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2015 Goals

I’ve been thinking about my goals for the year ahead. I don’t make resolutions, but I like to sit down at this time of year (although a little later than normal this year) and think about what I want to do in the year ahead.

For me 2015 and turning 30 makes it already a big year. I have wanted to turn a corner in my life for the last few years and I want 2015 to finalise that for me. Heading into my third decade for me means I want to always be myself. What other people think about me is none of my business. I want people to respect me, rather than aiming for everyone to like me. I want to let go of those last few things that are really my parents in my head and make sure I’m living my life exactly how I want to and to my own values.

For me 2015 is about three things:

– weight
– fitness
– work

These take on different things depending on the person, but I know what I want to achieve with each thing. I am not going to lay it out here as some bits are extremely personal and are not for airing on my blog. However these will also impact on what I post about and my adventures over the next 12 months so I want to share where I am going and what I am thinking about.

I’ve learnt from Project Lifestyle last year and I over complicated things. This year I am keeping it simple and focusing on one thing at a time. Sometimes things will link and work towards two goals at the same time, but otherwise they each have their own focus and importance and priority.

Birthday Week Round Up

Tomorrow I turn 30 and head off skiing, but I wanted to share what I treated myself to for the last week of my twenties! I didn’t end up buying a thing a day, but I indulged myself in other ways and that works for me.

Saturday – I decided to treat myself to my favourite fruit, Cherries, which are also really expensive (and definitely not seasonal) this time of year, but they were worth it.

Sunday  – On sunday I took some time out to go to a local coffee shop and sit in there with the atmosphere and look at the year just past and the one ahead. It was lovely and something I have not done in a while.

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Monday – On Monday I had a Partylite party for the girls at running club and other friends as a way of celebrating my 30th. SO I treated myself to drinking wine and having a nice time.

Tuesday – One of the girls bought me some flowers so I decided to go and buy a new vase as the last one I had didn’t survive a trip in the dishwasher (oops)! I also went to see The Theory of Everything at the cinema.

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Wednesday – I took another trip to a coffee shop and indulged in the sale and bought a lovely Christmas themed large mug to add to my collection. I also went and re-watched The Hobbit in 3D (my unlimited updated to include it for free this year) and loved it the second time.

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Thursday – I spent today with my mum and we went shopping. I bought myself some new ski socks and also had lunch out with my numa and then met up with my dad in the evening for a meal at the local thai.

Friday – Today I spent packing, but I also took some time out to catch up with my friend Ingrid and go to the cinema to see Into the Woods. I then finished packing and having to tell Merry she cannot come in my suitcase even though I am stealing her bed from underneath my bed!

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Time to go skiing!

Last Week of My Twenties

I turn 30 a week today and I’m really looking forward to it. I really don’t understand why people struggle with getting older. Maybe because I’ve always been older than my years it’s easier for me. I finally feel in a good place and changing decades feels like the right thing for me right now.

I’m going skiing for my birthday on my birthday, but I have also taken the week off before. I saw on Running with Spoons latest post currently – january 2015, that Amanda indulges in a birthday week and I love this idea.

I want to celebrate the last week of my twenties. I want to say goodbye to the last decade and move forward into the next in a good place.

So this week I am going to indulge myself beyond just taking the week off. I am going to buy myself a little treat each day, starting today. I don’t know what any of these treat will be year, my only rule is that it has to be bought in a shop and used for the first time that day.

Happy Birthday to me!

Planning for Success

 

 

In my job working in projects we talk a lot about setting things up for success and that got me thinking about how I can help myself work towards my goals in successful ways.

2015 is going to be a big year for me. I turn thirty and have set myself my biggest challenge to date of completing a half ironman distance triathlon.

So I need to set myself up for success and in order to do that I need to plan.

I currently use a Moleskine journal to record my bullet journal and that is working really well for me. I have decided to add to this by using the Moleskine Wellness journal template you can get online to stick into your own notebooks. I like the goals pages and how they are set up into both monthly and weekly.

The monthly templates I have used to insert all the events I am taking part in and will add specific weight, fitness, and personal goals at the beginning of each month.

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The weekly ones I will use to be very specific about what I want to achieve that week. This will be update to date with any commitments so I can be realistic and flexible in my approach. There is no point in saying I will always do my ideal week of swimming club, running club, and cycling, if I have to go away for work!

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I really like being able to tick things of my list and I think this is why the bullet journal idea has worked so well for me as it allows me to be organised and tick things off a list. So going back to weekly goals will help me take small steps to reaching my bigger goals. I won’t be sharing all the details of my goals, but I wanted to share how I organizing my goals and therefore setting myself up for success.

I’m So Excited!

January is going to be a fantastic month!

  • I turn 30!
  • I am going skiing to Italy!
  • I am going to see Jillian Michaels in Cardiff – FRONT ROW VIP!

I am actually looking forward to turning 30 and leaving my twenties behind. The last decade hasn’t been a great one for me. I have learnt a lot and will be taking a lot of things forward in to the next decade to make it a good one. I feel as though I will be entering the next phase of my life and there are lots of possibilities for where my life might go.

I haven’t been on a proper holiday since before I bought my house, so I have always planned to go away for my 30th. I chose skiing as it is something I enjoy, but don’t get to do too often. Plus it makes a perfect January holiday destination. My sister and I chose Italy as we love that country, but have never been skiing there. I go on my actual birthday and will be spending the first week of my thirties enjoying myself in the mountains.

Then last night I received the email to say Jillian Michaels is coming to the UK for her Maximise Your Life tour and I had to get myself a ticket. I went on and had a look at costs and then found I could get a third row ticket and then got really excited. I then realised there was a different link in the email and got a middle front row ticket with VIP meet and greet and couldn’t turn it down. It’s on the pricey side, but I have been a big fan of Jillian Michaels for a long time and have followed her tour through her podcasts wishing she would come over to the UK.

All of this has given me determination and motivation to get myself focused on my nutrition and to build my fitness base back up so I can enter my thirties with the results I wanted from Project Lifestyle in the first place. I am feeling really positive and in a good place. I still have low moments, but I have the tools in place to make sure I come through them and learn from them. I am being more social then I have been in a few years and although I choose which events I go to, I am excited about finding new friends and enjoying my fitness clubs. Volunteering for events and swim coaching has been a fantastic thing for me. Getting my kittens has my house feel like a proper home. I really feel like the last year of my twenties I have stepped up my game and focused on the things that really matter to me, and stopped fretting about the things that don’t.

So as you can probably tell I am really looking forward to January!

I am also looking forward to December as I love Christmas too!

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