I am the kind of person who loves setting New Year's resolutions. I am also the kind of person who loves looking back on what happened in the last year and marvelling at what life brought. I love reading the stories in Christmas cards about what other people got up to, so if you are one of those people too, here's my story for 2014:
I had three resolutions this year, and I fulfilled them all to varying degrees of success:
1) See more of Australia
- January -I started the year camping in Girraween national park. I managed some sketching and hiked a few of the tracks. Just gorgeous.
- March - I loaded my bike with panniers and camping gear and flew to Adelaide. I then made my way to the Eyre Peninsular where I rode along the coast down to Port Lincoln.
THEN I SWAM WITH SEALIONS. EEEE!
- May - Melbourne for an inspiring weekend of learning
- June - Flew to Rockhampton to work for a week. Saw the inside of a shopping centre. Still counts.
- August - Drove to Hervey Bay for work for two days. Saw the inside of a shopping centre. Still counts.
- December - Decided I had time left to squeeze in another trip, this time to Hobart. Hired an electric bicycle, went to art gallery openings, had organic pizza at a sustainable garden project party, and went to MONA! All in a three day weekend. Super way to finish 2014.
2) Save x amount of money
Happy to report that I not only made my savings goal, but exceeded it by almost 30%.
3) Live more simply
This started out with me taking the 33 things wardrobe challenge, which I have since continued in a not so strict way. This goal helped me do a few purges of unnecessary crap throughout the year, but I will be working on this more specifically in 2015 as living more simply is a fairly vague notion...First up, garage sale!
It feels great to sit back now that it is December and say I reached my goals, but there were definitely a few hiccups. Tearing my ACL ligament and needing knee surgery in March (and then missing my favourite band play because my surgery was on the same day!). The whole going/not going to Mackay thing. The Meet My Boyfriend/nevermind-not-boyfriend thing.
Of course, you just never know what's going to happen to you. Luckily, most of my surprises this year were good ones: I got a cat. He showed up on my doorstep in November riddled with fleas and his eyes all stuck together with gunk. I cleaned him up and voila! Instant pet!
Other good things that kinda just happened...
I started studying again and passed my first subjects.
I started this blog to keep me occupied while I recovered from knee surgery in April and then I started a sustainability meet-up in November because I couldn't find anyone to talk to about sustainability issues on a regular basis.
My brother got engaged, then married, all in the same year.
Oh yes, this is the best part. Setting goals for next year. Some of them are pretty boring but they will be challenging in their own way I'm sure. Living simply is something I am trying to embrace layer by layer, so I'm not going to go back to buying heaps of unnecessary stuff just because it's not on my list for 2015.
1) Order all my groceries online - for a year.
I want to strip away another layer of waste and excess this year, and it's going to focus on food. I really really detest throwing out food that has gone off. I particularly hate it when it's still wrapped and I haven't got around to eating it at all. So, I am going to simplify and stick to a really basic diet, and order only what I need from the supermarket to be delivered to me. If anyone has any more smart ways not to waste food that fall in to the category of Life Hack as opposed to "cook this, freeze that" I welcome your suggestions.
2) Attempt a really big bike ride
This is not just an excuse to upgrade my bike. I want to push my limits a bit more. See what I'm capable of. I enjoyed my cycling trip down the coast in South Australia, and now I want more. It's also a very eco-friendly way to holiday and I will be super fit by the end of it - probably super burnt too...
3) Get a job in the area of sustainability
Finally, I hope to move in to the area I am passionate about, rather than keeping a day job to fuel my study and extracurricular activities. Again, anyone with contacts are very welcome to help me out with this goal.
Now that I'm ready for 2015, I've got 5 whole days left in 2014 to play with.
I'm gonna go clean out my cupboards for that garage sale...