What’s in store for 2017?

All in all 2016 was a good year for us (you can read more about it here) but 2017 is shaping up to be even better! We’re not really ones to make new year resolutions, but we both like the idea of setting goals that can be dissected into bite sized realistic pieces.

We thought that it would be great to share our goals with you and maybe even give you some food for thought. Is there something that you can take from this list and make your own?


Move in to our brand new home. We bought an apartment at the end of 2015 and as you can imagine, it’s 2017 now and we cannot wait for it to be finished and move in!

Read more. We’d both like to set more time aside to read more. This means less time watching series after series and more time with our heads stuck in a book. One book a month is the goal and Simone has already read her first book ‘A Monster Called’ by Patrick Ness (which she says is a must read!) and now she’s on to her next one called The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. Lloyd is currently reading ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ written by Bill Bryson, which is very well written, although a lot to take in and it can be a bit of a mind-melt when trying to get your head around some facts.

Maybe we’ll start reviewing our books here!

Travel. Whilst this year might be a little more quiet due to home expenses, we still want to try and fit in a few cheeky trips here and there. Flights to Barcelona are already booked for March! Any hints or tips are much appreciated in the comments 😉

Blog focus. This blog is going to be an important part of our lives from this point onwards. We want to work hard to bring quality content and hopefully gain a readership of lovely people along the way!

Plan the BIG trip. We’re going around the world people! That takes organisation and planning (something that oozes out of Lloyd’s skin).

Save, save, save. For the subject listed above basically.


Try cooking more dishes. Having spent a lot of time growing up around good hearty meals I’ve always loved being involved in the kitchen. Making the decision to become a vegetarian and even vegan for 9 months whilst still living in the UK actually improved the range and variety of dishes that I would prepare! I really want to try more options and expand on my go-to list of recipes.

Eat healthier. As I mentioned, I was working hard to stay away from animal products of any kind. Unfortunately, after the move to Malta it was too easy to slip back into a vegetarian lifestyle. The choices and availability of ingredients can be limited here at times, so a bigger effort on my part for us to be more animal friendly is a must.

Exercise. When I moved over I was in good shape, the vegan diet meant I’d shed a lot of weight (maybe as much as 12-15 kilos) and I had a consistent exercise routine. Admittedly there was still a way to go but I was going in the right direction. Again, moving over meant that took a major back seat, although taking up rugby again has helped, I know I can do more and have begun doing more. Being a pretty stubborn guy I can definitely say this is not going to be a fad.


Start a course focusing on…I’ve been saying for quite awhile now that I’d like to take up a course in something. I’ve narrowed it down to digital marketing or web design and I’m looking forward to finding the perfect course and getting started.

Learn to drive. Yes, yes. I’m 30 and I can’t drive. This is due to a mixture of laziness (technically non laziness as I enjoy walking) and not actually needing to pollute the air further since we live on such a small island, but I suppose this is actually a decent skill to have, especially when we go travelling.

Cook more. It’s no secret that Lloyd is the chef of the household, but I’d still like to work on developing my culinary skills a bit and making sure we’re eating healthily.

Let’s do this!


Got some goals of your own that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to read about them!


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