I suppose achievements is a word I have selected rather than goals for this page. I am being very forward thinking and already wanting to achieve so many things this year.
This page will list my ‘goals’ that I want to achieve in 2018 and I will update as I go along. I will blog about them as well but this will be my main page of the happenings and what I have achieved stage by stage.
So, what are they?
I achieved an A in school whilst studying and I never continued it. I have always wanted to learn another language but I have never been focused enough until now. My aim is to be semi-fluent within 1 year.
Ultimately, I would love to be able to travel to a country where a form of Spanish is the mother tongue. As Brits, we are so ignorant to the face that when we go abroad we always point to the menu when we are ordering food, it’s so embarrassing… well no more!
I’ll be the one who is actually making an effort whoever I am with and order as best as I can using a language we can both can communicate fairly competently in!
Learning to play the piano
This is not something which I have always wanted to do, but I would like to learn some day. It’s more the fact that I want a new skill and I have picked this almost at random, but once I start to learn, I think I will pick it up fairly easily… modest, but we’ll see! Again, I want to achieved at least Grade 1 by the end of 2018.
Just managing the depression
I am not asking for much here, from myself, of course, but I just want to be able to be depression free for the near future, at least. Is that too much to ask? Since July I have been free from this bastard ‘illness’, or whatever you want to call it, but there is ALWAYS a fear buried deep in my subconscious (tiny brain) somewhere which says… seriously, you’re not coming back again, are you?
Just fuck off!
Staying alcohol free
This is a continuation of a challenge I set myself back in mid-2017, July 24th to be exact. I want to continue this because it’s not about the alcohol content, it’s about achieving something. It helps massively with the depression!
All those months back in July last year I read about making your bed in the morning is just a little achievement, I have been doing it ever since! I can’t believe I stuck to something which seemed so small and insignificant at the time but I think it has helped alongside everything else I have been doing.
In comparison, the T-total thing is massive, especially for someone like me but an achievement is still an achievement, whether you make your bed or not!
Change of career
This has been a long time coming.
I have worked in retail for 11 years since 12th December 2006 and I have just about had enough. The customers, the bullshit, the company changes, the abuse… need I continue?!
I guess I have been so ‘comfortable’ in a retail environment, and although I know it has been a steady position of employment, even though I have moved between a few shops, it’s that cliché which still comes back to haunt me – Same shit different day.
Ironically, this leads me onto my next job because I am having a complete career change and I am going to be working as a carer – Please, I don’t have to explain the joke here, do I?!
Anyway, it will start almost immediately after my bloody DBS check returns, which is hopefully very soon!
Staying fit and healthy
In the past I have been fairly unfit and healthy, but I would say these last 4-5 years I have made a conscious effort and put my mind to a lot of hard work in the gym, with my food and general fitness.
Although I put a bit of weight back on, whether it is muscle or fat, back in 2014 I lost 3 stone in a period of 6 months. This was a real kick-started for me and it really made me believe I could do something if I put my mind to it.
It’s such a cliché but you really can! Why should you let something stop you? Even when it feels so hard, strenuous, so unachievable, why not just go for it and make the ‘impossible’ possible, to you, and nobody else.
So the goal here is to maintain this good level of fitness throughout the year. Although the people who matter most in my life say ‘you look good as you are’ or ‘you don’t need to lost weight’ – As much as that is great to hear, I still want to change my body slightly as I am not 100% happy.
It’s how you feel, not how you look.
If you feel like you can achieve anything then you probably will go on to having a lot more success than if you didn’t.