What I want to achieve in my 27th year!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

On the 20th April I have been on this planet for 27 years. Can you believe it?!
I don't think I do, nor do my parents!
I really do wish I was seven again, having no cares in the world except which Spice Girl doll I wanted - I opted for Posh in the end, FYI!
Now, I'm 27 and having to budget every week, pay bills, pull weeds up in the yard. Adult stuff.

Every year on my birthday, I guarantee I will take a couple minutes to reflect on what I have achieved in my life, and to be honest it always gets me down because I feel that I haven't managed anything. Anyway, enough of that because this is why I am creating a list of things I want to achieve before my 28th birthday, a whole 365 days to go!

Being consistent on my blog

Even though I rebranded my blog (new name and all) in 2016, I had actually started four years ago this month! Back then, I was pretty consistent with my writing and would just talk about anything and everything, right up until I got a 9-5 job. Soon I found myself coming in from work, plonking myself in front of the TV and occasionally fall asleep.

If anything, since being with Andy and telling him how I use to love writing on my blog, it was he and my mum who told me to get back into it. I'll write another post about how I got back into it, as I hope it will help others.
This year I want to post every Saturday and at this present time I have more drafts than published, so I think that's a start and this will be my third consistent post!

Get back into Yoga

One of my New Year's resolutions was to start Yoga at home. Previously I had experienced Yoga within a field surrounded my trees and the rain and also at a staff conference.
At the moment, I feel much more comfortable in my own space following a YouTube tutorial. However, I have this feeling that sometimes I have no idea whether I'm doing it right, so eventually would like to join a group once I've mastered the basics.

Throughout January, I managed to do unwind for bed every Tuesday by completing five minutes of Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. When the cold weather in February arrived, I was choosing the warmth of my bed over a yoga mat on the cold floor and by March I was on the road for work.
My aim for this year is to get back to doing my Yoga Tuesdays.

Go on Holiday 

Even though I've had mini city breaks (York, Bath, London) with Andy, a true holiday is one abroad, right?  The last time I was in a hot country, relaxing by the pool was to Ibiza in 2015, before that it was 2009! I very rarely go away.
I would love to go abroad somewhere warm this year, even if it's for a couple of nights in Europe. Money is a bit tight at the moment for me, so this isn't a priority on my list of achievements at the moment.

I can only yearn for this type of view again - Ibiza, Spain.

Learn a new craft

I like to think I'm a creative person - drawing, pottery, traditional stain glass, sign writing (not blowing my own trumpet or anything), but there is one craft I've not quite grasped the love for. Knitting/crocheting.
Last time I attempted to knit, I tried to make my own chunky snood with the help from mum. However, I was getting frustrated when I kept dropping a stitch but not realising until it was too late...

Last weekend, Andy's sister-in-law was showing me the blanket she was crocheting for her lounge.
I was fixed and she made it look so easy! Didn't help that she had never crochet in her life and simply watched a video on YouTube! I've been looking for a blanket for my lounge recently, which is chunky knit and in a certain green which will tie in with the curtains.  I've looked at every shop I can think of and some of the prices of the blankets are... high.
Do you have any recommendations on guides I can follow?

Finish reading at least one book

For a book lover like myself, I'm incredibly bad with not finishing a book. I suppose it's because if I like a story so much, I just don't want it to end so I stop reading.
But when I've counted at least 14 books which have book marks in the middle, it's quite silly and I've not even counted the books on my Kindle!
My aim this year is to finish these books, even if it means starting again and for every three finished, I may treat myself to a new book that I can stop in the middle of.

Get back into my photography

As well as my blog taking a hit since leaving the hotel industry (I loved having the odd days off rather than a weekend), my use of the camera slowly deteriorated to a point that the camera spent more time in its bag than out of it!
But I want that to change and recently my confidence has increased for me to feel comfortable in using it in public, even Andy tells me to bring my camera if we're going somewhere for the day.
Now that my mojo for blogging has returned, I will need to use the camera more for the photos.
A win-win situation!

Get one room finished in the house

I've lived in my house for five months now, owned for over a year and there are still small things to do. Painting the kitchen table, put in a shower curtain so I don't flood the bathroom and change a door which has the bottom missing, amongst a few others.
I want to aim to get at least one room finished this year and it shouldn't take that long as there are only three rooms in this tiny home!

There we have it, have you got anything you want to achieve this year? Maybe you have recommendations for some more books I can add to my collection.

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