Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2014 goals!

I'm going to be honest here and say that for the most part 2013 was pretty rubbish, and it's gotten me into a real Negative Nancy mindset. 2014 is going to better. It's silly to think a new year is going to fix anything, but I do always appreciate the feeling of a fresh start that comes with it and I intend to make the most of that. With this in mind, I decided to do something I've never done before and made myself a list of things I'd like to achieve in 2014:

Move! I don't live in my home town, I haven't for many years, and have never felt at home where I live. I have itchy feet to find a brand new place I can call my home. The best part is I have very few ties, so I can literally go anywhere (within the UK of course!). This is both exciting and terrifying! I hope to be there this time next year though. At the moment I'm thinking around Manchester way, but we'll see!

Continue to de-clutter. For a while I started to feel really bogged down by my possessions. I was in the habit of collecting anything and everything just because it was Disney or vintage. I'd much rather have a small, very select collection of things that I adore than own loads of things just for the sake of owning them. I've begun down sizing already and I love it, I feel so much lighter.

Save more money. I believe the previous goal will help me to achieve this, I'm considering all of my purchases so much more already. I love having extra money tucked away, allowing me to have real fun with it from time to time.

Shoot more film. I own a lovely vintage analogue camera which I love, but seldom use. It's just so much easier to grab a digital camera and have my photos then and there, but there really is nothing like waiting to get your roll of film developed, and not being entirely sure how everything's come out like it's supposed to. I'm going to make it a habit to carry both cameras around with me.

Photo an hour - once a month. I've fallen out of the habit of photography lately and I'm hoping this will help me get back into it, as well as taking time to appreciate the little things around me.

Draw 5 times a week (at least!). This probably seems like a funny goal for an illustrator, huh? Because I mostly sell prints I don't actually have to draw very often and so it makes me lazy. I want to get back into the habit of doodling instead of focusing on final pieces all the time. It'll also stop the mental roadblock when I initially go to pick up my pencil after months of nothingness.

Read 12 books. I don't read as much as I'd like, it's time to break out of that. One book a month is embarrassingly easy and a goal I hope to smash.

Have more adventures. It can be really easy to get caught up in daily monotony. I don't want my vacations to be my only adventures, and there's so many things in England I can do on a day trip that I really have no excuse.

Finish knitting my jumper! I took on the project in September and have about three inches of a sweater knitted out. I'm not an experienced knitter so it's slow going, but I expect to be able to wear it next winter!

Keep a happiness jar. I've seen people do these and I think they're a really good idea. When something makes me happy (no matter how small or seemingly insignificant), write it down and put it in a jar. Then when I'm feeling blue, everything is right there reminding me of all the good times I've probably long forgotten.

Stop caring so much. I'm stupidly shy and over think absolutely everything and it's time it stopped. Because really, 99% of the things I worry about just don't matter.

I'm genuinely excited for 2014, for both myself and this blog. I have so many things planned already. I wish you all a lovely year, and if you've made your own list of new year goals be sure to let me know about it, I love reading them!


  1. What a lovely list of things to do and achieve and work towards for this New Year. Thank you for reminding me about the memory jar. I do something quite similar each year, instead having a memory box filled with nick nacks and things from the year, anything from movie tickets to business cards from a nice restaurant I ate at with friends. I had almost forgotten. I think stop caring so much is something that I am wishing to do too!

  2. good luck with your goals for this year! reading books should definitely be an easy one to do, especially if you get yourself some ebooks. I always find they're easy to read, especially at work in boring meetings!


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