2018 Goals


When I wrote down my goals last year I was 90% sure that I was going to accomplish all of them. I wanted to graduate university (check!), travel (check!) and redesign my blog (check!). The first two were major goals but when I wrote them down I was already registered to graduate and my plane ticket was booked so I didn’t really have much to work to do.

This year my plans are a little more uncertain. I wrote a short review post of 2017 if you’d like to check it out. 2017 was a great year for me and I want to do my best to keep the momentum going in 2018! Let’s do this.

Reading Challenge

When it comes to reading I’m usually one of two extremes: sometimes I go months without reading and sometimes I finish five books in one week. I want to make reading a big priority in 2018 so I’ve set myself an ambitious goal: I want to read one hundred books this year. I read about 30 books between June and December so I think if I commit to reading every day I can do it! I’m logging all the books through the GoodReads Reading Challenge so add me as a friend!

I’ve already read two books since I decided to commit a couple days ago. I finally read “Letters to the Lost” by Bridget Kemmerer after I put it in my winter reading list and also finished “Sweetbitter” by Stephanie Danler. Both were really great, easy reads if you’re looking for something quick.

Self Love

We hear a lot about self-love and self-care and even though I think the publicity is important I also think it falls short. I read somewhere that taking a bubble bath and drinking green tea shouldn’t equal self-care and I completely agree. I think these aspects are part of self-care but I also think it goes deeper than this. For myself, I want to focus on self-love.

I’m really good at setting time for myself to relax and check in. But I’m in a constant battle with my body. I don’t think there has been a day in that last two years where I’ve actually felt happy about how I look. I can be overly critical and mean to myself even when I’m doing what I can to exercise and eat well.

Which is why this self-love goal isn’t about eating healthy and exercising because I know how to do that. I’m want to switch my mindset and learn to appreciate and love myself. This is the goal I’m most afraid of so I think it’s about time I tackled it head-on.


I kinda slipped this little announcement into my last blog post but I quit my job! Yes! I’m crazy! It’s already making me so happy. I quit so I would have more time for writing and am currently looking for a part-time job so I don’t spend all my time at home. But this means that I really need to put myself out there and find my own writing opportunities and make this happen. I’m already doing some social media work which I’m loving but now I want to start pitching to magazines and collaborating with other bloggers. Wish me luck!



On top of these three goals, I also found this little list of questions on my friend Sam’s blog, Coastal Curiosity. You should totally check her out on Instagram and YouTube! I met Sam and her girlfriend Allie in Halifax through BeHuman and they’re kind of wonderful. She found this little list on Lauren Conrad’s blog and I thought I’d write my own answers. Thanks for the idea, Sam!

01 | A BAD HABIT I WANT TO BREAK – Saying mean things to myself

02 | A DESTINATION I WANT TO VISIT – Anywhere west of Ontario

03 | I’M GOING TO WORK HARDER AT – My freelancing career

04 | A PROJECT I’D LIKE TO FINISH – Decorating our bedroom

05 | A CLASS I’D LIKE TO TAKE – Mandarin (again)

06 | I’D LIKE TO SPEND MORE TIME – Creating art of any kind


08 | I WANT TO WEAR MORE – Red Lipstick


That’s all I have to say for today. Thank you so much for stopping by and please leave a comment below with your goals!





  1. January 8, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    I love that little list at the end! I’m going to give it a try! Great post Rowan & good luck with your goals 🙂

    • January 8, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks, Elana! Let me know what’s on your list! Happy New Year xo

  2. January 8, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Good luck with your goals! I want to read more too but I definitely can’t read 100 books haha

    • January 8, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Thanks, Brianna! 100 books seems like a lot to me too but I’m so excited to do it!

  3. January 8, 2018 / 6:04 am

    Ah best of luck with finding a part time job and chasing this dream Rowan! I’m so excited for you! Also, 100 books! You’ll definitely have to keep the recommendations coming! Hope this year is so wonderful for you xx

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