2017 goals

Brussels, Belgium 04/01/2017

2017-goals

Oh boy. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that we are in 2017. This past year has been one of the best in my life but I feel like time went by so quickly. 2016 was a big year for me indeed. I got married in June, visited 6 countries, crossed off a big travel off my bucket list, celebrated big milestones with my best friends & worked hard on turning our house into a home. Phew.

But whenever a new year starts, I like to make a list of goals that I want to achieve. These are not resolutions per se but rather things that I aspire to do more regularly. Here we go.

01. Diversify my content on Youtube. My videos are probably the area of my work that I neglected the most in 2016. I was so busy planning our wedding that I didn’t take the time to film as regularly as I would have liked to. So this year, I am decided to post more regularly but to also diversify my content more. I love vlogging so I’ll probably keep it up this year but I also want to incorporate more home decor, books & lifestyle videos into my content.

02. Keep up with Project Life. I started doing my Project Life album seriously in 2016 but I want to take it to the next level this year. While I only recorded key moments last year, I’d like to make weekly spreads in my album this year. While this sounds like a daunting task, I am sure that I’ll enjoy looking back on all these memories later on!

03. Keep up with ballet. I decided to go back to ballet last year and I am so glad that I decided to do it. I love dancing and working out so ballet is the perfect workout for me right now. Furthermore, the school is pretty close by which makes for a nice walk to and from! I am also considering taking modern dance classes as well but a little bit later in the year so that I don’t feel overwhelmed.

04. Read more. While I definitely read more in 2016, I failed to complete my reading challenge of 40 books. This year I decided to set myself up to read 30 books, which sounds a lot more doable. I tend to read mostly paperback books but I also like to read on my Kindle (especially when I am on the go) but I am also thinking about listening to more audiobooks on Audible, especially during long car journeys!

05. Declutter. Now this is probably the hardest one for me as I tend to hold onto e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. And although we’re blessed to have a very spacious home, the last thing that I want to do is fill in with things that don’t bring joy (can you tell that I recently read the life-changing magic of tidying up?). My goal is to reduce what we own by 30% and get rid of things that we simply don’t use regularly.

06. See my besties more often. 2016 was a busy year for my besties and I. One got a baby girl, another moved to another country, one went back to school & one launched her own business. Needless to say that planning brunches and weekends away was nearly impossible! This year however, I am decided to see them more often, no matter what!

What are your goals for this year?

  • I was so excited to see this post pop up as I think that one of the first videos I ever watched of yours was one about your New Year’s resolutions!

    I’m SO excited to see more YouTube videos from you this year and look forward to more varied content (although I do always love a good, old-fashioned beauty vid). I’ve gotten more into watching “Booktube” this year and I find watching them inspires me to read more. I’m tempted to set a goal on Goodreads, but I’m worried I won’t reach it – I think I might wait until I have a more consistent reading routine.

    I’d love to hear you talk about your ballet lessons as I took them up too in 2016! Although I stopped back in October as I was finishing university and have yet to take them back up again. Unfortunately, my studio is a little while away, but I’m keen to get back into it. I actually really enjoyed doing exercise this way which is game-changing! Plus it gives me an excuse to buy pretty ballet clothes :P

    Happy New Year, Axelle, and best of luck with your goals!

    • Happy New Year Tess!

      I had no idea that you did ballet as well! I love it too and, as you mentioned, the clothes are all part of the fun!

      I found myself reading more and more by going onto Goodreads and watching Booktube videos as well! I used to read a ton as a teen but I kinda stopped during my studies and only returned to it last year. I never realized how much I missed it until then! If you’re not ready to set a challenge on Goodreads yet (which I totally get, it can be pretty intimidating), I would recommend picking up 3 or 4 books that you’ve always wanted to read and place them in evidence on your coffee table, nightstand or desk. Personally, this works great as a motivation for me!

      xx

      • We have a brand here in Australia called Bloch that make the most beautiful clothes and I think my reward for getting back into it would be to buy a lovely leotard!

        I’d love to hear about your favourite Booktube channels! Oh and I completely relate to reading less as we get older. I’m so glad you’ve gotten back into it. Your idea about 3-4 books is a great idea, thank you! Have a great weekend xxx

  • That are some nice goals for 2017! I also want to read more, and make more time for my friends. I launched two businesses in 2016 and am still working part-time. After one year of struggling with timemanagement and planning I feel like I finally found a way to combine it all. So 2017 will be a year where I put friends & family first!

    • Congrats, it sounds like 2017 will be a great year for you!

      It’s not always easy to find the right balance between your professional & personal life but I am glad that you found a way to combine everything!
      Good luck on your goals!

      xx

  • Ditto on the decluttering!

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