefully I can stick to just the one! X

  12. January 7, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Congratulations on passing your ballet exam! I did my grade 8 ballet exam a couple of years ago! I’m sure your next one will be great! You should definitely be proud of what you accomplished in 2017! Good luck for your 2018 resolutions!

  13. Lea
    January 7, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    This was so lovely to read. I think setting realistic goals is such a good thing. I did set myself some small ones and hope to achieve all of them by the end of 2018.
    Lea, xx

  14. January 7, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Well done on everything you achieved! And youโ€™ve got some lovely goals for 2018 as well. I hope this year treats you well ๐Ÿ™‚

    lots of love, Jasmin

  15. January 7, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I love reading things like this! They inspire me to set higher goals for myself and actually achieve them. Loveddd

  16. January 7, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Congratulations on losing that much weight. That’s such a big achievement! And well done on your ballet exam, I always wished I’d done something like that when I was younger. Good lock with the second one! xx


  17. January 8, 2018 / 9:56 am

    Mine are similar to yours but I could never commit to that many! I’m trying to travel more, stick to a healthy diet, do more exercice, take more photos, learn how to edit photos properly and save money!

    (P.S. love your writing style) x

  18. January 8, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    Congratulations on losing 14 kilos that’s great, I always never get to finish my list or achieve all of my goals that’s why this year I decided not to have any and just follow my impulses and see where they would lead me, crazy but hopefully it works. Wishing you all the best in 2018.

  19. January 8, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Good luck with your goals. It seems you accomplished a lot in 2017! I am working on decluttering the house and I would love to grow my blog!

  20. January 8, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    8.5 out of 13 is pretty good! Most people set just a few and never follow through. I only set one this year and that is to read my devotional every week day!

  21. Jessica Taylor
    January 8, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    I wish I could travel more in 2018! My goal is just to spend more time with my daughter

  22. Abbie
    January 8, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Well done on what you did achieve, we can’t always achieve it all! Plus sometimes you achieve something in a way you didn’t expect to, just because it didn’t come in the orthodox way you planned. I hope to start my own business this year which I am excited about and I also want to start a journal.


  23. January 8, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Hi, you didnโ€™t do badly achieving most if your goals last year. I also hope todo a scrap book fo this year, no ballet for me I just canโ€™t dance ๐Ÿ˜Š.

  24. January 8, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I always make new years resolutions but rarely stock to them because they’re all quite big things,mine for this year is to find a job I like (that should get done hopefully), get more positive about myself (this is the big one I find hard to do) and my last is to go to the gym more (I hope this will work as I only go for one class twice a week atm)
    Heres hoping! Good post x

  25. January 8, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Wow! You achieved loads in 2017! ๐Ÿ’– A 2 stone weight loss is absolutely fantastic, go you! I hope you have an amazing 2018 and achieve everything you want to! ๐Ÿ˜˜ xx

    Bexa |

  26. January 8, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Sounds like you did pretty well on your goals for last year! Hope you can keep it up this year. I can’t remember the resoluations I made at the beginning of 2017… They’re probably written down somewhere but God knows where! This year I’m opting for smaller and more manageable monthly goals instead. Which, so far, is going brilliantly xxx

  27. January 8, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    This post is a lovely idea! It’s great to reflect on how you did with your resolutions and I think you did incredibly! 8(.5) out of 13 is impressive! I never really make New Years resolutions as I’m so bad at keeping them but maybe this is the year to start! I’d love to try and eat healthily I think that’s a great one!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  28. January 8, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    8.5 our of 13 is great! Changing your whole diet is a HUGE thing and so easy to fail, you should be really proud! Iโ€™m right with you on a bunch of these- upping my photo game and saving $$. Hereโ€™s to a productive and fun 2018!

