Once again a new year has come upon us. 2018 was quite an eventful year, filled with both ups and downs. I would say it was more up, rather than down. We had tried to put our house on the market in 2017, but took it down in 2018 after 9 months of no real offers. Only had a cheeky offer about 20k less than what we’ve expected, so we figured that it wasn’t worth it at this point and it’d probably be a better idea to just wait it out for the market to stabilise while working on lowering the mortgage. Truth be told, I actually quite like the area we’re in, just wanting a bigger place for our family.
We also adopted our furchild, Evie, late in 2018. She’s just the best, we’ve definitely struck the dog lotto! She’s slowly adjusting to adopted life and will soon have her 5th birthday on the 4th of January. We’re looking forward to this!
There’s a lot of things that I’ve learned over the past year and have appreciated life’s lessons. In growing older and wiser each year, I think I’m slowly starting to get the concept of doing what I want, when I want. And also that there is no such thing as perfect timing for things. I’m looking forward to starting to work on goals and things that I want to achieve this year.
With the work situation still the same and up in the air, we’ve been putting off trying to start a family. But as I’ve talked to a lot of people, there is no such thing as perfect timing to anything and we might look to trying to start a family at some point this year. We’re not growing any younger and I think we’re definitely ready to start the next stage in life.
Another thing that I would like to see this year would be to look at following Scott Pape’s Barefoot Investor and looking to get out finances sorted and supercharged. I must admit that I’ve always read his columns and such but haven’t actually taken steps to working on the finances. This year, I’m going to commit to reading his book and trying to implement things into our finances.
Speaking of finances, I’ve also recently decided to start a bit of a side hustle with some products that a friend had introduced me to. I’m now an Independent Sales Consultant with Norwex. My webstore is located here: https://kristinevapor.norwexbiz.com.au/. I’m looking to make it as a bit of a side income in preparation for when it is time for maternity leave. I’ve been starting to look at reducing the use of chemicals at home in preparing to be more environmentally responsible, as well as trying to reduce chemicals for health reasons. Contact me if you’re interested in booking a party, I’m happy to have a chat to you about the products in the range.
One ongoing goal I’ve had for a number of years is been to declutter the house and decorate it. It’s been achieved in various degrees, we’ve put up some pictures and furniture that is really us. I’m still working on the decluttering part, but I think it won’t end anytime soon! Definitely making some progress on that front, which is what I like. I think it’ll be a long term project though.
One last goal I’ve got for this year is to work on my health. Not just in terms of weight, but actual fitness and mental health. 2018 was a year where my mental health had been a bit up and down, and I’m definitely looking to improve this in every which way I can. Implementing small changes each day, I’m hoping to make new habits and changing things.
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So 2016 has come & gone with quite the fan fare. Of note would be all the famous people leaving this world & moving on to the next. I came across quite a few articles of those people that have passed & by golly I actually recognise some names. I guess it’s just the way of the time as we all get older & our time on this earth just gets shorter.
Enough with the macabre tone. 2017 is here & I’m excited! It’s the year we’re getting married (5 months away now, eeek!) & lots of exciting opportunities career wise. I’ve been given the opportunity to cover a role at work which uses my OT degree more & I get higher duties to complete. I’m hoping it’ll work out with the role & it’ll give me something to put on my resume. I also got into the pool for the same role in the Northern suburbs, though slightly different to what I do now.
Looking back on last year’s goals, I must say I’ve not done too shabbily. Yes, I have used pretty much the same terminology but that’s just me! I’ve managed to slowly work my way to getting fitter, I joined the gym late last year and have started small bits of exercise in an effort to get more active. The learning to invest goal was a little more difficult, I didn’t manage to get into that as my first investment turned out pretty terrible 😛
I also managed to see more of my friends during the year as well and will be following that goal into this year too. I’ve attended and started learning Auslan through work. Made it through the basic 8 week course and wanting to do the intermediate course, but haven’t yet found the time due to work commitments and the acting role. I’ve also indirectly learned some German through Matt, who is learning German. I’ve picked up the basics and can understand bits of the German music he plays in the car.
