The year ahead...

Sunday, 19 January 2014

This time last year I was setting my new years goals, and amazingly- looking back, I was able to stick to them (massive claps for Liv). They weren't your typical 'tone up and look like Miranda Kerr' (goodness I tried) or 'eat less of what you truly like'- but things that I felt were actually achievable (looking after my skin and decorating a poster covered bedroom- both of which I stuck to). To make things easier this year, Lloyds Bank have just launched a Facebook app called "Make it Happen in 2014", where lovely people are encouraged to share their goals for the New Year on their timelines- meaning it's a whole lot easier to get inspired by others this year!

There's no doubt that sticking to things are hard (I'm renown for turning the 30 Day Shred into the 5 Day Shred), but with a bit of perspective and a lot of determination I'm pretty sure anything is possible (#notstolenfrompinterest). When it came to visualising the final product (a room which actually reflected my 20 year old self, and not the 14 year old loving Bring Me The Horizon fan) everything seemed to become easier- and I was able to map things out, keep to time scales and get things done.

Here's a few things I'm hoping to get achieving this year- wish me luck!
Cameras Venture into Youtube: Really Liv? You hadn't mentioned. After talking about it for what feels like forever I'm hoping to sit down in front of a camera (hopefully in the former part of this year) and have a good old natter (or y'know show you how I do my 'hive). Plucking up the courage is the main thing here, and after checking my camera can create an internet worthy video (it can) I'm nearly ready to go.
Food Little Paris Kitchen Try more food: Although this mainly applies to my cooking and baking skills (a new dish every couple of weeks), which I'm hoping to extend, I wouldn't mind being a bit braver when hitting new restaurants. I have a constant fear of doing a 'Ben Stiller in Along Came Polly' when trying new foods- but after trying Mexican (and surviving) I'm ready to branch out.
Travel Travel more: After a spot of globe trotting last year, I think I have a bit of a taste for the travel bug. Funnily enough, after snapping this picture I noticed the incredible British Airways sale, and now am pretty sure something needs to be booked (y'know after I've saved)- I want to be a part of it!
Diaries and pens Get designing: I can't work out if I'm proud or ashamed to be the only blogger to not change their layout in the last 3 years (I get attached, ok) but I'm pretty sure this is the year 'WOD' (fancy) get's a little bit of a facelift and a little flasher- because ain't that what all the cool cats are doing nowadays?
Pulp FictionWatch more films: Specifically, ones I haven't seen. I'm determined to watch more cult favourites, the IMDB top however-many- and resist opting for a film I've seen 5 times before when I have the time. This means a little less Hugh Grant and a little more Quentin by the looks of things.

Also- did I mention there's an iPad air (16gb wifi only) you can win too (yes, you heard right)? Hop on over to the Lloyds Bank 'Make it Happen' app to pledge a goal on Facebook and then leave a comment below to enter the prize draw- easy right?

The prize draw is open to UK residents only and all entries must be in by midnight on February 6th, 2014 with one winner selected at random. For full terms and conditions please click HERE.

x

Post in partnership with Lloyds Bank- but hey, I'd still love to achieve these.

83 comments:

  1. What wonderful goals! One of mine is definitely to try and dedicate a bit of time to the blog - no more weeks on end without posts!xx
    Also, Pulp Fiction - such a classic!

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  2. Some great goals there Olivia, I too hope to venture to You Tube (maybe!! - still v scared!) and hope to go to New York this year x fingers crossed

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  3. Looking forward to your videos!!

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  4. Great goals, travel more is definitely on mine too :)

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  5. So many of our goals are the same :D Let hope we meet them right together!

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  6. Looking forward to seeing your youtube channel Olivia! I put my goal on the lloyds page to start learning to drive this year but another important goal for me would be to complete my MA with as many flying colours as possible :)

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  7. Looking forward to watching your videos. I too want to watch more films this year - wrote a list of classics to see. It was long.

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  8. These goals are great and so do-able! I really have no idea what goals to choose - we are expecting our first child anytime now and I think my goal is just to make it through the birth and be a good mum. I have no idea what to expect! x

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  9. Youtube is definitely something I'd like to maybe explore - but I'm definitely not there yet. You should just go out and do it! First time will probably be the hardest but it'll get easier after that first one.

