Last January I wrote a post called 10 Goals for 2014. At the time, I apologised for jumping on the blogger bandwagon, and even cringed a little bit that I was writing such a clichéd post, but in hindsight, it’s one of my absolute favourite personal blog posts.
I’ve referred to it multiple times, shared it even more voraciously and for the first time (possibly in my life), actually committed to achieving most of what I set out to accomplish. So it was with a different perspective altogether that I set about writing 2015’s goals down on paper, and today I’m excited to share them with the big wide world once again.
Before we begin… what about 2014’s goals?
I’ve peppered this post with mini reviews of 2014’s targets too, in order to see what I achieved and what’s still left to accomplish. It would be a lie to say that I smashed everything out of the park, but I’m okay with there being some things that didn’t happen; that’s life!
In a nutshell though, I think it’s fair to say I had a good crack at almost everything.
I took up yoga, had the most marvellous time in Australia, became happier with myself and my strange quirks, opted for packed lunches much more frequently than expensive Soho dinners, found a programmer who helped me redesign the backend of my blog, formed a much stronger bond with my sister, posted more in the Out and About category than any other and climbed many personal mountains as the months rolled by. Not a bad little lot, really!
1. Correct my posture
Easily the most important on the list, and probably the hardest too. For the last two or three years, I’ve had an ongoing neck problem that’s mostly caused by poor sitting posture when I’m working. Being a designer by trade, I often end up slumped lazily at my desk and as a result, my neck muscles have become weak and unable to support my head correctly.
2015 has to the be the year this changes, as my physiotherapist told me that if it’s not fixed by the time I’m 28, it could be something I have to deal with for the rest of my life. Now that’s a scary thought. I have until December 1st to get this sorted.
2. Lay my foundations in Richmond
Up until recently, I was desperate to get out of London. I couldn’t do it anymore: the commute, the crowds, the people. The going home to a place you were too tired to enjoy in the evenings and the weekends. I wanted out altogether, Bristol, Cardiff, Bournemouth, anywhere would do! But then I moved to Richmond, and something changed.
I’m in love with Richmond. It’s totally and utterly stolen my heart, and it’s where I can see myself settling for a good few years. I want to make more of it in 2015: enjoy its little cafés and shops, take in more of the beautiful park and be thankful that I found such a wonderful place to return to after a long day in the office.
3. Welcome the greys
It’s happening. I’m beginning to notice more and more grey hairs creeping in every time the lovely Elbie gives my mop a chop. At first, this frightened me a little bit and I pulled them out, but then I realised how silly that was. I’m getting older, it’s a fact of life! And just because my hair is changing colour doesn’t mean that I have to be any less beautiful! On the contrary, I’m starting 2015 feeling more beautiful than I ever have before.
And if I get more greys, I’ll get Elbie to dye the whole lot. Silver vixens are a thing too, right?
4. Grow my graphic novel collection
This is a goal I’m really excited about! When I was away in Australia at the end of September, I rediscovered a long-lost love of graphic novels which culminated in me (and my partner in crime, Mia) each buying a whole stack of lovelies from Minotaur in Melbourne’s CBD.
What is it about graphic novels that I love so much more than ordinary ones? Well, the pictures, of course, but it’s also how daring they can be. Graphic novels aren’t afraid to go there, often tackling taboo subjects in a completely unique way.
In 2015 I’m looking forward to collecting (and perhaps even sharing) my favourites.
5. Screw finding someone else! I’m rebuilding this blog myself!
Although I did achieve last year’s goal of finding someone to tidy up the backend of my blog (and that person did a sterling job in the face of my annoying emails!) I still feel like I could be more involved with the technical side of Little Outdoor Kylie.
The truth is, I’m more than capable of mastering the behind the scenes stuff too, and even though it’s a scary thought, I think it’s time to learn the ropes. I’d like to take an HTML and CSS course this year, and learn how to create a WordPress page from scratch. Expect fireworks!
6. Drive on the wrong side of the road
Oh yes, it’s back again! This was goal #6 in last year’s list and it’s still waiting to be achieved. It was the plan for Livs and I to surprise Mum and Dad in Italy last spring by turning up mid-way through their holiday, having driven my little Joan all the way to Palanza. Sadly, money was a bigger issue than I’d originally thought, and we just couldn’t afford to make it happen.
This year, I’m starting smaller. I’m desperate to see more of Europe and I want to drive rather than fly, so Joanie and I have made it our mission to hit Paris before spring.
7. Start swimming
Last year, it was all about using my body more, and I can happily say that I managed that! Despite having the luxury of my own car, I’m still walking more than ever, and I also took up yoga (although I sadly had to give up the classes when my hours were cut at work).
Once I’m back working a 9-5 job, swimming is something new that I want to make sure I have time for in my weekly schedule. Not only is it a fantastic form of exercise, it’s also an ideal way to achieve goal #1 on my list, and get that spine nice and supple and straight.
8. Trust myself to fall in love again
Last year was all about leaving judgement behind and accepting people for who they are, as well as learning to seek approval from myself. I took a big step in that direction right at the end of 2013 by making the choice to live alone, which threw me in at the deep end for the first time in my life. It’s a tired old cliché, but I really did learn so much about myself.
I also needed to learn to let go of past hurts, and after taking time to do that, I’m opening myself up to the idea of new relationships. It’s a scary thought after a year of being single, but I’m almost ready to share my life with a friendly fella again (should the right one come along!).
9. Dedicate more time to volunteering
When my life did a bit of a backflip last September, lots of things I’d been dedicating time to beforehand had to go. One of these things was the volunteering I’d been doing for Richmond Park and The London Wetlands Centre.
I’m really keen to return to my volunteering commitments when my job situation is a little more stable. As I get older, and begin to fully appreciate the things I value in life, I’m especially keen to move towards spending more time helping others learn about the importance of nature and why we should be working together to conserve it.
10. Take a poi spinning course
This is something I’ve been dreaming about for such a long time! I’m very much a beginner spinner, self-taught and helped along by others, and I would love to improve my skills by taking one of Perfect Circle Poi’s evening classes. I can’t say when I’ll be at the fire spinning stage, but who knows? Maybe this time next year I’ll have run away to join the circus…