I used to think setting New Year's resolutions was a bit of a cliché and while you can certainly set them during any time of the year, I've now come to love setting myself goals and planning out my dreams because it means beginning the New Year with a positive outlook that will hopefully carry on throughout the rest of it. I never used to set resolutions because I knew I would never achieve them, but I've really made more of an effort in my life over the past two years and 2015 will be no exception. Last year, I got my driver's licence, travelled overseas and finally moved to Melbourne. It's really awesome to look back and see how far I've come and how much progression I've made, which is also a huge confidence boost and only gives me more motivation to keep moving forward. I don't dread New Years anymore because I don't waste it away anymore and I really can't wait to see what lies ahead for 2015. This is what I have planned...
Get myself a full time job
I've worked in retail as a casual since I was 16 years old and it's about time I finally got the hell out of this soul-sucking industry. I have a uni degree, I've interned and I'd really love to be able to utilise those skills I've developed towards something I enjoy. It's not going to be easy finding digital marketing jobs, especially junior roles, but now that I live in a city with more creative opportunities, hopefully it'll be easier. It won't come straight away, but I just have to keep searching, applying and stay positive and focused. Even if I only find part time work, I'll take it, but I really need a full time job to save money and gain as much experience as I possibly can. Plus, I'll have the benefits of more paid annual leave and sick leave. I'm kind of scared about not having as much free time as I'm used to, but having a routine and keeping busy actually makes me more productive and I find I waste less time doing nothing. I'm just so over not having a set working week and being in a job where I'm really not growing or learning.
Develop a fitness routine and be healthier
I'm fast approaching my thirties now, which means my metabolism is slowing down and I really need to put more effort into my health. I've put on a couple of kilos (it's definitely not muscle!) and while it's really no big deal, I'm so out of shape and terribly unfit! Sure, I'm still skinny, but that doesn't necessarily equal fit and that I'm not allowed to physically take care of myself. I fall in and out of exercising regularly, so I really want to be able to develop good fitness habits and have it become a natural part of my daily routine, giving myself the weekends off. There's nothing more I love than indulging in food and everyone should allow themselves to every once in a while without feeling guilty, but the only way to do this is by exercising. It's better that I start now while I'm young, so I can keep it up as I get older. I don't want to lose weight and I sure as hell won't be counting calories, but I want to tone up, eat healthily (most of the time) and drink plenty of water. More than health, it's about feeling confident and respecting myself too.
You don't have to be a long-time reader of my blog to know I'm a complete Francophile. Since studying the art movements of Neoclassicism and Romanticism in high school, I fell in love with France's art and its history, but everything from the food, the fashion, the skincare, the people and the language are all so lovely. As a dream of mine to live in Paris and travel Europe again for a few months, I really want to study French and being able to understand another language apart from English is a really awesome skill to have. I don't know if I'll ever get to the stage where I'm fluent, but it's just something I want to give a go at. I'm going to begin by studying on the Duolingo app and hopefully when I get a job, I can actually invest in going to classes.
Relearn how to play the flute
I've mentioned this once on my blog before, but when I was in Year 6, I played the flute for a year. I gave it up when I got to Year 7 because I was a stupid kid who didn't care about things, but now that I'm a lot older, I'd really love to pick it up again. When I look back, I really enjoyed playing the flute and as music is something that means a lot to me in my life, I'd love to be able to play some myself. I don't think it'll be too hard to reteach myself and it's just something I want to do for fun in my free time, kind of like blogging. Buying a flute will be an expensive purchase, but one I know will absolutely be worth the investment because it's good to have lots of interests and hobbies. I spend the majority of my disposable income on beauty products and while that's fine and all, I should invest some of that into things that are going to help me grow and better myself as a person.
Save, save, save
In 2014, my savings were at an all-time high. I then sacrificed my money to travel and move out of home across the other side of the country, which has now lead it to being at an all-time low! I have no regrets because that was the exact intent of my savings account and still is, but now I really have to work hard at getting it back up again. This doesn't necessarily mean no spending because let's be real here, that's just impossible for me, but to simply discipline myself and spend less. I can still buy all those nice things on my wishlist, I just have to wait a little longer than usual. I've got rent and utility bills to pay now, which makes it harder and it sucks, but hey, I had to grow up and become independent sometime. I dream of owning an apartment one day and my friends have made travel plans for America in 2016 and there's just no way they're going without me! We plan on going to Coachella and naturally, the majority of the money I save for America will be allocated to Sephora.
Travelling is a luxury not all of us can afford, but one absolutely worth saving your money for. I want to make it a goal of mine to travel overseas at least once every year, whether it be a short or a long holiday, and this year I'm going to India! A good friend of mine is getting married at the end of the month and while I'm pretty strapped for cash right now, it's an opportunity I just can't miss out on because if I don't go now, I never will. It's only for a week, but in that time, I'll get to experience a traditional Indian wedding (I have to wear a sari!) and see the Taj Mahal. It'll be the third out of the New 7 Wonders of the World I've seen and I'm so excited! I don't have any other overseas travel plans for the rest of the year because as I stated above, I need to concentrate on saving, but I would like to go on a little interstate holiday to Sydney in December for New Years Eve with my sister (I was watching the fireworks on TV and they looked amazing!). 2016 will be all about the US of A!
Blog more often
I'm not the best at keeping up with blogging; I only blog a few times a month, but I would like to work on that this year because it really is my favourite thing to do in my spare time. As you can see, I've set myself some resolutions that are going to keep me pretty busy throughout the year, but I can only try! I would like to incorporate more fashion and style posts in with beauty and I'm curious to know if there's anything you guys would like to see more of. I'm open to suggestions! I also mentioned on Twitter that I filmed my first YouTube video, which is exciting stuff! I don't intend on it becoming a big thing as blogging is still my number one love, but I thought it'd be fun to dabble into. I'm not sure when I'll make my debut yet, but keep an eye out! There's a lot happening here!
Happy 2015, everyone, and may all your dreams come true!