At the beginning of the year I set myself a few goals for the year to work on. Instead of them being the typical new year’s resolutions I wanted to focus on things that would really build me as a person.
It would be wrong for me to say that I was always thinking of the goals that I set myself, because I found it very easy to forget about them and sometimes was just too lazy to work on them!
The first of my goals was to be more patient.
I do think that I worked on this a little bit but I do find it easy to slip back into a pattern of not wanting to wait for anything or anyone. I’m not the sort of person who can sit back and let something happen when I know that it shouldn’t, but on the other hand I have been a lot more patient when waiting for someone to do something they say they’ll do. You’ll either trust people to stick to their word, or you wont. So I have tried to be a lot more trusting this year, I’ve tried to stop being as much of a control freak and I think that kind of ties in with my first goal.
Secondly I said I wanted to admit when I’m wrong.
I found this one a lot harder because I am probably one of the most stubborn girls you’ll ever meet – and I’m never wrong. Admitting that I’m wrong, like I said in January really isn’t something that I do. When I really can see that I’ve caused a problem, or made a mistake then I’ve no problem with apologising, but sometimes I really can’t see any harm so I find it a lot harder! I think that this is one of my goals that will have to roll over to 2015.
My third goal was to work on my Italian.
After the New Year I really did try to improve on my Italian and I think that I did manage to pick up a little bit more of the language! I downloaded nearly every app on my iPhone that I could find, (Memrise, Duolingo, Busuu) and worked on it particularly on warm sunny days that I could sit in the park and enjoy the heat at the same time. There’s no way that I’m amazing at Italian now, I’m still only at a beginners level, but it’s something that I want to keep working at because I think it’s a really useful skill to have!
Forth on my list was to make more friends.
This is one that I didn’t really have too much of a problem with once I came out of my shell in Italy I found it really easy to make some amazing friends. I can now say I have friends for life from places all over the world and I’m so happy for it. As soon as I opened up a little bit more I found I was having the most amazing time and then found it really hard to say goodbye when I had to leave in July!
The next goal was to draw more.
I set myself the goal of completing one drawing per week, resulting in 52 drawings in one sketchbook. I think I got to about 10 drawings and then became too lazy to carry on. There’s no doubt that throughout the year I did a lot more than 52 drawings in my work or doodles on paper but I wanted to have just one place where I could record my sketches and practice to see my improvements, and simply draw for the pleasure. I think that this is another one of my goals that I’d like to carry forward to 2015, and hopefully stick to.
My sixth goal was to travel.
This one doesn’t need much of an explanation especially if you look back on my posts from the last year. 2014 has definitely been the best year for travelling. I’ve managed to fit so much in and got to see some amazing places. I did spend a lot of money to see all of the things I wanted to see this year but it was an opportunity I wasn’t going to quickly give up. I couldn’t even say my favourite place I’ve been this year, I have loved every destination.
My next goal was to learn to take a good photograph.
I’ve taken a LOT of photos this year. Some have turned out good and some have turned out bad. I’ve experimented a lot with my camera and I think I love it more and more every time I use it. I’ve learnt especially that a filter on Instagram doesn’t always make your photo look better, sometimes it really makes them worse! I’m learning more about my camera every time I use it and try to use it on manual settings as much as I can to ensure I’m getting the most I possibly can out of it.
Another goal was to be more healthy.
This one is a typical new years resolution that 99% of the population say on the 1st of January every year, but by 5pm are stuffing their faces with more chocolate and more crisps. I didn’t want to restrict myself and say that I can’t have things that I want because I know that some unhealthy foods make me happy from time to time. I have managed to cut down a lot on eating sweets, chocolate and crisps, especially over the last 6 months. I do try to cook from scratch whenever I have the time and genuinely enjoy my meals a lot more when I do! I’ve started drinking water lots more (usually with squash, I hope that’s not cheating) and I feel so much better for it!
Finally I said I wanted to create more.
This one got left from the start really, I try to make little things here and there, but I’ve really not done any more than I usually would throughout the year! The start of the year was a lot better as I was doing a hands on course in Textiles and Knitting I made my own fabric samples using embroidery, embellishment and knit and I did find it really fun. I can only do as much as I can do and where I’m on quite a creative course anyway, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and take a break from it rather than stay constantly submerged in beads and fabrics!
Reflecting on the goals I set really has made me see that this year has been amazing and I’ve managed to get so much out of it! I keep thinking that this year has gone so quickly but when I sit and think back to everything I’ve achieved January seems like so long ago! I’ll be posting my challenges for 2015 over the next few days so that I can give myself something else to work towards over the next 12 months!