So here we have it – my end of the year review of my ’13 things to achieve in 2013’ (original post here). I have a feeling I won’t have done half as well as I wanted to, but lets take a look anyway!
1. Complete C25K.
Nope, didn’t do it. In my defense, I got further this time than I have before in my many, many attempts – maybe one for the mad gym rush in the new year which I’ll undoubtedly end up being a part of?
2. Visit a new country.
I went to Italy! On the cruise I went in for my 21st in October, I visited Rome, Florence and Naples. I’d love to go back and head to Milan or Venice and spend a long weekend there. And as mentioned in my previous update, I spent a fantastic weekend in Northern Ireland too.
3. Snack less.
If anything, I’m snacking MORE.
4. Cook more healthy and exciting meals.
Nah, I’ve been doing this even less than I did at the start of the year, if anything. Living with mum and dad again makes you lazy!
5. Make more of an effort with my appearance.
Yes, this one I do! I have no idea if it’s noticeable or not – probably not, let’s be honest – but it makes me feel better. Even though the rain/wind/weather ruins it all as soon as I step outside I definitely put more into it in the mornings – experimenting with lip colour is my favourite, and I’ve been trying to push the boundaries with my clothing a little more too (today is a particularly good one – leather pencil skirt, tiger face graphic tee, massive chunky Zara scarf and black heeled ankle boots).
6. Take more photos.
Yes, I do this too! I got a new camera for my birthday, and I’ve been making an effort to take more photos on my phone on a day-to-day basis too. I even buy Photography for Beginners magazine. Just wait Testino, I’m hot on your heels.
7. Go on more nights out.
Nope. See above re: living with mum and dad.
8. Create more recipes.
I have a few more, which is all I wanted really! I’m learning to be a bit more daring and not just follow recipes when it comes to baking now. I’ve got the basic proportions for cakes, biscuits etc down now, so I’ve been enjoying playing around a little more. Current favourite is orange, cranberry and white chocolate chip spiced cookies – perfect for the winter!
9. Eat at a Michelin starred restaurant.
Yep, did this. I went to Fischer’s at Baslow Hall in Derbyshire and it was really yummy – I can’t remember exactly what I had but it involved a duck salad to start and a chocolate soufflé-esque concoction with thick chunks of toffee to finish. It was really lovely, but to be honest I prefer a really, really good burger.
10. Use my sewing machine more.
I’ve slacked a little on this front. Full time work is hard okay, all I want to do at the weekend is sleep!
11. Learn more French.
I’m not even going to pretend I tried to do this one.
12. Keep working on this blog.
If we pretend my 3 month break didn’t happen, then YES I’m still here.
13. Develop a healthier relationship with money.
It’s taken some time, but I’m finally, finally getting there at the end of the year. There’s been one very big improvement just recently, and I’m budgeting, paying off and saving. Three things which make life undeniably a little less fun, but I’m positive it will pay off.
There we have it – 7 out of 13 isn’t bad, is it? It’s more than half, so I’m taking that as an achievement. I got a good few of the main ones I wanted to achieve – visiting somewhere new, taking more photos and sorting my finances out to name just 3. I can always work on the snacking, healthy meals and exercise next year, right? I’ve had a pretty good year on the whole. No, I might not have learnt to speak fluent French, or had loads of wild nights out, but I’ve had my fair share of achievements too. And I’m pretty proud of myself for that!
In the next few days or so, I’m going to get thinking about my ’20 things for 2014′ list. I don’t want to do resolutions – I got bored of resolving to stop biting my nails about 10 years ago – but I do like the have a list of almost aims, or targets. I don’t want to beat myself up if I don’t achieve them, but likewise it’s always good to have a few objectives in life. What are yours for the upcoming year? I’d love it if you shared!