Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Hello 2014!

Hello 2014!
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely New Year's Eve (I spent the evening eating pizza and watching Salad Fingers with my boyfriend before going to bed at 9pm which was pretty much perfect..) and has made it safely into 2014 - how weird is that!? I'm so excited for the new year to come and feel like it's going to be a big one for me.
Well, I guess this is a very predictable post to be writing on the 1st of January, but I feel like it's an important one for me to write so here it is! 2013 has been a funny old year for me; I graduated with an MSc and got my first "proper" job - although it is in retail and it's only part-time, and in fact it finishes on Saturday. I've been thrown head-first into the real world and I'm not altogether sure I like it! I'm definitely cut out for being a student, where it is acceptable to spend your days eating toast in your onesie and reading about brains. However, it is nice to have a little bit more money coming in each month and it was wonderful to be able to afford to buy the kids some decent gifts this Christmas - we didn't go overboard but there was a bit less pressure on us than there was last year when we were living on my boyfriend's wages alone.
In 2014, I'm starting a new job (as soon as I can get my references sorted!) working with dementia patients - I have to admit to being a little uncertain about it, but I know it will be good experience for what I want to do in the long term and it pays a bit better than my current (temporary) job, too. We'll see how it goes, I may end up loving it, but again it's only part-time so it will give me plenty of time to look around for something more "me".
And of course, it wouldn't be New Year without Resolutions; generally, I'm the person saying that my New Year's Resolution is to not make any New Year's Resolutions, but this year I've actually given the matter some thought and there are a couple of things I want to work on.
New Year's Resolutions 2014
1. I want to consciously try to make healthier choices. I'm lucky (in a manner of speaking) that my weight is pretty much unaffected by what I eat, and I've never really struggled with my body image. However, over the last few months I've found myself slipping into unhealthy habits where I've not been eating properly and haven't really been exercising, either. I know I feel better when I look after myself so I'm making a conscious decision to do so, starting today - I'm dragging my boyfriend out for a run when he gets home from work, though he doesn't know it yet... I'll be slow, I probably won't manage a mile, and I won't enjoy it, but I know I have to start somewhere. I used to run quite regularly and grew to really love it, and I want to get that back.
2. Sit down with my boyfriend and go through our finances - I want to work out how much we have coming in per month, how much we're spending, and how much we can reasonably afford to save - then start doing it. I'm going to set up a standing order to a savings account and put a little away each month. There're so many things I want to be able to do, not least buy our own home and have children, and it's important to me that we can afford to do so. So 2014 will be the year we start saving!
3. Keep working on my CV and looking for my dream job. I'm not yet sure what my dream job is, exactly, but I know it's going to be working with brain injury, either patient-centred or in research. I've been doing some voluntary work with individuals with brain injury, and my new job will also add to my CV, but I want to keep trying to make it stronger and applying for jobs in the field.
4. Work on my blog - I was really happy mid-year with where my blog was heading, but since starting working and especially towards the end of the year I feel like I've stagnated a little. I really love blogging and have never kept up a hobby this long before (it's two and half years since I started Just Jess!) so I want to work on making this little space into something I'm proud of again. I'd like to improve my content, have a greater range of features and topics, and work on interacting more with other bloggers as the community aspect is one of my favourite parts of blogging!
So, that's what I'll be working on in 2014 - have you made any New Year's Resolutions? I'd love to read about them so please leave me a link if you've done a similar post! All that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy 2014 - may it bring you only good things. Thank you all for sticking with my all this time, it means a lot, and I hope you'll stay with me into the new year as I'm excited about all the new things to come.

xo
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32 comments:

  1. Good luck with the new job, and hope 2014 is fab for you! x

    http://startanewstartafresh.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, Jenny - and the same to you! :) xo

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  2. Thats great jess!! Have a great new year hun :)

    xx Jeeshan
    http://www.beautydosage.com

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  3. Wishing you the best of luck with your new job, it sounds challenging but I know you will be wonderful at it and it will be such a good experience for you and for future opportunities.

    Happy New Year lovely, I hope it brings everything you're hoping for <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. Aw thank you Jennie - that's so sweet of you! :) xo

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  4. I love Salad Fingers - such a good way to spend your NYE! :)

    Good luck with your new job and good luck with your plans to save. Once you get a standing order set up you quickly become used to that money leaving your account.

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    1. Ah it was fab, I've not watched them all in ages :) Thank you lovely! xo

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  5. Good Luck in your new job and Happy New Year :) I'm glad you have had a easier Christmas this year, money worries can be stressful.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Thanks lovely! They can indeed, it was nice having a bit more freedom :) xo

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  6. It sounds like you've got a good handle on what you want from 2014, but fear not - toast, onsies and Salad Fingers need not be abandoned for the transition into 'adult' life. ;]

    All the best though the new year Jess!

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    1. That's good to know - I'm definitely not ready to let go! Now I just need to find a job incorporating them... Haha xo

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  7. Congratulations on 2013's achievements and good luck with this years resolutions!

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  8. You sound like you have it down pat. I didn't make any resolutions per se, but I want to just have a happier year than last year. Happy New Year to a great blogger like yourself!
    Marie
    I Am THE Makeup Junkie
    http://iamthemakeupjunkie.blogspot.com

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    1. And to you! I hope 2014 brings you happiness :) xo

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  9. Happy New Year Jess! Good luck with your resolutions ;) xo's

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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    1. Thanks Laura! Happy New Year to you, too :D xo

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  10. Happy New Year! You have great plans for 2014, here's hoping they all work out for your good!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by :) xo

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  11. Have a wonderful 2014! Just happened upon your blog and it's fab :) Keep up the great work!

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    1. Aw thank you Grace, that's so lovely to hear :) xo

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  12. Good Luck & have a great year ahead!

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  13. Those are all great New Year resolutions!! I wish you the best of luck with all of them!!

    The Tiny Professional

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a great year, too. xo

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  14. Hi there, just came across your blog via nikiniknak.blogspot.co.uk
    You have a lovely blog and I will be hitting the Follow button after I have left this comment!
    Happy New Year :-)

    http://thats-just-her.blogspot.co.uk
    Louise xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Louise, and thanks for following! Popping over to your blog now :) Happy New Year to you, too! xo

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