Happy New Year! Hope you all had a good one. Ours was the perfect night in with friends. So it’s back to business as usual here. I’ve done a couple of updates around the blog including my profile photo and my logo. Notice anything different? I figured since I’m not really seeking a home anymore that it was appropriate to cross out the “Seeks”. Now it’s all about making the best life for myself and the people around me in our new home. 2017 goals time.
So since it’s January, it’s time for some goals for 2017 to be shared! So here they are. I’ve split them into categories this year.
This is it. It’s happening. I’ve got a deadline of May 2017 to finish getting to my target. I’m 1 stone, 6 and a half pounds away.
So far since I joined Slimming World in October 2013, I’ve lost 2 stone and 1 pound overall and I’m not stopping. The reason for the specification of May is that this is when I’ll be having my first wedding dress fitting.
I don’t want to be fretting about fitting into a dress before our wedding so I figure that target is a good place to be so I can just focus on staying there until July.
Of course when we go on our honeymoon in September all hell is going to break loose when it comes to food but I’m happy to put on weight during that time and just sort it out when we get back. You’ve got to enjoy yourself.
So in order to get to my target I need to lose at least 1 pound a week, which is super doable and I’m going to do that by going to Slimming World every week no matter what. I also want to keep trying new recipes because I love it and it motivates me to keep to the Slimming World plan. So let’s do it!
Be more active
Nice and vague right? So as I mentioned, Topher and I got FitBits* for Christmas. I want to get more walking into my life and having the fitbit has been really helpful so far. I want to get as many steps in as possible.
So I’m going to set a target. We’re recommended to get 10,000 steps in per day but with me working from home I find it really hard, so I set my original target to 8,000 per day. This is still difficult on a daily basis but more doable.
I’ve noticed so far that when I’m home all day I seem to be hovering around the 5,000 step mark when I push myself and walk to the shop or something so this is going to be my mini target. Considering that I used to do barely 1000 steps a day at some points last year (I had an app on my phone), this is a big improvement already.
So doing the maths, 5,000 steps a day for all of 2017 is 1,825,000 steps. Almost 2 million! So that’s my target. By December 31st 2017 I want to have walked 1,825,000 steps. I’m going to track this and we’ll see how it goes!
De-clutter & Organise
It is getting done this year. I’m getting rid of the crap and keeping all the good stuff. I want everything in our home to be useful, fun or beautiful. And everything must have a place.
For now I’ll be spending a lot of time on eBay and then when car boot season kicks in I’ll be out there! Not only do I want to get rid of stuff but I also want to make a bit of profit to put towards Topher and I’s honeymoon.
In terms of organising I want to go through paperwork and get rid or archive it into a box for the attic. The same goes for personal paperwork and old diaries etc. It’s stuff I want to keep but it just needs to take up less space!
As much as I would love to decorate the entire house, there’s not enough time and not enough money. So my priorities this year are my office, continuing on with my gallery wall on the landing and planning out the living room makeover.
We want to get a new sofa for the living room so that’s going to get done in the Boxing Day sales so we’ll also be saving for that throughout the year. I’m hoping to paint in either November or December and that will include getting rid of the wallpaper I hate. Three cheers to that!
Nomad Seeks Home
I usually have ambitious plans for this blog every year but this year is a bit different. I do want to get my head around monetizing with affiliates etc but I just need to push myself to keep on top of it too.
But apart from that I just want to feel like myself and actually enjoy having this space. That’s a big reason why I went down to just 3 posts a week instead of 4. I found I was just posting for the sake of it and I wasn’t writing about my life anymore. So that’s also why I brought back the “my week posts” in the second half of last year too.
I want to stop giving a damn about what other people are achieving and just focus on myself. But at the same time I want to get more involved in the community and go to more events. But only ones that excite me. There was one point last year where I was signing up for events that I wasn’t totally up for so I ended up missing a couple of them because I made myself anxious about them. I haven’t got time for that kind of crap in 2017 so I want to attend more events that I’m excited to go to.
Now this is a leap of faith. The website is up and my services page has launched now so I’m hoping it all works out. My main objective is to get enough clients so that I can match my previous income (practically minimum wage). This is going to take a lot of hard work and hustling but I’m ready.
I want to help people one on one, I want to launch an e-course, I want to have a talk at a conference or workshop. And it would be a dream come true if I could even be a guest on a podcast. These are big dreams but I’ve got my to do list and I’m going to do the work. Here’s to jumping off the cliff!
Make a project life scrapbook for the year
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now and it’s something I’d love to do every year. I miss having physical photo albums and this would be a great creative outlet that celebrates the every day.
The biggest hurdle is getting my photos printed out in the first place. I have all the other supplies at my fingertips. Wish me luck.
Wear the damn skirt
I bought this awesome skirt a year and half ago. And I haven’t worn it once. Partly because I don’t think I have anything to wear with it and partly because it’s a pretty dramatic piece of clothing.
This shit has to stop. I’m picking out an outfit and I’m wearing the damn skirt.
Take care of myself and ask for help once in awhile
My parents say when I was a toddler that one of my favourite phrases was “do it myself”. Well it’s about 26 years later and nothing has changed. I like to do everything myself and it is so tiring! And it’s my own fault.
It got so bad this year that I wrapped my own Christmas presents from Topher. Yes you read that right. Topher isn’t the best gift wrapper in the world but that’s a poor fucking excuse to not let him wrap his presents to me. I need to let other people help me and not do everything myself. I definitely need to remember this when it comes to doing DIY’s for the wedding!
Save money for the honeymoon
For the first time in my adult life, I want to have a holiday where I’m not on a tight budget. So saving for the honeymoon is a big one for Topher and I this year. I want to get to a place where we have it all saved up by the time we go.
Instead of wedding presents, we’ve asked for contributions to our honeymoon so that would be extra money on top of what we’ve saved – taking us out of our reasonably tight budget.
I’m going to keep a track of it in my bullet journal so fingers crossed!
And those are my goals. I’m feeling really confident and can’t wait to get started. Happy New Year!
What are your 2017 goals?
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