CategoryHappy Thoughts

2015 – The Year of Achieving

I had some goals in 2014. Some of them I kept, some I slacked on a bit. It’s all a learning experience.

Looking forward to 2015, this is the year I will turn 30. It feels like a good milestone to think about some of the things I’d like to achieve. The 30th birthday is a good deadline to aim for but these are general goals for the year, rather than things to rigidly complete by my birthday.

image1Be Debt Free*

Like most people in their 20s, I had an overdraft and loans right from the word go and it takes ages and ages to free yourself of them. It’s not helped by the encouragement of the banks to spend more, the consumer lifestyle and that classic mid 20s feeling that managing your money is for grown-ups, and you’re certainly not one of those yet! I’m pretty close to achieving this now, so hopefully if I stay on track I will be done by September.

*obviously this doesn’t include my mortgage or student loan

Finish Selfie 365

I started taking a selfie every day on my birthday last September. I’m looking forward to making them all into a video or a book to look back a year of my face. Not for narcissistic reasons – far from it – but because it’s amazing how much you can change in a year and not really notice. If you feel you don’t currently get enough of my face, you can see it every day here.

Finish 10 Books

To most people over the age of 7 this seems like a ridiculously easy target. Not for me. I read all the time – newspapers, blogs, business plans, action plans, research papers, strategies – but not books. I love reading books when I get going, I just need a bit of a kick to do that. Last year I managed 2 or 3 (which, believe it or not, is an improvement on 2013) so I’m going to aim for 10 this year. If you’re interested, I’ll log it all on Goodreads.

Exercise 100 Times

I got much better at going to the gym or for a swim in 2014 and I want to build on that. It’s also election year, so I will be going out campaigning for Jo Stevens as often as I possibly can too. Canvassing sessions are really good exercise if you make them, so I will be counting these towards my 100 target.

Make Good Micro Decisions

This is a lot less of a SMART objective, but it’s an experiment in self control. Rather than ‘eat less than 1800 calories a day’ or ‘get up by 7.40am’, this is a nudge goal. The idea is that every time I have to make a small decision, I’ll try to make a good one. In the morning, instead of picking up my phone I’ll get straight into the shower and then to work early. Instead of eating that second chocolate I’ll leave it and have a glass of water. Rather than the third coke I’ll switch to water. When I’m hungry I’ll reach for a clementine instead of a bag of crisps. Hundreds of these moments happen every week. Sometimes I’ll make the wrong decision, pull the duvet back up or eat the crisps, but if I can make the good choice even half of the time I’ll be doing well.

I haven’t included a weight-loss goal, or a specific fitness challenge but I’m hopeful that the overall result of staying positive, productive and working on these goals will lead to a healthier, happier me as the year progresses. I’d love to drop a few pounds and be able to run a little further but I’m not going to beat myself up over specifics.

Let’s do this!

Happy Thoughts – 1st December 2014

About a year ago I posted on this blog that I would share some happy thoughts each week. It’s been a busy year and I have neglected this but as I’m feeling good today let’s kick start it back up:

1454553_10100527439965117_6461139934436187834_nReally good tea

Whether it’s a strong English Breakfast to kick off the day, or a silver needle to keep the calm when you’re putting together Ikea furniture, tea is awesome.

Christmas markets

Last weekend I went to Geneva and the Christmas market in Montreux, which was magical. I’m going to follow that with Bath this weekend and Stuttgart at the end of December. The lights (and the mulled wine) make me very happy!

Winter accessories

Everyone looks adorable with a woolly hat, scarf and mittens


Happy thoughts

Some happy thoughts from this week:

  • Drinking white hot chocolate when it’s cold and dark outside
  • The sparkly goodness of Christmas jumpers
  • Singing in a really good concert

Happy Thoughts

Quite a few of my friends have done a ‘365’ ’52’ or ’12’ project this year – that being one in which you set yourself something to do every day, week or month of the year. I didn’t set out on one this year but I’m planning to do so next year. Some of my favourites are about finding joy in little things, not worrying about all the big issues of life all at the same time. See: Howard’s 365 Happy Thoughts and Sarah’s brilliant Grace in Small Things.

I’d like to try to remember the little things, and remind myself to enjoy and value them but it seems silly to wait for January 1st just to write about being happy so here’s a little list of things that have made me happy today:

Christmas Carols

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Christmas, but it’s the music that I’m into really. Despite it only being November 4th I’m ‘rocking out’ to the King’s College Cambridge Classic Carols album and it’s bringing me joy with every cadence.

Putting socks on when your feet are cold

Instant hug for your feet!

Friends that really get you

After leaving what we might call my ‘old life’ in the middle of last year I had a terrifying and exhilarating few months re-starting – new friends, new home, new things. I am so lucky to have found some of the best friends a girl could have, who are all linked by their ability to be honest, genuine and love what they love. Big kisses to you all!


Happy Animals Day

I’ve been thinking about getting another hamster for a while. I even (accidentally, I maintain) bought a cage of eBay the other week. When I went out for breakfast this morning it wasn’t really my plan to go and get one but, well, these things sometimes happen.

Breakfast was lovely – a group of friends and I went to Carluccio’s. If you haven’t been there for breakfast, I strongly recommend trying it. They have everything from a cooked full breakfast to selections of croissants and a whole host of egg-related options. That and the coffee is very good.

In the afternoon S & T were going off to look at cats in a rescue centre, with a view to adopting one. I’m not one to pass on an opportunity to see kittens so I leapt at the chance to join in when Rob offered me a lift. The cats didn’t disappoint:

Cats1 Cats2

Inevitably at this point I got the ‘bug’ and decided I wanted to go and look at hamsters. Rob fancied a look at the animals too so we went to the pet shop on the way home. After a bit of wandering round, taking pictures of the animals…

Fish2 Hamsters1

… and then wandered back over to the hamsters. I was still on the fence until Rob named one of them and then it was sort of a foregone conclusion. So here’s Matilda, at home in her new habitat:


So there we go. A really good day, with great friends, looking at cute animals and bringing one home. Lovely!

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