So I know the whole goals and resolutions thing is super cliché, but I do love January and the feeling of a blank canvas to begin your year. I have been thinking a lot about the things I want to change and accomplish, how I want to challenge myself and tackle the things I have been putting on the back burner that are really important to me. If you are into goal planning and getting to know a little more about me, keep reading!
One of the biggest shared passions between my husband and I, is our love for travel. We met when he was visiting Canada almost 10 years ago now, and I loved Australia enough to move here. Together we have visited New Zealand (twice), Indonesia and Hawaii. Last year we visited the Eastern/Southern US and Canada for our honeymoon and this year we are planning to do a Europe Trip. I have never been anywhere in Europe, not even London. I have also always wanted to do a tour group like Top Deck or Contiki so that is the plan. We are hoping to visit Europe mid way through the year, We will also be going home (my home) to Canada for Christmas and New Years so there is lots of travel on the cards for 2017!!!
With the help of being a lot more money-conscious last year, I have almost paid off my credit card. That is a huge accomplishment in itself as I had it racked up pretty high for unnecessary purchases. This year, I want to pay off my credit card completely and save up for my trips. We are also hoping to buy a house over the next few years as a long-term goal so starting these saving habits early will definitely help us to save up for a deposit!
3. Follow a Nutrition and Fitness Regime (and keep it up)
This is a huge one for me. I have always struggled with my weight and have a history of obesity in my family, causing me to have unfavourable genes and a slow metabolism. I seem to gain weight quickly and struggle to lose it. However, I have proved myself wrong back in 2013, where I managed to lose 15kg in the course of 6 months to attend my brother's wedding as a bridesmaid. Since then I have unfortunately gained back most of the weight and the guilt behind that is just terrible. This year I have decided to throw guilt, shame and embarrassment out the window and just do this for me, not for anyone else.
I have started The Bod Nutrition and Exercise plan and I have been trying my best to stick to it. I've been prepping and planning all my meals and it has made the world of difference and actually seems to make my week so much less chaotic. I have also been going out of my comfort zone at the gym and trying out these new workouts even if I haven't done the moves before. I would love to do a 1 month update into this program so let me know if you are interested and I can do that. It goes for 12 weeks. I am also hoping to complete a fun run or another fitness related event as part of this goal.
4. Consider Career/Study Changes
For those of you that don't know, I work in mental health, starting off as a support worker and now working more behind the scenes, coordinating services for people with mental health issues. My degree is in psychology and I am now looking at gaining my registration to become a psychologist. After some disappointments at my workplace in 2016 and realising I've been in the same role for the past 5 years, I decided I needed a change of pace to reignite my passions.
I have finally bit the bullet and applied for my Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology so I can complete my honours thesis while still working, then begin work as a provisional psychologist. I will probably have to change jobs next year when the course is completed to fulfil the requirements (working with children, and different cohorts) so I am excited for what the future brings. I am terrified of going back to school. I did really well in university but I wasn't working full-time and that was 6 years ago now. I am hoping I can still be a good student! Cross your fingers I make it past admissions. I have had to get my degree fully assessed as it is from overseas so the process has not been straightforward.
5. Keep Blogging For Me
Although this blog has blossomed into much more than I could have ever expected for myself, it is still a hobby for me. My blog is something that I started when I first moved to Australia as a way of sharing my passion for beauty and meeting new people online. Due to having an increased readership and growing my instagram account, there is always this underlying pressure to have more content, better photos, improved analytics strategies, more brand sponsorships, etc. Sometimes these can all get a little too much when I just want to do what I want to do and share the content I love, not what I feel like I should be writing or sharing.
Since the end of 2016, I have been turning down countless requests for reviews because they just aren't products I want to share with you and don't fit well with me. I am committing to taking on less brand sponsorships and collaborations unless they are things I am really excited about and 100% me. I think I have stayed pretty true to doing this but I really want to remember why I started my blog this year and just keep having fun with it and stop worrying about everyone else.
So I have tried to keep it as simple as possible, just the important things to me this year and here is hoping that I can make steps towards achieving all of these!!! I have more specific goals in each of these areas but they are personal and I have them written so I can see them everyday and reflect on my progress.
What are your goals for this year? What are you hoping to achieve?