Over the last couple of weeks I have found myself getting slightly overwhelmed and anxious about making plans for the future. Not in the distant future, and not even big plans, but I think that not having a way to track/plan what I’m doing was making me feel a little out of place (because I am a terrible millennial and hate doing these things on my phone).
So, long story short, I ordered myself a cute little desk calendar so I could write out and physically see everything that I have to do, and it arrived today. I spent a little while this afternoon filling in all of the deadlines (yes, I do still have to do work while I’m here) I need to meet, and trips that I am so excited to go on, and it’s crazy how such a tiny thing has made me feel so much better.
On a similar note, and before I talk you through what 2018 has in store for me (I know I’m a little late!), I will also mention another thing that has really helped me to chill out. Daily to-do lists.
I put everything on my to-do list, from workouts to blog posts and essay writing to putting a wash on. Ticking something off my list makes me feel as though I’ve accomplished something, even if it is just 10 minutes on my Duolingo app, and having all of my ‘tasks’ written out removes at least half of the apprehension that comes with a busy day. If you’re someone who wants to be a little more organised, I cannot recommend this enough.
So, 2018 is already shaping up to be an amazing year, which makes me ridiculously excited. As with anything that I get excited about, I want to share some upcoming plans with you, all of which I’m sure will end up in future blog posts as well!
I won’t start with January, because it’s nearly over so there would be no point.
I am starting February off with a weekend trip to Bilbao to visit my friend Abbie. I have never visited Bilbao so I cannot wait to explore a new city, and obviously I am dead excited to see my friend again too!
Next up in my calendar is Cádiz Carnival. This is a huge annual event in Spain and it is supposed to be incredible and so much fun. Everyone dresses up to sing and dance in the streets for around two weeks!
I will be ending February back in the UK for a week, to celebrate my Mum’s birthday and spend some time at home. I can imagine that this will be the perfect, relaxed end to a crazily hectic month.
My housemate and I have planned a trip to Madrid for the beginning of March, which is another city that I have never been to before. Apparently there are some incredible gluten free restaurants over there, so I can’t wait to get stuck in.
My birthday month! Luke is coming to visit in April and I have already come up with so many plans for us. The most exciting is a nights stay in Cádiz in a very fancy hotel, as a belated birthday celebration. Hopefully the hot Spanish weather will have returned by this point, so it will feel like a little summer holiday.
Although no specific date has been set just yet, I will be moving back to the UK in June. I doubt the sadness that will come with the end of my year abroad will last for too long, though, because I have so much planned for this month.
I am finally visiting Disney Land Paris which I already know will be so much fun, especially as I am going with a group of friends, most of whom are just as Disney-mad as I am!
I get to see Foo Fighters again in June as well, which will be absolutely fab if the last time I saw them live is anything to go by.
Like I said, 2018 is going to be a busy year and I could go on and on about it even more, but I wouldn’t want to bore you. So I will leave it here for now.
What are you most excited for in 2018?