Hello 2019!

I couldn't let the new year pass by without my usual follow up on last year's goals. It's become a tradition to write a little review every January, and despite not setting resolutions as such, it's always good to look back on the year and see what you achieved. As always I'll set myself a few goals and things I hope to do in the next 12 months but first, lets look back at 2018's...

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Drinking orange wine in Seville, Spain

2018's Goals

Travel, travel, travel! - We went to London in March, spent a night down in the Borders in April, explored Seville and Ronda in May, camped around the Scottish highlands in June, spent a week on the Spanish Costa Blanca in October and enjoyed a visit to Prague in December.
Exercise more - This one's an epic fail but I'm happy to say I have no guilt about it!
Finally bag Lochnagar - We didn't make it this year, but we did bag Ben Hope instead.
Drive the North Coast 500 - Or walk the West Highland Way? - We completed the NC500 in June during a glorious heat wave. Highly recommend!
Use less plastic.
- I definitely reduced the amount of plastic bags we use and try my best to carry a reusable one with me. We even drove the entire NC500 with only refillable water bottles, but we probably still have a long way to go on this one.
Social Media - I didn't quite double my Instagram following, but it did increase by roughly 1k!

At the Huerto del Cura in Elche, Spain

Now onto 2019!

Read 1 book a month - I'm not a big reader these days but I would like to be. One book a month doesn't seem like much but I think I read about 3 books in total last year! I've just finished Shantaram and Romesh Ranganathan's autobiography. I'd love some suggestions from you in the comments!

Use my dining table more - A random one but I love our dining table set up and it was barely used in 2018! Perhaps I'll start hosting dinner parties... where everyone has to leave by 10pm.

Visit 2 new countries - Gordon has decided we're not going back to Spain this year, as he'd like to discover somewhere new. So far I'm thinking a weekend in Poland (we can fly to Gdansk from Aberdeen) and a week somewhere sunny. Portugal, Italy or Greece are top of my list so far! It'll depend what deals I can find to be fair.

At the summit of Ben Hope, Scotland

Finally finish our Alphabet Dating challenge! - We started this in 2017 and it's taken longer than I expected. We've completed Q and just need to agree on what to do for R next...

Discover Scotland's islands - We've seen a lot of Scotland over the years yet I've still never been to any of the islands. That's all set to change in 2019 as we have a trip to Skye planned for February and I hope to explore Shetland soon too!

Bag 5 munros - Last year we only climbed Ben Hope but I'd like to make more effort to get out walking, and scratch at least 5 more mountains off Gordon's munro bagging map!

Life imitating NuArt in Aberdeen, Scotland

My main goal for the year ahead however, is to work even harder on this blog. I attended many exciting events in 2018, worked with Union Square and Aberdeen Inspired on their Restaurant Week project and continued my role as ambassador for North Hop. I'd really like to continue to build on my brand and see where it takes me. I hope to improve my photography too and be a little more creative with it all. On that note, if you'd like to work with Dinner Stories in 2019, feel free to get in touch!

What are your goals for 2019?


  1. I dot have any goals for this year :) Fantastic photos hun.. I cant find on this page where I can follow u but I think I will remember to look at this blog and I follow u on IG :)

    Angelika eM BLOG

  2. Thanks Angelika! You can follow via bloglovin here- https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/dinner-stories-3354710
    or keep up to date via social media as you say :) x

  3. My friend lent me Shantaram but I struggled to get into it but I will try again. I’d love to travel more esp Spain and bag a few more Munros too. Ps you should try and get to the Isle of Lewis one year when the hebcelt festival is on. The place is buzzing then and there are stunning beaches. Fiona x(@houseplantslove)

    1. Oh I'd love to visit Lewis! Not sure I'll make it this year but maybe next :)

      Christy x