Friday, 16 January 2015

2015 Goals

I have new goals/bucket list things to do this year and I hope to complete them.  This year, I want to focus on being more active and healthy. I also want to want to do something special for my mother as it will be her 50th birthday this year.
Here are my goals for this year:

Be more productive

Last year, I realized that I spent a lot of time on things that did not matter. I would have accomplished more if I had not devoted so much time on procrastinating. So this year, I plan to be aware of when I am procrastinating as it’s easy to do it without realizing. There is always more worthwhile things that I could be doing instead of watching Youtube or reading useless articles on celebrity babies. Instead of doing those things, I could be reading books, cleaning the house, exercising or spending time with loved ones.

Save 3 Months of wages

This was one of my goals from two years ago that I failed to do because I made no changes to my lifestyle to achieve it. I heard that it is good to have the equivalent of 3 months saved so that if you become unemployed, you can still pay off your bills while you look for another job. I have the terrible of habit of living from pay check to pay check. There is no reason for it other than I spend too much. So this year, I’m not going to eat out as much or waste money on frivolous things. I’m going to save a little each time I am paid so that I can have some savings.

Dress Better

I really want to update my wardrobe. So many of my clothes are outdated and worn. I want to present myself better and hopefully that will give me some more confidence and happiness. I know that image is not everything and my ego is not wrapped solely on my appearance. I think it would just be a nice thing to do for myself. So I decided that I will buy something new at least once a month even if it’s something small like a new pair of socks.

Obtain more qualifications

I think it would be good for career if I gain more qualifications. I am an elementary teacher with no specializations. There are currently too many teachers and not enough jobs. I need to differentiate myself and consider other jobs. I am considering a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) course and a Training and Assessment course so that I am qualified to teach adults.

Go Green

Recycle, Reduce and Recycle will be my motto for this year.


There will be times where I live to regret this goal but I know it would be good for me. I use to exercise many years ago and I remember being much happier and healthier. I know that there will be times when I don’t want to exercise and will stop altogether. The trick is to not be too hard on myself and to start exercising again.

Do something awesome for mum’s 50th birthday

My mum is turning 50 this year and has told me she wants to do something cool for her birthday. I’m still thinking of what to do. She wants to do something she wouldn’t normally do but nothing too thrilling. Mum doesn’t want to sky dive nor does she want to do something tamer like ride a hot air balloon. Mum’s birthday is in July so I better come up with something soon.

Read 36 books this year

To a book blogger 36 books is laughable but I think it’s a realistic amount for me. It’s double of what I normally read per year. I’m really determined to be more disciplined about reading and get through my reading lists. It also means that I’m going to watch less TV and not spend so many hours on nonsense.   

I’d love to hear your goals for this year.


  1. Good list of goals, Carlyn! Being more productive is a worthy goal for all of us; I'm thinking about trying to boycott Yahoo News completely. Most of the articles in my news feed aren't really educational news at all. Some are completely non-news (like the story that keeps popping up that Tim Tebow is not really dating Jana Duggar; in fact, they haven't even met!).

    Keep us updated on the TESOL certification if you decide to go for it. In the past I've thought I might want to try to get a similar certification--maybe a CELTA, but I would have to go out of state to get one as the course isn't offered here in Iowa. So that idea has really gone onto a back burner.

    Exercise can be hard, but it is good for us! All the best in that goal! Hope you can come up with a fantastic idea for your mum's birthday!

    1. I agree that most internet news site, don't have anything noteworthy. Hopefully, you can do more productive things without Yahoo News.

      If I do go through with getting a TESOL certificate, I plan on doing that online as I think most institutions only offer it online. It's a bit pricey so I'll have to wait until I have some money.

      I'm still thinking about what to do for my mum. My latest idea is hiring a limo to take her somewhere but that's as far as I got.

  2. I like your 2015 goals list Carlyn. While you put some things on it from the past, they are things that you did not complete to your satisfaction in the past and I think a few new goals are always good too. Making the same goals every year can end up in frustration if you don't achieve them or tedium if you achieve them easily each time.

    For our mother's 70th birthday, my brothers, sister and their families and I took mom to Wine Country in Upstate New York. There is a post buried somewhere on our site about it. I think if you can come up with ideas of things she likes to do or places she likes to go that could help and perhaps something that you might do together as a family, which I believe meant a lot to my mom on her 70th birthday.


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