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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  10. Such lovely goals, they really would make for an amazing year to look back on! I definitely need to branch out on trying new things to eat, I get so bored of the same old food it would be fun to try places around the city! Also travelling is a big must this year! There's so many places I would absolutely love to see, with Hawaii, Thailand and Bali being dream locations but maybe a little too pricey right now. I can't imagine your blog looking different, I'm so use to this cute layout, but I'm sure the new one will be just as dazzling! xx

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  11. Oh I didn't know about that lloyds app. That is pretty helpful. Mine are very creativity focused this year. I also want to travel loads more. Good luck with them! I have every faith you'll hop around the world eating yummy things.

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  12. I'm trying to do the same too with films! I love watching them, but I always feel so lazy and unproductive just sitting there 2 hours. Pulp Fiction is one I still need to see!

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

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  13. I could not get on with pulp fiction!

    Georgina at itotallypaused.com

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  14. Great goals! I want to do youtube videos this year aswell, I made them in the past but I want to get back into them :)

    Lauren | laurenthedaydreamer.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. i recommend true romance tarantino-wise, i believe it's the first film he wrote & it's awesome.

    becky,

    accooohtrements.wordpress.com

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  16. Excited for you to start YouTube Liv!
    http://my-fashionobsession.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Good luck with reaching your goals :)
    And by the way, I love your blog layout! But of course, a bit of fresh air is always nice ;)
    I just hope you will stick to the nice and friendly colours that always draw me back to your blog.

    Hailey from http://squidsquads.blogspot.com

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  18. Can't wait to see your videos! Seems like a lot of bloggers are starting their channel this year. Good luck with all your goals :)

    http://vintageloyal.blogspot.pt/

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  19. good luck with it dear
    http://exitwonds.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Great goals! Looking forward to seeing travelling pictures and you venturing to the big wide world of Youtube as well! Can't wait to see your hive hair and perhaps a tutorial on your eyes, eyeliner is something I can never quite get the knack of! x

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  21. Good luck with all these! On my 2013 to do list last year was try youtube, and it took me until September to pluck up the courage to do it but I absolutely love it now, I'd definitely recommend giving it a go! And I always say I need to watch more films and am trying to work my way through the '1001 movies to see before you die book', hopefully I can do well on this goal this year too!
    Hope to see your youtube channel soon :) xx

    RobynCaitlin.com

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  22. PS: I like your actual blog design and I am really curious how it will turn out to look in the future!! x

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  23. Hi I'm new to blogging and absolutely love your blog! I just wanted to see if you've got any tips on getting followers and a starting a circle as I'm new to this, thanks!

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    1. I have- pop me a little email at whatoliviadid@hotmail.co.uk! xx

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  24. Good luck with all of your goals!

    None of my goals are on the Lloyds page but I really want to push myself out of my comfort zone :) I've got into a monotonous routine of the same food when out, the same route for walking and the same outfits. I've already started exploring the many paths near my house, planning an outfit the day before and trying new dishes and restaurants. I'm quite introverted but I've been trying to schedule more social activities for the months ahead.

    - Chloe Wilson. x

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  25. I would love to see you on Youtube - especially if it means we finally get to see how you do your hair! Go for it!

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Good luck with your goals! I've got a few I posted about on my blog too, and I've just pledged one of my on the Lloyds page too :)
    Sian xx Rebel Angel

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  27. I'm a 24 year old Bring Me The Horizon fan, and to my boyfriend's disgust, proud of it - in a listen in secret way haha

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  28. Great goals!!! Please, please tell me where your 'Aint Nobody' notebook is from?! xx

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    1. It's from http://www.personal-planner.co.uk/EN/ xxx

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  29. Wow best of luck with your goals Liv! I really hope you start youtube! X

    http://native-feathers.blogspot.ie/

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  30. These seem like such wonderful and attainable goals! I also did a post discussing my New Year's Resolutions although a few of them now seem a bit overly optimistic haha. I guess it's better to aim high though, right? Oh! And I really look forward to your YouTube. I was so nervous about starting one myself but I've already had so much fun with it! (if you're interested it's youtube.com/user/lovelynotions)
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  31. I really hope you stick to your goals! One of mine was to venture into YouTube too and I've sort of done it... by this I mean I've uploaded one video!

