Monday, 6 January 2014

12 Goals for 2014

Yep that's right, GOALS not resolutions! I've never been one to make New Year's Resolutions, especially in a culture where you're never expected to accomplish any promises you make yourself on the 1st January. It's been a long thought process this year, as I really wanted to make resolutions that would impact on several aspects of my life, instead of just focussing on health and fitness like I did last year. 2014 has the potential to be an amazing year for me. I have fabulous life events to look forward to such as my 21st birthday, my little sister's 18th birthday, and my parents' 25th wedding anniversary. I also have a pretty unique period coming up in my life where I spend the first half of year completing my Marketing internship at Intel and the latter half back at university to start my final year of university - all in all it will hopefully be full of fun and good times!
To help me on my way to making the most of the new year, I've created 12 goals that focus on either my mind, my body or things which I really want to have a go at. Now enough of my rambling and more of the goals!

I've always been one who worries about everything. And everyone. Everywhere. All the time. Basically it's about time I got a grip and got more comfortable in my own skin - something which I know will be a huge challenge for me. I need to love myself more and not worry about what other people think so much - I'm hardly a massively controversial person so the chances of me causing a scandal are slim-to-none!

  • For 2014 I have made the decision to turn of from technology more instead of relying on it for absolutely everything - it's been proven in lots of studies that time away from your phone, laptop and television have worlds of both mental and also physical benefits so it's about time I gave it a go. Sans 9:30pm is now a technology-free zone!
  • This falls nicely with my next goal of reading one book a month. Unlike my sister I am hardly a book worm, but there are so many fantastic books out there that I'm sure I can manage one a month!
  • Write something positive about myself/what I have done well every day for one month - something which I hope will help me realise I'm not as much of a loser as I think I am! And also because it's meant to do wonders for self-esteem. That said, I do also intend to make more of an effort to compliment others as well. Call it stupid - maybe it's because I watched too much Mean Girls as a child - but I get scared that handing out too many compliments (even if they're honest and from the heart!) will just make them seem cheap and disingeneuous. Ridiculous right?

I desperately want to learn more about the food which I am eating, and find more ways to eat clean and make better food-choices without things getting boring. There's so many things which I wanted to focus on with regards to health and fitness, that it was a really tough decision to narrow it down to a few but there are also a lot which I could make fall into the 'experiences' aspect of my 2014 Goals so I've been able to give myself a lot of breathing space when it comes to this category.
  • Become a better athlete.
    See, I told you there would be breathing space, but I wanted to leave lots of scope to have the opportunity to try new things and also hone in on skills or other aspects of fitness which I feel I need to work on. I want to learn to love to run. For example, I want to be able to run 10km without wanting to kill myself with boredom - I know I can I just need to find that thing which works for me!
  • I also want to commit more to Yoga with the aim of practicing it at least twice a week. I desperately want to become more flexible and whenever I've taken the time to go to a class or do some at home, I always feel a gazillion times better!
  • Try out a new recipe every day for one month.
    Probably my most ambitious and time-consuming goal for the year. After trawling health/food magazines and the internet I have my 30 recipes to hand, and I start on Monday! They're all healthy in their own ways, and hopefully I'll find some corkers which I'll want to make again and again. :)

  • I want to make 2014 one great, big, awesome experience which is why I've made my first 'experience' goal to be to get more organised! How else am I going to fit all the fabulous things I have planned in?! Especially with my challenge of cooking a completely new recipe every day for a month...
  • With all of the family events which will be happening I also want to make the most of them (and my friends too!) so I'm going to make a conscious effort of spend more quality time with loved ones. There have been so many occasions that I have gone home to visit family, to not do much other than sit on the sofa watching television and slurping on cups of tea - although don't get me wrong that's fine once in a while!
  • I really want to go travelling somewhere a little different to the beach holidays that I normally go on - I had wanted to go inter-railing but it's looking to be way too expensive when I am going to be attempting to save more money as well. I have seen a few trips which I have my eye on at the moment though so I'll keep you in the loop when I know more about my plans! Do you have any recommendations?
  • Try 5 completely new things.
    This is aside from the 30 recipes. ;) There are some which I have an idea of what I want to be able to do, others which I will leave to opportunity. One thing is for sure is that I want to be able to successfully backflip and tuck! Part of becoming a better athlete I guess but desperately want to be able to do it so I'll give it a shot!

I also have a couple of goals which don't necessarily fit into any of these categories, and they are to save £2000 over the course of this year, and to manage my blogging habits a lot better.
I guess the saving part is pretty self-explanatory - me and Ryan want to be able to move in together once I've graduated, and whilst he has saved money himself I have never really been in the financial situation to be able to. Now I am in a much better position to be able to, and I'm going to try so hard to put some of my own money in the pot.
I'm also aware that towards the end of 2013 I was a bit of a shoddy blogger. It's no surprise that when I started at Intel there was a definite shift in lifestyle and as a result both my fitness and my motivation to blog slipped simultaneously. Who wants to read a blog about how the writer hasn't quite figured how to combine health, fitness and a 9-5 job anyway? Don't worry though, I'm well and truly settled and have got my life sorted at last!

So anyway - sorry for the length post! Better to get it done in one though I guess! If you have any tips for how I can help myself in succeeding please leave a comment, or if you have any which are similar! It's always good to have someone to buddy up and share advice with! :)

Hope you all have a fantastic 2014 - I hope all of your goals and resolutions for the year are a succcess!! :)

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