15 Sep 2017 37 comments

Setting Myself Goals For The Future.

I recently came to the (rather depressing??) realisation that I have no goals in place. I mean, I have some short term ones (like never miss an episode of Bake Off, convince Jordan we should get a St Bernard, try a proper American s’more…) but nothing for the longer haul.

I think it’s a good idea to have something to work towards, which up until recently I didn’t have. I just went with the flow, which seemed to work for a while but as I ~find myself~ more, I realise that I need to have more of a plan in place – if only to inspire me to be better and do more!

Think Of The Bigger Picture
I like the idea of always trying to look after my future self, as well as my current self. I try to do things that will help me out in a week, a year, or five years – and I can apply this to so many areas of my life, such as exercising and wearing SPF, to saving money and being better with my taxes. All areas that need a little work, if I’m honest…
It’s so easy to live in the moment, but I think I can definitely be better at planning for the years ahead too.
Right now we’re thinking about where we’d like to live in the future, fitting in a few more trips before we really settle down and make room for another family member (not any time soon, but maybe one day! I will own a St Bernard!). How can I achieve this? Setting myself smaller goals could definitely be beneficial here, the kind of goals that add up over time and before you know it, you’ve made some progress without even realising.

A lot of this for me is being smarter with my money (time to delete the ASOS app), challenging myself to take some risks and being able to delegate tasks so I can get more done!

Where Do I See Myself?
This is a hard one because I have days where I want to do something completely different, or to up and move to New York with a moments notice.
Realistically though, I remind myself that I’m happy where I am right now, but what should I work towards in order to achieve my future goals?
I think we’ll eventually outgrow our flat, and maybe I’ll want to do something different with my blog in a few years too. It’s these “where do I want to be in five years?” moments that not only help me make decisions a lot of the time, but also know when it’s time to sit tight and wait things out when I feel like I’m being impatient.

With my family so far away, I like to factor in a few trips to New Zealand – especially with weddings and other milestones on the cards. I know I’d love, love, love to live closer to them, even in the US or maybe Australia, but my ties here are equally as strong so I sometimes feel like I’m in limbo.
I think there’s a time when you realise you have to take action, and other times where you have to ride it out – and this is one of those times where I just need to see what life throws at me in the coming years.

Staying Motivated
Figuring out what motivates me has helped me to really think about what I want from life. I’m not really motivated by money or success, but I want a nice life that is fruitful in other ways.
I seem to have the tendency to get bored easily (Sagittarius, yo) and start and stop projects without committing to one fully.

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can use my platforms to do some good. I’ve always been almost against talking about charity work because it can seem a bit self-righteous, and also I feel like everyone has their own opinions on why you should and shouldn’t support a certain cause, which can be counteractive when you just want to make a change but have an online presence.
This is mostly on me though, so I definitely have to change my thinking or at least get over these niggles if I’m going to make any progress with this!

Keeping Busy With Other Projects
This wasn’t something I thought about until recently, but I’d love to consider other projects alongside my blog.
One thing that I find frustrating about a blog is that it feels like after a few weeks, the posts that I worked so hard on are gone. Sure, they’ll pop up on Pinterest here and there, and readers can search for what they need, but it feels like there should be more to it!
I’d love to release a book; I don’t feel like I’m ready right now but it’s definitely been a long time goal of mine. To have everything I want to say in one place would be awesome.

I think the dream would be to do something interiors focused alongside my online ventures. A book or even a collection of homewares… I feel like I have so many ideas! There’s so many pieces I’d love to have in my house if only I could just find exactly what I wanted.
One day I’ll find a way to make this happen!

In the more immediate future, I’m thinking about buying another old flat like ours to do up over time. I miss having a project, and there are so many beautiful old properties in Glasgow that need a lot of TLC. Plus, I’d enjoy a renovation project a whole lot more if I wasn’t living there at the time…

Fitting In The Fun Stuff
We used this year to see a bit of the world before Jordan is tied down with his coffee shop venture, and I’m feeling pretty fulfilled for now! There’s a few other places I’d love to see – Bali (which I think will be our honeymoon), Japan (hopefully something for a NZ stopover) and definitely Greece, Canada and South Africa too. I’d love to be able to do one bigger trip a year or every 18months after this, rather than the many we’ve been doing lately, with the wedding, visiting family as a married couple and then Jordan’s 30th trip.

In the last year or two I’ve definitely come out of my shell a lot too. I’m saying yes to a lot more opportunities that come my way, which I never would have done before. I know I’ll always be a homebody, but having a reasonably full diary is something I’m learning to love!

