Happy New Year Bloggers! I’m going to be a little crazy here – no 2013 Roundup, and no 2014 Resoutions!
To be honest, 2013 wasn’t a great year for me. I spent most of the year working on my health, and can’t say I made as much progress as I’d have liked. And, while I got my blog off the ground, I haven’t quite settled into a blogging routine yet. I also didn’t manage to find a job. So, 2013 was a bit of a write off, and a year that I’m not exactly dying to relive.
I won’t say that I’ve got high hopes for 2014, because that’s setting myself up for a fall, but I will say that I’m looking forward to a new year, and hopefully making some progress with my life.
I’m not setting any resolutions! I hate the pressure that they put on you. So, I’m going to have a few ‘ongoing improvements’ to work on instead.
* I want to keep working on my fitness; thanks to a few medication changes I put on a heap of weight in 2013 (most of which I’d just spent 2012 losing…), so I’m working my way back down to a more comfortable weight for me. I’m trying to find a balance – I don’t want to obsess over what I’m eating and how often I’m exercising. I used to have an eating disorder, and am being careful not to slip back into an unhealthy rhythm. Now, I try to get to the gym three times a week, but don’t beat myself up when that doesn’t happen. I also try to eat consistently healthy, but not deny myself treats – because that inevitably leads to a binge!
* My finances are top of mind at the moment. I’m a saver by nature, but not having a job means that I’m constantly broke. I’m hoping to get a part time job in the next month or two, to pair with my charity work, and help provide a more regular income. I’m also keen to break into freelance writing; I love to write, and used to be good at it, so if I could make a little money there, I’ll be a happy chappy. I’m excited to have savings again!
* I really want to continue to improve my blog. Ideally I’d like to be posting three times a week. I’m going to try sponsoring a few blogs, to see if it improves my traffic, and social media interactions. Hand in hand with this, I’m going to keep trying to sell my DIYs and cupcakes, both at markets and on Etsy. If I can cover my costs this year, then I’ll be ecstatic!
If I can get my health and finances in order, I think I’ll be well on my way to getting my life into some kind of order. With health comes happiness, and with happiness comes the confidence to renew my social life, which would be awesome. And with money will come the opportunity to travel, or save up for a place of my own, which I would love. Currently, I feel very far away from where I want to be, but I’m entering the New Year with a positive attitude, and will do what I can to stay on track this year!
Good luck to all of you and your resolutions for 2014. May we all have the kind of fabulous, adventure-filled year that we all dream of!