Clóda Scanlon, 21, Irish Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger, UCC Student, Cork City.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Oh Hey There 2018!


Happy New Year everyone! I love the New Year to have that excuse to get motivated, get on track and beat the Christmas blues! I've never sat down at the beginning of a year and set goals for myself or physically wrote down my hopes and plans for the year ahead.

Taking inspiration from some of my favourite bloggers like Erika Fox and Ciara Walsh I've decided to not only write down my goals but to also share them with all of you!

Only in the past few months from joining the AIESEC society on campus and being the head of the Marketing team I've learned the importance and results gained from goal setting.
If I write something down - pen to paper or typing here in a blog post I'm far more likely to achieve my goals!
Another thing which I've been watching videos on and reading up about is the Law of Attraction. (Here's a great video about it : click here). That if you visualise something that you want in your life so often and so deeply, and work hard enough to make that happen, it will manifest itself into reality! And ever since I began to apply that idea into my life, I've been doing little things to make sure they happen. So here I am writing down my goals/plans for all aspects of my life in 2018, and this post will be a constant reminder to myself of how much I have achieved and how much I have left to do.

And hopefully you can take something from this post whether it's motivation to work harder at a passion, inspiration to start something new or even to set goals for yourself to make sure 2018 will be a great year!

College



This semester I have less hours in college, so I really want to use the spare time effectively to better my grades. 
  • I want to do at least 15-20 mins of extra Italian study each day. I am going on Erasmus in Italy for a year from September, so I really want to make sure my language is improving immensely before I go over there.
  • This semester I only have 3 modules in Sociology which is my Major so I want to try and make sure I attend as much hours of lectures and tutorials as possible.
  • I also want to be better with my time management and prepare assignments on time and not be running across campus in sweats trying to hand them in with 5 minutes to spare haha! We will have to see about this goal though because I work best when the pressure is on hahah
  • I want to continue working hard in my roles in the 2 societies I am a part of on campus - Marketing in the AIESEC society and Committee Member on the Fashion Society.

Health & Wellbeing


Living the college lifestyle has taken it's toll on me in the last few months. Drinking, very little exercise and such a crappy diet. I want some of that to change this year - not only do I want to do it for health reasons but I also want to have a positive body image heading over to Italy.
  • I want to exercise every single day, even if it's literally only a 10 minute walk, a plank and some squats.. I would like that to be the very minimum that I do each day.
  • I hope to go to the gym/do some cardio at least 3-4 times per week
  • I want to drink way more water. My water intake went way down in the last few months. I would be happy if I drank at least 2 litres a day!
  • I want to eat cleaner and leaner this year! As I said my diet has just been chronic in the last while so I really want to eat good food and feel good.
  • I really want to be extra conscious when I'm hungover that I don't do the dog on it with chicken rolls, fizzy drinks and what not just cos I'm lazy haha.
  • With regards to mental health, I'm quite a happy/positive person but I want to make sure it continues this way and look after my mind this year. I want to start going to free Mindfulness classes on campus, use the Headspace app more and do things I love during downtime!

Travel


For the first half of the year I need to save save saveeeee for my Erasmus so I can't see myself doing many foreign trips - bar a trip I have organised to go to Prague with the girls in March. But I still want to bring travel content to my channels because I love to discover new places! I'm thinking I can bring affordable travel content about places I visit in Ireland? For example, next week's blog post will be "24 hours in Galway".
But nonetheless, I have created a bucket list of where I hope to visit in Ireland and where I hope to travel to once I am living in Italy.
- Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim.
- Climb an Irish mountain.
-Cork travel guide...
-Prague, Czech Republic.
-Rome, Italy (where I'm hoping to study next year. Pray I get a place there!!)
-Anghiari, Italy. (This little hilltop town is the reason I fell in love with Italy. When I was younger we went on a family holiday to this stunning town in Tuscany and it's a dream of mine to return again)
- Venice, Italy.
- Austria.
- Greece.
- Amsterdam.

*I don't expect that I will get to visit all of the above destinations but a girl can dream eh? :)


Personal Goals


So these are nothing to do with anything and are just getting thrown loosely under the branch of my 'Personal Goals' for 2018!

