2016. What an odd year. I feel like most people I know have been through big changes this year. Not all of them have been major life events, although there were a lot of those, some were mentality changes. I feel like this year was a big year for me in terms of those mentality or attitude changes. One of the biggest of those was switching to a vegan diet, and trying to remove animal products and cruelty from the rest of my life too. It’s been a slow process and if you know me, it has definitely not been perfect. I have eaten some animal products, I’ve purchased leather and I know that my beauty products this year have not all been cruelty free. However, rather than berate myself for the mistakes I have made, I’ve decided to focus on what I have achieved. Trying to rewrite over 20 years of habits is a slow process. I never aimed to be a perfect vegan, nor to go crazy trying to work it all out as soon as I started, but my aim with this was to reduce my impact on the world and on other beings as much as possible.
Hopefully, you’re not completely over me talking about my holiday, but going back to Europe for the first time since moving back to Australia was really, really nice. I do feel as though it gave me a great deal of closure and reassurance in the decision my husband and I made to stay in Australia for the time being. I love Europe and the UK, but the lifestyle we can have here in Australia is just not something that we could match anywhere else. I think that without realising, Jamie and I were waiting to make a decision about our future until we had gone back to see how just how much we missed it. I do really miss living in the UK, and I know Jamie really misses his family. However, we are building a house near the beach this year and I am so excited to embrace our future here. There’s something about Australia that offers so much.
Going back to this post from the start of last year, I made 10 resolutions that I may have to carry over to next year. Whoops! The list was as follows:
- Blog twice a week
- Receive a high distinction in each semester
- Date night with Jamie every week
- Save $8000 for Europe
- Pay off credit cards by end of year
- Become a size 8-10
- Gym/Exercise 2-3 times a week
- Be Confident!!!
- Plan a trip to east coast to see Dad and Amanda, and see Deanne on the way!
- Find joy in everything!
So the second half of this year I have been blogging about twice a week which I am very happy with. I have gotten a lot better with that lately which is something I hope to continue with this year and grow my blog to bigger and better things. As for number two, it has unfortunately been completely scrapped as I just wasn’t happy with that path. I really would like to study something and receive a qualification, but I think this year I want to focus my attention on this blog and Jamie and I’s future home.
Jamie and I unfortunately were not so great at the weekly date nights. We have been spending a lot more time together, but we haven’t been specifically blocking out the time for us to spend just for ourselves. I think that this year we have to remember that date night can be inexpensive and doesn’t even have to involve leaving the house! Especially because it’s going to be a year trying to save as much as possible so we can move into our house and start decorating! Saving for Europe over the last year did go reasonably well, but unfortunately we did have to end up getting a personal loan to help fund it and then we spent a lot more than we originally planned. This combined with car maintenance, other life expenses and maybe a few naughty treats for ourselves, meant that we didn’t get to pay off our debts this year. However it’s something that will be easy for us to do this year which should put us well on our way to save for our house.
I didn’t become a size 8-10 but I did lose weight slowly over the last year which I was really pleased about. I’m now more of a 10-12. I find it hard to judge weight loss because I don’t want to judge by the scale as it’s something that doesn’t take into consideration a whole load of other factors but doing it by dress size isn’t overly great either. They change company to company and depending on the cut, the sizes I wear vary anyway. I really like to go by how I feel but that’s difficult to quantify. If I had to try to quantify how I feel at the moment I would say that I’m at about 80% happy but at the beginning of the year last year, I was probably only 60% happy with how I looked. This year I would like to get to over 90%, I don’t think that I would ever get to 100% but I would love to get as close as possible. The gym is something I wasn’t so great with over the last year either. I love yoga but even that I’ve been slacking with. It is definitely a goal I’m going to keep working on though through this year.
This year has been a strange one in terms of my confidence. I think in a way I am more confident but not in the way that I was trying to be. I think this year I have become more sure of my decisions and less concerned about others opinions. I wanted to be more confident in terms of my appearance and I have too, especially with the help of my acne reducing, but I feel like I’ve noticed it more with what I want. I’m believing in my dreams more, but this year I’m going to have figure out just how to get there!
The trip to the east to see my family and friends has been put on hold but the idea still stands! We will get there but unfortunately the house is taking priority this year. It was something that came out of the blue as we thought that it wasn’t something that would be possible for a few years at least, but here we are! I am just going to have to keep an eye out for cheap flights and see if we can pop over at some point anyway.
Finding joy in everything is something that will always be on my list, and I think it should be on everyones. Positivity is a big part of mental health, even if just used to help push through the negative stuff. Realising the good that can come from the bad is a way of finding strength and that’s really important to me.
So this year, my 10 goals are as follows:
- Keep blogging twice a week, and have posts prepared in advance
- Spend time each week planning the week ahead
- Date night with Jamie each week
- Save $5,000-$10,000 to pay for furnishings
- Pay off all debts
- Become a size 8-10/become happy with my appearance
- Gym/exercise 2-3 times a week
- Make time for the people I care about and make the effort for them
- Plan a trip to the east coast to see family and friends
- Find joy in everything!
I hope this year is a fantastic year for you and that you have the gusto to get your goals achieved. I always have such vague goals but I like to have more of a general theme for the year and set myself more specific goals throughout the year. I really want to spend more time being organised and thorough. I want to plan more and therefore get more done and achieve more goals. I hope that I can really set myself on the path I want to be on and focus my energy into being productive.
Thanks for getting this far into my rambles about the year past and my plans for the future. I’d love to hear about your goals, or how the last year has gone for you, so please leave me a comment!