    Vickie xx | vickieblogs

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  32. kellyjo walters19 January 2014 20:35

    good luck with your goals, youtube I've sort of ventured into but wasnt my cup of tea really, Im like you I'd love to try new foods from different countries, I've never had much foreign food and I wonder if I'm missing out ... great piece :)

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  33. These are great goals! I am so excited for you to do youtube! That will be so amazing! I also soo want to watch more films, I turn 18 in a week so I'm gonna go to the cinema and watch Wolf of Wall Street just because I can haha! (also Leo DiCaprio of course. YUM) xox

    afashionation.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. I would love to see my favourite blogger on youtube!xx

    AroundTwenty

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  35. This is brilliant. I have used the app and my resolution is to move in to a house I want! Fingers crossed

    Twitter: @muslimahi

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  36. smart plans!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  37. All great inspiring goal.

    www.designers-artist.com

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  38. I like this idea and have entered. Can definitely see you on Youtube, you're good on camera Liv x

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  39. One of my biggest goals is to be healthy and happy :) I would also love to do some festival hopping too!
    www.whatcharlottewore.blogspot.com

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  40. Goals logged. Think its nice to do them a couple of weeks into January when you've had some time to think about it

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  41. Such a good idea. It's great to make an actual note/log your goals as opposed to just talking about them. Here's to a positive and goal achieving 2014 to all of us x

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  42. I really like your resolutions, I try and think outside of the box when it comes to the new year but I always end up with the same old: eat better, get fitter blah blah blah. But I'm going to reassess in February and maybe set some different goals to culture me a little bit more!

    www.alexalaurenrose.blogspot.com

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  43. Great ideas for 2014 goals, Liv. Very inspiring. Can't wait to see you in my sub-box on youtube.
    I certainly plan to branch out more when it comes to cooking/baking too.
    My Lloyds goal was save for a rainy day. I'm looking forward to finding a flat this year (in student halls at the moment - it's awful) + making it my home.
    I also want to commit more to getting fit + continue to keep 'eating healthy' as a priority.
    A big goal of mine is to travel too. I've experienced a lot of loss in the past 2 years (including my 2 grandparents passing away within 2 months of each other) + need a break, quite frankly. My grandmother wanted to see the Rockies before she died + she lost her chance... So I think I'm going to do it for her.

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  44. I'm about to venture into the world of YouTube too! Good luck ^_^
    basicallykellyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  45. I picked 'save for a rainy day' on the Lloyd's app... It would be my dream to buy a house at the end of this year but, if that is impossible, I guess saving for a tour of Costa Rica is just as worthwhile!

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  46. Movies is such a good one, there's loads of classics Ife never seen. I'd love to travel more too, on my way home from visiting family in oz just now I gad a great time
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  47. this is a really great list, and i really hope you are able to achieve your goals - i actually just wrote my last post on my new years resolutions ! it hink the most important thing in order to achieve them is exactly what you said - keeping them reasonable! good luck!

    rae at love from berlin

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  48. I'd love to have the confidence to put myself out on YouTube! I'm sure your videos will be very interesting :)

    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.com

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  49. Really great post, would absolutely love to see you posting videos on youtube, i think that would go down really well.

    I have entered - my goal is to start my own business this year (I am a designer/illustrator and sell stationery but would love to expand and do something big)

    Lauren :)

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  50. Such a great post Olivia, I think it'd be fabulous for you to join Youtube and share your 'hive creating skill :) Also I love your layout! And how exciting you're heading to New York - can't wait to read all about it on the blog!


    Elizabeth x

    www.candyflosscurlscupccakesandcouture.com

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  51. These are great goals, especially the Youtube one! It's really weird talking to a camera at first, but after a while, it gets more comfortable. :)

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  52. yay, i love this! would be ace to see you on youtube, i bet you'd be a pro in no time at all!

    i definitely want to try more foods too. i do actually love trying new things, but i just rarely get the chance to, which has been my excuse. can pretty much never afford to eat out, but surely i can cook up a storm! mmm food.

