At the grand old age of 23 I’ve come to the conclusion that birthday/new years resolutions are stupid, at least the ones I set myself are (I can’t even remember what my 2018 resolutions were..). So instead I’ve been thinking about life goals/achievements more broadly and have decided to share my thoughts in a list. The fact that so much has happened in my life since new year and my last birthday only reassures me that a year is too short a time to pin a resolution to. I also think it will be interesting to look back at this in a few years time to see if my hopes have changed at all or even if I have achieved any of these goals! What are some of your life goals?
Build A House – This goal stems from a continuing love for Grand Designs (/how hilariously pessimistic Kevin McCloud is). I love the idea of having complete creative freedom over all the little details in the place I am going to live. Whether that is renovating an existing building, combining it’s character with my own and bringing it back to life or starting completely from scratch. I wouldn’t like the build to be flashy or ridiculously big but functional, modern and clever with lot’s of open space and light. My favourite Grand Designs episodes are Kathryn Tayler’s Scandinavian inspired build which you can watch here and Patrick Bradley’s container house. I can’t find the full episode online but here is the last 10 minutes if you’re interested.
Get Married – I know this one is such a cliché but I have to include it on the list… I’ve already basically picked the dress I’m going to wear but I plan on going KimK style and having another dress for the reception and one for the evening when I disappear off on my honeymoon… lots of ‘my’ and no ‘our’ I’ve just realised! So I guess the second half of this goal is to actually find someone I want to marry! I’m pretty level headed when it comes to guys and I don’t particularly believe in ‘the one’ but on the other hand I love falling in love so who knows what will happen.
Stop Slouching/Get Fit – Why slouch… it’s bad for your back and really unattractive. Eventually I will have perfect posture but at the moment I catch myself slouching all the time. I want to exercise regularly and plan on incorporating more yoga to strengthen core/back muscles so hopefully that will help.
Travel More – Being a poor student was somewhat limiting although I am excellent at saving money which is how I’ve managed to travel a decent amount in life so far! But there is sooo much more out there to see and I’d like to see as much of it as possible! I desperately want to visit my family in New Zealand again and have a closer relationship with them and the country itself. I’ve never been anywhere in South America or Africa (excluding Morocco) and I’d love to do a road trip in the USA and Canada. Basically I need to win the lottery to manage all of this! I don’t know… I’ll just have to find a way to make it happen haha.
Have My Own Loom – I’m not really sure how many of you know what I did at university.. but basically I wove all day, everyday! And I don’t want to stop weaving now that I have finished which means I’m going to have to invest in a freaking loom.. freaking because they’re massive, ugly and expensive. But it will be worth it. I look forward to when all my friends start to get married and I can weave them beautiful blankets as wedding presents! I’d also potentially want to turn weaving into a career but am not entirely sure about that yet as I’m worried relying on weave would suck the fun out of it (as university sometimes seemed to!).
Babies – Another cliché… sorry, so boring. I think I’d like at least three children, a mixture of boys and girls. My sister and I are very close in age and it was really fun growing up together. I also have two younger foster siblings so I am quite used to a big family and I love it. Not planning on achieving this goal anytime soon though!!
Read All The Penguin Modern Classics – Slowly and steadily I am working my way through this mammoth list and so far am loving it! I just finished East of Eden by John Steinbeck which was amazing, definitley recomend if you fancy a heavy going, makes you think about the world and life type read. I’ve now moved on to The Night Manager by John le Carré. Waterstones and WH Smiths always have buy one get one half price of the modern classics but Amazon is a safe bet too. The book list is on the Penguin website.
Vegetable Garden – Last but not least, I’d like a vegetable garden with a cute little red brick path twisting through it, lined with different herbs and edible flowers and a couple of apple and cherry trees and a bench to sit on in the sun. Doesn’t that sounds adorable?!! Plus I like the idea of being semi self sustainable and having a relaxing outdoor based hobby.