  29. January 8, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    I am glad that a few of your resolutions from last year were able to be stuck to. I hope you will have as much or more fortune in the year 2018

  30. January 8, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    That was a looong list of goals for 2017, but you managed to tick off more than half of them – that’s really a huge accomplishment in and of itself in my eyes! I set myself some goals last year, but I don’t think I reached any of them if I’m being completely honest… I haven’t set myself new ones for 2018 yet. I want to really think about it and aim for things that are realistic, so that I don’t feel so disappointed when the year is over. Your list definitely seems like it’s doable, though, since you’ve already set the tone in 2017. ๐Ÿ™‚


  31. January 8, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Wow you did SO well with your resolutions last year, eh?! I can’t even remember what I set myself last year, it was all such a rollercoaster! This year I’ve actually decided to not really set any resolutions. In my head I have a couple of things I want to achieve but I’ve decided to refrain from goals e.g. Go to the gym 3 times a week etc because it sets me up for a fail lol! I plan to take it as it comes, instead! x

  32. January 8, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    You’ve done amazing with your resolutions, I failed so much at keeping my resolutions last year! I should really get round to setting some for this year, I love post like this for inspiration for my own!

    Live Life, Love Life and Laugh Through It!

  33. January 8, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Wow! I am so glad that you were able to tick off over half of your goals from last year. Here is to an amazing 2018!

  34. January 8, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    Traveling is on my list too. I need to start planning some trips.

  35. January 8, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    One of my goals for 2017 was to travel more, it didn’t happen. But the plus is that we weren’t able to do so because we were looking to buy a home. And that we did achieve. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. January 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    Congrats on being able to keep to most of your goals in 2017! I didn’t accomplish a single one, so I really hope I can tick one off in 2018. My main goals this year are to travel more and have more fun!

  37. January 8, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    You should be extremely proud of keeping so many of your resolutions! Most people discard them January 2nd! I’ve actually written a post about how that always happens to me and how I will do it differently this year. Spoiler Alert: Not at all. But it seems to be working for you, which is great.

  38. January 8, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    I had no idea that you did Ballet, I really hope that your exam goes well and you pass it with flying colours! I know that you will pass it though and its amazing that you managed to achieve so many of your goals. Also I have a feeling that 2018 will be an amazing year for you both and I am so looking forward to meeting you and Corrine at the event! See you soon girl xx

  39. January 9, 2018 / 12:00 am

    Good job on your 2017 list. It was a big list so I think it’s awesome you completed what you did. I do make a 2018 list and am excited to work towards it. I would like to travel more but, mine will be more locally versus another country.

  40. January 9, 2018 / 12:20 am

    Congrats on achieving more than half of your resolutions! That is huge. You had some pretty lofty goals and you should feel very proud of yourself. I think you’re going to excel this year as well!

  41. January 9, 2018 / 12:32 am

    Wow, I am so impressed by reading how well you coped with fulfilling your last year’s goals. Congrats on sticking to a healthy diet because 14 kg is a lot. I wish you all the luck for the goals in New Year. I hope you get to travel more, save more money and fulfill all your dreams! For me a clean diet and travels are most important, too!

  42. January 9, 2018 / 12:33 am

    It is always interesting to read peoples resolutions and see how they got on! You did amazingly managing 8.5 out of 13 I always managed 0 so I stopped making them lol.

  43. Aditi
    January 9, 2018 / 2:38 am

    It’s always good to rewind and reflect on the year that was! My list of 2018 only seems to be getting bigger. We share a common element – to stick to a healthy diet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!!

  44. January 9, 2018 / 4:31 am

    Wow! Congrats on completing so many of your goals. That’s amazing. 8.5/13 is fantatstic!

  45. January 9, 2018 / 4:36 am

    8.5 out of 13 is definitely an accomplishment and something to be proud of! Good luck with your 2018 resolutions.

  46. January 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

    8.5 resolutions out of 13 is pretty good! I wish I had stuck with a few. Congratulations on your weight loss, that is fantastic! I love your idea, I will write my list as well.