These changes in my mindset have definitely given me a kick up the butt, I’m feeling so much more inspired and motivated to make a difference now I’ve really thought about what I want and broken it down a little. Everything seems a lot more achievable now I have some smaller goals in place too.

Have you thought about setting yourself goals? Have you mapped out a plan for the future?

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  • thelikelylady

    This is a lovely helpful post, Kate. I definitely need to start thinking about where I want to be 5 years from now – so many ideas, though!

    Laura / The Likely Lady xx

  • Amber Gregory

    Such a helpful post for any one at any stage in their life. Thinking about the future is something I definitely need to do more of being in my final year of university! x

  • Love this! I am all about setting goals but sometimes it can just get a bit overwhelming. These tips are great, thanks kate!


    Ellie xx

  • Really enjoyed this – I really need to set myself some longer term goals too. I’m not too bad at setting smaller things like ‘blog twice a week’ or ‘be able to run 5k in X amount of time’ but I dont remember a time I thought about the future and how to get to where I want to be. I like to go with the flow, but there’s also a lot I want to do, so it’s something that’s important I think! xx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Hey Sophie! Just saw your name in the comments and wanted to say I love your blog. πŸ™‚

      • Ahh, thank you – the email that alerted me to this comment made me very happy (well, the comment did, but I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for the email). I love/loved yours – I saw you have a something launching/relaunching in October?! x

  • Abi Street

    I absolutely love this Kate!! I definitely think it is important to have both small and large goals. The smaller ones keep you focused on now, but also help to build the path to reach your end goal! I think it’d be amazing if you brought out a homeware collection, it would fit you perfectly!!

    Abi | abistreetx

  • Yes yes yes to an interiors book or line! I would love this. I am constantly flicking back to your past interiors posts, especially after moving recently, and they give me so much inspiration. Since moving I’ve started thinking more long term too – I think I need to sit down to some list making to give me some motivation.



  • Juliana Paz

    This post has inspired me so much to really think of my future and set a 3-year goal for myself. It’s always lovely to think of what you want to happen in the future it is so exciting but its even more exciting once it becomes a reality.

    I would be so excited if you created an interiors book! Where is the pre-orders sign up? πŸ˜‰


  • Camilla

    I love what you have written. I also think that being able to say all of these personal things is great and now, that I have just started my own blog, it would be impossible for me, because i’m a bit scared.
    So this is so inspirational and I hope to have a nice community too one day.


  • missgetaway

    Always absolutely love your posts Kate. This one is especially nice again. I sometimes tend to get all lazy when life get’s stressful – setting goals for the future is so important. Thanks for sharing and reminding me that it’s all about the bigger picture.
    Also, that planner you’re holding in the picture is gorgeous.

    Love, Kerstin

  • I love your travel goals. Staying motivated is something that is so hard at this time of year!


  • Such a wonderful reading! And so inspiring and motivated as well. We should always have plans for the future but you know, when one is making plans God laughs! You should definitely visit Greece (my beloved country), Greek islands is a timeless destination.
    Helene // Beautiful Is My Attire

  • Ok disclaimer: this is a slightly prosecco fuelled post as it is Friday night y’all; but Kate just wanted to say I love this post and it is also super comforting that someone like you who looks like they have a lot of life figured out still had to think and plan where to get to. I think it is sometimes the trickiness of our generation, we expect our jobs, our relationships, our homes to be so much more than maybe generations before us. I’ve started doing a bi annually mind map of my life :things I want to fix, things I want to do more of; and then like something out of my day job after 6 months of working on things my mindmap set out, I review “reforecast” if you will and start again. Blogging and reading blogs like yours in general makes my life feel a little bit more purposeful and that is what I love about this community. Tipsy emotional post over now πŸ™‚ thank you for a thought provoking one!

  • Colette

    I love this! I love the part where you mention knowing when to ride it out or not.. I’m trying to start a career and life in another city (post grad) away from home, but just can’t get my network or any office to even pay attention to me. I can’t move to that city without a career, so I’m sitting here in limbo waiting and working constantly until something clicks in my favor… I’m riding it out right now, but constantly so worried if I should give up for a bit. Sometimes it so tough to make that decision!

  • Laura McLuskey

    Loved this. It’s so nice to read such an honest post about your direction in life and how you’re feeling. I found that really inspiring to read!
    I love my job but i know I won’t do it forever.
    I hope you manage to achieve some of your goals and plans, it’s hard not knowing exactly what to do.
    Excited to see you decorate another flat if you do!