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  53. Yes! Please start making Youtube videos! - this is something I want to do more of in 2014 for sure. I also wanna watch more films too, I recently subscribed to Netflix & I'm frantically trying to catch up on all the classics I really should've wanted now! haha xx

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  54. Lovely post Olivia! I still have to watch my pulp fiction DVD! :-) hope it's as good as everyone says x

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  55. Lovely post here! Good luck, I hope you achieve all of your goals. I have quite a few this year but one of them is to do more things for others which I really hope to achieve by doing a fundraiser!

    Kassie www.styledevoured.com

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  56. I'm definitely the first in line to see how you do your 'hive! Great goals!

    http://thepolishedtimes.blogspot.com/

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  57. My goal is to upgrade my computer this year.
    Twitter @FeaturingMissM

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  58. This year I pledged to plan ahead with money :) Thank you for giving me the chance to win xx

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  59. Good luck with Youtube, I'm sure you'll meet all your Youtube centred goals.

    My only goal this year is to be kinder to myself. A lot of self-care and day trips and new lipstick.

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  60. This is the year I finally learn to drive - I gave up 10 years ago mainly due to the fact I was rubbish! I am determined that this is the year I will pass - I have sent off for my provisional - I just need to book the lesson! x

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  61. My goal is also YouTube based. I used to vlog quit often and really enjoyed doing it but I just stopped and now I'm in a creative rut. Time to claw my way out of it!

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  62. this year i pledge to finally budget better! if i want those shoes in topshop, i won't just get them, and think where i am with money

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  63. I've set the goal of FINALLY decorating my blooming house. I hate magnolia walls and brown carpets... it's just convincing Jack to agree with my choice of wallpaper that's the problem ;)

    I'm attempting to get down to London in the Summer because Jack's never been. Double date, Liv? x

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    1. Please?! It's been FAR too long missus xxx

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  64. Hey Liv, I've started my own blog after reading yours for years and loving it, I wondered if you had any advice for a beginner? Lots of love, Jessica X

    http://rosetintedjessica.wordpress.com

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  65. Love these lovely goals, especially the film one (the only resolution I seem to adhere to!) Looking forward to your youtube videos! We're trying to plan our wedding this year & we'd love to travel more, yey road trips! <3 x x

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  66. "This is the year I move out of my parents house!" - after graduating this year it would be a dream to get a great job and be able to stand on my own two feet!

    Good luck with your aims Liv, this is the first time I've commented on a post but I've been a keen reader for ages :) x

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  67. I've pledged to be debt free by the end of 2014. Time to start being a grown up! :)

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  68. What a lovely post! I was so engrossed I actually missed that it was a giveaway haha. So here is my entry!

    P.s we both know what your first YouTube video should be, don't we! ��

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  69. I pledged that this year I will (finally) start planning for my wedding!

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  70. In the app there weren't any of my most important goals for this year (as they are a lot more personal), but I do really need to upgrade my computer this year. :}
    (And not sure if it's needed, but my real name on facebook is Aiste Tiriute).

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  71. Fingers crossed that I achieve my pledge (and win the prize!)

    Victoria
    sheandhem.co.uk

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  72. Pledged my goal with the Lloyds Bank app!
    My goal is to save up money towards a Masters degree at St Andrews to study Health Psychology.
    It's a long shot however we all need incentives to get motivated! Time to get saving those pennies for my year in Scotland!
    Thanks for the great post,
    Lauren
    @paradislostblog
    paradiselosttravels.wordpress.com

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  73. Pledged my goal to learn to drive!!! I've already been losing soooo long. My email is runningonlazy@gmail.com x

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  74. I have pledged to move into the house I really want. We have lived in 5 different houses over the last five years and I am so ready to find our perfect house!

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  75. Pledged my goal to update my laptop.

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  76. My goal is to really make something of my blog and persevere with it! Have you got any tips for blogging beginners? X

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  77. great list!

    http://pomegranateandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk

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