I can't believe we're already a bit over a week into 2014, 2013 was such an amazing year for me and I feel like I accomplished so many of my goals that I set out for myself last year, seven out of nine which isn't too bad! The standouts are graduating college, travelling, maintaining my weight loss and taking part in the Mini Marathon. I do find it good to set out mini goals in the New Year as opposed to one big resolution as there more realistic, for me anyways! I have a few goals jotted down for this year so I though I'd share them with you guys!
Ever since I finished secondary school I've always wanted to travel the world. Loads of little things always seem to get in the way so I'm hoping 2014 is the year that I hop on a plane and just do it. There's two destinations I'd love to visit, Canada and Australia. I guess the dream is to go over and work for a couple of months, of course I want to visit alot of different cities while I'm there too. I think like everyone I would be nervous about being in a huge city unknown to me but I guess that is a part of the fun of going travelling, it's all a big adventure. Everyone I've talked to that upped sticks and went travelling rave about the experience so hopefully this year is my year to enjoy it too. Paddy and I already have a couple of holidays in the works so you'll definitely see upcoming posts on them for sure. I love reading back over all my old holiday posts, it's so nice to have something to look back on.
Go to the Gym more than once a week!
I love going to the gym but like anyone I find it really hard to find the time to go. I signed up for a yearly membership back in November and I can probably count on two hands the amount of time I've gone. During 2014 I'm going to set myself a goal to go more than once a week be it going to classes or just working out for 40 minutes after work. I definitely think this is achievable so I'm not really too worried. I've already gotten a program from the gym so I'm hoping that makes things a little easier.
Three 10km Runs in 3 months
Last year I took part in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon, I really enjoyed the whole experience and to finish the race in 1 hour and 13 minutes was one of my biggest accomplishments to date. It took alot of work and dedication to get fit for the big day and I want to do even more this year. Starting now, I'm going to train for three 10km runs which take place in April, May and June. I know it's going to take alot of work e.g blood, sweat and tears, but it will be all worth it in the end. I'm going to try to jog a couple of times a week with my work buddy Alison. We trained for the Mini Marathon together last year and it was so much fun. One of the runs is on in Manchester so I can't wait to run that! I'm already trying to convince my Aunty Val to do this years Mini Marathon with me as I know she always wanted to do it.
Learn to Drive and finally get a Car!
One thing I really want to do this year is to learn how to drive. I've always wanted to have my own car and go wherever the wind may take me. I seriously don't know why it has taken me so long to learn. I'm going to book in to do my theory test in January so hopefully I pass that and start doing some lessons. I've already started looking at cars I want to buy. I'm thinking either a Nissan Micra or a Volkswagen Polo so fingers crossed the theory test goes well.
Learn a new language!
I was big into languages in school, Irish and French were two of my favourite subjects. Fast forward five years and learning languages has definitely fallen by the wayside so I'm hoping to change things in 2014. I've always wanted to learn Spanish so I'm hoping to take a beginners course in that, who knows by this time next year I could be fluent. One of my favourite cities is Barcelona, so it would be really cool to go over there on holidays and be able to speak the language.
Last and definitely not least is Be-Positive. I do find myself sometimes feeling down over things that don't really warrant much of my thoughts or my time. I must admit one of my main faults is being an over thinker which for me is definitely not a good thing. 2014 is the year that I'm going to remind myself to breath, take 10 seconds and chill out. At the end of the day nothing is ever as bad as it initially seems.
2013 was certainly good to me and I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!