”a lil context”
In September 2017 I started the last semester of my degree and I felt unfulfilled. The cliché millennial I am; studying was a great source of stress and frustration, left me insecure, uninspired and unhopeful for a future in the academic field. I believe the problem was not necessarily that I chose the wrong degree, it’s probably the plug and play approach of university (which I might elaborate on in a different blog post).
A few unfortunate personal experiences later I was made fully aware that life is too short to sit and wait for better days after my degree. It also reinforced the fact that if I want my day-to-day life to be different, I should probably stop dreaming about wanting a life that resembles my Tumblr page and start making changes. However, it can be daunting to do a full 180 from one day to another, abandon the safe and comfortable routine of having no routine, and being3 the poster child for ”self-made women”.
Thus, I started writing down what I would do if time, money and talent were no obstacle, because often, these things get in the way of taking action on silent hopes and dreams. What would I want my life to look like? What would I enjoy doing in my day-to-day life? Which ambitions do I have longterm?
From there I tried to reverse engineer these goals and ambitions. What would it take to get there, would that journey be something I would be interested in? What could I break down into such small steps so I could take action every day? Those small steps consisted mainly of taking a lot of notes on people who have done what I am about to do, jotting down my ideas, eating and working out regularly. It even boosted my exam scores as it was now clearer what I needed to do in order to get to where I want to be. I had a reason to do well. As stated in my Insta post above, believing in my abilities and taking small steps paid off quickly. I started feeling more fulfilled, because I was actively contributing to a future I was excited about.
As my ambitions became more tangible on paper, I started thinking about 2018. I archived my longterm goals in the years I see myself achieving them, and then shortened the timeline in order to create stretch goals. Voila, here I was, with a list of 20 things to achieve in 2018.
”why didn’t you start on January 1st dummy?!”
Because I would be due to finish my bachelor’s degree on January 29th, so I did not want to jeopardise graduating for the classic January 1st start on my 2018 goals. If anything, this makes my goals even stretchier, lol.
So, after spending four days in Stockholm, celebrating completing one of my goals in 2018 (graduating!), my 2018 has officially started. This year I have set myself a total of 20 mostly big, but also some smaller (and more light hearted) goals. Monthly, I will be breaking these goals down in smaller goals to achieve them more easily.
”Show me the money”
List of the goals:
- I will have built a website with blog.
- I will have written 156 blog posts for my website.
- I will have completed a 100 day challenge: morning routine.
- I will have moved into a house of my own.
- I will have paid off my debt and have filled up my emergency fund.
- I will be making €400/month from Youtube.
- I will have 100k subscribers on my Youtube channel.
- I will have invested 10% of my income every month.
- I will have saved up enough capital to start my e-commerce business.
- I will have created an affiliate income stream.
- I will have read 12 books.
- I will be able to pay off my student loan.
- I will make 100k in revenue combined from my businesses.
- I will upload 208 Youtube videos.
- I will have completed my bachelor’s degree.
- I will be surrounded by ambitious, positive and inspirational people.
- I will spend one month abroad to escape winter and work away from home.
- I will get more tattoos.
- I will have uploaded a Youtube video every day for a month.
Aiiiight this post is already way too long. Catch you on the flipside bru.