Blogmas Day 17: Things I Am Excited For in 2018

I can’t believe how quickly this month is going, I don’t have enough time to do everything I want! But that does mean I have plenty of plans for 2019. From gigs, to career plans, to weekend breaks, I am so excited to get stuck in on what I have planned for next year, and some I feel will definitely be once in a lifetime experiences!

Gigs

I have a load of gigs already planned for next year. My first in Don Broco with Neck Deep and Issues at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, with my latest booking being CHER (I know, I can’t quite believe it either) for me and my mum in October at Manchester Arena. April will bring around Lower Than Atlantis’ last tour ever before they break up, which I am so glad I managed to get tickets to. They were incredible at Slam Dunk 2018, and I am gutted I’ve not been able to see then live more throughout their 11 year career. I am also so excited to see Enter Shikari for the first time next year. I have loved the band for a very long time and I know their gigs are absolutely legendary.

Career

In 2019, I am planning on going to lots more networking events in order to get my name out there and meet relevant people who can help me get ahead. I plan on continuing with my freelance work, and I already have some contacts who I have discussed some really cool projects with which start in early January, which I really hope I can be involved with. I am hoping to make 2019 my year to remember, when everything changed in my career for the better. When I talk about my progress years down the line, I want to remember next year as the one when I really took the bull by the horns and lived my working life the way I wanted to. I want to create so many more meaningful and productive connections and make my mark on the marketing world.

Festivals

I went to Slam Dunk this year with my sister for the first time, and we vowed on that day to make it an annual thing, despite who is on the lineup. The atmosphere was fab and as it is primarily a pop punk festival, there is guaranteed to be bands we love playing throughout the day. This year Simple Plan, New Found Glory, All Time Low and Trophy Eyes have been announced already, and it is definitely shaping up to be just as good, if not better, than last year’s event; especially now that it has been announced that the Leeds festival ground will all be in one space in a field, rather than spread out in the city centre. After an underwhelming experience at Leeds Festival last year, my sister and I made the decision that we didn’t want to go again in 2019, that was until Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots were announced to play on the Sunday night as a co-headliner. We missed out on tickets for both at Manchester Arena and now feel it would be a huge wasted opportunity if we didn’t attend again in 2019. The lineup announcement has only been small so far, but the two headliners and Billie Eilish on the Sunday have really sold us, and we will be purchasing day tickets very soon.

Love Life

Now I am choosing my own working hours and I can afford more of a social life, I am definitely going to make more of a conscious effort to date in 2019. If my 13 year old sister can get a boyfriend – why can’t I?! I’m looking forward to really throwing myself into the Manchester dating scene, and as there are more singles per capita in Manchester than anywhere else in the UK, I may be in luck! I will definitely be keeping you all up to date with this new revelation and probably sharing my fair share of dating horror stories in the months to come!

I am really looking forward to what I have planned next year and feel it will be a huge year of change and personal growth for myself and those around me. The plans I have so far make 2019 one of my favourite years yet, and I am sure that I will have more added to this list this time next year.

What do you have planned for 2019, and how do you plan on achieving your goals?

Emily x

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