Perhaps a bit of a delayed start, but welcome 2018. The beginning of this year has felt a little bit different. Usually I feel a definite divide between the end of one year and the beginning of the next; an excitement for change and all things new, but this year has felt more fluid, more of a blur where December crept into January and all of a sudden we’re nearly a week into the new year without any drastic differences. And actually, I’m quite happy with that. It shows to me that I’m taking things at the right pace for me, no rushing to be different or set off on wild new ventures, but rather continuing on my path at my own pace.

Now of course, this isn’t a criticism of big changes over the new year. In fact I think the start of January is the most wonderful time to start fresh if you need it, to make a definite divide from the year past and start brand new with a clean slate. In previous years gone by this has been exactly what I needed, but for some reason this year is just working out differently, and that’s just fine.

Despite a slower ease into the year ahead than usual, I am still setting myself some goals. (To note, I prefer goals over resolutions as I am not resolving to change, but rather giving myself something to aim towards.) I’m still continuing on last year’s path towards simpler living, and so in keeping with this my aims for the upcoming year are fairly straightforward.

In 2018, I am going to have a pleasant year. I will continue to seek the simple joys in life and focus on the little things that make me smile, and minimise unnecessary stresses and strains along the way. This is just a continuation of last year, but still worth noting.

In addition, I am going toΒ Create Something Everyday. This is my little mantra for 2018, something I am repeating regularly to remind myself to create something, no matter how small, every single day. I am going to photograph, draw, shoot film, paint, journal, cut and stick, play, sing, doodle, letter, sew, knit and whatever else takes my fancy, every single day, and I’m quite exited about it.

Nothing too complicated, but two simple goals to keep me on track to living a life I love for the rest of the year. Last year I started a little hashtag (#ASimple2017 has hit over 2000 images – amazing!) to share my progress and loved seeing that develop with other people sharing their own images and stories, and so I thought for this year I had better make another one. I will be sharing my journey and progress towards a calm, simple, happy and creative year ahead on instagram using #OnePleasantYear – and would love it you fancied joining in too.


  • I love these two goals and will definitely join the hashtag. I discovered your blog a few months ago and it has helped me a lot to appreciate the little things more. Just wanted to say thanks and I hope you’ll keep sharing your daily creations and simple joys on here. Lots of love, Annemarie

  • I love simple goals like these, especially to seek those simple joys and to keep creating each day. I’m keeping my goals simple and small this year, a few creative ones and a few personal ones that I’m carrying on from last year. I love this hashtag idea so I’ll definitely be joining in πŸ™‚

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

  • I love the simplicity of your goals. I, too, set goals and not resolutions. Mine have more to do with finances this year, as I just purchased a house this past September, so I need to get back on track. πŸ™‚

  • A big yes to goals and not resolutions from me, I couldn’t agree more. I love your new hashtag too and would love to try to contribute. I too have very simple goals for this year after two previous chaotic years. Looking forward to seeing all your new blog posts/Instagram photos in 2018 Carrie πŸ™‚

  • I wish you the most pleasant year!

  • I love the idea of creating something every single day and I hope you share some of the things you create. Your journal looks lovely, I love the photos I see of it. My journal is a $3 book that I just write frantically in. Haha. I would love to have the patience to be as thoughtful with it as you are with yours!

    I didn’t take time off work over the holidays but this year I did feel so exited for the new year and I set myself a few goals rather than resolutions too. Most of them are things I want to be doing by the end of the year. So each month I can work slowly towards them.

  • Oh what a lovely idea to create something every day no matter how small, I love your goals for 2018. Wishing you a very pleasant and gentle year.
    Peta x