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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Hello 2015!

Happy New Year, and hello 2015!! It doesn't seem five minutes since I was sitting down to write this post for 2014; how a year has flown past, and how much has changed in that time!! I'll be doing a reflective post over the next few days so I won't dwell on the year past too much; today is very much a day for looking forward as far as I'm concerned. I've actually been giving a little bit of thought over the past couple of weeks, to the things I'd like to achieve over the next twelve months.
Hello 2015
• Clear the overdraft and start saving. This one is pretty self-explanatory, I feel; I'm still pretty far into my overdraft following four years at university and since I'm starting to have to pay interest on it, now is a good time to start working on reducing it and hopefully clearing it altogether by the end of the year. It's nice to have as a buffer zone but I'd like to be living more towards the other end of it! I'd also like to be able to start putting away a little money each month for the future.
• Get a full-time, paid Assistant Psychologist job. This is something I've been working towards in 2014, which I'll mention in my post about the year past, but it's definitely a more concrete aim for the first half of this year. I have two relevant degrees and a fair bit of experience, so hopefully it's just a case of time and applying for as many jobs as I can.
• Improve my decision-making skills. This may be a bit of an odd one but decisions are something I really struggle with; I'm a bit of a commitment-phobe and I really do find it hard to decide. It somehow seems harder to make small, inconsequential decisions where the outcome is unimportant (case in point - what kind of takeaway shall we order? Cue utter panic on my part!) so I really want to work on my ability to say "F**k it, we'll just get pizza!", or whatever. Bigger decisions I'm generally okay with as rationalising is something of a strength of mine...
• Pass my driving test. Another obvious one; I put off learning to drive for so long, but I started taking lessons back in September and I have my theory test booked in later this month, so I'm hoping to have my full license by the end of February - fingers crossed! I'm getting to the point now where I'm enjoying driving and feeling pretty confident out and about, which is nice, so hopefully this one will be fairly easy (if pricey!) to tick off. Then it's just a case of buying a car, and insuring it... Eek!
• Complete Total Warrior in under two hours. Completing isn't really a question as I've already entered Total Warrior in Leeds in June, but I'd really like to get a time I'm proud of - which is going to mean doing a bit of training... So, I'm going to be dusting off my running shoes and trying to get back into the habit of taking care of my health and fitness a bit better! It's a 12.5km obstacle run so I think two hours is a realistic time to aim for, but one I'd still be pretty pleased with.
• Read 50 new books. This was an aim I had for 2014 and I actually went a little over my target, but I did find having a specific goal in mind really pushed me to keep reading new things and get books finished so I could add them to my list - although I admit, Pride and Prejudice did take me about six weeks... Would anyone be interested in a post on my highlights from my year of reading?
So, those are my little aims and goals for 2015; I think they're all fairly achievable with a bit of effort on my part, and will hopefully push me to have a happy, healthy and productive year! I'd love to hear what New Year's Resolutions, if any, you're making this year - do you have any top tips for sticking to them? Are any of yours similar to mine? I hope you all had an amazing night celebrating and bringing in the new year, and that 2015 will be happy and healthy - here's to the next twelve months!!



  1. Happy New Year Jess! I hope that you manage to get through your goals this year and good luck for your theory/driving tests! :)
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  2. Happy New Year lovely! Good luck with your goals <3 xo

  3. Happy New Year Jess!!! Sounds like a good set of aims to me :-) I hope you manage to achieve them all xx

  4. happy new year! good look with your goals!

  5. Happy new year! I wish you all the best in achieving your goals! (:

  6. Happy New Year Jess! Here is to an amazing 2015 - I hope you achieve everything you want and more, especially with your goals :D

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


  7. Happy New Year! I'm sure you'll accomplish all of your goals :)

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  8. happy new year! sounds like you've had a fantastic time! x

  9. Happy New Year! Setting a reading goal helps me too to read more :)

    Pink Frenzy

  10. Happy New Year! :D Passing my driving test is up there for me too, I'm scared if I don't start up lessons again I'll have to start again from scratch! xx

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