I don’t know about you, but how quickly has January passed by?! It only seems like yesterday since we were celebrating the start of the New Year.
Now, I’ll be honest and mention that any timely blogger would have published this blog post at the beginning of the year. However, as it’s me – I’m running a little late with it. But then again, January has given me time to reflect, to think about things and to enjoy some great moments.
I wanted to share with you a selection of goals which I would like to achieve in 2015. The list does contain some general life lessons, which I will always want to pursue. However, I felt like this list will help me to shape my year in the best possible ways and for me to really get on with things…
1. Say hey, good lookin’ – what ya got cookin’?
Creating delicious dinners, whilst experimenting with a whole variety of flavours is something I truly enjoy. I do try my best to eat well – but I can’t deny I have a serious sweet tooth. Even as I’m typing this, I’m battling with the sugar demons as to whether I should have a bit of chocolate to go alongside my cup of tea.
Nevertheless, already this month we have made some really enjoyable and healthy dishes – including salmon and sweet potato, and stir-frys with succulent sauces. Last night I tried one of my (now) favourite Romanian dishes – varza cu carnati la cuptor (essentially – cabbage, peppers, onion, tomato paste and smokey sausages), with every mouthful it just got better and better. That’s not to say, we don’t enjoy a Pappa John’s every now and again…
2. It’s a blog’s life
I do find blogging difficult. Sometimes I can struggle with deciding on an article idea, other times it can be finding the energy to write an engaging piece. I read so many amazing blogs with truly inspirational content, regular postings and outstanding photography. But more often that not, even with an interesting idea in my mind – I struggle with writer’s block.
Earlier last month, I went back to basics. I addressed the blogging issues I had been struggling with and it really helped me to gain more of a focus. For any bloggers who are like me, then I would highly recommend going back to basics. I’ve planned a whole load of blog posts which I can’t wait to start and finally make my little place on the internet, my blogging home.
3. I’m dreaming of some sunshine
When the days are grey and I’m dressed like I’m preparing to go on an expedition to the Antarctica in my fluffy socks, boots and furry coat, I can’t help but dream of a little sunshine.
To have my feet buried in the hot sand, my hips bobbing up and down in the cold sea and feeling the sun’s rays on my skin – summer can’t come soon enough. I don’t have any holiday plans yet, but to relax, have fun and see someplace different is something I am so excited about. I had an amazing summer last year and I can’t wait to see what this year’s will bring.
Although don’t get me wrong, I have a feeling I’m going to miss my onesie!
4. Buna and Bonjour!
My love for languages began before I can even remember. I was always inspired by languages as my Dad’s side of the family live in Romania. I simply love being immersed in languages – to hear different phrases and to be surprised when I guess the meaning of something correctly. It has always been a part of me.
I have said for more years than I’d like to remember, that I will learn Romanian fluently. Unfortunately, this has not yet happened. Sometimes I can understand the gist of a conversation if I listen properly, but the frustration of not being able to express myself only gets stronger.
This year I want to set myself aims to learn a bit of the language each week – whether this may happen by listening to Radio ZU, reading a news article or simply translating a word-a-day, I know it will all help.
As well as practicing my Romanian, I also want to develop my French. I began learning French in high school and last year, I took up lessons to refresh after feeling inspired by my trip to Paris. The course begins again soon and I am really hoping to join – let’s just hope I don’t get confused between the two!
5. Exercise? Oh, I thought you meant extra-fries…
Over the past few months, I have heard the phrase “summer bodies are made during winter”. Now, I have been in the situation with less than one week to go before a beach holiday and I’ve run myself ragged with one too many sit-ups. So much so, getting on and off a sun-bed was more hassle than it was worth.
This year, I feel like taking it slowly. Building up my strength and developing my fitness – will hopefully lead me to getting into an effective fitness routine.
Last week I signed up to a lunchtime fitness class – bums’n’tums to be precise. The first lesson went well and I could definitely feel the affects of the workout a few days after! But I also want to continue my zumba and dance wherever and whenever I can – hopefully I’ll be twisting and spinning my ways to the beach soon!
6. A sprinkle of kindness
As strange as it may seem in our busy lives, helping somebody in need may not always be one of our priorities. I truly believe a small act of kindness can go a long way.
This year, I want to challenge myself to help others, share some love and to show a whole load of kindness. Whether it is giving somebody a hot drink and food, baking cakes for a charity bake sale, or raising awareness of a particular charity – these are all things I want and will do this year.
I know it’s easy to make these promises, but I really want to make them happen. I know that small acts will help to bring a load of happiness to somebody’s day.
7. Becoming a bookworm
When I was growing up, I used to read a new book each week. Nowadays, reading a book per month barely happens. It’s amazing how we can all get tied up in the world of the internet – yes, I know it all sounds rather hypocritical. But taking time to read and escape from phones, laptops and the TV can work wonders.
I honestly love getting stuck into a good book. Truly feeling and living each and every word, makes it all magic. So this year, I aim to read a new book each month. In January I read Gone Girl and now I’m on the hunt for a new book. My taste in literature varies from thrillers, classics, movie books to political/historical novels – it’s just deciding on one book to read which is the problem!
8. I need a dollar, dollar…
I am dreadful at saving money. I thought I would have learnt to budget whilst being a student, but it turns out that was one lesson I didn’t learn.
This year, I am determined to master the art of budgeting and to really take control of my finances. I need to learn that despite it being a mundane and perhaps scary task – I need to do it.
For Christmas, my Mum bought me a budget planner. I haven’t used it so far this year, but I certainly plan on using it for over the forthcoming year(s). I guess little steps can help to conquer the future – one penny at a time…
We all have those days when everything can go wrong and it can all get a little too much.
In such moments, I have learnt to see the bigger picture and to be grateful for everything – little and large. I know that everything has a way of working itself out and if things are meant to be, they just happen.
I have so much to be thankful for and so many amazing people who I love. From those who make me smile and laugh everyday, to the ones who constantly inspire and encourage me. I aim to continue sharing my love and to let them all know how thankful I am.
And I guess all that’s left to say is, let the good times roll…