Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Year's Resolutions: 2015 | The Small Desk

I’ll start by reviewing my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014:

1. Eat less chocolate
I think this sort of happened at the beginning of the year. I bought a few sugar-free sweets and tried to not eat chocolate at lunchtime but as the stress piled on at work I inevitably reached for the chocolate again!

2. Do more exercise
Doing the 10k Race for Life counts as doing more exercise, so I think I definitely achieved this resolution. 

3. Make my new blog amazing
These were the words I wrote in my diary! I’m not sure I’d say it is amazing but I am very happy with how it has progressed.

4. Get a new job
I set this goal as my job was really unstable. I haven’t got a new job but my job is now stable, so there is less need for this now.

5. Go to Australia
Success! As I said in my previous post you can read those blog posts here:

6. Start saving for a mortgage
Yeah, this didn’t happen. I think going to Australia and saving for a mortgage was a bit ambitious!

So overall, I don’t think I did too badly with those resolutions; the one I should carry over into next year that I didn’t achieve at all is saving for a mortgage.

2015 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Get a pension
In 2015 I will be 27, apparently you’re meant to start a pension at 25…

2. Save for a flat
This is the same resolution as last year, save for a mortgage… must try… but I find it difficult not just to live in the here and now!

3. Write in a diary everyday for 2015
On 8th January in my current diary I wrote ‘Sadly I only wrote three times in here in 2013’ but then I ended up only writing in it 3 times in 2014! Although I did write a diary every day when I was in Australia. This year I want to try harder with my diary. It is different from my blog as it is often just me venting my frustrations!

4. Read more
In my old diary I have a ‘Books I’ve read’ section and it is just 2010 and 2011, I think I’ve hardly read in 2012, 2013 and 2014! I can blame my MA for not reading in 2012 and 2013 but what happened this year?! Maybe my blog can be blamed?! I have lots of books that I’ve read the first two or three chapters; I just need to finish them!

5. Get fit
This year I want to get fit by doing lots of different types of exercise. I want to swim, cycle, run, and hike. I think all of those are achievable apart from cycle, as I don’t yet have a bike… another thing to save for!

6. Go on a Scandinavian holiday
Go to Stockholm, Gothenburg and the Norwegian Fjords in May for 2 weeks. Apparently May is the best time of year to see the Fjords. This resolution is dependant on money… not sure how much this trip will cost.

7. Go to Billingsgate Fish Market
I have always wanted to go and take photos in this market. This resolution includes exploring London more; maybe even take a week off work to do a ‘London’ holiday.

8. Write on my blog more
This year I turn 27… only 3 more years until I hit 30! I feel a ‘30 things to do before I’m 30’ post coming on… I would also like to do more ‘general articles’, articles that might be written in a columnist style.

9. Socialise more
Last year I didn’t socialise as much due to saving so heavily for Australia but this year hopefully I will have a little bit more spare money for dinner and drinks. It is very important for me to do this often otherwise I just lose my confidence and dread it.

10. Save for 2016 to go to California and Yosemite
Haha, another saving resolution! Well, it’s always good to have goals, isn’t it?!

Would love to know what your resolutions are for 2015, please let me know in the comments or leave a link to your blog post on New Year’s Resolutions.

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  1. Ooh Ozzie! Look forward to having a look at those posts as I lived there for a year in 2008/2009. I also managed to keep a diary for that year but never kept one here! Amy x

    1. Hey Amy, you have already read those posts! Well some of them you commented on! This blog used to be Brown Paper Roses and they were posted it when it was titled that you see. I've done two days of the diary so far! Thanks for reading x

  2. I love looking back and seeing what I achieved! Australia must have been amazing, Canada is one of my dream places to visit!


    1. Me too! I would love to go to Canada, have been reading about the Yukon recently... looks amazing! Thanks for reading x

  3. Aha. My January goal is to eat less chocolate. It should be a year-long goal but I prefer testing the water to see if I can do it first :P
    you've got an awful lot of saving up to do ;3 And you'll have a state pension so it's not so bad if you haven't started your own yet.

    Sterling, XLeptodactylous

    1. I seriously need to quit the chocolate, it's impossible! Haha, I know, I pretty much know that unless I win the lottery most of these goals won't be achieved, but hey, I'm a dreamer! Thanks for reading x

  4. Good luck saving for a mortgage, it took us two years of hard work (and a government scheme) but it was worth it in the end for us. One of my resolutions for 2015 was getting life insurance which I actually sorted out the other week so i'm already of my plan already, haha. I don't really have any other set resolutions, just to be super crafty during the year.

    1. Thanks Rachael, knowing that you did it makes me think I can do it too. I've seen some of your cross-stitching on Instagram, you should set up an Etsy shop! x


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