  47. January 9, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I’m terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions so I just don’t do them anymore. Good for you though for keeping so many of yours, that’s pretty awesome. Good luck for your next ballet exam Kirsty, I’m sure you’ll do great

  48. January 9, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Hey, sticking to more than half of your list is a great feat in my book, so congratulations! But yeah, it’s hard work because as time gets by, you feel less and less motivated to accomplish your new years list, so press on and achieve them! I think that keeping a daily reminder of your goals is a cool tip to not stop!

  49. January 9, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Congratulations on a wonderful 2017! One of my resolutions is to kickstart my journal too for 2018! Keep it up!

  50. January 9, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    You did great in 2017, my goal for this year includes losing weight which I have already started working on. Wishing you good luck with the goals and resolutions for this year.

  51. January 9, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Those are really inspiring resolutions! I’m surely taking some advice from this! Hope you have a great 2018!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. January 9, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Great Goals, especially for a blogger. I definitely need to up my photo editing game, and travel more! Working on ideas for more traffic to my blog, and hoping to reach some numbers I have in mind for this year.

  53. Joanna
    January 9, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    These are really nice resolutions and I am sure that you will be able to achieve them all by December. My New Year’s resolution is actually to pass my driving test, which I have at the end of this month, and then get experience driving so that I can do road trips whenever I want. And buy a motorbike, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. January 9, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    You did great! 8.5 out of 13 is wonderful. My main goal this year is to focus more on my blog and lose some weight!

  55. January 9, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    8.5 resolutions out of 13 is something to be proud of! You did great in 2017, and honestly I wish I could kept my resolutions, but so far I did like 2. I’m sad though! Anyway I hope I can make them come true, by the end of this year. Enjoyed this post!

  56. January 9, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    Definitely there with you on eating healthier, iโ€™m finding it so difficult though! Iโ€™m hungry all the time, and my energy levels sink quite quickly – would love a post on it for some tips! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Abby (

  57. January 9, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    Excellent list with a few common threads for me as well such as learning to use the camera and doing better editing. Thanks for being so open ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. January 9, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Love that you managed to stick to so many of your resolutions!
    Take more photos is definitely one of my goals for the year – I’m so bad at forgetting to take photos when I do something cool or spend time with friends!

    Hope you have an amazing 2018!
    Chloe โค๏ปฟ

  59. January 9, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    I love your goals for this year, and congrats on getting so many done in 2017 is a great achievement!! I definitely want to get healthier this year too because I feel great afterwards!
    Ellie xx

  60. January 9, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    I am in love with your photos!! These are super similar to mine – eating healthier and exercising more is definitely high up on my list. X

  61. January 9, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Well done on all you achieved in 2017! I am sure 2018 is going to be a fantastic year for you. I also lost two stone last year so I can understand the hard work and changes behind it, you did awesome! The hardest part is starting, maintaining is pretty easy so you got this! I like seeing what you two get up to and all your awesome adventures!

  62. January 9, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    I think you achieved a lot! I didn’t set any resolutions in 2017 — it was sort of a bad year for me at the beginning, although it turned into a great year for me by the end.

  63. January 9, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    I hope this year works out well for you. I know I am off to a good start!

  64. January 9, 2018 / 11:24 pm

    Losing two stone is such a big achievement – I’m proud of you & I don’t even know you! ha-ha! I think that counts for at least 5 points from your list too… def worth more than one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  65. January 9, 2018 / 11:29 pm

    Congrats on a great 2017 and achieving your goals.2018 promises to be even better, I look forward to reading about it.

  66. Blair villanueva
    January 10, 2018 / 1:02 am

    You still had a wonderful 2017, and i do hope your 2018 will be a huge fireworks for you. More travel!

  67. January 10, 2018 / 1:06 am

    I love how carefree you are. You have set goals but you are not too hard on yourself. You are honest with where you stand. I didn’t set resolutions but I do have goals. I want to be more intentional with my relationships. I also want to grow my business which I started in 2017 and start a profitable podcast with my husband on relationships. I am excited about 2018!

