First lesson of 2015: Start of the year posts are hard.
I’ve started, re-written and deleted so many drafts I’ve lost count. It’s weird you know? As a blogger you feel that constant pressure to write well, have depth, be witty, captivate an audience, inform, entertain and interest people. And all the while, make sure you enjoy it as well, because at the end of the day, that’s really the most important part isn’t it? I thought I knew that already, but I guess I forgot while trying to write the “perfect post.”
I think I found it especially hard this time round as I didn’t really feel like I had had the content to make this post as interesting as other bloggers. My 2014 didn’t seem as exciting and my 2015 goals didn’t seem quite as grand as others. And the fact that this got to me, really got to me.
I had to stop and have a little chat to myself about it. Not out loud of course (because that would be crazy), but just in my head (which is really only slightly less crazy). Honestly, who bloody cares if my year and my goals aren’t the same as everyone else’s. As long as I think they’re special, then that’s all that matters!
And I do. I really, really do. I had a fantastic year! Let’s see, what did I get up to?
I got through another 3 trimesters of college, and have now reached my final trimester of study. Which feels pretty damn good! It was a trying and brain-straining year, but I got through it with the love and support from my college girlfriends.
Last year also saw my sister, brother in law and 3 nieces move to Victoria to start their next chapter in their lives. It was hard because I used to see them so often, my sister was my rock and kept me grounded. I was torn between the sadness at seeing her leave, but at the same time I was so excited and happy for her as I knew she’d been wanting this for so long. We went to visit them a few months ago, and it really was lovely getting to spend time with them but to also see my sister so happy.
Not long after that, Jared and I finally moved out of our tiny studio apartment into a lovely 2 bedroom unit closer to the city. It was a big step for us, as we knew no one in the area, was a bigger financial commitment and for me it symbolised a new stage in our journey together. I’m still adjusting to it, but if I’ll be honest with you, I feel more at home here in just under 2 months, than I ever did at our old place which we lived in for 18 months. Once I’ve finished decorating it, I promise to show you photos of it.
So that was my year. I also went to Bali, did a couple of mini road trips up and down the coast of NSW, scored a part time job at a fab holistic chiropractic clinic, started this awesome new blog, said goodbye to ye old faithful one and had a hell of a ride doing it all!
And what’s in store for me in 2015? Well, I’m not much for “new year’s resolutions”, but I do love life goals! Because really, if you really want something, why wait for a new year to start working towards it?
My first goal is to grow my blog to something bigger and better than what it currently is. Hopefully once we get the internet connected to our new place (can you believe in the 20 months we’ve been living together, we’ve somehow survived with just our phone internet connection?), I’ll be neglecting the blog a lot less, and posting stories and deliciousness as often as my heart desires.
Another goal is to treat my body with more respect. Hello to more nutritionally dense meals, more exercise that I actually enjoy (like yoga, running and walking), more physical activity in day to day life and less body bashing (eg. turning mental phrases like “don’t eat that cheese, you’re a whale” to phrases like “girl, you eat so damn well all the time. One meal won’t make you fat. Just eat the cheese. Life’s too short. Plus, you look fab. Who chose that outfit today? Oh that’s right, I did. GO ME!”).
Another major goal of mine is to get our debt down, and increase our savings. Jared and I seem to have accumulated a bit of debt in the time we have been living out of home. Not purposely, and not a huge amount, but what was just “here and there” kind of spending, kinda got a little out of control after a while! So late last year we made a big financial plan together and after a month or so, we finally have everything sorted and have gotten the ball well and truly rolling on that one. And why are we saving? Well, that leads to my next goal!
TRAVELLING. As much as I love the idea of settling down into a cute little house, growing my own food, playing with my future kids and doing all that awesome homely stuff… My gypsy heart still yearns to see the world. So before I settle down, there’s a few places I’d like to experience while I’m still young and able. So at the end of the year, we’ve planned a month long trip where we’ll be travelling through South East Asia. It will be Jared’s first overseas holiday and I am beyond excited for the experience. While we’re on the subject, any recommendations on Vietnam? It’s the only country we’re visiting that I’m unsure of what to do and where to go. Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated!
And last, but definitely not least, another goal of mine is to learn to find beauty in the every day. The small moments. The often forgotten ones. Like when there’s just enough milk in the carton to fill your coffee cup. Or when that much awaited cool breeze blows through your dress on a hot summers day. The way your partner looks curled up in the blankets, not knowing you are watching them dream so peacefully. When you go to sip your tea and it’s at exactly the right temperature. When your pancakes don’t stick to the pan and you get them flipped in one single, easy movement. Yeah, you know all those moments. Too often we spend overthinking and overanalysing the negative moments in life and forgetting the beautiful moments in between. This is something I’ve been working on for a while now, and something I will continue to work on for the rest of my life. It’s made a far happier person doing so, and I hope that it does the same for others too.
And that’s my recap done. I guess it wasn’t so hard at all to write this, when I actually decided to not do it anyone else, and to just do it for myself. To just write from the heart. It’s how I write best I think. I also had a glass of red while I was writing, which may or may not have contributed. But let’s just say it was the “from the heart” thing that did it. Sounds much nicer that way!
Cheers to the new year everyone, I hope you’re all enjoying it so far! What are your resolutions/goals/ideas/plans? I’d love to hear about them! Feel free to share in the comments below.
P.S For old times sake, here’s a selfie from 2014. Because I just couldn’t end it without one!