My 2014 guiding work was “grow” and I’m not sure that the year really lived up to my plans – a lot of things went really well but I also felt stagnant in some areas. We didn’t have any huge events this year – no moving house, babies being born or trips to foreign countries but I do think personally I managed to grow in terms of confidence and making decisions for my personal and professional life. I said last year that I wanted to focus more on myself this year – get my health back on track and get out without the kids and I’ve definitely achieved that.
So lets see how I did with my goals from last year:
- Make $5,000 a month consistently – Umm, no….
- Make at least half my income from my own businesses (not client work) – Yes! Hooray! Not making as much as I’d like yet but lets make that this year’s goal.
- Pay off my “small” debt (which is not that small but separate from my “big” debt of student loans and bank of mum and dad mortgages) – see above. no way this was going to happen but at least it’s no worse!
- Launch 2 new websites – yes! Not the ones I originally planned but still… I’m hoping for many more this year
- Write an e-book – not yet.
- Learn to drive a motorbike – YES!!! This is probably my biggest achievement from 2014 and I squeezed it right in at the end of the year. I also crashed it but I’ll leave that for another post.
- Create a beautiful learning/playing space in our home – not quite. I did improve our existing space though.
- Cook 12 new meals (one a month and hopefully more!) – meh. No but I did bake lots of bread and a couple of cakes. Meals coming now that I can drive myself to the supermarket!
- Have 12 family fun days out (and hopefully more) – hmmm…. not sure?
- Make 12 videos of the kids and our life (a la documenting delight) – ha! no.
- Go on 12 date nights with my husband (carrying this one over from last year – we managed a few!) - I’m pretty sure we overachieved on this. We even got in a night away without the kids!
- Visit family and friends in the UK – not yet
- Fill a sketchbook with drawings – all I drew this year were cars for Kiran
- Get up early and develop a morning routine – sort of. I did this in the last couple of months but didn’t stick to it.
I think looking back 2014 was a good year for me although it felt pretty quiet and uneventful. I weaned Kiran in June and that allowed the possibility of me leaving him overnight and getting out in the evening more without the kids (previously I would feed him to sleep). Now we leave the kids with their grandparents at least a couple of nights a month and get some alone time. We’re also getting more sleep with both kids finally sleeping through the night.
I knew my health had to be a priority last year after spending the last half of 2013 recovering from dengue and I’m glad to say I felt a lot healthier overall this year. I’ve been trying to eat better (although still some improvements to be done there) and I felt amazing when I was doing yoga every day so definitely have to get back into that.
In April I had a bit of a crisis about my work and trying to figure out what I was doing that I wrote about here. In June I ended up going all in and quitting all my regular freelance jobs to concentrate on my own projects. Things have been going ok but this year I really need to push with that and make some proper money.
My Indonesian has also improved greatly and my confidence along with it. I’m finally driving a motorbike (I’ve been saying I’m going to do this for the last 5 years) and that has also given me so much more confidence and independence.
So my 2015 word is SHINE! I have a feeling this will be a great year for us and I’m excited for this new sparkly shiny new year!
15 things for 2015:
- Yoga every day (even if it’s just 5 minutes)
- More real food, less crap and sugar
- Find a bahasa Indonesia teach and progress from conversational to fluent
- Stick to my debt repayment schedule
- Hit my income goals for the year (haven’t worked this out yet)
- Stop shouting at the kids
- Teach Maya to read
- Get up at 5am every morning (not got off to a good start with this one, haha!)
- Make a craft space in our spare room
- Visit the UK
- Write a book
- Redesign and relaunch my blog
- Stop being unproductive when i’m using my computer – 60% + productivity in rescuetime every week
- Get out of the house more – go out for coffee or lunch at least once a week
- Write a million words.
Hope everyone celebrated the New Year in the way they wanted (I fell asleep with the kids at about 10pm and missed everything, haha!) and I wish you all a fantastic 2015 x