Brand New Year – 2015

Happy New Year guys! I hope you have all had an amazing festive season filled with love, laughter and family time. I’m a little late on the celebratory statements I know, but at least I made it in before February came around hahaha.

I have been so super busy with starting my new job. There is so much to learn and to do, I was recommending changes within my first 4 days of the job. I have found myself in a busy, busy role with daily challenges and I am happy as a pig in mud 😀 The ladies I have working for me are great and so experienced, they are just so great at their roles and know the place inside and out.

So it looks like this year is going to be full on. Like I said last year I have generally moved away from the idea of “New Years resolutions”, but I like the idea of goals, because no one is perfect and there is always room for improvement and adventure (however small they may be). I also think that goals should be fun as well as challenging. Therefore I have spent some time thinking about the kinds of things I wish to accomplish this year, here is my list:

  • 52 Books in 52 Weeks – I definitely want to keep this going. I love reading and discovering new worlds and people through stories. Now I am working at a Public Library I have easy, daily access to a plethora of reading fodder 🙂 Like I said guys… pig in mud. I would like to keep challenging myself by reading different things. I would like to try at least one Bibliography this year and a couple of Non-Fiction books. I still did not get to read the Hobbit 😦 It will happen, hopefully this year 🙂
  • Try something new – This was another challenge I took on last year in order to break myself out of the routine I was in and I really enjoyed it. Particularly in relation to expanding my knowledge of food and cooking… so much fun! I also did brave things like cut off my long hair which looked pretty good and I now keep it shoulder length 🙂 For the most part trying new things was positive and I think that it was a great goal to set myself so I am going to keep it going for 2015. Trying new things in 2014 also made me better at my job. We had the comment from a lecturer that the Library classes on research strategies were boring so I completely changed them and used pop culture references to demonstrate search strategies and aspects of information literacy. It was so successful that I was invited to present at the Uni conference at the end of last year, it was the first conference I have attended and I presented at it, how awesome is that?! Trying new things can be amazing!
  • Health – I am not going to say I am going to lose ‘X’ amount of kilos. I’d like to lose a lot of kilos, but I know that is difficult because of my conditions and at the moment I am eating okay (most days), but I am not really exercising. With this new job I am often stuffed when I get home (plus having to cook dinner etc.) The second week of my new job I also got slapped with a stomache virus, couldn’t take time off… so I didn’t. Come last Saturday I went to bed early Friday night and slept for over 12 hours. I get that these are “excuses” in Personal Trainer terms, but I am working on it.
    I am going to commit to ensuring I am taking my medication. There are so many now that sometimes I lose track. So I am grandma-ing it and have bought myself a pill organiser. I plan to set it up every Sunday night so that my pills for the week are ready to go and all I have to do is take them 🙂

    I am also going to try and link ‘trying new things’ into this area. Trying to be active by trying new things or doing things I don’t normally, I think this will make it more interesting for me and therefore easier to accomplish. I will also use it to try new foods that are healthier for me. For instance I tried avacado some time ago (years) and I hated it, this year I am going to try it again.
  • House – We were supposed to have our new house completely finished by last year… yeah that didn’t happen. Thanks land development people. So my dream for this year is that we will be moving into our new home around my birthday 🙂 Gotta dream big guys.
  • Baby – It’s about hope 🙂 This year I have a new job, I am going to have a new house… these things come in 3’s right?! I want to wait a little while until I am settled in my new job before I get all gung ho about trying again. We are still doing the right things on the right days, but we are not measuring and medicating and temperaturing 🙂 Come on baby… this has to be our year… we are waiting to love you 🙂

What goals have you set yourself? Do you have any suggestions for 52 Books in 52 Weeks? Or do you have a low GI recipe to recommend?


About DitchTheBun

I wear many hats; Librarian, Mum, Wife, Sister, Daughter Friend, Health and Knowledge Seeker. Here is where I explore the many aspects of me and try new things on my journey. View all posts by DitchTheBun

9 responses to “Brand New Year – 2015

  • bhicks321

    Happy New Years hun! I hope you get everything out of this year that you’re hoping for 🙂 I thought of a non-fiction book that I like “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. I’m usually not too big on non-fiction books myself. My husband loves Lone Survivor, but it’s a military book soo…it is a good story though, I watched the movie with him. Best of luck!

    • ditchthebun

      Happy New Year to you too! I wish you the same, may all of our wishes come true this year!
      I will have to have a look at that book, from memory it is a Bio about the effects of terrorism on children or something. Am I right?
      Not too into the military stuff to be honest. I find it a hard read. 🙂

      • bhicks321

        I agree, I find them hard to read too. Greg Mortenson was a mountain climber and has a failed attempt at climbing K2. While he’s lost in the mountains he happens on a village who takes care of him. After seeing the kids there he makes a promise to come back and build them a school. The book depicts his struggle to get this done, from failed fundraising attempts to the struggle of actually building in a mountain village. It’s really an amazing story.

        Also, on a fictional note, the book “everyone worth knowing” by Lauren Weisberger I remember liking really well too. (I love reading too, if you can’t tell!) seriously if you really want to break out of your reading shell and try something a little more different, I know I’ve mentioned this before but I really enjoy the Sigma series by James Rollins. I never thought I would but I really really do.

        • ditchthebun

          Ooh that Greg one does sound interesting. I’ll see if I can get it from the Library. I have a waiting list of a couple I already have out hahaha. Currently reading the Belador series which is urban fantasy, I am really enjoying the heroine in the books. She’s great – my January reviews will come out in the next day or so and you can read all about it 🙂 I also managed to pick up my first Biography today so we’ll see how I go 🙂
          Thinking about the sigma series. I don’t think I found them last time I looked. Will have another look for them.

  • blugirl1

    Congratulations on your new job!
    I like the “try something new” goal. Hope you’ll share all things new, it will be interesting to read. Also I recommend “Traxas” by Martin Scott. It’s a very light and funny, fantasy kinda book. Everyone can read it and I think you’ll like it 🙂

    • ditchthebun

      Thank you! “Try something new” was a big winner for me last year, I did a few posts about the things I tried… chia pudding was probably the most amusing experience.
      I Googled the book, sounds interesting. On Goodreads someone said it was similar to Terry Pratchett who I like. Library doesn’t have it unfortunately, it is an older book (1999), but I shall see what I can do 🙂

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