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2017 // Goals

Last year I didn't share my 'new year resolutions' here on the ol' blog - to be honest I didn't really make any...there was a few personal blogging goals I wanted to accomplish (which I did - well done me!) but no massive changes I wanted to make. I find the whole 'new year, new me' thing a little strange really, in my mind if there was something I wanted to do/change/make happen I wouldn't wait until January 1st to start - why wait and put it off?

But, having said that there are some goals I want to achieve in the next 365 days and I couldn't really write a post on New Year's Day without sharing them, could I?!

PHOTOGRAPHY // This year I really want to improve my photography - I've really come to love taking photos over the last year or so and I think I'm ready to graduate from my iPhone to a 'proper' camera. I've got my heart set on the Olympus Pen so fingers crossed I'll get my hands on one in the near future! I'm really looking forward to learning how to use a new piece of kit and getting to grips with how to take the best photos I can.

INSTAGRAM // In the same vein as my photography goal, I want to work on my instagram. I take a lot of pride in my instagram (I probably take it a little too seriously!) but this coming year I want to improve my photos, post more frequently, work on my engagement and essentially growing my instagram followers. 

BLOGGING // Similar to last year I essentially just want to keep growing my blog. I want to make sure that I post as frequently as I did in 2016 - if not more so! - because I've really enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment I got when I looked back and saw all the post I'd shared over the year. Also, towards the end of the year I had a couple of 'do it for the blog' moments (our pumpkin picking adventure & our Christmas Tree farm adventure) which I really enjoyed - ordinarily I wouldn't have done these things but because I thought "ooh that'd make a good post" I made the effort and had such a blast! Here's to more 'do it for the blog' moments next year - who knows where it'll take me?!

SAVINGS // 2016 was the first year I decided to actively start a couple of saving plans. During my first year of work I pretty much just frittered away my earnings because I got a little bit excited about earning my own money but this past year I wanted to make a conscious effort to save more. I did the 52 Week Savings Challenge (as in I took the money out of my account and physically gave it to my nan so I couldn't spend it again!) and also I tried to put a certain amount of my monthly wage into my savings account each month. I'm enjoying having that financial support there if something goes wrong (like when the oven decided to break just before Christmas!) or the feeling of saving up and then being able to purchase something you've wanted for ages (like buying my new car!). This next year I want to do the same - I want to save more: there's some home improvements I want to start saving for (hello shutters for our windows!) and a couple of bits of tech I'd like to treat myself to!

CAREER // Last year was the first year of me being a 'proper' BMS (biomedical scientist if you're new here!) on the shift rota (we run a 24 hour/365 days a year service). Throughout the past year I've gained so much more knowledge in my field and so much more confidence in my own abilities. Sure there were some bloody difficult shifts that'll stay with me forever (for both good and bad reasons) but I can safely say that every day I learnt something new and became a better BMS. In 2017 I want to start properly working on my Specialist Portfolio (the next qualification in my career) - I'm really looking forward to improving my technical and theory knowledge of haematology. Additionally, I want to focus on my morphology knowledge - morphology is by far my favourite section I work in so I want to absorb all the knowledge and experience I can in there!

So that's what I'm hoping to accomplish in 2017 - I'm looking forward to it!What are your goals for 2017?