Since the new year has begun it’s time to look back at the one that we just left behind, not sure there is much point to it really since when I wrote my 7 things to do for 2013 I had no idea that only 16 days later my dad would leave us. You can not plan for a year that starts out that way, it’s impossible because you become a different person while trying to deal with the loss. However, let’s have a look and see if I managed anything of the things I wanted for the year.
1. Have one project/challenge per month, no more, no less. Wow, did I even have projects and challenges this year? I can’t even remember, I guess I have to sit down and read my own blog to figure that one out…
2. Try and do something new each week. It started out well I think, in the beginning of the year I really tried to find new things, then I went travelling and I kind of figured that all I did was new, almost, and lost track of this. Then I came home and got into the unemployment groove where you really can’t be bothered doing anything, just changing out of your PJs’ is a big task. Amongst things to note though was a visit to the Mosque in Malmö;
3. Travel to one of the two continents that I haven’t been to. Travel I did, just not to anywhere new really, when the chock subsided a bit in February I made a very last-minute decision to leave, run away one might call it, to a place that I feel very comfortable with – the big down-under. I have my girls down there, the ones that I met back in the days when I live in New Zealand, and at that point in time all I needed was some good old comfort and my girls were right there for my, love you girls for it! I had a blast!
4. Write at least one chapter on my book each month! Allow me to laugh, don’t know what I was thinking! Enough said for this one!
5. Finally get around to getting myself a driver’s license! I started, and I got quite far, then studying full-time and working part-time got in the way (oh dear, I have loads of excuses, don’t I?). Lets see what I can manage in 2014…time will tell.
6. This year I will put my self on a budget and follow it! I don’t understand why this is so hard! It’s gonna be on the list of 2014 as well, one day I will manage it (even though I might as well just admit to already blowing the Jan 2014 budget, more about that later).
7. Complete the Gothenburg Classic! Much to my own anger and disappointment, I didn’t manage it, I failed on the swimming. I’m not the one to give up though, so already signed up for the 2014 one. I will keep doing it every year until I completed it. I don’t care how many years it will take me!!
I did manage a few things during 2013 though;
- I found myself a new job, and got my contract extended from the first four months
- I started studying again and made a whole bunch of new friends
- I manage to survive on more than half of the income I had last year
- I got accepted to the perfect education for me and will start that in 2014
- I met my goal weight, and are finally happy with it (only took me like three years to get it back)
- I have been happier than I thought I would be, and despite all, I will not think back on 2013 as the worst year in my life, there have been worse!
And if I would sit down and read through all the posts I made during 2013, I will see that I managed so much more. Hope your 2013 was satisfactory!