For this year, I’m keen to get some other goals into place as well. Not resolutions, but goals. I’m the kind of person who is outcome focussed, so hence the goals. It’s about the destination & not the journey for me. Although the journey is also pleasant, my focus is the destination ☺️
I’ve got quite a few goals for this year. I’m hoping to completely achieve at least half of them and make a serious dent into the other half. I like to aim big, at least I know I would’ve tried to do lots of things at once. Go big or die trying right?
My parents and brother currently live with me in my tiny 3 bedroom place and it is starting to feel a little crowded. They’re moving out soon and Matt will be moving in within the next month or so, whenever their house is finished. All of us tend to accumulate stuff and I know I’m guilty of buying heaps of things that I don’t need and just take up room. I’ve made it my goal this year to seriously declutter, sell or donate my junk or extra stuff as I don’t like living out of my room where everything is just crammed in at the moment. I’m making it a point every day to either chuck stuff, put things into a sell/donate pile and recycling items. Once I’ve gather about a car load of stuff, I’m wanting to go to the local swap meet to sell stuff and donate whatever is leftover so that I don’t collect useless junk.
I haven’t been able to decorate my house to my taste since moving in, I’m keen to expand my creative side and to make it look all nice and pretty. I’ve got all the stuff needed, the thing that’s not on my side this year is time. Between travelling to and from work daily, the wedding planning, the wedding and going out to see friends, it’s hard to get time to do much more than keep the house neat and tidy. I’ll have to work smart this year for that.
Start my side hustle
I’m not making it public yet, but stuff is in the pipeline. Again, time is again not on my side with the amount of things happening this year. I’m keen to get started as this has been a long time coming and I’m itching to start things and be on my way to being my own boss.
Get more active
This is kind of a leftover goal from last year, but it’s good. I’m making small changes each day and and looking forward to being more active and being a healthier version of me for my family.
Eat more home cooked lunches
With mum & dad moving out and Matt moving in, I’m itching to stretch my culinary muscles and will be trying to make more of an effort to make lunches. This is a 2 part goal as it is to save money for everything this year and to also be a healthier version of me.
Plan and go on our honeymoon
We’re thinking of going on an overseas trip maybe at the end of the year or early next year (possibly 3 countries, so there will be heaps of planning involved). We’ve got a few ideas in mind but nothing set in stone yet as money is tight at the moment and we’re saving everything for the wedding at the moment.
Take more photos
Ironic that this post does not have photos, but I want to be able to document our lives and have memories of things. With our new Google Pixels, this has been an absolute dream as we’ve been able to capture quite a lot of moments in absolutely brilliant quality. Plus, unlimited storage through Google cause of the phones really helps with this goal 😉
This also ties in with the previous goals, I want to be able to have written down memories of things to look back or have our children look back on and to get to know their parents. Plus, writing has always been my passion, life just got in the way. Or rather, mundane adult responsibilities of paying bills, sleeping and watching TV has gotten in the way of writing. I often have quite a lot of thoughts that I wish I could’ve written down about things that are happening in the world, but sitting down in front of the computer after a long day in front of it at work, just does not seem that appealing sometimes. The whole notion of living my life in front of a screen is not what I want to do.
Make more of an effort with my appearance
I’ve been wanting to experiment more with makeup that I got previously and haven’t been bothered trying out. I’m wanting to be more bold and look more presentable, even if its just a bit of eyeliner or mascara so I don’t look so washed out.
Save for deposit on another property
This one I must admit is a bit of a long term goal. I’m hoping that we’re able to save money to be able to purchase another property and turn one into an investment property for our retirement or something. I’m a bit of a long term planner and want to be able to secure our financial future so that we don’t have to rely on government pensions or things like that which might not be guaranteed in the future. I want to be able to retire on our terms.
I think that’s all for this year’s goals. There are quite a few big ones in there, but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to address most of them. One more goal which I would like for us to be able to achieve this year is to have a great wedding and marriage. Here’s to 2017!
It’s nearly half way through the year & I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a funk. Passed my 6 month probation at work but the pressure is beginning to build & I’m feeling it big time. Feeling a bit lost but am garnering some effort to pen down some practical goals for myself for self care & to ensure I don’t burn out.
