Hello 2018!

Happy New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo!

One of my goals for 2017 was to learn a little Spanish and I did! Not much but enough to get by on the basics, thanks to the Coffee Break Spanish podcasts. I really must get back into listening to them on my walk to work - we've just booked a trip to Spain for April so I should probably brush up a bit. That's one of my favourite parts of a new year - looking ahead and thinking about all the adventures we could plan for the next 12 months.

With that in mind, I'm looking at everything I managed to achieve last year and setting myself some new goals for this one. I can tick off running a half marathon, discovering Thailand, almost bagging two more munros (Lochnagar keeps getting the better of me), learning Spanish, reading more and alphabet dating with my husband - we've reached the letter L!

Goals for 2018

Travel, travel, travel! We've already booked two trips this year - to London for the Harry Potter Studio Tour(!) and to Seville & Ronda in Spain. Thailand last year took up 2 weeks of my annual leave so this year we'd like to spread out smaller, cheaper city breaks throughout the year. I definitely want to visit a country I've never been to before at some point in 2018.

Exercise more - because it makes me feel good and I actually enjoy it, not to save me from getting fat.

Finally bag Lochnagar! After two failed attempts in 2017, I'm determined to reach the summit this year.

Drive the North Coast 500 - Or walk the West Highland Way? Either way, I'd like to camp and avoid midge season as much as possible, while still getting warm-ish weather... Any tips?!

Use less plastic. Plastic is polluting the seas on a massive scale - something which I witnessed myself in Thailand. We bought reusable Trash Hero bottles on Koh Lanta & haven't bought a plastic bottle of water since. I need to start carrying reusable bags everywhere instead of just the supermarket, and stop using straws too. I'm also going to make more of an effort to avoid food waste at home.

Social Media - I'm aiming to post on Dinner Stories facebook page every day, and double my following on Instagram. Because why the hell not? And on that note, follow us here!

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