I have high hopes for this year; my gut feeling is that in one way or another, it's going to be a big one. That is actually terrifying, yet exciting, so God knows what'll happen. I'm keeping everything crossed for the good things, despite what anxiety is telling me. 2018 is officially a blank slate, so as I always try to do when anxious, I'm taking control of the situation as best I can and I'm gonna do my best to make it my year.

Everyone and their mothers have been doing these kind of posts recently, but I genuinely enjoy reading them so much, that I thought I'd give one a go too. Last year I wrote about my 2017 Bucket list - let's just say I got some things done, but not everything!

Still, I enjoy a good list, and it's always interesting to see what I've accomplished in a year. So here's my bucket list for 2018.

Move out

It's been the plan for a while to move to London as Paddy and some of my closest friends are there, but as I've travelled and then I did a masters for the last two years, it's not been on the cards. However, now I am commitment-less, now's the time to move out again and grab my own space. I'll miss Oxford ridiculously when the time comes, but the beauty of public transport is that it's only an hour or two away!

Start on this thing called a career

As per the above commitments, I've not yet had a job I really, really loved. 2018 is the year I start to build on a career I enjoy and am passionate about. So basically that means I'm not shutting up about mental health anytime soon. Enjoy!

Get a tattoo

This has been on the list for a while too. Given I turn 25 this year, and it's on my 25 things to do before I turn 25 post, I need to get one done by June! Part of it is that I have no idea how to go about getting one - do you design it and then find a tattooist, or do they design it for you? What sort of things should you be looking for in a tattooist? Clearly I'm clueless so please help if you can!

Book more travel

Yep, the travel bug is still very real and ongoing. I'd like to book a trip or two away this year but also for next year if I can - I really want to do Mardi Gras in New Orleans, or St Patrick's day in Dublin! Slowly I'm ticking off my bucket list, and I'm even considering another solo trip somewhere...

Read more

I've got it on my Goodreads account to read 30 books this year, and I'm determined to meet that goal! I always forget how much I love reading until I start a new book, and it has so many benefits for my mental health too, particularly when I'm anxious about something and need distracting. I got a few new books for Christmas, so I'm starting on them and then working my way through the very, very many I have on my shelves that haven't been read.

Scrapbook more

My friends got me a really lovely scrapbook for my birthday last year, and I'm still get to fill it properly! This year I'm gonna make the effort to print off all my photos and get them down, so I can look back over all the amazing memories for years to come. That, and it gives me a good excuse to spend a lot of time in Paperchase making everything look pretty.

M x