One thing I want to achieve by the end of the year is to clear out first my room, followed by my house once my parents move out & Matt moves in. There’s just way too much clutter around & I just feel a bit locked in. I also want to kit out the house properly as I never quite got the chance to do so. I got a new couch & dining table 4 years ago & that’s the extent of my decoration touch in my house. There’s a lot of things that need to change. Part of this change also means decluttering & organising car boot sales to get rid of stuff. I think once that’s done, there will be more room to add my own flair to my house.
Another thing I want to accomplish is to also launch my side business, with a view & eventual goal of turning it into my livelihood. Work pays extremely well & being a government servant definitely has its perks. But it also has its downsides of being stressful & some days the stress is just overwhelming. I am confident in my abilities but mentally I’m tired at times. I need that creative outlet to let me be me again.
It has been a difficult week with being unwell with a cold & coming back to lots of stuff to do at work. I know I will climb out of this but at the moment it is tough going & I feel like I need a break from things. I just have to keep reminding myself that things can only get better from here ?
2015 has been a pretty action packed year for me & it has come that time where I go over my goals for the year & make new ones in general. In terms of last year’s goals, I reckon I didn’t do too shabbily. I met each goal in varying degrees. I got good grades for my Masters so far, I’ve decluttered a little (I’ve still got quite a bit more to go), I got a new job (am in week 5 & still loving it!) & worked on my side project (still not much progress, but ideas have been penned).
I find the yearly goals to be quite a thing to strive for & I generally try to make it achievable & measurable. There’s so many things to do & I’m quite keen to get started! After a bit of thinking & soul searching over the past few weeks, I’ve come up with a few goals for 2016 that I’m hoping will be pretty good.
I’m not getting any younger & in the past 2 years or so, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting pretty nonchalant about what I put into my gob & I have stacked on the kilos. I’m not too bothered about appearances, but I do know that my insides are probably not the best that they could be. My goal for the new year is to learn good eating habits & incorporate incidental and purposeful exercise into my daily routines. I want to live long enough to see my kids & grandkids grow up.
2. Learn to invest
Since my brother has been investing in the stock market, I’ve been pretty keen on learning how as part of another income strategy. Relying on a single income during my casual days at work with a mortgage, was scary & not something I’m keen to repeat again. I’m keen to learn how to invest in the stock market, as well as developing my side project into a business so that I’m kept occupied, as well as have a bit more income on the side. I’m also keen to learn how to best manage my superannuation as I was monitoring it during my 1.5 years as a casual & all the contributions were being eaten up by fees & taxes. In the end, my fund wasn’t even growing, which bugged me. Now with my new job, I’ve opened a new fund & will rollover my super into the new one when I get paperwork through. At least with a higher income rate, I’d be able to accumulate more super to be able to cater for my retirement.
3. See more friends
Now that I’ve got my car, I’m making it a priority to meet up with friends so that I can keep my friendships alive. Not having a car really isolated me & I wasn’t too happy about it all. Am looking forward to catching up with friends but also some me time during the year. Maintaining friendships is something that I’ve let slip in the past, but now with the financial freedom as well as being able to get places, I’m looking forward to it all.
4. Learn another language
Matt has gotten into learning German & is keen for someone to learn with him & I need something to occupy my brain with at times, so I’ve decided to learn German with the Duolingo app. Plus also brush up on my conversational Mandarin skills & possibly Italian or French. Matt says I’ve got a knack for language & I figured, why not try it out. Worst that could happen is I can speak broken European languages 😛
I think 4 main goals is a pretty good start. Helping people plan as my day job, this part is what I do for a living. I’m pretty keen to get the ball rolling & see how I manage throughout the year!
Another side goal or whatever you want to call it, is to be able to go on a holiday this year. I haven’t had a proper holiday in years & am looking forward to paid time off, with 17.5% loading! 😀
It certainly has been quite a while since I last blogged, I’ve been making the most of my down time from uni with watching heaps of TV & giving my mind a bit of a break. Lord knows that I needed some rest from thinking after work, plus I got sick a couple of times during the break & I’ve just needed time away. I’ve had a bit of a break & gave my head some space to rest & relax. It has been a good time away, but I’m rearing to get back to the blogging bandwagon & my side project.
