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2016 expectations | goals for the year

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Hope you all had a fabulous end to 2015, be it a quiet one or a packed-like-sardines-dancing-with-your-drink-in-the-air kinda one!  May your New Years Day be appropriately fun / chilled / an appropriate recovery. 🙂  Rather than the typical ‘New Years Resolutions’ for my first blog post this year, I’ve gone for 2016 expectations instead.  Let’s not go putting too much pressure on ourselves shall we?  I started last year with pretty loose ideas (achievable New Years Resolutions post here) and I think 2015 worked out OK. 🙂  I might make smaller, monthly goals this year instead, what do you think?  In the meantime, here’s what I realistically expect from 2016:

Spontaneous plans with people I haven’t seen in ages will turn out to be the funniest.  Spontaneous anything will probably be good.

Plans that I was looking forward to will be cancelled, because that always seems to happen.

I’ll have periods of being a complete health nut and living in the gym, being my most toned and clean-eating self.  It’ll feel REALLY good and I’ll have loads of energy.  (Not sarcasm btw, I get way more tired when I haven’t worked out).

There will be times when sleep or studying or spending time with friends is more important and I fall off the gym bandwagon.  And when food is more important.  Because I’m not giving up my carbs lol.

I’ll feel left behind when all my friends head off to university in September and I’ll miss them like crazy.

BUT I’ll have more freedom and opportunities to do what I want, when I want, so swings and roundabouts.  I’m happy with my decision to opt out of UCAS and all that.  Lily is doing it her own way!

I’ll feel really positive about blogging most of the time.  179 blog posts in 2015, let’s see if I can beat that!  Plenty bloggers have written tons more, but I’m quite proud of myself for that figure.  I’ve taken blogging more seriously last year and it’ll be even more of a ‘thing’ for me in 2016.

My motivation/inspiration will drop off sometimes and I’ll feel like I’m getting nowhere.  I’ll get really pissed off with myself.

It’ll be the toughest academic year I’ll face, end of.  That might sound juvenile and you might tut ‘just wait til you start a degree’ but I’ve been told loads of times that this one’s the hardest, juggling 4 subjects and trying to remember so much stuff.  I was told that by loads of people who did similar degrees to the subject I plan to too, so I’ll take their word for it.  Safe to say I’m dreading exam time already!  Mocks this month are gonna be bad enough…

Sometimes I’ll do well on tests and hand everything in on time and am all organised and feel like I GOT THIS.  My brain will work at 100%.

And sometimes I’ll do crap on tests and forget to finish things and my folder will be an overflowing mess and I’ll have zero control over my life whatsoever and I’ll get in a massive panic.  My brain will work at 50% at best.  Not melodramatic or anything, am I?

I’ll have fun happy times with the fun happy people in my life.  2016 started well at midnight and hopefully will carry on that way!  I’m excited for the days where nothing spectacular happens but they’re just A Good Day anyway.

I’ll go places just for the sake of going places.  Did it last year, gonna do it 10x more this year!

That’s me for the year then!  Ever the realist. 🙂

lily kate x
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  • Reply
    Bash Harry
    1st January 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I think expectations and resolutions are wholly different. While Resolutions are ‘get fit, go to the gym five times a week,’ the expectation is ‘stop after Week 3, and just eat Nutella on the bed’.

    …Not that I don’t know from personal experience…cause I don’t.

    That said, keep your chin up Lily! I have a feeling 2016 will be a great year! <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’


    • Reply
      lily kate
      1st January 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Me too, I didn’t want to do the usual ‘I vow to do this X times a week’ because that’s just setting yourself up for failure!
      I have a feeling 2016 will be great too Bash! Let’s try to make something great even out of the rubbish times 😀

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    1st January 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I enjoyed reading this post, it’s a great way to look at the new year. Spontaneity is often best. I often enjoy not knowing what’s around the corner and being surprised my new plans and opportunities. You’ve just got to take each day as it comes (as they say), and try to embrace and enjoy every good minute.

    Happy New Year anyway and I wish you the best of luck in your exams and getting through final year. 🙂

    Samio x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      1st January 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you Samio! I just wish life allowed more time for spontaneity sometimes, although I like having a busy, full life so maybe I’ve a contradiction on my hands there!
      Think I’m gonna need all the help I can get in these exams, so thank you!

  • Reply
    1st January 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Absolutely love this post. I’ve never really made resolutions because I end up making them day in, day out throughout the year. I feel I can relate to you completely, especially about the toughest academic year and being left behind in September. Some things are a given, but there are always wonders around every corner.

    I hope you’ve had a great day!x


    • Reply
      lily kate
      1st January 2016 at 7:21 pm

      That makes me very happy! I make mini resolutions all the time too, I’m always thinking about *the future* and what I’m going to do. I’ve written so many ‘goals’ blog posts haha!
      Gonna be fun come June/July isn’t it? Ugh I don’t even want to think about exams yet, but I’m determined I won’t leave revision too late either!
      Hope you’ve had a lovely new years day too! <3

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