2014 was an interesting year; it was challenging yet still filled with some exciting moments.
It was my first year of working full-time and the transition from university to full-time work was really hard. I was so happy to have the routine and structure that comes with a full-time job but at the same time I really struggled with it – I couldn’t sleep in, stay up late and my yearly holiday time went from 5 months to 4 weeks.
As many of you will know I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst at the end of the year. This has taken a huge toll on me physically and mentally and I’m still waiting to find out about surgery and what this means for me.
2014 was the one year anniversary of the death of my best friend – life without him is getting easier but I still miss him everyday.
THE EXCITING MOMENTS
My boyfriend Myron and I purchased our first home! This is such an exciting life milestone and I feel so lucky to have achieved it at my age and with my best friend. I’ll be posting an update on our house soon so keep an eye out for that.
I started a new job in December – one that ticks all the boxes of what I wanted! I started my first full-time job before I’d even finished my university exams and while that job was fantastic to launch my career, I knew it wasn’t quite the industry I wanted to be in. I haven’t spoken before about what I do for a living but I think I’ll do a post on this for those of you who are interested in blogging, social media and communications. Would this be of interest to you?
My mom, little sister and I had a holiday in Sydney. This was probably our favourite holiday we’ve had. It was the perfect mix of shopping, beach walks and relaxation. Plus our hotel – The Crowne Plaza in Coogee Beach – was amazing! I’m dreaming of that buffet breakfast right now!
New Years resolutions – some people hate them, some people love them. I’m in the latter group. I try not to make unrealistic ‘I need to change my whole life’ type resolutions (although this can happen from time to time). I’m more about making SMART goals and just find the new year a sensical and easy place to start.
I always begin the new year by looking back at the last year and reviewing my goals – seeing what I accomplished and what I didn’t. I try not to be harsh on myself during this part and instead of getting frustrated at goals left incomplete I work through what happened and figure out if I want to continue with that particular goal this year how I will ensure I do so. I then write a complete list of goals made up of new ones and ones left over from last year.
In order to feel fulfilled in all areas of my life I make sure I have goals that cover these categories: learning, financial, health, spiritual/emotional, relationships, work and blog. The next step I take is specifying how I will achieve each goal and work out any measurable factors. Here are a few of my goals as examples.
GOAL: Relax more.
HOW: Go for walks. Read books and magazines. Declutter.
GOAL: Grow my net worth and my savings.
HOW: Pay extra on our mortgage + save 20%+ of my salary.
GOAL: Learn to sew.
HOW: Spend an hour per week sewing.
As well as achieving these goals this year I’m looking forward to moving into our new home and hopefully taking an overseas holiday (Myron and I have never been overseas together).