I know this is something which is said every year, but for the first time I feel like it is actually true for me.
This year will be so much bigger and better than last year and it really will be a new start! I’ve just moved house, far bigger and better than the last place and I actually have a place I can call an office (I will have to take photographs soon!). After 2 years I finally seem to have a way out of the day job, which was only meant to be temporary in the first place, and seem to have bagged a job which actually excites me and makes me happy to go to work. And I’m more determined than ever to make The Penguin Theory a success.
Last year i’m afraid I only managed to reach one of my goals, but luckily I think that goal will be crucial for success this year. I am finally a lot more organised than I’ve ever been in my life, keeping to deadlines, sorting out paperwork, keeping notes in my diary. There is still a lot of improvement to be done but i don’t think myself or my family have ever seen or expected me to be quite so diligent.
I thought I should have some goals for this year as well, but this time maybe actually manage more than one. I decided to narrow it down to 5 big goals of things that definitely have to happen.
1) Make The Penguin Theory more successful
Regularly update my blog and other social media. make an item and/or go on a photography adventure every week. Make more sales on Etsy and at craft fairs. I don’t have to be living off it (although that would be nice) but i definitely want to make visible progress.
2) Get a Job I actually enjoy
I need a day job to fund my penguin theory adventures (unfortunately) but whilst I can’t survive of The Penguin Theory for the moment, I should at least be in a job I enjoy. My current job was never meant to be permanent and yet i’ve been there for almost two years. It’s time to move on to something I can look forward to everyday and I think I may have already found it! A couple of months ago I worked at Legoland for a week and loved every second of it. It’s a longer commute but so much more enjoyable which makes it an obvious choice for me. Not only are the hours more regular but they’re actually during the day! The only problem is that Legoland closes for a few months every year as a lot of the rides cannot be operated during the winter months. I am still trying to decide if I should keep the pub job for 1 day a week so that I can definitely have work in the winter or just to quit altogether and hope that I can find a temp job or make enough money through penguin theory for the winter months.
3) Go travelling
I want to go on holiday and explore somewhere I haven’t been before. In all honesty even somewhere in the UK would be fine, but it would be amazing to go abroad.
4) Enter Wildlife Photographer of the Year
It’s something I’ve always been fascinated with and in these last few months i’ve realised that I really do love to take photographs. I’ve always followed Wildlife Photographer of the Year and seen the exhibitions whenever possible. This year I’m determined to enter. It doesn’t matter if I don’t win, or even get a mention, I just need to try. I will most definitely be viewing the exhibition at the Natural History museum this year as well.
5) Pay off Debts and Start Saving
I wont lie, the end of this year has been horrendous money wise. Ash, unfortunately, had to leave university as we couldn’t afford for him to continue and with this difficult time in the job market he had to rely on me for a few months, the problem being that minimum wage is barely enough to cover my costs. Luckily I had a lot of savings but they are completely wiped now and we’ve even had to borrow money from my mum and our housemates. But now that Ash has, not one but two jobs ,we are slowly paying everyone back and can hopefully build up some savings between us again.
So did you reach your goals for last year and what are your goals for this year?
I’ve been wanting to do this for years and never quite got round to it, but with a new year comes new changes and now i’m determined to set up my own little ‘diary’ online! Hopefully it will become interesting enough to generate at least a few followers 😛
This isn’t my only new years resolution though, I’ve generally decided to be more productive and happier (despite having the nickname ‘HappySod’ for years).
1. Getting fitter, healthier and more toned
Ok ok, so i dance and i’m not exactly fat or anything but it will just make me feel better about myself ok? I’m not thinking anything drastic.
This should be an easy one to keep up with though as i’ll be off back to University at some point this week where i’m a member of the gym, will have lots of dance lectures, and will be doing anything to avoid my dissertation. I’ve also just received Kinect for the Xbox for christmas and then gone and bought myself a fitness game, i’m sure that will become a great distraction from the diss!
I also decided to try and eat a least a little healthier…actually just eat a little less, i’m already quite healthy. Not much less though, just cut out a few of my snacks. People keep asking me how i can be so skinny when i eat so much! So whilst i’m still gonna snack myself happy, i’m not just gonna snack for the sake of it (which i do far too regularly). Unfortunately all the chocolate i got at christmas has put this off to a bad start…I’m so bad at controlling myself it’s unreal. I just see food and pounce! It’s like a knee-jerk reaction.
2. Keep up with work!
I’m so unorganised/lazy when it comes to work it’s unreal. So i’m determined to keep up to date with it this term! I guess i’m gonna have to if i want to actually graduate this year. So far this one isn’t going so well either…I haven’t even started my dissertation. I need the first chapter written very very soon. Job for tomorrow then!
I really worry that i don’t worry enough sometimes when it comes to work…
3. Take life with both hands!
Not that i wasn’t enjoying life before, if people asked me if i wanted to go somewhere or do something random i would most likely say yes! But i decided this isn’t enough, i need to be more daring and make myself experience some really amazing things and not care what other people think!
This ‘fuck it, i’m gonna have fun’ attitude actually started last year when i got dumped if i think about it…
My boyfriend of almost 3 years dumped me out of no where (pretty much for another girl, although he wont admit it it’s pretty obvious) and some how, despite still having to live with him, i made it the best term yet! Partied lots, met a TON of new people, made a new best friend, got out of the house as much as possible and just generally tried to avoid getting down about the whole situation!
It definitely worked. And now i feel better and more confident than i ever have! As much as i hate to admit it, being dumped was probably the best thing for me at this point in my life. I think i had got myself too comfortable where i was. I was in a rut, only i didn’t see it, and this has been the thing to give me a kick up the arse and get me doing something with my life and actually having fun!
But anyways. I think that’s enough ramblings for tonight/this morning (jeeze it’s 1.38am. I should learn to go to bed at normal times once in a while!)
Tomorrow i’ll have to give you all a little background on me, that seems like a logical place to start with a blog rather then some random rabbles about new years resolutions.