I'm not doing New Years resolutions, because as soon as I set myself a target, I usually fail at it.
So this for this year, I'm going to share my plans for what I would like to do in 2017 instead.
As I'm no longer working I shall be spending more time blogging and on social media, but I want to do something constructive with it, I'm not interested in making money off my blog, or reviewing products, but I would like the opportunity to have more experiences offered to me through it. Be it free entry to somewhere in exchange for a review post or invitations to opening events in and around Dubai.
My wider plans for the year will mostly be revolving around travel, from Dubai I will be going to South Africa, Germany, Dublin, Northern Ireland and England and Wales. I'll be starting my travels off with a trip to Luxor in January with Peter.
I want to focus my photography on wildlife and gardening for the two links I've been joining in with for almost 2 years. Annie with How Does Your Garden Grow? and Rosie with Animal Tales. Hopefully I can add France to my travels and meet up with both Annie and Rosie this year. I'm also planning to attend Britmums and catch up with a few more bloggers.
Project 365 will be in full swing, with my own hashtag of #OneDailyPositive. I've tried a couple of times to start my own linky, but it's a lot of work that I just haven't had the time for. After 2 years of photo prompts with #snaphappybritmums and little interaction, I'm unsure if I'll continue with them or not.
There's also My Sunday Photo with Darren and #PoCoLo with Stephanie and Morgan and I'm on the lookout for a travel linky that doesn't focus on days out with kids and is aimed more for single, adult travellers.
While the weather is cooler I plan to cycle or walk or swim at least three times a week, until it gets too hot to be outdoors. There will be weekly trips into the desert with Bob and there is a lot more exploring of Dubai to do now the new water canal is open. I also want to take rescued dogs for a walk once a week and take Bob for socialising on a weekly basis.
I have a book I started to write 6 years ago when I first became an expat, time will be dedicated to that also. I don't necessarily intend to get it publish, just finish it.
I have 100's of physical photo's I've been meaning to sort, date and label and loads of bits of craft stuff I want to do something with. There's a lot of decluttering to be done, stuff of the kids we've lugged around the world.
My sewing room is full of half finished projects, bags, dogs beds, clothes to be altered etc.
On a personal note I need to meet more people, make friends, have someone to share a coffee with. All of the above is all well and good but it's very isolating. I'm not actively seeking employment, I didn't enjoy the demands of teaching in Dubai after a break of 5 years, but if something comes up that I feel I'm suited to I'd consider it, as long as it fits in with my travel plans.
I'd love to know your plans for 2017, let me know what you're planning on doing next year.