This is the time of year that I like to stop and reflect on what has been, before I really start looking forward towards the new year and setting some intentions. To be honest, this year hasn’t gone to plan at all and I’m left feeling like I have more questions than answers. I’ve had to shelve a lot of goals, and let go of some permanently. In this post I’m going to evaluate how my dreams and goals have stacked up for 2015, just like I did last year.
Dreams and Goals for 2015 (Revisited):
- Continue to build a community of people who are creating their own happy homes (and cherish that their happy homes will all look different, just like they should) – A work in progress
- Have more kits and fun little things that people can to to make their homes feel happier – Did well in the first half of the year, not so much in the second, but did ok
- Build this blog into a sustainable business – Didn’t do so great at this one, working on a Plan B
- Share more organisational tips that are a little left of centre that make things easier for everyone – I think I did well with this by bringing back the Organisation Challenge
- Work on creating e-courses or workshops that fit well with SFAHH and are fun for people to take – Did well with this in the first half of the year. No longer offering them
- Include philanthropy in the blog and my life where I can – A work in Progress
- Stick with quality over quantity and continue to post every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – Have completed this one well
- Write to my newsletter list at least once a month – Have done this one well too
- Offer suggestions rather than ‘this is the only way’ and remember to share the projects that go pear shaped, or at least share how I saved them at just the last minute because what’s a good DIY without it nearly crumbling before your eyes ;) – I think I still do this well
- Speak at an event – Didn’t complete this one
- Share more books that I’ve read and think will be helpful, even if they might not be what people would think of reading – Started the year well, but haven’t read as many books this year worth sharing
- Build relationships and work with brands and businesses that align well with SFAHH and are a great fit – I think I did this well
- Offer one-on-one consulting on things that I know well and can really help people with – This was fun to try for part of the year, but I decided to discontinue it
- Be ready to say ‘yes’ to great opportunities and continue to hold my ground and say ‘no’ when it’s not the right fit – I think I did this well
- Go to Alt Summit and make the most of it – I think I did this well
- Share more on social media as well as this blog, particularly on Instagram – I think I did ok at this, it’s still a work in progress
- Remember to have fun with the projects and the content and to just be me (yes, there will be even more obscure pop culture references for you to watch out for) – I’ve tried to do this, but is still a work in progress
- Continue sharing the cool things I find on Pinterest – Did this for the first part of the year and decided to move away from it
- Really focus on how making memories is so much better than picture perfect and that it’s the messes made and stories that go with them that we laugh about when we’re older and less worried about perfect moments – I think I did this well with the embracing imperfection series
and some personal dreams and goals too:
- Take time to really enjoy life and not just live to work (this is harder than you might think) – Work in Progress but have made some steps towards it
- Overcome my hip injury and get back to running long distances for fun and pain free – Am still recovering, and have learnt that it’s unlikely that I’ll run long distances again
- Lift heavy things at Crossfit and have fun doing it – Left Crossfit in May, but joined a gym. I lift heavy for me
- Buy a car that is both what I want and what I need this has been a dream of mine for about 5 years, fingers crossed this is the year – Not achieved, will go on the goals list for another year
- Make time for reading and laughing and friends – Definitely needs work, injury recovery has taken much more time than anticipated
- Get closer to my vision becoming reality – Work in progress
- Make this the best 29 it can be – Not sure about this one, but looking forward to the next chapter
- Turn 30 with awesome people around me – Have made steps for this to happen by hosting a small party – coming soon
As with every year, so much changes from the time you write your wish list for the year in January to what you look back on as the year comes to an end. My dreams and goals feel much different now to what I started the year with. I’m not sure yet what’s in store for 2016 and the beginning of my 30s.
This year I’ve learnt that sometimes, no matter how hard you work at something, it’s just not meant to be and sometimes you have to learn to be ok with that. I started the year with the goal of running an marathon and have had to realise that marathoner isn’t a title that I’ll ever own. I’ve learnt that sometimes you have to look for the little silver linings when things aren’t going so great and that it’s ok to change what you want from life.
I’m so grateful for all the fun opportunities that this blog has given me, especially this year. I’ve loved getting out of my comfort zone and for the chance to drive a fancy car around for 6 weeks. I’ve also loved the creative freedom that it has given me to create and design so many things for mini makeovers and DIYs and even coming up with gift guides.
I’m looking forward to my tutti fruity party and to turning 30 before the year is out. I’m going to give myself some extra space to work out what’s next, and see how the puzzle fits together and in the mean time, I’ll be crafting up a storm and turning my home into a fruity wonderland. ;)
Are you starting to look back on 2015? What’s one thing you’re glad you achieved this year?