There are a few goals that I’ve managed to work on from May (here). I’ve gotten a quote to get my TV fixed ($25/15 min blocks) & I will get the parentals to send it off when they swing past the Samsung place. I’ve barely made progress on the secret project, but will be jumping back on again now that I’m back online a bit more. I’ve also ended the semester on a high – getting a 66 & 81 for the 2 units that I took last semester. I’ve also re-enrolled for next semesters units, so am good to go on that front too. I didn’t achieve my May goal of blogging too much, but I’ll take what I can get 🙂
My goals for July 2015 are:
- Spend at least 2 hours per week doing stuff related to the secret project.
- Clean up my chest of drawers – organise all the clothes in it & create an op shop/sell pile. I’m partially done with this, but I’m putting it here so that I can say I’ve completed it.
- Clean up the spare table in my room – put away all my documents. I’ve got a pile of documents sitting on my desk & it’s not a pretty sight.
- Get rid of some clutter in my room. I’ve got too many things stashed in my room as it’s my only storage place in my house & it’s bothering me that everything is still in boxes since I first moved out of my first place in Perth in 2009. There’s lots of things that need to go.
- Clean up my cosmetics/makeup/toiletries. I think this one might be a task to be stretched over 2 months, but I’ll add it here.
5 goals seems doable in the next 3 weeks or so & I’m challenging myself to really get off my butt to get some stuff done. I haven’t put anything on the blogging front yet, just cause I’m trying to enjoy my time off uni till August & I want to continue getting my head into the right space to be able to hit the rest of the year off. There’s not long left to the year & it’s starting to get to me as I turn the big 3-0 in January & am starting to really do lots of reflecting & soul searching in terms of what I want in life. Big stuff. Watch this space.
It’s already past the middle of May & I haven’t even reviewed my goals from last month. The year is almost up again & I feel like I haven’t quite accomplished much again. It’ll be my 1 year anniversary at my current workplace tomorrow & it is a bit of a mixed bag of feelings. Feels good that I managed to stick it out a year but also not so good cause I haven’t been able to leave what was supposed to be a temporary position.
I’ve not quite applied for the many jobs I’ve aimed for, but instead I’ve changed my tact to apply for positions which I would really want and would have a shot of getting an interview & beyond. So far, I’ve applied for the position that I’ve just narrowly missed out on previously & thus begins the really long wait to hear back.
I still haven’t gotten my TV fixed, but have got it on my list of things to do at some point this month as I really want my old TV back.
I’ve managed to keep up with my studies last month, submitting quite a number of assessments & getting a result back today. I managed to get a 24/30 for an assessment, which I’m pretty chuffed about seeing that I did that in about 4 hours. I’ve got one last piece of assessment to submit in a few weeks before I can have a break.
I’ve also managed to get back on the blogging bandwagon after slipping off a bit again for a while due to the stress from assignments. All in all, a pretty good month for April.
Goals for this month:
1. Get a quote to get my TV fixed. I’ll have to do this at some point as I’m a bit over the smaller TV & it looking so odd in my room.
2. Work on my secret project. I’ve written a schedule & rough plan which I want to try to stick to to try to make some progress slowly. I won’t be ready to launch or reveal the project for at least another year or so, but want to have some substance & content ready for when I am ready to finally start it up.
3. Finish up this semester at uni on a high. I’ve got one more big assignment (50%) due in a few weeks & I’m starting to put it together from now. So far I’m not failing the 2 units I’m doing, which is always a good sign.
4. Keep up with the blogging here. I’ve got a few posts planned & I’m quite enjoying the fact that I’ve rediscovered the password feature on my blog. Being able to write about some personal stuff here is quite cathartic & soothing. If you would like the passwords, please e-mail me kristinesays at Gmail dot com. I’m happy to give out passwords, I just want to know who is reading my personal posts 🙂
I suppose 4 goals for the month is enough. My planner is full of other daily to do lists which keeps me sane & my thoughts on to paper rather than stuck in my head. What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments!