Goals & Resolutions 2014: Halfway Point
As it’s now July, I thought I’d do a re-cap on how my goals for this year are going! I’m going to break each goal down from my original resolution list, and then talk about how well that goal is going…
- Buy only clothing that I consider to be ethical. Don’t buy any clothing that I can’t “justify” the purchase of. Throw an item of clothing out for every item of clothing I do buy.
I’ve successfully not bought a single item of clothing this year, however, I have been gifted clothing (thank you Grandma!) and also been given lots and lots of hand-me-downs (thank you Lesley!). Hand-me-downs are super-ethical as far as I’m concerned, but the gifted items were less-so. I’m still of the opinion that, if it’s a gift it doesn’t count, though… So I’m doing pretty well with this goal! That said, I should probably be donating a few more items of clothing than I have done so far, so I’m aiming to do that a bit more over the next few months.
- Read and chuck at least 30 books. If I don’t manage to read 30, I still have to chuck 30 (!) which should give me the incentive to get that reading done!
As of this week, I’ve read 17 books so far this year. That means I’m pretty much on schedule, so I just need to keep it up for the next few months. Hurrah!
- Continue to purge possessions. 2013 saw me donating loads of stuff to local charity shops… And I’m still surrounded! My goal is to donate books, CDs, clothes, DVDs, camera equipment (!) and anything else I don’t need/use regularly to a charity shop (or to give to someone who needs it).
I’ve donated some clothes, some books… I need to remember to donate the camera equipment! (It’s hidden under my bed!) So, it’s going well, but I can definitely do more with this goal. As said above, I don’t feel that I’ve donated much clothing this year, so I need to get working on that.
- To complete a photo an hour post/session once a month. I realise this might not work out, due to my work shifts and stuff… So if this isn’t feasible, I’ll drop it to quarterly posts. I really enjoyed doing the photo an hour post I did before, and want to give myself the incentive to do it again!
All good so far! I don’t think there’s any reason that I shouldn’t manage to do this for the rest of the year. Also, I’m really enjoying it! It’s difficult to get the timing right, but it’s really nice to look back on.
- Save £££. Mainly for the Asia adventure (Dave and I fly out to Delhi in early September and don’t return to the UK until late November, eee!).
As you probably know, I’m no longer going to Asia. I lost a fair bit of money cancelling my flight (I only got the tax back on the ticket), but of course, all of the money that I had saved for travelling is now at my disposal! Which is handy, because I think I may be needing it soon…
- Learn some key phrases/basic words AND USE THEM whilst travelling. I usually only master and employ “hello” and “thank you” whilst travelling, partially because I’m scared of saying things wrong. Not this year!
As I’m not travelling, this isn’t really a goal anymore. I’m toying with the idea of picking a European language and learning some phrases (mostly likely I’ll pick French or Spanish, as I was taught those at school/college) but I’m not sure which to pick. I’m hoping that with the cancellation of my travel in Asia, I may be able to visit somewhere else! We’ll have to wait and see for this one, methinks…
- Get more crafty. I’m leaving this goal open, because I know what I’m like… But I’m aiming for: a bit of knitting, a bit of crochet, a bit of doodling/drawing, a bit of painting, a bit of decorating… Anything artistic that isn’t photography, really.
Well. My knitting was stolen from my car last month (argh!), but I have successfully knitted one hat for a premature baby, made a start on making a Papier–mâché bowl, hand-sewn several squares for a patchwork cushion cover (I still need to machine-sew the different rows of squares together) and had a go at watercolour painting (another thing that was been stolen..!). I want to finish off the bowl and cushion cover in the next month or two, and I also want to start on another hat, as well as some new knitting projects. So, discounting the various thefts, I’d say craftiness is going pretty well!
- Send snail mail at least once a month. I expect the receiver will always be Caroline, mind! (Feel free to send me your address, then it could be you!)
Epic fail. I managed for January, February and March, and then I can’t remember if I sent anything in April, but I definitely didn’t in May or June. When I realised I’d failed I pretty much gave up (oops)! What I’m going to change this to, is sending out at least 3 meaningful pieces of snail mail before Christmas. Hurrah!
- As always, I’d like to be trying a bit harder with my photography. I feel like I easily fall into “a rut” and end up using the same ideas and techniques over and over again. Without having a regular project like The Teleidoscope, I think I’ll find this even harder than usual! So, I’m going to try to set aside time for planning and executing ideas. Yay!
I was thinking about this resolution at the beginning of the week, and thinking how I need to put more effort in! It’s a rare thing that I’m really proud of my photography at the moment, so I need to get a shimmy on with my creative hat! I’m going to try and think of a series or two, because it will give me more of a target to aim for, I think. Fingers crossed..!
- Eat more fruit and vegetables. Oy. I never thought such a sentence would end up on one of my lists, but being on assignments at work makes me really lazy with eating properly, so… I really need to get nibbling on some more greens!
This has worked out pretty well! Cooking at the flat I pretty much always stuck spinach in everything, had fresh vegetables with pretty much everything, and always had salad when I was working shifts in Nottingham. Now I’m back home, I’ve been picking fruit in the garden (namely redcurrants!) to make delicious desserts with. The creations have thus far been: Iced Redcurrant Meringue Cake; Redcurrant Ice Cream and Redcurrant & Sage Scones. Pretty chuffed with all of these, but the iced cake is my new favourite dessert in the whole wide world.
So there you have it, overall I’m on the course for achieving my goals! A couple of additions for the next few months are as follows:
- Get some more exercise. Like my other goals I’m leaving it open, but at the moment I’m going swimming and dancing every week. I’d like to do some cycling, hooping and general walking, so we’ll see how that progresses.
- More cooking/baking experiments. I’m as far from being a natural cook as you can possibly imagine, but I feel like it’s something I should be doing… So I am!
- Get really organised. I have a lot of paperwork at home and on my PC. It’s mostly organised, but it could be better. I want to create a new, functional system which makes it easy for me to find things and put things away swiftly.
- Keep up my new skincare regime. I’ve been using a Clarisonic Mia since my birthday (!) and it’s pretty amazing. It’s helped me to create a regime for myself which has been grand (I’d often be lazy and skip on any skincare altogether before!). As I’m swimming now, I really need to keep-up with moisturising, too.
- Be more musical. This is always the goal that I don’t succeed with… But I’m going to try!
- Set aside time for gaming. This is the kind of goal that I would have reversed last year, but having had the time over the last few weeks to spend my time relaxing with friends over the internet has realised how much I have missed it, and how relaxing it is.
If you made any goals this year, I’d love to hear how they’re progressing!