Plans for 2015

Plans for 2015 - The Pillow Fort

We’re a week into 2015. I haven’t yet ‘started’ the year in terms of goals/plans/resolutions.

But ya’know what? That’s okay.

The Christmas holidays were very, very busy for me. My girlfriend drove (us) over 400 miles in 6 days. And then I had to travel an extra 8 hours round trip by train to attend a school friend’s wedding. It was a full-on 10 days.

With all the constant doing,  I never quite found the chance to do my annual end of year reviewing and coming year planning properly. So before I knew it, it was New Years Day, and I hadn’t written the blog posts I wanted, nor finalised plans for the coming year.

I decided that instead of sulking about this and giving up on the whole thing entirely, I was going to postpone my new year for a week.

As far as I’m concerned, 2015 starts tomorrow, Thursday 8th January.

Your ‘New Year’ can begin any day you want it to. Don’t wait for the new month, or even Monday. Start right now. If you’ve got the information and resources to start (or stop!) something, just do it already.

Right, so that isn’t really the point of this blog post, but just a point I wanted to make, and reminds me of one of my favourite quotes: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. 


2014: Goals and how I did

I’ve not even written my 2014 review blog yet. But again, deep breaths, it’s okay.


2015

word for the yearWord of the Year

I’m not sure how this word came to me, but I’ve known for several months now that my word for 2015 will be Flow.

I love having a guiding word (or couple of words) for the year. I wrote a whole blog post about that here.

You’re about to see how few goals/plans I have for 2015, compared to 2014, and that’s largely because I want to see what happens when I go with the flow a bit more. Instead of working against my health, energy levels, interests, etc, and persisting in doing the things I’d initially planned, this year I want to try and work with the natural flow of life a little more. Our day to day lives naturally and rightly have ups and downs, and I want to see what to flow with that this year. I want to see what opportunities arise when I’m not actively trying to force things to happen a certain way.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still clear about some of my broader goals for this year and beyond, but I’m trying to let go of my preconceived ideas about how they should happen. I’m open to new and exciting possibilities!

 

Goals

This year I fell in love with the Secret Owl Society’s free New Year’s Resolutions printable, and have decided to predominently focus my goals using its structure.

New Year's Resolutions Poster

Do more: eating at a table

I hardly ever eat at a table. I want to be a proper adult, eat at a table and enjoy my food.

Do less: eating in front of a TV/computer

See above. 

Travel to: Dublin, Edinburgh and a caravan holiday

Last year my girlfriend and I had our first ‘big’ holiday to Tenerife. This year we’ve largely agreed to save our money for other priorities, but Dublin and Edinburgh have been on our list since we first met and shouldn’t be too hard or expensive to do! 

Become: healthier and fitter

I know it’s the most standard New Year’s Resolution ever, but it’s true. I’m not under any illusions that things will magically change, but this list is going on my door and I’ll see it every day. If I’m constantly reminded to make healthier choices, that’s a good start! Fitter is likely to come in the form of yoga, athletics, Couch to 5k, or a combination of all 3! 

UCAS_apply-4Achieve: place on PGCE course

I’ve not formally ‘announced’ this year, but my plan is to start a Secondary Maths Teacher Training qualification comes September… full time! It’s the biggest challenge I’ll have taken on in many years, and I’ve got a long way to go to work myself up to it, but something is telling me that now is the time to make my lifelong Plan B teacher plan my new Plan A. 

Release: clutter

As the daughter of a collector and a hoarder, clutter and stuff is going to almost definitely be a lifelong battle for me. You’d have no idea that I’m an avid reader of minimalist and simplicty blogs based on the amount of crap I own!

Gain: my savings back

In the last couple of years my savings have dwindled to a fraction of what they were before. A lot went into setting up The Pillow Fort, doing B-School, and other bits and bobs. Any spare money this year is going straight back into my savings. (Or at least that’s the plan…!) 

Eliminate: chocolate and phone in bed

This is one of my biggest goals for 2015: to quit chocolate (except for the occasional vegan, hopefully sugar free, piece or two). Chocolate gives me migraines. Migraines make me miserable.  I don’t eat excessive amounts of chocolate, but this experiment to see if the low-level headache haze I’ve had most of the time for the past 9 years lifts if I cut out all chocolate. It’s going to be tough, but I think I’m up to the challenge!

Faffing on my phone in bed is another awful habit of mine. My poor eyes and brain! Last thing I do before I go to sleep, and first thing in the morning. Both have got to go. 

Create: more healthy meals and packed lunches

I’ve got a proper part time office job now – 18 hours a week. Two days a week I eat lunch at work. To save money, and to help with general “not eating crap”, I really want to be better at taking packed lunches. Also, more healthy meals cooking at home.

Improve: energy levels

Sleep properly, eat healthily, exercise, etc. 

Learn: Subject Knowledge Enhancement Maths

Because I don’t have a maths degree, I need to do some maths before I can start my teacher training. 

Read: 18 books

I did so well on my reading goal last year! Feel free to follow me on Goodreads if you want to see my progress. 

Make: weekly meal plans

If I know what we’re eating then I can better prepare and waste less food – yay! 

Embrace: morning and evening routines

Ahh, the elusive morning or evening routine. One day you’ll be mine! Mwhaha. 

Organise: computer files

Unsurprisingly, files on my computer are completely and utterly out of control. 

Simplify: facebook groups

I’m in millions. I can’t keep up. They clog up my notifications and my emails. The time has come to do something! 

Practice: yoga and meditation

Both are good for me. I should do more of them. And remember that you ‘practice’ them, and it’s not a competition! 

 

Extra Plans/Goals/Resolutions

  • Try vlogging
  • Journal/Best Things Diary daily
  • Pull an oracle card every morning
  • See friends more often
  • Get reiki attuned, or some similar weird energy healing modality
  • Reply to most emails within 3 ‘working’ days
  • Run some sort of The Pillow Fort ‘Challenge’
  • Blog more
  • Buy more cute household stuff with my girlfriend (and get rid of older stuff that’s not so nice now)
  • Spend less time on the computer, and more time doing things/being outside
  • Go to a really fancy spa

 

So there you have it, my plans and goals for 2015. A lot less complex than for 2014 but I want to go with the flow of where life takes me.

What are your main plans and goals for 2015? Let me know in the comments!