17 January 2015

My Goals For 2015

I've never really bought into the whole 'new year, new me' phenomenon but I do like the idea of a fresh start and a new beginning so I find it difficult to end a year without making a few resolutions. Saying that, I focus more on goals than I do resolutions. There's just something about setting goals for myself that I've always liked - I enjoy having something to strive for, something to keep me motivated. I've set goals for myself for as long as I can remember and it's by no means just a New Year's thing for me, but I like to take advantage of the New Year's mentality and write myself a list of goals, aims and resolutions as the year comes to an end. This year, I thought I'd try something a bit different and share my goals with you lovely people, then maybe you can follow and share some of your own. I'd love to hear about them! ♥

Be more positive:
I'm a positive person in general - it's something I've really focused on over the past few years and I feel like I'm almost at the point of happiness and positivity that I want to be at. However, there are still a few things that get me down for no reason and I quite often catch myself over-thinking things until they're very negative which is something I want to work on. I really struggle to be around negative people so the last thing I want is to become negative myself. Cheesy way to kick off this post but what can I say? Positivity is damn important.

Read 25 books:
It's no secret that I love reading but I have a strong feeling that this year is going to be a busy one so I might not have quite as much time to read as I have done in the past. I read 38 books in 2014 so I thought 25 would be a nice, achievable goal for 2015.

Stress less, care less & have fun:
Pretty self-explanatory but I'm basically just sick and tired of holding myself back and stopping myself from having fun, just because of unnecessary worries and reservations. Last year, I finally realised that people don't actually care if you're having a bad hair day and ever since I started caring a lot less about the small, silly things like that, I became a whole lot happier. I want to keep that up and just focus on having a good time this year. 

Learn Dutch (complete Duolingo course):
In October of last year, I discovered the language app, Duolingo, and started to teach myself Dutch but life got pretty busy in November and December so it got pushed to the side. This year, I'm determined to get back on track with it and try to complete the course. I've always wanted to learn another language but I struggled with both French and Mandarin so hopefully Dutch suits me better. It's kind of a dream of mine to visit Holland in the future so I'm sure Dutch will come in handy one day.

Buy less crap & save more:
I've always been pretty good when it comes to saving instead of spending but I want to take this further in 2015 and only buy what I really need. Unfortunately, this might mean cutting my Costa intake down to once a fortnight instead of twice weekly... There's quite a lot I need to be saving for at the moment so I'm going to try to save a lot this year and spend less than I did last year.

Do more:
2014 was a great year as far as experiencing things and going places is concerned but I really want to push myself in 2015 and do even more. There are so many things I want to experience but I've been holding myself back (mainly because of anxiety) so I'm determined to change that this year and actually do things.

I have a feeling that 2015 is going to be a good year... I hope it treats you well!
Lots of love, Cat


  1. We have same goals! like Stress less, care less & have fun, Do more and Buy less crap & save more.
    Last year:
    I tend to overthink that would lead to worrying too much then i forget to have fun.
    Planning too much and i didnt even get to do some of it.
    and spending too much on unecessary things.
    So I wanna change that and actually slowly doing it one step at a time, and i always feel like i was rushing to get to the end results and expect too much, which was bad because i ended up being disappointed and start to beat myself up. This time, I should think about the process more than the end results and never forget to enjoy every minute of process.

    1. Sounds like a good plan for 2015! I hope you have a lovely year ♥ xx

  2. Positivity is damn important, and I think it's wonderful that you're putting it on your goals list for 2015! I generally try to be (and think of myself as) a positive person, so this is a great thing to see in a post of resolutions. It sounds like you're already doing well with it, so good for you!

    I also think your "stress less" goal is a great one, as is "Learn Dutch" (I'd love to visit Holland--specifically Amsterdam!--someday) and "Do more". Pretty much all of them are, really! I love how upbeat this list is, how you're focusing on making this year a good one by expanding your horizons and setting goals for growth and personal achievement. So good luck with all of these goals, and I hope 2015 is an amazing year for you!

    (PS: Hi again! Don't know if you remember me, but I used to follow your blog several years ago, and we're friends on Goodreads. I started a new blog last fall--Paper Daydreams--and I thought I'd stop by and say hi! Hope all's been well with you! :)

    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment! I hope 2015 treats you well ♥
      I do remember you! I'll check out your blog. xx

  3. Anonymous20/1/15 10:52

    It's refreshing to see someone say they genuinely want to learn Dutch and it's their dream to visit The Netherlands. Something different for a change, and it really is a beautiful country :)

    These sound like great goals. I also need to work on being more positive, to stress less, and to work on my anxiety so I can do and experience more. Hope we meet our goals!

    1. It's been a dream of mine for a few years now ♥
      I hope we meet our goals too! xx

    2. Anonymous20/1/15 19:19

      Yeah, I think I remember reading about it on one of your past posts. I think you talked about learning Dutch a couple of months ago? :)

    3. Yeah, I think I did ♥

  4. I'm actually Dutch so I could help you learn! I've never met anyone interested in my language, so this is a nice change...If you ever need help, be sure to let me know! x

    I always love reading these type of posts: I believe improvement to be one of the basic human needs, and I enjoy reading about what people want to be better at. Our lists are very similar! :)

    I followed you! xo it would mean a lot if you followed my blog, too, but don't feel pressured to. Have a lovely weekend! Cloudy Dreams

    1. Awh thank you! ♥ xx

    2. I want to be more positive too, I just don't know where to start.



    3. It's all about small changes and just learning to have a more positive outlook in general. :) xx


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