2015 Goals

January 05, 2015

Resolutions

Normally I resist the temptation to jump on the New Year's bandwagon, it hardly seems worth it to do a round-up considering how few posts I've made this year. Every year I make a list of things I'd like to achieve, last year's copy got worn around the edges and eventually lost so a digital version is in order this time. My list of goals is always quite long, and most of the things are quite banal (start making weekly meal plans so I don't run out of food midweek) so instead I'm sharing my bigger goals.

Explore

While I'd like to dream of weekend getaways to Stockholm, I just don't have the means to pay for such luxuries at the moment. Instead I want to focus on exploring the places I visit most frequently: London, Geneva, York and Edinburgh. I live in London, my family live in Geneva, my boyfriend's family live in York and one of my best friends lives in Edinburgh. I've got a list of museums and restaurants that I want to explore in London, many of which I'm sure I'll be posting about on the blog (another resolution). I'd also like to save up for one other trip, this year I visited Prague with my boyfriend in July and it would be lovely to do something similar again.

Be happy

This may sound more like a vague life goal but in fact it's something far more personal. Since January 2013 (officially) I've been suffering from panic disorder (which has lead to general anxiety and depression). This year I want to be able to conquer my emotions so I can move on with my life. This isn't something I've mentioned on the blog but if it's something you'd like to read about then let me know and I can write about my experiences.

Make friends

A hard part of my mental health problems is the isolation. Most of my friends have graduated and I feel like I'm in limbo; my new peers don't know me at all and most don't need any new friends because they already have existing social circles. It doesn't help that I'm a naturally shy person. Self pity aside, I'd like to improve my online friendships. Some of the nicest people I knew through the end of school I only knew online, they were the ones that encouraged me to start this blog. This means I'm going to push myself to comment more often on all the lovely blogs I read rather than just lurking, and installing a better comment system on this blog, with notifications and such. I also have friends overseas that I really ought to be keeping in touch with, time for good ol' fashioned pen pals!


Get a job

Last year I had a job working at the student bar, it was alright for a bit but after a while it started to take its toll; the hard work at unsociable hours made me ill, the pay was poor (minimum wage and hardly any tips), friends of management got preferential treatment and the punters often sexually harassed me. They still owe me a sizeable sum so I'm fairly peeved. I'd be quite happy in any sort of part time job, preferably one at normal hours. Any tips on how to apply for jobs with some hope of being accepted? Much appreciated if you have any.


Blog

Every year I have the same blog resolutions, blog more often etc. I try to avoid posting that sort of thing, as well as apologies for absence because I hate it when I see it on other blogs. On the other hand, I thought I might as well put it into writing and you can nudge me into action if I don't keep my word. The aim is to post one blog post a week, an achievable goal, but I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't get around to it. Secondly I'd like to branch out and start posting on more topics, mostly food, beauty and travel, typical blogger things, maybe even small DIY projects if you'd like that (at this point your input would be much appreciated). Generally, anything that catches my fancy while I have my camera on me. It's so much easier to photograph things that aren't me. Finally I'd like to start a YouTube channel and make videos!


Learn

My biggest hobby seems to be picking up new hobbies! Last year I started learning JavaScript on Codecademy, I want to finish that and move on to Python and jQuery. In the end I'd like be able to code some websites and update the blog to make it more snazzy. I'd also like to make time for the hobbies that I've already taken up. For that I've made small goals; one sewing project every two months, one painting every couple of weeks, and any other little bits here and there. Anything I get up to I might as well share, tying in nicely with my goals for the blog.


Photos are snaps from the past couple of weeks in Geneva

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10 comments

  1. Lovely goals, and they all sound like they'll make your life a happy place to be. As for getting a job - I started my first job in about 5 or 6 years last May, and it has helped me so much with anxiety & making new friends. It's just a part time job in a restaurant, but it's the people that make it what it is. I would say, find a few places that you think you'd really like to work in, and be really smiley and open and just ask if they're hiring. Make sure you have a CV with you in case they say yes! :) good luck with everything xx

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    1. Your first job sounds like exactly what I'm looking for, I tried to CV method at my local pub and got told I had to wait until they had vacancies and then apply through their website, pretty disheartening really, I don't want a complicated application process for a casual job. I guess I'll just keep trying. Thank you and hope you have a great year!

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  2. I really hope you get to fullfill your goals! I'd be happy to contribute to your circle of online friends and talk more!

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  3. Happy New Year! Your resolutions sound great - and so many of them resonate with me...even down to the meal planning - definitely gonna have to get that one under control with a baby on the way :) I've moved frequently in the past few years and breaking into new social circles has been the hardest part of it - especially when you've finished uni. Lots of people have their long established routines with old friends and just aren't in the market for any new ones as you said. But even though it doesn't feel like it there are always loads of other people in the same boat as you so it's just a matter of putting yourself out there and rooting them out :) And you must have read my mind about an Edinburgh guide - I have one currently in the works but it will probably be February before I put it up. But if you're heading to Edinburgh soon I can send you an email with a list of some of my favourite places - just let me know. And good luck with the resolutions in the meantime - looking forward to more blog posts from you :)

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  4. This sounds like a daunting but wonderful list for a fantastic 2015. :) I adore your photography and wish you health and happiness in the new year.

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  5. These goals are pretty similar to mine and I think it's good to reflect at the start of the year and record your hopes for the next 12 months - if anything, they will be a good reminder of how you felt at this moment in time and hopefully, come next January, you'll be able to see how far you've come. I would like to hear more about your anxiety / depression, if you are comfortable sharing - I've also been going through it and would be grateful to hear your story. I'm also not one for having many friends or being particularly social - I used to beat myself up about it but I've come to accept that I'm probably more of an introvert than I thought, and actually that's ok! That said, I'd love to get to know you better and join your circle of online friends :) xx

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  6. I just found your blog/social media through the time-sink-black-hole that is the internet, haha. I had a quick look through your blog and it's lovely :) I also love your Tumblr! You have a very unique style. I too don't like making resolutions, but I'm aiming to try and cope with my anxiety a bit better this year, comment more on the blogs I follow and the people I follow on social media (I lurk a lot too, lol - I don't even know why!) and just generally be happy/more present etc. I hope you had a great New Year!

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  7. Such cute pictures! :)
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  8. Some great plans for the new year. I definitely would like to visit more places near where I live. There is so much that I haven't managed to see yet in Bath and Bristol. Have you considered working for yourself through sites like People Per Hour, you can then do what suits you and when it suits you.

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  9. Yeay! I love all of your blogposts and updates! I'm crap at commenting though(which is one of my own resolutions). I'm a bit of an introvert but worked part time in a cafe for two years and it really helped me to try and be little bit more social. I think you've got a lovely sense of style so why not look into some clothes shops to see if they've got something going? I would say not to take it too personal if people don't take your CV straight away, just try and be confident and show interest (which is easier if you can actually imagine going there to work a couple of days a week). Good luck! <3

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