Spending a few hours in the car driving home from Cork I decided to put the time to good use and have a stab at sharing some of my goals for 2016 with you all. I’ve mentioned before about the power of positive thinking, vision boards and attracting what you want into your life. I think this has been the foundation of my happiness for the past few years. When you become conscious of what you want and you envision all those things happening to you it makes your mind a much happier place. Whats the point in being negative about everything and anything? Telling yourself you can’t do it or it’s not possible isn’t going to get you anywhere. I learnt that the hard way. The moment I changed how I was thinking everything started to get better. I’m not this positive happy go lucky person all the time – just ask Gary – but I do try my best in general, to be positive and see the good in everything. It can be a struggle at times but it can also be a life-saver when you don’t even realise.
After having a few bumpy months with positive thinking and feeling doubtful about choices and decisions, there’s no better time than now to have a fresh start. A New Year and a whole new set of opportunities, memories to be made and goals to achieve. Looking back at my post from 2014, I can’t believe how fast time has passed. Let’s hope 2016 is just as good as 2015, if not better!
Always number one on my list and I don’t think this will ever change. Travelling last year has made me even more greedy to see the world! Most of the trips we took ended up being somewhat spontaneous and there was something refreshing about it. It’s exciting letting life happen itself and to not plan every inch of your life (I like to plan..). I never expected to visit California, nor did I even expect to see Seville (we decided the day before the trip to go) and everything ended up working out. So this year I plan to travel, I don’t know where and I don’t know when but I hope that it will be something from my #bucketlistjots.
So as I’ve mentioned previously Gary and I really enjoyed living in Canada for two years in our little condo but as our circumstances changed so did our living arrangements. But this year will be the year we buy our first home and I’m literally so excited I could BURST. Not that renting is bad, because to be honest it was the best thing we ever done! It’s just that our circumstances have changed and the opportunity to buy is right in front of us so we definitely are going to take it. I’m excited for this chapter in our lives to open so many new categories to talk about – interior design and styling. Eeeeek.
Considering we moved country for an opportunity I took, I plan on putting everything I can into my work. I’ve always been dedicated and ambitious when it comes to work and that’s just who I am. Not many women are as career driven and thats ok too, it’s whatever works for you. Speaking of this, has anybody watched Robert De Niro’s new movie The Intern? LOVE. It’s all about the 21st Century working mom (not that I’m a mom). I just love encouragement and power to women in the workplace!
Last year I ran the 10km Sporting Life Run for sick kids with Cancer in Toronto and it was one of the most personally rewarding things I’ve ever done. Originally it was a goal to work towards in my running, but as I got more involved in the cause I couldn’t help but fundraise. Charitable work doesn’t have to be massive, every little counts. Signing up for the run alone is a donation and any more is a bonus. I raised $380 to send one child with cancer to summer camp. Every person that was selfless and kind enough to donate even $5 was amazing. I’ve never seen children under going chemotherapy participate in an event before. I ran the 10km with tears in my eyes! It’s eye opening to see how many people are suffering from such a horrible disease and how 27,000 people came together in one big act of kindness to raise $2 million.
This year I plan on continue running, for both personal and charitable reasons. I want to do the 5km Mini Marathon for a charity and get as many people involved as possible. Also, this Christmas in work we decided instead of doing Kris kindle we would buy gifts for the sick children in Our Lady Children’s Hospital. This was an idea I took from my previous job at Sears and spread to my new job in Dublin. Everyone in work put so much time and effort into buying a gift they thought the children would like and it really lifted the spirt of giving at Christmas. Seeing how grateful the Hospital were for donations at Christmas was truly touching.
I think when I started running I never imagined I could run for longer than 2 minutes straight. Last June I ran for just under 2 hours when I done the Nike 15k in Toronto. This year I want to do a half marathon (21k). I’ve learnt that running is predominately a struggle in the mind, if you can battle the mind games you can achieve anything.
Not the only girl (or guy) in the world that struggles with a healthy relationship with food! It’s an on-going love/hate relationship with whether or not eating the bar of chocolate is worth it (lol who am I kidding it’s always worth it!) but I think it’s more about finding balance and moderation that I need to work on.
If you haven’t already noticed I LOVE to take photos. It’s become a slight obsession and I get slagged about it at home all the time. I’m nearly like the paparazzi around my family. I always have a camera of some sort in my hand, snapping a photo or videoing a moment we never want to forget. I blame my Granda for instilling this in me, he loves looking back at old photos and old memories. Makes me scared that if I don’t snap a moment we might forget it.
This year if I can find a work/life/spare time balance I’d love to take a part time photography class. I don’t want to be a professional but I would like to know what I’m doing (when I’m not using my iPhone).
That brings me to my last point, my blog. I feel nowadays everybody has a blog and it’s probably saturating the market a bit with originality and uniqueness. But as long as I continue to enjoy writing for me and I don’t get sucked into a cliche then I don’t see anything wrong with it. I think before the focus was to increase traffic, promote on social media and it was all a little forced. It’s not really who I am or what this was all about, but I guess I got sucked into the blogosphere. I tend to write a little bit more personal and wear my heart on my sleeve. So I’m going to take a step back from all that and just blog about whatever I want. I’ll try and be mindful to the people that always drop by, have a genuine interest in what I have to say and send me emails/mails/texts when they enjoy a post.
I read so many blogs through out the year and on New Years Day it was really inspiring to read everybody’s ambitions for 2016. I think my favourite post was from Erika at retroflame.com where she had guest bloggers give their favourite quote and the whole post was really just very inspiring and positive.
Following on from that, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes. Get out of your comfort zone! Nothing new, exciting, challenging or changing will happen if you stay snug and settled in your comforts. Eevrything you want is on the other side of fear, it’s outside that comfort zone. GO GET IT!