Welcome 2018, I’ve been expecting you.

Yes! Yes. Another 2018 resolution blog post. Some people are sick of reading these types of things but I for one, love them.

Christmas for me is the massive feast to toast the year, be It good or bad. You eat, you drink and celebrate being around loved ones, friends and family alike.

Then comes New Years Eve. You eat again, drink some more and celebrate with Jools Holland. And last but not least, the fireworks. I’m a big kid when I see the fireworks, it’s the finale to a year and cements everything that has happened to history and memory.

Goals for 2018 and beyond

It’s probably just me but when I’m watching the fireworks I get flashbacks of the previous year and use these good and bad experiences to plan out my next one.

Each year I always learn about myself in different ways and 2017 was no exception.

A long with the seasonal weight gain and how gluttonous I can actually be, 2017 made me realise where my priorities truly are.

The next few goals are “Ultimate”. Ultimate in the sense of when I achieve them, I will be set for life. It’s likely they won’t be achieved this year but certainly by next.

Quitting the Rat Race

I’ve never been totally career focused but can usually hold down a good job for a few years. My last place of work, however, drove me to absolute insanity.

Their whole existence was the polar opposite to my own and I just couldn’t stay.

Thankfully I found another job. Better location, much better pay, including bonuses around 30% more – Not to brag. But most importantly an amazing working environment and even better co-workers.

I had quite a long Christmas break, 16 whole days. It made me realise that I just can’t do the 9-5 and ultimately work for someone. I was feeling like this in my previous job but put it down to the environment.

I am now of the belief that 9-5 is very out dated and people are much more self sufficient thanks to the internet. It’s more than possible and easier now to make a living on your own than ever. I want to be one of them.

Things like getting Married and starting a family is now, in my opinion, part of the 9-5 rat race monotony. There is too much to do and experience than be tied down with these constrains.

No, I’m not quitting my job to pursue some vague dream, but, I do have dreams none the less. If I look back in 20 years having not attempted them will fill me with tremendous regret. That is certain.

Leaving the rat race is one dream I’m sure almost everyone has – so I’m far from original here. But wouldn’t it be nice to wake up every morning and do almost anything you want?

How do I intend to do this? I have some ideas but it’s too early to tell if they’re legitimate – You’ll have to wait and see!

Become a Water Gypsy

This almost goes hand in hand with my first goal. The last year a random thought popped into my head of buying a Narrow Boat and living rent free. Not only rent free but literally free to travel the waterways in a never ending holiday. Not only does that sounds amazing, the countryside is flipping beautiful and to literally have that on your door step (probably the wrong term) is tempting and thrilling.

Of course it won’t be that simple but in general, that’s what it will be. I mentioned earlier I don’t want to look back and regret not doing something – this is without a doubt one of them.

So, the plan right now is whilst I’m working and hustling I’m pocketing as much cash as I can to buy a boat. After that it’s to refit the thing into something I can call home. And yes, I plan to blog every step of the way.

Back on my bike

I’ve always loved cycling but it’s one of those things you can slowly slip out of. 2018 will be year of the bike and to continue my Ultimate goals compilation the end goal for this, is massive.

Like with my other big ideas, this one cropped up in last year towards the end of summer. The aim is to do some kind of massive endurance bike ride from Bristol to Barcelona. Obviously not in one go, but me, my bike, some stealth camping and lots of Air B&B. Oh and of course, my trusted camera.

When I sat down and looked at how to possibly do this, it would probably take around 10 days to comfortably get down there.

Get fit freaking tanked

Sighh! Probably the most unoriginal new years goal but it needs to be done if I want to even attempt this ride. Right now, my body isn’t in the shape to do 80-90 miles each and every day for 10 or so days. So really, getting fit an understatement, I need to freaking tanked up! Not sure if that’s the right term but will do for now.

To help condition myself I’ll be using a turbo trainer, Zwift and Trainer Road cycling Apps. As for on-road stuff, I’ll be doing plenty of circuits on the Bristol to Bath bike path.

Round up

I can’t wait for this year. Setting some long term juicy goals that you can concentrate on is what’s important, not things on the line of “Dry January.” Set goals that challenge you and when you complete them (because you will) they will not only give you intense feeling of accomplishment but positively impact your life.






About the author

Will Shelby

I'm a simple guy who loves a good coffee, plenty of cycling and exercise. Caffeine Junkie is my blog dedicated to these two passions with a bit of travel thrown in for good measure!

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