Sunday, 31 December 2017

welcome, 2018



I don't want to say that 2017 was tough but it definitely wasn't a smooth ride. I feel like I did not make the most out of this year: academically and digitally. I did not invest the time and energy into my blog that I anticipated and I also feel like I have had some academic pit-falls but as the saying goes "before something great happens, everything falls apart" which I am trying to engrain into my mind.

I remember refusing to write a 2017 goals post this time last year because they were so cliched and painfully generic. I ended roughly writing one on a piece of a4 paper and now that I skim through it, I did manage to achieve quite a few of the goals set. I went vegetarian, I learned how to surf, I travelled, I practiced Spanish and have improved massively, I interacted and made friends with new bloggers, cleared my skin and I have tried to sleep more. These seem to be so small and trivial but it is so comforting to look back and think "I actually did that"

So now, as we move closer to the new year I thought I would publish my goals on my blog, perhaps as a way to get them out there or just to have something that will hold me accountable.

- 2018 is the year that I will sit my final A-level examinations. I want to do well. I would love to achieve AAA or perhaps A*AA. It won't be easy, especially with the new specifications, but it has been done before. I, however, do not want to jeopardise my health and happiness for these grades. I don't want to be a miserable, constantly-studying robot.

- A gap year is still a possibility. I think having a year away from education would be a well-needed break. The thought of an empty year with no structure is extremely daunting but exciting at the same time...I could fill it with anything. If I do take a gap year I would love to learn more languages. I just got back from Vienna earlier on in the day where I took on 3 hour a day German courses each day (after all the sightseeing) and it's safe to say it's definitely something I want to continue.

- University abroad? I've applied to study History and Spanish. I don't think that is ultimately what I want to study. Relating back to the gap year goal, firmly deciding on a degree course is definitely one for obvious reasons. I visited Universit├Ąt Wien and of course I fell in love. Tuition fees are essentially free and I think applying there would allow me to have a clean slate. I can study what I want without my past/current application haunting me...biology, languages or even just sticking to history.

- I would aim to go vegan but I don't think it's possible. I'm comfortable with vegetarianism. Maybe I'll try eating vegan at least once a week.

- I want to be more inspired this year. A) I'm going to need it with all the coursework deadlines, exams and overall imminent stress coming my way and B) being inspired puts me in a good headspace. I'm writing this post after watching a lot of Kicki Yang's youtube videos and looking through her tumblr blog, she is definitely winning.

- Become fluent in Spanish.

- Move my blog in a fresh direction. I have had this space since 2012 and it has seen me through every phase of my life and the cultural hype that surrounded them: pastel/floral, hipster, grunge and scandi/minimalism. Thankfully I have managed to revert many of the posts from said eras back to drafts. I think it's time that my blog takes a more creative turn. I want to branch out and *cliche* push myself out of my comfort zone. I've realised that my readers like my clothes, which is so baffling, as my highest engagement were in the months I published at least one outfit post so perhaps outfit posts will make more appearances on here.

- Increase my blog following. I don't really care much about instagram and have already acknowledged that it'll only ever be a place for me to share fun photos and make cool instagram stories. I don't have an aim to hit 10k followers or anything ridiculous because I have accepted defeat at the hands of that algorithm. I do want to increase my page views and bloglovin followers as opposed to instagram because it shows that people are reading what I write, and that is what is most important to me. Maybe reach 100,000 page views and 400 bloglovin followers...

- Turning 18. I will be a legal adult this time next year, even though I feel far from that. I don't drink so I don't expect the whole turning 18 ritual of getting pissed of your nut to be happening any time soon.

- I want to start playing the violin again. I have fallen back into love with music and practiced a few weeks ago to see if I had forgotten everything. I haven't! I've ordered a violin but it's taking very long to arrive, probably because of the christmas period (that's what I'm telling myself)

- Make more of an effort with my appearance.

- Travel. It's another cliche but I really want to explore more of central-eastern Europe, the Scandinavian countries, Italy and, of course, Spain. I think it would be a cool experience to go back to Spain 2 years later, considerably more fluent and actually able to speak in Spanish. I don't know if my interrail plans will ever come to fruition but regardless, I want this year to be filled with new countries.

- Get my ears pierced. I already have the basic first ones but I'd like to get my seconds done, helix and rook. I'd also like to expand my jewellery collection. I love the minimalist boutiques on depop so I'll probably be adding more to my collection from there.

- Try not to distance myself so much. They say that sixth form and university are some of the best years of your life, socially. I don't feel that way.

- Spend time with "online" friends from blogging. This is definitely one I want to do.