  • Karyann Dearing

    you know I haven’t really thought about it til now, I have been so focused on my children and getting them taken care of, and now my baby is in high school and I don’t know what to do with myself ,I lost me a long time ago, I have been taking care of my children for 30 years I always come last, so to set goals I need to prepare to do something for myself and not feel guilty about it later. I will definetly be trying this. thanks Kate

  • This is great! I think about my goals all the time, although mostly I think about the present because the future is never guaranteed. I agree with you on blogging – you work so hard on a post, and then in a matter of days, it’s forgotten! But that’s true for any online media. Thanks for sharing!


  • Great thoughtful post!


  • NicΓ΄le

    Yes Kate! I only live about three hours away from my mum and like five from my dad it drives me insane! I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to have the half the world away! I’m planning to elope to Scotland in JUne! We’re doing a pub crawl on the royal mile (keepin’ it classy!) as we were so fed up of our families arguing over where to have it, so I’m planning to run away haha.

    P.s I will definitely be investing my life & soul into your future homeware line and books! I would love it if you did a series on like style, interior, beauty etc. because I know that they’re gonna be gorgeous & great coffee table books haha! Yass kate!


  • I loved reading this. I’m the same; I have no long-term goals either because I really don’t know where I’ll be! It’s terrifying though. Maybe it’s time I sat down and had a think too, like you have.

    Jo x
    Jo Fisher Writes

  • Zara

    I love your goal to think of the bigger picture! I’ve been trying to do that quite a lot recently, especially with planning internships and where I want to be in my professional life after university and I think it’s so important to have a balance of both long term and short term goals! xx

  • Kay

    My ultimate goal every day and for every year is to be truly happy: to work on projects I’m passionate about, make a decent living, share true love with my soul mate and have a great connection with my family. Everything else is icing on the cake and extremely grateful for it! Life doesn’t have to be super complicated, and also I’ve learned that it can still be very exciting even if it’s not super complicated πŸ™‚


  • These was such an inspiring post. Thank you for sharing it with us, I feel more positive and ready to do stuff that I love right now!!


  • Diana Maria

    These are all such great goals, and many which I am setting for myself this season too! It’s great to have goals to work towards, and to stay motivated. I have no idea where I see myself as my plans are constantly changing, but going with the flow and being happy are my two main goals! xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

  • Julia Deutschen

    Such a great post and a really important topic.
    I am starting my second year of university, so currently, my main goal is to enjoy uni and get good grades.

    xx Julia


  • Really loved reading about your long term goals Kate πŸ™‚ It’s always good to set some of these down, just to give a general roadmap to life (which is scary and hard to navigate on its own)! If you have a book, especially about interiors, I’ll definitely be one of the first ones to buy it! <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Yudira Majima

    staying motivated not always easy but I just recently realize,
    that when I do something that I love I will stay motivated and
    try to get on what I love to achieve the future goals.

    from http://diraisland.blogspot.jp

  • Coco

    The way we think alike is astonishing. I was just thinking the other day, that I don’t really set proper goals. Seeing your name pop up on my Bloglovin’ is sparkle of joy to my day!
    Coco| pjsandstuff.wordpress.com

  • editionemmagrace

    Always love your reading your posts, really love your honesty xx

    editionemmagrace – Lifestyle Blogger & Style Sharer

  • Natalie Redman

    Great post! Love your blog. So inspiring.


  • This is such a beautiful post, very inspiring <3


  • Sara

    Thank you for this post!
    I have no idea what to do with my future, neither short or long term. I think I need to do a little list like this.

  • Really needed this post, I’m always hesitant about making plans or seeing where I want to be in a week/month/year, and I really like your comment on using platforms for good!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty β€’ Lifestyle β€’ Photography

  • Stephanie Jayne

    A great post that really got me thinking about some new goals for the long term. The small goals are also so important. We need to enjoy every moment we can as life is too short! I am also not motivated by money and I’m not overly ambitious in my current career. I think I need to have a real good think about what I want to get out of the future. Thanks for the boost!

    Stephanie Jayne | http://www.stephslittleadventures.wordpress.com

  • A lovely and honest post! I love reading your blog and always fill inspired after reading your new posts… however, I totally agree, as I fellow blogger, after a few weeks older blog posts (which are still relevant and make a great read) are forgotten about a bit…

    And OMG, pleeeeeeeeease write a book! πŸ™‚ You are so inspiring and definitely a role model for me as an individual and as a newbie(ish) blogger… yasssss (can you tell I’m excited?! :P)

    Daisy xxx