Monday, 4 January 2016

LIFE: 10 for 2016

When I wrote my 15 'to-do's' for 2015 at the beginning of January, I had absolutely no idea what this year would have in store, or how dramatically my life would change. 2015 has probably been the biggest year of my life so far for 'being an adult' and significant things happening that will impact on my future. That in itself is crazy so have pretty much failed over half of my 15 for 2015 is totally okay by me. This year has been INSANE. Absolutely nuts.

I've been on 29 flights, been to 9 new places around the world, been promoted to a role I never would have dreamed of having, moved in with my friend, planned a move for 2016 (fingers crossed!), finally become the owner of a car (despite having two cars since I began driving at 17 and SO MANY OTHER THINGS. I can't even begin to put into words 2015 really.

Here's a quick round up of my 15 for 2015 before we get stuck into the nitty gritty.

1. Holidays - get to Amsterdam and Morocco. 
2. My next tattoo
3. Pay off my debt

4. More Blogger Meet Ups
5. My own place
6. My list of 10 restaurants to go to

7. My list of 10 books to read

8. Take my parents away somewhere 
9. Complete my ski lessons

10. Condense my belongings in a BIG way

11. Achieve five things on my Bucket List

12. Go back to the Harry Potter studio tour

13. Go to or plan a Yoga Retreat trip


15. Convince my Grandma to get cat

Yeah so 4 out of 15 is pretty awful BUT the holidays/work trips I've experienced this year are ridiculous and so, so unexpected. I guess 4 out of the 15 are kinda half 'yeah I did it' too. My debt is still not the best but so worth it because of all the travel that went down last year (how weird is it already knowing it's not 2015 anymore?!) I've moved into a house with my friend and that's as good as having my own place right now. I've read more than 10 books, none off my list. My parents and I went to Sheffield and York for two days for my birthday (I didn't exactly take them...). I've been invited skiing, yet haven't completed my lessons. Condensed my things? You've got to be kidding, I'm a hoarder. I didn't go back to the HP studio - it became a place I went with then-boyfriends that became exes so it kinda felt like I was repeatedly jinxing things...I WISH I had been on a yoga retreat, I mean, I still want to but there's nothing in the pipeline. Save? Next joke. And number 15, still no convincing.

Was 15 for 2015 a bit too ambitious? Maybe...but life kinda just went 100mph and totally did its thing. For 2016, I'm thinking 10 things. 10 aims:

1. See at least five new places - UK or abroad, I'm not fussy. I want to see Edinburgh, Barcelona or Paris, Morocco (one day I'll go dammit!!), Venice, San Fran - anywhere I can possibly get myself to.

2. Swap my car (if I don't move to London/into a place of my own!) - I'm desperate for a Mini. I've wanted one for so long and I feel like 2016 could be the year.

3. Is saying I'll get a sausage dog unrealistic? Probably but whatever, a girl can aim high.

4. Another new tattoo - I don't even really think this needs to be a goal anymore. I have at least one or two a year it seems. But now the designs I want are getting bigger, it seems more of a big deal.

5. Go back to Scotland - it's no secret that I loved my brief time in Scotland. I feel like there's so much to explore there and I want to get back as soon as I can for a weekend of walking, fresh air, pub lunches and drinks by a fire (any fire, mulled drinks preferred)

6. Tick off at least 10 more restaurants from my list - I've been a proper saddo now and whipped up an excel spreadsheet sectioned into breakfast, brunch, lunch/dinner - also London and non-London. Too much time on my hands, I hear you say?! But yeah, I like eating out, what's the issue? 10 more yummy places, AT LEAST, this year please.

7. Go Skiing, or at least complete all of my lessons...because I definitely failed this in 2015. And 2014. And every year I've whinged that I want to learn to ski.

8. Complete five more things from my Bucket List - because they're there to be ticked off!

9. At least try and have some savings - I'm the worst at saving any money.

10. Plan less - I've found this year that I've had so much fun and that's because a lot of the things I've done and the places I've seen have been completely unexpected. Planning less leads to more fun!

And, as always, keep saying YES. Keep believing in myself. Keep pushing myself to be the best version of myself.

"Believe you can and you are half way there".

What are your goals for 2016?

Happy New Year! Let's make 2016 DA BEST.


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