I want to express my gratitude to you for reading Monochrome Daisies throughout 2017 and being so patient with me. I hope you all have a wonderfully successful 2018 and do let me know if you have any goals in the comments; we can motivate each other!

-Dalal

22 comments:

  1. I actually really loved this post! It honestly sounds like a gap year would do you so much good, and as daunting as it is I'm sure you'd manage to enjoy it! (but to be fair, that is the main reason I'm avoiding one too). If you do end up travelling north to scandinavia and possibly norway, hit me up and I'd give you a free tour of oslo ;)

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    1. aahhh this comment is so strange because I'm literally in the midst of writing a comment on your youtube video and said that if you're ever in London then hit me up and we can explore together!!! I would love to visit Norway although Sweden and Denmark are also on the list. Hope you have a fantastic 2018 <3

      Dalal

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  2. happy 2018!! I hope you achieve all you want to this year, I know you'll smash your alevels!!

    Tasha x
    lovefromtasha.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. thank you so much Tasha!!! I hope this year treats you well <3

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  3. Ahh g, these are such great goals!! I think 2018 is going to be amazing for you. With your aim to travel, learn languages and have a break from the intense education system, a gap year sounds like exactly what you need tbh. Ahh I'm so excited for you!! Good good luck, i cannot wait to see you, and your blog, flourish! Happy new year! xxx

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    1. Thank you Zoe!! Aww do you think? That's so reassuring and means so much coming from you :D

      LOVE, Dalal

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  4. Happy 2018 Dalal, I'm sure you'll smash your goals this year and do amazing in your A Levels - I just know it!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  5. You too! Thank you Lucy, I hope everything goes well for you this year <3

    Dalal

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  6. Happy new year! Good luck with achieving your goals :)

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  7. I love these posts! Good luck with a-levels Dalal, they are hard academically of course but do take time for yourself! Easier said than done but it will be so worth it. It was part of my plan to go to Spain and work in a hostel, I doubt I'll be good enough this year but if you take a gap year I think you definitely should. Or au pair abroad, my friend was planning on doing that. I think a gap year would be very beneficial, I don't know you that well but a break can be so needed! Good luck working on these aims, I'm sure when you look back over them next year you will be very proud :) x

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    1. Me too, I love goal posts! agh I'm not looking forward to the incoming stress but I'll try my hardest :) I really want to go to Spain and spend a month there, or at least go to Ceuta or Melilla (in morocco but are spanish territories) and do that. I've been meaning to go on a spanish exchange for years but they're so hard to organise and there's always loop holes.

      Thanks for the comment Libby <3
      Dalal

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  8. I'm loving your list of goals, reminds me of some things I want to do at some point. Best of luck for 2018 xx

    Sophie's Spot

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    1. Ah thank you Sophie, please do- I'd love to read them!

      Dalal

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  9. I hope you achieve every goal and beyond! I'm sure you'll ace your A levels and I'm looking forward to more posts xx
    https://sputniksweetheartn.blogspot.com/

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    1. Wooo thanks, Aiko! haha let's hope so- thanks for reading :D

      Dalal

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  10. I love reading goals posts because I guess it's really encouraging to sit around the "goals campfire" if you like and know that you're all in it together with everyone else in the world who is trying to find things and improve things and live their life and all that. It's really nice. I'm sure you'll do awesome things this year. Good luck!

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    1. haha I love the metaphoric "goals campfire" it definitely does feel like that's what going on right now- every blog I see has some form of 2018 goal and that's what motivated me to put mine up! thank you so much, Lilly

      Dalal <3

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  11. Dalal your blog is literally my fave because I feel like I'm reading a diary entry perhaps, these are super cool goals and I am a huge supporter of the travelling more one - I hope you've had a great start to 2018! x

    eleanorclaudie.com

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    1. Thanks, Eleanor! That's the aim of my blog, to make it seem as if you're just chatting to a friend. All the best for this year <3

      Dalal

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  12. Hey there Dalal, I came across your blog today via Fashion me now and I really like the way you write. It's personal and intimate, just the type I like to read and might I ad, SO SO rare these days. All blogs now are just magazines with super stylised and edited content which to me can get boring and cold.
    Keep writing like this, I've book marked you and good luck for 2018 as well.
    You're only 17! You have so much to look forward to girl

    xx

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    1. Hi Yalei! Thank you so much for this comment, your lovely words have really put a smile on my face after a rough week. Admittedly, I do want to start publishing more "glossier" content but will always incorporate my raw and personal writing (of course) Thank you again :)

      Love, Dalal

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