Tuesday 6 January 2015

2015 Words and Lists

This time last year, one of the 52 Lists prompts was to list your goals for the year. Without sounding too much like a cliché (which I’m aware I clearly am), resolutions aren't really my sort of thing.
First of all, if you're going to turn over a new leaf, it obviously doesn't have to be January (although the whole new year/new start thing does become rather infectious). Secondly, rather than just a resolution to do/be/lose/gain/etc, it's much better to start with an action plan of how to achieve that aim rather than just listing the end result. Sarah's managed to put it so much more eloquently than I have though. Lastly (in a rather tongue-in-cheek tone), I'm a firm believer of not starting anything that you know full well you're going to fail at.
Having said all that though, I did write some things down last year so let's take a look at how I did or didn't do: 

- tick a few more things from my 32 Before 32 list
Yep, I managed to complete 50% of the things on my list.
- try and feature a few more craft/food/outfit type posts on here
 Well I didn't really do any more outfit ones but I snuck in few craft ones near the end of the year (mainly about knitting).
- take part in Janey's (from Is That You Darling) Photo an Hour challenge once a month
 Yes, did this all year every month and I'm going to carry on with it this year as well.

- wear brighter lipstick
 It still feels a bit weird but I'm getting used to it.
- make more time to sit down and read books
 My GoodReads challenge was to read 30 and I read 47 so yup, check.

- take part in Ema's 52 Lists project
 I did this every week until it petered out around August (and to be fair to Ema, I imagine it was quite tiresome coming up with a different theme every week)
- try and keep my life a bit simpler
 Umm, kind of a no. I lost count of the amount of hospitals we visited and trying to fit work and having a life around all that meant that simple just wasn't really happening.
- and there's an obvious one (to do with our IVF treatment)
We tried. Twice. And failed. Twice. Three times if you count the cancelled frozen embryo transfer in September. I'm not one to give up easily though, one way or another, one day, we'll have our family, in whatever shape or form that may take.
What's the plan for 2015?
For 2015, I've got two things instead of resolutions:
1. My birthday is just before Christmas and I've been doing one of those ‘things to do before a certain age’ lists. It still feels strange saying I'm in my thirties but this year will be ’33 before 33’ and I'm going to use that list instead of a resolutions list. It's filled with smaller more-manageable targets and it feels a lot more achievable having a date to work towards (13th Dec 2015) rather than work from (1st Jan 2015). If you pop back on Thursday, you can see the 33 things I’ve decided on trying to attempt.
2. One idea that's been floating round the blogosphere for a while is the idea of having a word for the year. If I looked back at 2014 I reckon it would have to be Try (tried IVF, tried new crafts, tried breaking some bones and tried learning to walk again amongst many other things) - either that or the word Hospital.
For 2015 I’m going with two words – Calm and Create.
Calm as that's how I’d like the year to pan out (no more hospitals for any bad reasons please) and Create as that's what we’d like to do this year – create a home, create a vegetable patch, create a hutch for Andrew's lorry, create some more crafts and maybe even create a family.
Anyone else have a word for the year? Or a list of resolutions?


  1. Well, that's a really sensible approach to it- good on you!x

  2. Good luck with your Calm and Create approach for 2015. I hope you have a wonderful year x

  3. Sounds like despite its bad moments and some disappointing moments, 2014 wasn't too bad. I hope 2015 is so much more than that for you though!

    I decided on doing one of those 26 before 26 lists, instead of resolutions, I'm quite looking forward to it :)


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