With such big life changes happening in the space of a couple of months, I decided earlier this week that I need to start making goals for myself.
Like many of us do, I constantly say to myself about how I will do all these things and sometimes those things will get done and achieved and sometimes they’ll be forgotten about and thought of when I’m trying to sleep. You know when you lie in bed trying to sleep and suddenly you get all those thoughts of the things you said you would do and never did, then you go all psychologist on yourself and try to work out why those things didn’t get done. If you don’t think about those things you think about all the things you did or didn’t do that have screwed up your life now. Yes girls and guys, you know we ALL do that at some point. Since May this has become something that happened most nights and most of these nights I have lost sleep over it, well I’m not having that anymore!
I’ve set my goals that I want to try and complete within the next year and I know with the help of my friends, my boyfriend and my family I know I’ll complete them all by then… And if I don’t I can always say I tried and that’s what matters, because if you don’t try, you’ll never know.
I hope you enjoy this post and that it encourages you to set your own goals, if you haven’t done so already and if you have, great! I hope this post just encourages you all the more to complete those goals!
Get an iPhone – When my contract finishes for my current phone at the end of September (HTC Sensation XE FYI) I’m getting myself an iPhone. Everyone I know has one and they just look amazing and as my boyfriend has one I’ve been playing on it every once in a while to see what I think of it and I can say I love it. It feels nice, loads pages and apps up really quickly and just looks great. My HTC has done nothing but cause me trouble this year and excuse my French but it’s pissing me off now, so I’m glad to see the back of it. I’m going to jazz it up with a Vans case and a cute little microphone buddy, like these cute little Vocaloid characters in the above picture. I’m a sucker for anything Japanese and kawaii!
Learn to snowboard, buy snowboarding gear and go on a snowboarding holiday – This is essentially three goals, but they’re all about snowboarding so who cares! In my teenage years I was a skateboarder and after a bad fall that could have resulted in a broken nose, a broken tooth or both, I stopped as I worried that one day I might not be so lucky. When I first started to talk to my boyfriend he told me all about how much he loved snowboarding and it reminded me of back to when I enjoyed skateboarding. On our second date he showed me a video he’d put together from his snowboarding holiday with friends earlier that year. It looked so much fun and everyone seemed happy and like they had enjoyed themselves. Since then I’d thought more and more about giving snowboarding and go and I’ve decided I’m going to go learn how to do snowboard in a day course, which costs £119, but will be worth it! Then I’ll save up my money to buy myself my own snowboarding gear and then save up for a snowboarding holiday. When my boyfriend and I were talking about it and looking for snowboard gear for me earlier this week, he seemed so excited about it, which made me smile. I haven’t been on holiday since 2005, so I really could do with one soon! Whether it involves sunshine and hot weather or not, I just want a break from the UK for a while.
Save money – Due to not having a job for three months I lost quite a lot of my savings due to things I needed and bills I needed to pay so all my savings I had has sadly gone… I’m not going to say here how much they were but I’m hoping to have them all saved up by the New Year. As well as this I wish to save up the £5,000 I need for my MA course, instead of needing to borrow it from the bank. I should be able to save this money up, providing I’m good. Of course my holiday could come into this which will cost me between £400-£500, which I would need to save up ASAP. I like having money in my savings, just incase anything should ever happen and me quitting my job is a good example of this.
Writing – I want to continue with my writing this year. After finishing university I was out of a job for a year and in that time I wrote every other day and even took part in NaNoWriMo 2011, which I completed successfully in 25 days. To briefly explain what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a writing challenge that takes place from the start to the end of November, where you need to write a 50,000 word story in the 30 days of November. I attempted to do this in 2012, but due to my job being so demanding I wasn’t able to even reach 25,000 which really saddened me. I wasn’t able to write anything whilst being in my previous job due to how demanding it was either and it really saddened me. Now I have my new job I’m hoping I can get back into writing my novels, plays and screenplays as I’ve really missed doing them. As well as this I hope to continue writing on my blog, as I enjoy doing it and the feedback I get from you guys is amazing!
Drive more – I love driving but I really don’t drive enough and I want that to change! The only places I would ever drive is to work, with my Mom to the shops, the cinema occasionally with my friend Jacqui and sometimes I would pick people up from the pub too. Either way, not enough! I want to start driving myself to my boyfriends, which is about 25 miles away from where I live and takes an hour to go there. I love the thought of spontaneous adventures and when autumn comes along I want to start having these. As well as this I’ll of course be driving myself to my new job, which will be awesome. I love my car so much and his name is Sebastian, because he’s red like the crab in The Little Mermaid. I wish he had the accent too!
Visit lovely people – During my lifetime I have met some wonderful people… Thanks to the internet, yes the internet. Although we had mutual friends and my cousin was in her year at school, I met my friend Jacqui thanks to MySpace. I met my friend Gabriella through a forum we both use and I even met my boyfriend online. I still have people I need to meet from the world of the internet and I’m hoping to do this in the next year. I want to meet a few people I’ve met through Twitter, and a few people I have met through the same forum I met Gabriella off of. As well as this, I miss my friend Gabriella so much and I’m hoping to go and visit her more soon and this is where driving more comes into it!
Most of all, be happy! This is by far my biggest goal. I’ve been pretty unhappy for a long, long time and I’m only starting to feel a little bit happier. I know I won’t ever be 100% happy, I don’t think anyone can be THAT happy and if they are it probably doesn’t last all that long. But if I can be at least 70% happy, then I’ll be satisfied. As long as I have a job to keep my busy, money to pay the bills and my friends, my boyfriend and my family then I’ll be happy. Plus through completing all my goals so far, I think I’ll be a happy dinosaur by the end of them all.
So those are my goals for the next year, which I hope to have completed by August 2014.
I hope my goals have inspired you to make your own, or at least set some to complete in the next year.
If you already have goals set, let me know in the comments down below what they are. If you don’t have any and my post has inspired you, please let me know and let me know which goals you’ve thought of achieving.
I hope you all had a great week, as I know I did.
Until next time, take care and see you soon!