  68. Kathy
    January 10, 2018 / 2:20 am

    Sounds like you have some great resolutions. I’ve made a few myself as well. Being healthier and being more active is always one of mine. I’ve been working hard on getting in a workout at least 5 times a week.

  69. kym
    January 10, 2018 / 2:56 am

    I’ve been wanting to look into scrapbooking.. do you recommend any tutorials to get the best out of it?

  70. January 10, 2018 / 3:08 am

    I love your idea of writing it down and keeping it where you can see it. Congrats on fulfilling so many of your resolutions!

  71. Nicole Flint
    January 10, 2018 / 3:40 am

    I’m with you on the “decluttering your room” resolution! I need to do that at some point this year. I didn’t have resolutions last year and I felt like I didn’t accomplish anything. Happy New Year! Kill your goals this year!

  72. January 10, 2018 / 5:26 am

    Aw yay!! You accomplished so many of your goals!! I think its funny how you chose not to read the list after you wrote it but also keep it somewhere you would see it, I would completely forget what I wrote down lol. Cheers to 2018!!

  73. January 10, 2018 / 6:09 am

    Wow! Enjoyed reading your post ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on your 2017 achievements. Hope you achieve all your golas this year and the ff years. YOU CAN DO IT! Keep it up!

  74. Shubhada Bhide
    January 10, 2018 / 7:12 am

    You made 2017 so well! Congrats! Your 2018 goals are some of my goals too! Hope we have a wonderful year ahead and achieve those goals step by step.

  75. January 10, 2018 / 7:14 am

    Congrats on all your successes and for passing your ballet exam! Iโ€™m adding more to my goals for this year. I typed mine out, so hopefully I have it next year and can keep track of my progress. Good luck on this yearโ€™s resolutions!

  76. January 10, 2018 / 7:58 am

    I am currently working on my 2018 goals. I went on vacation at the end of the year and didn’t have time to sit down and really think about what I want and where I want my life to be.

  77. Kiwi
    January 10, 2018 / 9:13 am

    I dont do NEW Years resolutions because they will get broken. I am joining you on the printing my pictures more and scrapbooking!

  78. Agnes Vazhure
    January 10, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Looks like you had a great year. and Congratulations on achieving your 2017 goals and wishing you all the best in this 2018.

  79. January 10, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    I haven’t set any formal resolutions or written anything down. But I do want to work more on my blog and grow it more. That’s awesome that you stuck to a healthy diet.

  80. January 10, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Oh my god you definitely motivated me to lead a more active lifestyle seeing your weight loss journey…All the best for the new goals!

  81. January 10, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Congratulations on everything that you have achieved. I need to get more motivated in achieving mine this year.

  82. January 11, 2018 / 3:48 am

    Congrats! That is a huge achievement. Most people are lucky if they do one of their resolutions. I’m sure writing it down kept you accountable. Here is to an even better 2018!

  83. January 11, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Oh, that’s a pretty good record you have there! I’m so glad you’ve completed more than half of them… My laptop is cranking up and I have absolutely no mood to work on my resolution… Hope it will resume working properly soon~

  84. Elizabeth O
    January 11, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    Well done on achieving your 2017 goals, that is a huge achievement. and wishing a best of luck this 2018. Hope you achieve your goals again even if its small.

  85. January 11, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Sounds like you achieved quite a lot in 2017, well done! I hope 2018 is even better and you can achieve all of your goals.

  86. January 14, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    I think 8.5 was pretty good, and, at the end of the day, resolutions do help you to add some focus to your year, which can only be a good thing.

  87. January 16, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    I don’t ever make New Year’s Resolutions. I would say 8.5 out of 13 is pretty darn good though!

  88. January 16, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I’m so happy for you. I think drawing is calming and can open mind for more beautiful things to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

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