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Thursday, 7 January 2016

My goals for 2016..



Not a very snappy title, but I suppose it does what it says on the tin.
I've seen so much disquiet about the whole concept of new year's goals and resolutions, but I've always liked them. I find it so helpful to have a goal in mind, so my list is as follows:

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  • Reading - I plan to repeat my goal for the past few years, which has been to read 52 books over the course of the year. So far, I'm on my fourth of 2016, so I think this should be achievable without issue. I did consider making this more onerous, but decided that I'd rather read for pleasure rather than try to force myself to read more books.
  • Allotment - this is something which has seen improvement each year, but there is still a way to go. I think to keep me focused, I'm going to do a monthly round-up post.
  • Fitness - Although I'd like to lose weight, I don't think I'm quite there when it comes to putting any numbers to that. Instead, I am going to work through the Kayla Itsines BBG programme. I've also got a few gym goals, like improving my pull-ups and leg raises to do more reps etc. I'm back to swimming 5 mornings per week, which I love, and doing at least one class per week of each of the following - Metafit, piloxing, kettlebells and spinning. 
  • Dressmaking / general crafting - I posted my #2016makenine list on Instagram the other day. It's a list of things I want to make this year, although isn't just dressmaking projects. I have also decided that whilst I'm not going to repeat my spending ban this year, I'm going to try my best to use up the fabric I have in my stash before I buy anything new. Again, I think that monthly blog updates might be the way to do this, to keep my focus - a round-up of what I've used and what I plan to make with what remains, perhaps?
  • Letter-writing. I'm a great fan of snail mail. My local post office lady tells me each time she sees me how she thinks I probably keep them going(!) and I want to try and make sure that I am better at replying this year. I found that I was falling behind last year so for 2016 I'm going to set myself a target to send at least 10 letters per month.
  • Carrying on from that, I'm going to pledge to do one random act of kindness per month. 
  • Music - One of the things I missed last year during the spending ban was buying new music. I have quite the wishlist of albums and songs I wish to add to my ancient iPod, so I'm going to try and remember to update my music collection each month, using some of my monthly vouchers. 
  • Drink more water - pretty self-explanatory. I've downloaded some cute app which is reminding me to do this, and it seems to be working so far.
  • Take more photos. Another fairly self-explanatory goal, I think.

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What are your goals for 2016?


12 comments:

  1. I really need to get back in to letter writing too! x

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    1. I love writing letters. I just seem to go through phases where sometimes I'm really good at replying, whereas other times I'll let time slip away from me.

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  2. Like your random act of kindness goal, I'm stealing it. I started something like this last year and life got in the way, not this year. This year I will be kindness personified. And I will read more and I will move more and I will eat less cheese. Hopefully all vague enough to be manageable!
    Happy New Year to you.
    M x Life Outside London

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    1. Ah, lovely - can't wait to hear about what you choose as your random acts of kindness, too.

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  3. You have some good goals here! You are the most dilligent letter-writer I know, I'm surprised you feel you need to improve things! You are too hard on yourself!
    I know it's purely a personal thing and it's how YOU feel but you really don't look like you should be losing any weight Char! Take care of youself. xxx

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    1. Thanks - sometimes I'm truly hopeless at replying to mail.

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  4. I love setting a list of goals, I'm fed up of people saying 'don't make resolutions'. I can if I want to, and I have thank you very much!
    The idea of a monthly round up is a goo one. I find that with my seasonal lists that if I don't do something it makes me do it next time around. Taking stock and being aware of what we have and haven't done, what we want to do is a great way to end the year feeling satisfied that it's been a productive year, full of achievements you set yourself - what could possibly be bad about that?
    Good luck with all of these!

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    1. Yep. I agree. They seem to work for me, so I'm making them.

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  5. I agree with Kezzie, you do most of these things so well already, that I wouldn't see room for improvement. I think it's great you're making progress through the fabric pile and it must be so satisfying to see something at the end of it. It might take a while to get used to not being on a spending ban, I'd think. I know when I've gone a long time without buying, I'm desperate to spend, yet seem to weight things up more and deliberate over purchases more.

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    1. SO far I have bought a pair of IC heels from eBay. I've looked at, added to baskets and then closed the tab, on so many other things. I think having a Lindy Bop voucher for Xmas helped me as it was kind of like spending but without the actual spend.

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  6. Happy new year, Char! And congratulations on completing your spending ban. That's a massive achievement.

    I love your #2016makenine. You should definitely knit a miette cardigan! I've been debating making one too, although I'm currently working on Andi Satterlund's sunshower cardigan. I've also almost finished my turia dungaree shorts. So exciting! Word of advice though, either make a toile or just size up for the shorts/trousers as I made a toile and found them a very tight fit despite my measurements falling well within the size I cut. I ended up having to add an inch to the front inseam to accommodate my apparently full inner thighs!

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    1. Thank you, I'm definitely pear-shaped when it comes to the bottom half, so will be sure to make a toile (I almost never do that!).

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