Monday, January 19, 2015

How divine are these free printables goal setting sheets from the plumed nest? Download them here
Happiness is so much more than having everything you want. I've always thought that there was this aspirational (is this a word?) aspect to happiness: having goals, wish lists or wants also bring a sense of happiness into our lives. Having things to want or setting goals to achieve gives us purpose, it allows us to work towards something and in achieving our goals or acquiring our wants we find a special kind of happiness. It's special because it's happiness x fulfillment. Right?

I'm kind of obsessed with into-mind.com so naturally I use her guide for goal setting to put together my 2015 goal list.


2014 was a huge year for the Humans. We went through so much. So of it good and some of it not so great. Sitting here now reflecting on the year we've had I realise that through everything, I have not pushed myself much. 2015 is going to be the year I challenge myself to be better.
I want to quit smoking
I want to get healthy
I want to be more creative
I want to blog more
I want to give 100% at work at least 90% of the time
I want to do more, see more, feel more and be more

Regan and I are natural home bodies. I would like 2015 to be a year of exploring. We're heading off to Swellendam for my birthday weekend away. Which is a beautiful start. But I don't want to limit our exploring to going on trips. Cape Town is a treasure trove of weekend activities. There's lots to do and see and eat. I can't wait!

We spend roughly 8-10 hours a day at work. We sleep for about 5-7 hours a day. That leaves about 7 hours a day to spend with loved ones. Oh wait... There's still commuting to and from work, cooking supper, bathing, showering, making lunches.... My point is: the time we have to actually spend with our family is so limited. I am acutely aware of the fact that each year my grandparents get older, each birthday I get older, and so do my parents. One day they won't be here anymore. I won't be here anymore. It's so important to make memories to hold in your heart, memories your children can hold in theirs. I want to be able to say I've done that. So 2015 is my year for cutting out people that don't matter and spending more time with those who do.

Continued learning has always been a goal of mine. I haven't had much time to pursue anything yet but  I have a list if courses I want to do and skills I want to develop. I think my inner nerd rages whenever I visit the Red & Yellow website. So much of learning. Side note: how exciting are textbooks?!

I've never been the girl that looks polished and poised. I've always erred more towards hot mess than hot. I'd like to experiment more with make up this year. I'd like to rock more than just my signature top not. I want to go to work feeling fierce. And not just fiercely tired.

Smoking is top of the list. It's utterly vile and I don't enjoy it. I don't know how to stop. Pointers? Tips? Tried and tested techniques? Share it all please!

Listen, I love my job. I'm in a place where I feel really good career wise and other than striving to be the very best digital food editor woolworths has ever had I'm not looking to rock the boat too much this year.

2015 is a year to push myself, to improve my health and to try a little harder to be a better human. Lofty? Perhaps. Achievable? You bet your ass!



Thursday, January 15, 2015

I'm getting back into Pinterest. I felt like I was done with it for a while, but I know now it's a recurring addition. Here are my 10 favourite pins from this week: 

[1] Because i feel this in my heart. I want to be this woman. I am trying to be this woman. I know it will happen. 

[2] This fabric, those colours. It looks so exotic. It reminds me of places I haven't yet been and makes me nostalgic for things I haven't yet seen. 

[3] When I look at this it fills me with so much hope. I think because we are conditioned to thinking that with old age comes responsibility, and nothing screams boring quite like responsibility. It's untrue. Our capacity for whimsy and magic should grow with age. At least that's my hope. 

[4]  My baby box is empty. My broodiness is raging. I can't wait to make another person. 

[5] Kindred spirits will always find a way to move in the same direction. 

[6] Debbie Harry for the soul. It's Thursday, there's one more day left of the week and when I look at this picture I can almost feel the weekend. 

[7] My wedding colours. How lucky am I that all of my favourite colours work so beautifully together? 

[8] There are 2 things that make me miss Oslo, Christmas and the heat in January. I cannot tell you what I wouldn't give to escape the furnace that is Cape Town. 35 degrees! No man. 



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