Use good things, stop 'saving' stuff for special occasions. Hard to measure but I would say done.Stretch every day. Most days. Definitely could improve. Vitamins every day. Yep. Helps when you stock up on excellent US gummie vitamins, as though you are a 7 year old. Eat meat no more than once a week. I would say most weeks, easily. Eat less chicken. Also yes. And feeling all the better for both of the aboveNo engaging in online arguments, less time online in general. Arguments success, less time online definitely not. Between uni and vegetating in front of Facebook at night, a massive no. Takeaway once a week only, cook more at home. Again a fail. I went weeks without cooking. Thank our saviour Pete Evans for Mr C, who kept the household not only fed but afloat in these dark uni times. Don't buy anything made in China, Taiwan etc. A win by default, since I barely had time to shop this year. Apart from gym clothes, which I may have managed to regularly stock up on.Go overseas at least once. Twice! Like the greedy guts I am, I took two very lovely overseas holidays. Mr C and I spent a few weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia, and ate ourselves silly(er) for a few luxurious nights in Singapore on the way home. As a massive carrot for me to get through my two-subject semester, I booked a trip to New York to visit Magda, that took up most of my break. Apart from the many, many minutes spent daydreaming of what was to come, it was an awesome incentive to get through those delightful winter nights of study. Wardrobe cull at the start of every new season Nope. No time, no focus. I just did a ridiculously big cull during the Christmas break which was so satisfying it was almost worth dealing with the nightmare that was my wardrobe for the rest of the year. Read every night. If you count textbooks and uni articles, nailed it.As ever, new years resolutions and #newyearnewme bullshit can suck it, but I really genuinely love looking back at whatever took my fancy 12 months prior. I never want to stand still, never want to get complacent, and why do you need to wait til you're drinking on 31 December to think about what it is that you want to change in your life?
Because I am all MBA-ified, this year my goals are going to be SMART this year. Would you check me out? That $90k is paying for itself! An alcohol break until Australia Day. This is a big one for me. The month leading up to Christmas, then the break itself was just horrendous in terms of food and drink for me. I felt dreadful, but like I was on a merry go round or rollercoaster or some sort of theme park analogy which meant telling myself I couldn't stop. I had every excuse under the sun- the 'let's catch up before Christmas' drinks, work events, mum visiting, birthday parties. It's going to be tough. I have just read about Sarah-Jane Clarke's year-long break and if she can do it, so can I. This means not a sip of alcohol until the 26th. And then after that, I'll reassess. Drink green tea every single day. Easy. Except it's not. Log food every day. This might seem excessive. But I really need to get a handle on what I am shoving in my gob for a lot of reasons. No screens after 7pm every night. Except for uni nights obviously and genuine study. Not studying that turns into browsing mytheresa (Daily Mail).Mindfulness practice. 10 minutes every day. Starting with 10 minutes. Every day. No excuses. Completely three more MBA subjects. This is getting written down so a 'break' doesn't happen. Stretch every day. Yep, that one again. Renovate this bloody house. And start speaking about the renovation more positively. Ha. But this year I want at least the kitchen and one bathroom done. Once we decide what is happening with the house of course. No rush. I would love to have a travel goal but I really don't know what's going to happen this year. My bestie is recently engaged to her Irish beau, so we have everything crossed for an Irish wedding. With a new job I might actually be able to have a big chunk of time off at end of fin year, something foreign to me!We'll see...Happy new year!