New Year Goal Setting & Looking Back

New Year's goal Setting and Looking Back - reviewing the year, setting new year's goals, reviewing your business at the end of the year, end of year review

It was the year of Brexit debate,  Prince harry getting engaged and even more Trump (sigh) but what was 2017 to you? 

How was last year for you?

I think it’s really important to look back and learn from each year, to remember the memories you made and learn from what you enjoyed and perhaps also what didn't go so well.

Plus, if you've been hanging around here for a while, you'll know that planning is kinda my thing. I can happily spend a few hours with some big sheets of paper and some coloured pens planning and goal setting - particularly at this time of year. That's what I've been up to in that funny little gap between Christmas and new year, with the help of this guy...

Black Labrador puppy sat by a log burner

For me, 2017 was all about growth. I took action, learned from trial and error and narrowed my focus on what I most enjoyed doing.

From taking action by selling my handmade products online, going to markets, working with suppliers, planning for growth and studying the results - I learned a lot about myself. And, in fact this very exercise of looking back over the last year, drawing up charts, looking at trends and sketching out new ideas has reminded me about how much I enjoy analysing, planning and organising.

If I'm honest, this is where my strengths lie, this is what i'm excited about and (as geeky as it might sound) it's what I'm obsessed with

It something I'm going to spend a little more time thinking about and studying. I feel like there's a little voice in the back of my head that's growing louder and telling me 'this is your special sauce, this is the magic you bring to the table, this is where your real passion lies'. 

Roaring fire and planning - doing my end of year review and reviewing my business before making a plan for the new year

Where do you stand on new year's resolutions? I’m not such a fan anymore, I used to always set ridiculous resolutions that lasted all of 2-3 weeks, most never made it out of January alive. 

With that in mind, I'm now a fan of setting goals for the year ahead, rather than resolutions. I've set my self some juicy, excitng goals for this year, because in order to achieve a goal, you've got to set goals you're excited about, right?

I think three main goals is a good number – easy to remember and enough to get your teeth into. Here are mine:

  1. Dig deeper into the planning epiphany I've had during my annual review
  2. Carve out more time to spend with loved ones and friends, because it's oh so easy to get stuck with your head down in your work when you're obsessed with what you're doing. 
  3. Make time to get outdoors more and improve my photography - it turns out that pottering and recharging are important things to do, especially if you're an introvert like me.

So there's mine. What will your three new year's goals be?


  1. When you have a spare 10 minutes with a cup of tea and a blank notebook cast you mind back to last year and have a think about what you achieved, you'll be surprised at how much you did over the course of the year. List it all out so that you can really appreciate how much you did and what experiences you learned from. If you're struggling to think back, have a scroll through your Instagram feed which, it turns out, is a pretty good reminder of what you got up to over the last year.
  2. And, from those experiences what did you learn, enjoy most and not enjoy? If you have a think about that you should have a few ideas on what you'd like to have more of in your life and what to aim for next year. It might be to get outdoors more, spend more time with family or really get serious about doing what you love for a living.
  3. Start setting some new goals for the new year you're excited about


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