Well, it’s that time of the year again…where I try and dredge up some goals for the year. In my 20s and 30s I had heaps of goals – I had a 5-year plan and a 10-year plan and I revised them each year as I ticked things off. Life is much more stable now, and it’s harder to think of what my goals are beyond the things that everyone wants – success in my career, a comfortable life, a happy family, travel.
If my goals were to be things that I knew I could achieve in the coming year (i.e. things I know that I will actually do), they would go something like this:
- Buy all the Apple-y things
- Go to the gym a lot
- Spend a lot of time at the ice rink – playing hockey and supporting others
- Spend lots of quality time with my beautiful children and grandchildren
- Travel within New Zealand – Wellington, Auckland, Waitangi, Dunedin are sure bets
- Try and carve out space for relaxation but not really succeed, realise that relaxation is not really my thing
I struggle so much with the relaxation thing. My husband often tells me in a very stern tone that I need to slow down, not do too much, sit down and relax. And I really try. Sometimes I manage it – I can go hours (well, hour) without doing anything. But the truth is that I am just an ‘on-the-go’ person. It’s not that I’m bored if I’m not doing stuff, I just feel like I’m wasting time to be sitting around. I only have so many heartbeats left and I don’t want spend them watching the world go by. So this year I resolve not to worry about this. I will be as active as I feel I need to be! The only condition I’ll add to this is that I would like to spend more time at home.
Last year I resolved to spend more time at home … and then spent most of the year travelling to and from Auckland. It’s like fate was laughing in my face. “Spend more time at home? HAHAHA, no – spend more time EVERYWHERE ELSE!”. Less travel and more time at home in the evenings in 2016 would be nice.
Stephen and I have financial and career goals that are slowly taking shape, so I am excited about those. They are not things that I will document here – until they start to happen anyway!
So I guess what I’m saying is that my goal for 2016 is to do whatever I feel like doing. That sounds achievable.