2015 is here, huzzah! Yes, I am aware that it is January 10th already – if I was a good blogger I would have had this post scheduled for 9am January 1st but hey, better late than never, right? ;) So! First things first, how did I do with last year’s resolutions?
Year of code
I….kind of did this? Sort of. I did spend some time on Treehouse, but mostly my skills improved through doing. I built nine client sites in 2014, and definitely learnt something new each time! I want to work on my skills some more tho, so won’t be retiring the ‘year of code’ mantra just yet.
I did this and it looks amazing.
Wheat free – all year
I did this too! I only really slipped once all year, when I ate a Bulgar wheat salad on the plane to Italy because a) it was the only option b) I couldn’t remember if Bulgar wheat was actually wheat (spoiler: it is) and c) had no Wi-Fi to check. I’m calling this a pass.
I did this too! It was actually pretty easy and the results were great. We’re going to attempt to incorporate Paleo back into our lifestyle for 2015. I’m not imagining it’ll be too difficult as I’m planning to carry on being gluten free and also want to cut right back on my sugar intake this year.
Less phone more face
I did this as well! Winner. I was a lot more conscious of when I was using my phone and whether or not it would be considered rude. One of the upsides of this was that I feel much less dependent on my phone now – we went away for a weekend in September and I all but turned it off and didn’t really miss it at all. Progress! :)
Onto my 2015 goals…
The big ones:
Finish the library
We started work on the library last year and got a lot done, but we still haven’t finished it and it bugs me every time I look at it. I’m hoping it won’t take much – a few extra shelves, swapping some furniture around and boxing in the boiler and the top of the stairs. Then I can actually start using it as a space to read in, rather than just a place to store our books.
Build a WordPress theme
I feel like I’ve really honed in on an idea of what I want to do with my freelance career, and part of that is improving my WordPress skills. Treehouse has all the resources for me to achieve this one, I just actually need to commit the time and effort to doing it!
Have more patience
Oh boy, this is a big one. I am, um, an impatient person by nature. In some ways it makes me more driven but in most ways it just makes me a giant pain in the butt. I want to spend less time wishing things would happen faster and more time enjoying the time it takes to get there.
Have a healthier mind and body
The last couple of years have been great for personal growth but absolutely shocking for health and fitness. I mean, just terrible. I’m not getting any younger (that’s a certified fact) and getting into the habit of healthy eating and exercise isn’t going to come naturally or overnight, so the sooner I start the sooner I get there. With that in mind, I’m going to attempt:
Sugar is the devil. When I don’t eat it I feel great, but it’s so ubiquitous and so damn delicious that I have a hard time saying no for long periods of time. A sugar free day for me will be no eating anything that has sugar as an added ingredient (i.e. fruit is allowed).
52 is such a pitiful number but boy, I do not move my ass enough. I’m also terrible if my goals are too ambitious because I feel like there’s too much pressure, so I’m setting a modest goal and hoping to smash it.
Weigh no more at the end of the year than I did at the start
I put on two stone last year. Simply put: I do not want that to happen again this year.
Spend less at the supermarket than we did in 2014
We spent a whopping £3296.68 at supermarkets last year. For two people (plus a not-very demanding cat) that seems like way too much, so this year we’re going to try and spend less. Less treats, less impulse buys, more planning.
Push against my comfort zone
I firmly believe that everyone should do this once in a while. I’m buoyed on by the reminders that every time I’ve done this in the past the results have definitely been worth it.
Clear my ‘to read’ shelf
I have a physical shelf in the library that contains all of the books that I own, but haven’t yet read. Honestly, this shelf annoys me. The rest of my books are organised A-Z by authors and it bugs me that there’s 33 books that are just sitting there, waiting for me.
I’m really guilty of reading way more on my Kindle than real books anymore, so this year I am committing to clearing that damn shelf, mostly so than I can have more space for books I’ve read and adore.
Read 100 books
Last year I read 171 books – I got this.
Watch 100 films
100 just feels like a nice number, for me. Not too many, not too few. Last year I managed this so I’m pretty sure I’ll manage it again, especially with the combo of our Chromecast and our Netflix account :)
Watch 26 films at the cinema
Q and I have Cineworld Unlimited cards. You have to see about two films a month at the cinema to make them pay for themselves, but 24 felt like an irritating number for some reason, so I plumped for 26 as that’s theoretically one a fortnight.
Being kind always brings me more joy. Duh.
Less sitting on the sofa watching The Office, more learning, making, doing, seeing, living. Please.
& that’s it! Some big things, some fun things, all experiences. Here’s to learning and growing in 2015! :)