Posts Tagged ‘goals’

28 before 28

In previous years, I’ve written ‘Life Lists‘ as opposed to resolutions in preparation for the year ahead – writing down things I’d like to achieve every day, every week, in 6 months time and by the end of the year. From small things like improving my eating habits, to bigger moments like moving to London, this method worked for me because it always focused on what I wanted to accomplish; I never denied myself of anything and I never pressured myself into completing it.

For 2014 I thought I’d change the game up and challenge myself to a 28 before 28 list – a list that will hopefully make my life that little bit more awesome and maybe even improve the lives of those around me. Do we share any goals this year? Let me know in the comments below!

1. Discover a handful of new favourite restaurants
2. Travel somewhere new
3. Get another tattoo (or two…)
4. Take advantage of the theatres on my doorstep
5. Visit my home girl in Lisbon
6. Ride horses with Charlie
7. Go to more gigs
8. Make a scrapbook
9. Balance a healthy mind with a healthy body
10. Learn to knit
11. Learn how to make the perfect chicken gyoza
12. Sleep somewhere magical
13. Take a dance class
14. Make a substantial start on my savings
15. Bake as often as possible
16. Volunteer
17. Take a road trip to Scotland
18. Develop a skin routine (and stick to it!)
19. Spend more time with my family
20. Write, write, write
21. Enter more competitions
22. Cook something new
23. Host a dinner party
24. Explore London
25. Perform more random acts of kindness
26. Do the clear out to end all clear outs
27. Be inspired by Pinterest and craft more in ‘real life’
28. Spend less, wear more


At the start of the year, I blogged about resolutions and what they mean to me. I came across the lovely Kathryn Sharman who stated that “they [resolutions] always seem to involve unrealistic dreams and/or punitive measures of denial or restraint, which is never a good way to start a year and is invariably doomed to failure.”

Instead, she advocated making a ‘Life List’ for the year ahead. Below is the mid year update of my aforementioned list, and I have to say that I’m rather pleased with what I’ve achieved!

Every day, I would like to…
Make someone smile and improve my eating habits. Both of these declarations can be attributed to moving in with the boy. He is a wonderful cook (I’m not ashamed to tell you that he is far better in the kitchen than I am) and perhaps this is a tad too cringe worthy, we make each other smile every day.

Every week, I would like to…
Do something creative – aka keeping up with the blog. Although my posts have been a little scattered this year, I think I’ve succeeded in posting more frequently. As well as staying creative, I aspired to continue seeing my closest friends (which has been successful despite the extra mileage between us) and discover something new about myself. Well guess what? I actually LIKE going to the gym! I joined as a precursor to my summer adventures where I want to wear shorts without tights and not feel like that girl who should not be wearing shorts without tights.

In 6 months time I would like to….
Be living in South London (tick) and make the best cupcakes. I have been told that my red velvet cakes are yummy by numerous friends and family – and I’ve been bribed into making them for more than one birthday party! I also have a more extensive book shelf now thanks to combining my collection with Charlie’s.

Before next year, I would like to have…
Paid off my overdraft – an unavoidable assertion but one thing I loved being in the position to do. I also passed my driving test a few weeks ago!

Overall, the list is pretty fulfilled, which comes as a lovely surprise at the half way mark. With my road trip across America in 5 weeks time I’ll have crossed another ambition off the list, and I’d like to think that the rest will follow suit. You never know, perhaps the boy will treat me to the *ballet before the year is out (*hint hint).

A Resolution…

Upon revealing to friends at work that I despise new years resolutions, I have to admit that I received a few glares. Why do so many of us make these ridiculous of-the-moment promises to ourselves? The whole notion of doing something simply because time has passed just seems a little…distorted.

I came across Kathryn Sharman on the Oh Comely blog and whole heartedly agree that “they [resolutions] always seem to involve unrealistic dreams and/or punitive measures of denial or restraint, which is never a good way to start a year and is invariably doomed to failure.” Instead, she advocates a ‘Life List’ which revolves around “bite-sized declaration of aspirations and accomplishments” for the year ahead. Being the type of girl who jumps at the chance to write a list, here are my personal goals for 2011.

Every day, I would like to…
Make someone smile
Improve my eating habits

Every week, I would like to…
Do something creative – take a photo/draw a cat/write a review
Make time to see a friend
Discover something new about myself
Go for a walk

In 6 months time I would like to…
Be living in South London
Own an SLR
Be able to make the best cupcakes
Have a more extensive book shelf

Before next year, I would like to have…
Paid off my overdraft
Been to see the ballet
Passed my driving test
Achieved something I am proud of
Travelled to America

Get A Life: We DON’T need you

My friend Stacey and I have been contemplating taking on a project to challenge our creative minds now that we are in ‘the real world’ and no longer ‘student scum’. Well let me tell you, the world is mind numbing, depressing and quite frankly, rude. If you’re reading this and are currently in a job you hate, I’ll give you a piece of advice. SUCK IT UP. There is nothing out here but vast empty space. Oh, and the rival unemployed who are willing to rip off your arm and beat you to death with the aforementioned detached limb over a part time position in a coffee shop.

It is beyond depressing, particularly when you become so demoralized that you apply for jobs you know will only suck the life out of you as you work alongside illiterate locals who cannot form a sentence, let alone spell one correctly. I’ve also found that being branded a ‘tax dodging student’ can lead to the presumption that you’ve never worked hard before. As someone who put myself through University, this really takes the biscuit. Yes there are people who attend University just for kicks, who’s parents are able to fund their tuition, accommodation and drug fueled weekends. But there are people like me who went to learn, who want to work, and who’ve worked some shitty jobs to pay for the privilege of a higher education.

Anyway. Coming back to the project.

Every month, every week and each day around the world, someone somewhere is celebrating something. There are nationally recognised awareness weeks regarding health awareness, and then there’s Star Wars Day…

Over the course of the next month, I’m going to fill you in on a few of these events, documenting my experiences via the blog, perhaps even throwing in a few photographs and design concepts along the way.