Happy New Year! | What I Hope For In 2018

2017 is long gone and the New Year is here. I hope you have had a lovely New Year’s Eve – either with friends and family or on your own watching Netflix and chilling, I hope you had a great time!

I spent mine at home with a few friends, lots of food, too many drinks, good music and fireworks. In between all this, I managed to ring my family that was back in Portugal spending they New Years in a different way. Mum was doing a night shift whilst my dad and brother went and watched fireworks together.

Also, today is my brother’s birthday so Happy Birthday little brother! May God bless you with all good things in the World. You deserve the moon and the stars!!

Now getting back to the subject of this post, I thought I would write something a bit more personal with my expectations for this new year. I am not setting any goals or new years resolutions but this is what I am hoping to happen or do this year in a very realistic way – hopefully.


First, let’s start with a bit more kindness and love and less of the grumpy days for no reason. I know I can be a bit moody, specially at that time of the month so this year I am hoping to control that a bit more. I honestly feel sorry for my fiancé sometimes.

I also want to have more motivation for every little thing. I was quite good until the ends of August, then I feel like my motivation was close to none. So this year I want more motivation for those hard days at work, or to go to the gym regularly (I promise this one! This could be a resolution). I could also do with a lot more motivation to keep my house tidy, to keep up with ironing (oh I hate ironing) and also with this blog. Let’s hope 2018 is the year I keep things consistent – but baring in mind that it is ok to have a little break if I need to.

And I can’t forget about my wedding. I hope everything goes as perfect as it can be. I hope I remember to stay calm, breathe and enjoy the moment. I need to remind myself that every little problem will seem huge on that special day and so I will have to step back, take a deep breath and hope for the best. I want my wedding day to be perfect with all it’s imperfections.

I want everyone to be there, specially my uncle that has had a really ruff end of year. For moments I thought he wouldn’t share that day with me and it broke my heart. So I hope that God is with him and that he stays strong and goes back to his normal self so we can shake our booty like there is no tomorrow.

I hope that all my family is blessed with good health and happiness – I am sure I will do my best to make them happy every single day.

Work wise, I really hope to get a permanent post as a Ward Sister. This secondment is dragging itself and it would just be great to have an official, permanent post. I know it will be a year full of new, exciting challenges and I will try and be ready for all of them.

We still need to decide where to go on our honeymoon and I think that will be sorted by end of February, hopefully?! Who knows when it’s the right time to book these things? I just want to go to a really cool place and bring back a lot of amazing memories. I know 2018 will be a big year for us as a couple and I can’t believe we will soon be Mr. & Mrs. Gonçalves. It just sounds unreal! It will be another amazing moment in our relationship that I hope it will get stronger and stronger as years go by. He is my best friend and I can’t imagine my life without him.


Spending more time with my mum, dad and brother is another one. I feel like I do a good job every year considering I live abroad but I like to remind myself that time is precious and I can’t take things for granted.

I want to be there for my brother’s graduation that will be around May! I can’t miss that important achievement of his life.

I also will try my best to go home for Christmas. Next year will be our sixth Christmas away from our family and we really want to try and go there. Fingers crossed!

And I guess I’ll stop here. There are many more things that I probably hope for this new year but these have to be the main ones. Writing this actually made me a little bit emotional. I feel like 2018 will be a turning point in my life. Big moments, big achievements and hopefully a little baby by the end of the year? Who knows… I am going to let life surprise me with that one!

Hope you have a wonderful year.

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