Making plans for 2015

2015 Plans

Firstly, I hope you all had a fantastic New Years Eve, may 2015 bring you lots of happiness!

I love a new year, it’s a time for fresh starts and optimism, a time to write down a list of all the things you’d like to do and achieve over the next 12 months.

Last night (after lots of yummy food, lovely drinks and hilarious party games) my friends and I made a collective list of what we’d like to do as friends in 2015. From picnics in the park through to afternoon tea at The Ritz and charity work. We’ve never done this before, but it was such a lovely thing to do together on NYE.

Over the past few days I’ve been working on my own personal plans for 2015. I’m sure I’ll end up adding to this list, but here’s 10 things to get me started…

1) Do more fun stuff

How many times do you sit there and say “oh that would be fun to do”, but you end up not doing it? That’s what I’m fed up of doing, so this year I’m going to make a real effort to make sure I actually do have more fun experiences. A few I’ve thought about doing include; Airkix (indoor skydiving), visiting the theatre, a 4×4 driving experience, seeing more films at the cinema, visiting London more often… I’m sure there’s a million more I could add to this list, but I just simply want to “do more”.

2) Travel to somewhere I’ve not been before

I love the idea of heading off to somewhere like New York and have looked into that exact place recently. However, even if I don’t get round to going there this year, I’d just like to explore and photographically capture somewhere new either in the UK or abroad.

3) Buy my first home

A big, huge, scary step, but it’s time to start looking into everything once again. Fingers crossed!

4) Save more pennies

I’m already pretty good with my money but I just want to make sure I keep at it, cut back a little more where possible and maybe sell a few items to raise some more funds for moving out.

5) Learn how to cook

If I’m going to make the jump and move out…I’ve got to be able to cook! So now’s the time to start learning at least a few basics so that I can survive whilst living away from the parental home. Who knows, one day I might even be able to hold a dinner party in my own place! (If my friends are reading this, don’t laugh…I might be able to one day!)

6) Learn to play my ukulele

Early last year I bought myself a ukulele, I thought it would be a fun little instrument to learn how to play. But that’s exactly what I haven’t done yet…learn how to play! So this year, I hope to set aside a little bit of time to look up a few tutorials on YouTube and get playing.

7) Say “yes” more often

What a great yet simple way of making sure you experience more in life. Even the most average sounding evening has the power to turn into something truly memorable, you never know who you may meet or what experiences you may end up having. So I plan to say “yes” a lot more this year and make the most of life.

8) Hit my 3 stone weight loss target

Over the past year or so I lost 2.5 stone in weight. I have just a little more to lose now, so I’d really like to get to the 3 stone mark at least.

9) Do more for local charities

I’ve donated food to the MK Food Bank a few times before and even got to spend a couple of hours working at their warehouse recently with work, but I’d definitely like to do more for them. Donating to your local food bank doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, even if you donate just one item, you can make a difference.

I’d also like to help our local animal rehoming centres too, simply because I think they do an amazing job. So I will definitely set aside some time to donate some much needed items to them this year.

10) Keep on writing

Finally, I want to make sure that I keep this blog going! I enjoy writing and I’m really looking forward to putting together a few different types of posts over the year.

Setting goals and writing “to do” lists for the year is a lot of fun, however, I think it’s important to not put yourself under too much pressure to achieve everything you set out to. Even if you just tick one or two things off your list or work towards another (e.g. a weight loss goal), doing *something* is better than nothing and you should be proud of any little thing you have achieved or done. This is a “note to self” too!

What are you planning to do in 2015?

Amanda :)

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