Happy new year everyone! I hope you had an amazing break and holiday over Christmas and New Year’s. You might’ve noticed that the blog looks a little different. I’ve been working on it for almost a year so I’m so excited to finally launch it. I hope you like it – if you notice any issues or bugs, please let me know so I can fix them.
As with last year, I’m going to share my challenges and the highlights from 2015 and then talk about my goals for 2016.
2015 was an odd year – like always there were some ups and some downs but overall it was kind of mediocre. That’s not to say there weren’t some amazing moments – because there really were – but I feel like it just flashed by really quickly and I didn’t achieve everything I wanted to.
This is probably going to sound quite silly, but turning 25 was quite hard for me. It’s probably the main reason why I felt 2015 was kind of mediocre as it’s left me feeling like life is moving too fast. I know 25 isn’t “old” but to me it felt like a really significant number. I guess when I was a kid it was the age I associated with truly being an adult. My birthday has come and gone and while it didn’t end up being as bad as I thought it would be, it has encouraged me to really think about life and make some changes and set some new goals.
The start of 2015 saw my biggest health issue in life thus far – I had surgery to remove a cyst from my ovary. I’d never had surgery so it really scared me. I also took a while to recover and reacted badly to my painkillers.
In May (almost a year after we signed the contract) we were able to move into our home. It was such an exciting moment for us, albeit a little stressful. Since then, we’ve loved decorating our house and working on the garden.
The month before we moved into our house, we stayed with friends of ours. This was such an awesome time, and it felt like we were at a sleepover every night.
In October I visited Brisbane and the Gold Coast for the first time. I had a great week relaxing, shopping and going to theme parks with my mom, my sister and my niece.
New Year’s Eve was a real highlight for me – my family and two of our good friends came over and we had a BBQ and games night. It was casual, relaxed and just what I needed.
My final highlight is finishing up my website and brand redesign.
I’ve got some really exciting plans coming up – particularly in the first half of the year. In a few weeks, Myron, my family and I are heading to Queenstown for a week. It’ll hopefully be full of sun and relaxation.
A couple of days ago I sat down with some paper and sharpies to make plans and goals for the year. Firstly, I wrote out the words I want to represent the next year; these are ideas that will hopefully inspire me.
I then did the same thing but specifically for my blog. Words like creativity and consistency ended up on the list.
Next, I wrote out things I like to do. I have a big problem with relaxing and often find a task or project to do before making time for the things that make me happy. So now I’ve got a list of these things sitting above my desk for the next time I should take a break and have fun.
Lastly, I went over all of this as well as my goals from last year to come up with new goals for 2016.
I’ve mentioned before but I’m a big goal-setter and I love new year’s resolutions. It’s not that I view the new year as a time to become a completely new person; more that it’s just a good time to reflect, assess life, and set some new goals.
If you’re into goals, or want some tips on setting goals, let me know and I’ll do a post dedicated to goal-setting.
Now for my 2016 goals.
Make time for me and the things I love.
- Spend more time alone.
- Pamper myself.
- Have fun.
- Read, write and draw just for fun.
Get fit & healthy.
- Limit takeaways.
- No soda.
- More vegetables.
- Limit gluten and sugar.
Spend my money wisely and save for my passions.
- Stick to a budget and allowance.
- Save regularly.
Try new things.
- Say yes more.
How did your 2015 go? What are you looking forward to this year?