Hello everyone and a very happy new 2014 to you! I hope your Christmas was peaceful and that you enjoyed the celebrations :) It’s the 5th of January already, can you believe it?
I loved this quote above that I found on Pinterest because it sums up my feelings for the year ahead :)
5 Goals for 2014
1. New Job: I am going to find a new job hopefully early this year and this I am VERY excited about. I have in the past, really only ever taken jobs out of necessity to keep working or after periods of unemployment. In 2014 though, I’m optimistic this time around that I am going to find the best job yet and I have already started preparations for making this happen :)
2. Visit Japan in Spring 2015: Initially this was earmarked for 2014, but this is realistically in 3 months time now! My, doesn’t time fly? LOL! I’m not what you would call a seasoned world traveller by any means and I have never been to Asia before, so I want to do my homework a little bit more so as we can get the full enjoyment out of it. SFT, I will be paying close attention and hoping to cog some notes and ideas! I’m not sure how much we should put away for this, but we will need at least €1400 for the flights alone that means putting away 120€ a month each if we want to book at the beginning of July. We will also try to learn a bit of basic Japanese (hello library card)
3. Keep in Touch: When I moved to Germany first, I used to write an email to my closest friends once a week on a Sunday and this has slowly drifted out of habit over time. This is something I would like to try to make a better effort to do.
4. Take Care of Myself: Start each morning with a glass of water, look after my mental health (gratitude diary, learning and practising new techniques to change behaviours), do yoga every day to help my shoulder. I’ve already come such a long way on the mental health and from what I read, exercise is a great boost for this too.
I bought myself the present of Dashama’s DVD which I find very challenging but found her free 30 day Yoga Challenge videos on Youtube to be very very beneficial when I hadn’t a bean to my name. I have considered joining a class to get my bum out of the office on time but am finding it hard to part with €90 for 8 classes :/
5. Get my Pension sorted and be more Charitable
Have you any New Year’s Resolutions for this year? Do you think it’s better to give to charity as you see fit, to who needs it when you can or to specify and “budget” for it? I’m not too sure how to go about this. All I know is that I feel blessed with what I have and there are so many who could use a helping hand.
In any case I wish you all the best year yet for 2014:)