Last year I set myself some goals and some of them stuck. I quit Diet Coke in fear of dissolving all my tooth enamel and travelling somewhere where its not available and spending a hard-earned holiday in extreme DC-withdrawal. I joined a bookclub, lost 6lbs of 4pm sugar fix and "its been a crappy day" cake weight and read more than one book per month. So these will continue in 2016 as well as some new / rejigged goals:
1. Budget / save money. So boring but so important. Set a weekly budget for eating, drinking, socialising and transport. Stick to it. Put aside £200 per month to pay my quarterly service charge and other "oh how I hate being a grown-up" bills. Save £1 and £2 coins in my coin jar that needs to be broken to get access to it. Buy two new work dresses and nothing else until summer.
2. Let it go. Things that I don't need. People who don't make me happier. Negative thoughts. Worrying about anything and everything. Anything that doesn't make you happy or isn't absolutely necessary has got to go and I can't wait for a rainy January Sunday to KonMarie my flat and get over my hoarding tendencies.
|This colouring in of Benedict Cumberbatch as a form of mindfulness and distraction from crappy worries. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch.|
4. Cook for my friends. I became veggie last year and actually started to take a bit more of an interest in what I was eating (beyond how many calories it contained). At Christmas this year for the first time ever I found myself in the kitchen and everything turned out ok (even if I had to Whatsapp a friend to ask how to use a can-opener). I'd like to become less scared of cooking, cook more of my own food from scratch and cook something that I can serve to other people rather than feeding my friends bowls of crisps.
|Demonstrating cooking (banana loaf) and saving money (new coffee machine > Starbucks).|
Also - drink more water - coffee at weekends only - keep up my yoga practice and master handstand and splits - do my annual tastings of red wine and strong cheese to see if my tastebuds have matured yet - read one book per month and continue to attend bookclub - go on one date (one more than in 2015 - starting small!) - wear SPF daily - turn phone off an hour before bed - visit more of the UK because I've been to Japan as many times as I've been to Scotland and that's ridiculous.