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#lifegoals (real ones)


Summer got me in the mood for goals and happy and dreams and all that.  Lovin’ it.

Travel.  Pretty sure this one’s the top of everybody’s bucket list, but it’s the no.1 goal for a reason so I don’t really care.  How crazy would it be though to spend a whole life in only a few places, when there’s so damn much going on out there?  The idea of solo travelling is growing on me too, funnily enough.  I’m definitely a people person and like sharing experiences with my favourites, but going it alone is strangely attractive to me too!  I’ve read quite a few solo travel experiences lately and whilst yep, it sounds scary, it also sounds a hell of a lot of fun.  Do what you want, when you want, how you want, without fitting anybody else’s plans.  Very liberating. (OK so I am 100% crushing on Brooke Saward‘s life right now, not gonna lie).  I’m not about to rush off around the world on an epic loner adventure – I’d miss my family and friends way too much – but at some point in my life I’d like to give it a shot.  I’m good at talking to strangers, and I’d be sensible.  Hopefully I’d be ok!


(Pinterest quotes for the win)

As for where I’d like to go… the obvious ‘before I die’ kinda places would be ahhhmazing, plus others off the beaten track too.  There’s a good reason that the Grand Canyon and the Northern Lights and the Pyramids of Giza and all those spectacular places make every Top 10 list, and that’s because they’re utterly breathtaking.  I kinda feel like I have to try to visit at least one.  It’d be fun to experience somewhere not tourist’y at all though too, wouldn’t it?  (As I said in my last post, I’m still a big champion of the whole ‘be a tourist at home’ thing too; still wanna look for the special in the everyday.  That’s a goal – keep up looking for cool stuff everywhere, or life in one place would get bloody boring).


Create a homely home.  Not one of those typical #lifegoals kinda mansions with fancy cars on the drive and a kitchen where every single plate matches every single cup.  Not my style.  The whole ‘perfect house’ thing doesn’t appeal to me in that way.  Sure, I’d like to live in a nice area in a house with plenty breathing space, but the idea of a swanky house with all the trimmings just doesn’t draw me.  What appeals to me are mismatched cup collections and bashed about furniture, y’know?  With a few plain white walls for good measure, obviously.  Similarly I don’t particularly fancy living in London or another hotshot city, like lots of others dream of.  Nahhh.  Another example of where ‘just nice’ is quite alright with me.  I’d love an old building – a blank canvas with character – to slowly make my ‘own’.  When this will be, who knows!

Write a book.  No idea what about, but I’d love a print title to my name.  What could I offer to the literary world?  Again, no idea, but maybe something will come up.  Didn’t think I’d have a design published in Vogue Knitting age 14, and that happened.  Who knows!  I enjoy thrashing words out and I enjoy turning pages so we’ll see where that takes me.  One to keep in mind.

Be a cool mum.  Like, the one that does fun things and silly things and doesn’t suddenly become boring when a kiddo comes along.  I’m sure some of it’s inevitable, in moderation though!  So many parents I know (of) seem to completely lose touch with what it’s like to be young when they hit their thirties, forties, fifties whatever, but I’m determined I will not become short sighted in that way.  My mum isn’t, and I turned out alright!  Again, not for a good few years yet.  We’re talking #lifegoals here remember. 😛  I know teen mothers who do a brilliant job so I’d never say teen parenthood is categorically a ‘bad’ thing, but definitely not for me.

Live crazy, then simplify.  Kinda contradicting my last point about not becoming boring when I’m older, but I think a boring life and a simple life are two completely different things, don’t you?  Anyway, I wanna try a bunch of things and explore a bunch of avenues so that I can later select my favourites to pursue.  That’s the simplifying bit.  I’ll probably be around 90 by this point, but I’ll keep it in mind.  Just don’t wanna feel like I have to cram a load of missed ‘experiences’ into my later years.

Be outdoors as much as possible.  Like with travelling, what a waste it is to be indoors all the time!  I’m typing this from our patio with my deckchair angled just so that I can see the screen.  Don’t wanna waste a second of this sunshine.  Obviously the sun ain’t always shining round here (we should be so lucky), but I’m up for wrapping up warm and getting out and about in the chilly months, too!  So long as it’s not chucking it down or blowing an almighty gale, I’m up for it.  Wind just pisses me off.  I’ll take my cosy indoors on those days, thank ya.

I’ve lost track of how many lists about the future I’ve written on this blog now.  They’re fun to write, ok?  Link me some of yours!

lily kate x

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  • Reply
    11th July 2015 at 11:03 am

    I love posts like this. I wonder if one day you’ll look back having travelled all the continents and published your novel. I’ve no doubt you will :).


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      lily kate
      19th July 2015 at 5:14 pm

      I’m glad you like them! I love writing them haha 😛 Maybe I could write a book about my travels!

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    11th July 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I think if everyone had kids, we all want to be the cool mom. But so very few will be! Hahaha, I don’t know. I think parenthood and general adulthood will change people. I have a lot of life goals that I can’t fathom into a post. Maybe I will try though! Hehe <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

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      lily kate
      19th July 2015 at 5:19 pm

      All mums probably do think they’re cool mums haha! Maybe I’ll be the least cool mum on the planet haha. 😛
      I look forward to reading your goals!

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    12th July 2015 at 10:59 am

    It’s nice to write down our goals, it helps us stay motivated and focused. I’d also really hate to be one of those mums who didn’t really engage or connect well with their children, staying young at heart is really important. I also wanna write a book some day! But I always have so many ideas that never pan out because I keep changing my mind aha! Great post lovely, really enjoyed reading it!!

    -Nabeela xo

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      lily kate
      19th July 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you Nabeela! I guess I’d never remember my goals if I didn’t write them down, so no harm done with post after post.
      Let’s hope to be young at heart forever!

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    13th July 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Have you read All I Know Now by Carrie H. Fletcher? That book was recently on the charts in your part of the world and came out of a blog. You can get going on a book whenever you want. I am sure it will be great. The fact that you made knitting patterns before anyone told you it was too hard, too competitive and not to bother, shows that it is best not to know what other people think.

    I think your goals sound like good goals, with lots of room for change. You will be a cool mum, but like you mentioned, in time. Your mum seems quite cool. Do try to travel a bit before you have any kids though.

    A cozy home is a great idea! A lot of people here decorate with an eye to resale value and maybe they have no personal taste anyways. Uh… you might want to rethink that if you ever see my house … and agree with them! I do not have matching anything. My mum and sister redecorated and renovated recently and I think it was a way of standardizing and eradicating personality.

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      lily kate
      19th July 2015 at 6:07 pm

      I haven’t read it no, but I’ll look it up! I guess these days you can publish at least an ebook whenever you want. And yes, who cares what anybody else thinks?
      My mum is a cool mum, which is why I want to be!
      Glad you don’t think it’s strange me thinking about homely ideas already! I don’t want matching anything either 😛 I’d love to have white walls and the ‘coziness’ come from filling a house with all sorts of cool bits and pieces – still some personality in there somewhere!

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