  • I really want this year to be the year that I begin driving! I have only done a few lessons ever, my provisional license has expired twice now, and I feel so behind all my friends. So I really want to complete all my lessons, pass my test and treat myself to a road trip.
  • I don't read books. I just never got into them, could never finish them. I always got bored, began to daydream or it just took too long. But tbh if I ever want to improve my writing skills and my critical thought, I've figured I need to get some books under my sleeve. I am setting myself the totally realistic goal of reading only FOUR books this year - one per season hahaha! I'm thinking books about fashion, motivation and photography. If anyone has any recommendations hit me up!
  • This year I want to get less paranoid about stuff and stop worrying about situations which I cannot control. I want to be more free, let be what will be, but also fight for what I believe in and what I want!
  • And lastly I want to work hard this summer, get a job, save money and be able to go to Italy carefree, money in hand and ready to have the best year of my life!!

Blog goals/plans for 2018


Of course, last but certainly not least - here are my aspirations for my blog this year! I really want to up my game and productivity in every sense of my blog. I have so many ideas and 2018 will be the year that I believe in my potential as a blogger and finally bring some consistency and structure. 

(1) Blog Content


  • With the less hours in college this semester, spending a summer at home and beginning a new adventure in another country, I want my blog content to be so much more consistent. In fact I have never brought consistency to the blog and now I'm finally making it happen. I want to schedule and post at least one blog post per week. If I have inspiration for more then I will write more, but for now this is looking super achievable.
  • I need to realise that my blog posts don't always have to be really lengthy ones (although once I start typing I struggle to stop haha).
  • I want to continue my content to be mainly fashion styling posts, chatty posts, lifestyle and some travel content & product reviews.
  • I want to review each month to see what worked, what you all engaged with and enjoyed the most etc so I can continue to produce content that ye want to see!
  • I have also decided with my fellow UCC blogger gal Ailbhe to schedule a time slot each week for outfit shooting and I think having this much consistency is going to bring much more and much better content!

(2) Vlogging/YouTube


  • I want to get better at speaking on snapchat. I shy away from it at the best of times but for now I'll work myself up and try to speak to the camera at least one day a week. (we'll see how it goes)
  • I say it all the time but never actually do it. I really want to dip into YouTube this year. It won't be as regular as blog posts but I have some ideas up my sleeve that I think could be really cool!
  • I really want to do more collabs with fellow bloggers/vloggers this year. I want to make a conscious effort to support, engage and follow fellow Irish bloggers I love.
  • I would love to get into fashion related YouTube like try-on hauls but also some lookbooks.
  • I also want to come up with a few series' which are my own and are authentic eg the move to Italy.

(3) Blogging Bucket List 2018


(You'll be glad to know this is the final section)
  • In 2017 I grew just over 1000 followers on Instagram and was so chuffed with myself. Sitting at over 8k followers now, I would hope to reach a following of 10k on Instagram before 2019!
  • I know this is a touchy subject for some people, but I want to make more money from the blog this year. So far I've only ever done one sponsored post on Instagram with a brand which I have used and loved since I was a teenager. I am blogging for 3 years now and a goal of mine is to start making some money on the content I create and the things I love. Of course I would only ever say yes to opportunities that I know will suit me, suit my blog, go with my content and that I think my following will also enjoy! There are so many opportunities and collabs I have turned down purely because they are simply not for me! With the hours put into shooting looks, writing posts, managing social media, planning themes/aesthetics for Instagram and many more things that I love doing as a blogger, it would be so rewarding to get some sponsored collaborations in 2018!
  • I want to up my content/photography skills majorly this year. I feel like I'm getting better and better all the time. I want to improve my flatlay shots!
  • I want to continue to increase my traffic to the blog. I would love if I had more regular readers - real organic amazing followers who engage with and support me. That is the dream. That is why I continue to do what I do. When I get messages from young girls telling me how a blog post of mine inspired them or encouraged them, it makes this all worth while!
  • And lastly but not least I want to really truly believe in myself and my potential as a blogger this year. I feel like I've never fully went for it because of that little voice in my head telling me I shouldn't, or wondering what people will say or having a fear of pushing myself. When really it can only get better!


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I hope you all have an incredible year. 
It's a clean slate. 
It's time to try something new.
Time to improve.
Time to push yourself.
Time to believe in yourself.
Time to make it happen.
2018 is your year!


Clóda x
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  1. LOVED THIS SO MUCH OMG!!! I too want to go to Prague in March ahaha!

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    1. Thanks Ciara :) Ahhh no way we could bump into each other hahah!!

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