Just before my 23rd birthday I wrote a blog post entitled 24 by 24, where I set myself 24 goals to complete by next year. Because I’m already working towards my 24 goals, I don’t have many New Year’s resolutions, but I am still going to set a couple of goals that I’ve been thinking over for the past couple of weeks. Some of them are just developed versions of my 24 by 24 goals, as I’ve either altered what I plan to do, or decided how I’m going to achieve it.
1. Stop Buying Things
On my last week of work I missed my bus by one minute, so had a 29 minute wait for my next one. In that 29 minutes I went into Waterstones and spent £35 on some things I didn’t really need. It was mainly just to kill time and I instantly felt silly for doing it. I did, however, get a free chocolate, so it wasn’t all bad, but it did make me think about how I want to be spending my money. I make too many stupid purchases. At my parents’ house I have LOADS of books I haven’t touched. I have a collection of graphic novels and comics from the past couple of Comic Cons that I haven’t had time to read yet. I have DVDs I haven’t watched, games I haven’t played, and dresses I’ve never worn.
So, for this goal, the aim is to set a budget for “treats” so I’ll only buy what I really want. I’m allowing myself to get my regular comic subscriptions and the occasional item, but I want to curb my spending so I can save up for bigger, more important things.
2. Organise Mamyology
When I refreshed my blog a few years ago, I made up categories that were never really relevant to my posts. As part of this goal, I want to change these, so they split my content into easy to understand sections. I also want to fix my archives page, improve my portfolio, and read through all my previous posts to see if they need editing.
3. Start a Food Diary
This is linked to my ‘don’t eat chocolate for a month’ goal from my 24 by 24 post. I want to start eating healthier meals and getting more fruit and veg into my diet, so in order to discipline myself I’m going to create a food diary. In this, I’m going to plan my meals and snacks, then compare this with what I actually ate that day, so I can track my progress. Hopefully this will stop me from giving up and reaching for the chocolate!
4. Blog at least 52 times
In my 24 by 24 post I challenged myself to blog more, but I wanted to make this goal a little more measurable. I’ve not been able to blog consistently since I was 17, so I’m hoping that setting this goal will push me to do it. I have so many ideas for posts, I just haven’t organised my time well enough to get them written. Hopefully this is the year!
Thank you to everyone who still reads this blog, even though I neglect it sometimes. And I hope you all have a very happy New Year!
What are your goals for 2016?