Oi Oi! Ahoy there 2015!

Happy New Year friends! :::she said, 4 days late:::

Oh well, a holiday is not a holiday if I don’t give my brain a bit of blogging respite now and then, so clink-clink to my first post of 2015!

We spent 10 wicked days in Waipu thoroughly enjoying a laid-back, family Christmas and New Year – we didn’t actually see in the New Year, Dave and I were tucked up in bed at 10pm, determined not to start 2015 hungover and tired!

We have returned home to begin January a little more tanned {or blackened in my case, first sign of sun and my skin pays no heed to my Irish/Scottish heritage despite regular sunscreen application} and with some awesome new habits and goals firmly in place before the clock even struck 12 on New Years day.

I’m not sure what is was about being away, but those long, straight, flat roads up north were just so appealing to me that I got out there and ran every.damn.day we were away.  

Shut the hell up you say.

Tell me about it.  I haven’t been that motivated to exercise since, well, ever.

I left my sneakers in Auckland though, so a quick trip into Whangarei to pick up some new kicks from Rebel kind-of ushered in a new way of thinking for the year ahead.  In a situation such as this I would have just picked out whatever sneakers I wanted regardless of price, but as I was purchasing a pair of shoes that were not technically essential {I had left my runners in Auckland, not on Mars}, Dave insisted I make my choice from the range that was 50% off.  This included a grand total in my size of two pairs of ugly, u g l y shoes I wouldn’t normally look twice at.  I caved.  It was like voting in a New Zealand election really, picking the least bad out of two hideous options.  My new Avias cost $60 and are actually one of the most comfy pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned.  Dave is polishing his halo right about now.

Basically, I need to be a little more aware of how and what I spend my money on this year.  We have redone our budget this morning, put some financial goals {and boundaries} in place and are looking forward to appreciating and enjoying what we have and being a bit more mindful of what we spend our money on.  Sound familiar?  Yeah same old broken record I know.

So the quote below is my motto for 2015, no list of resolutions, just a general feeling that I want to coax along and see where it takes me xx

Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.

Get outside people, we wait all year for this glorious weather!

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We’re not quite at the post-Christmas, New Year reflection period yet, but 2014 has been such a great year for me that I’m eager to keep the momentum going and launch into 2015 feeling focused, motivated and goal-directed. This requires a little thinking about what I want to achieve and how I’m going to get there.
I’ve used the four pillars of health identified by Sovereign as; exercise, eating well, sleep and happiness as my starting point for this wee introspective exercise that will hopefully set me on the right path to achieving my personal goals in 2015.

EXERCISE

Fitting this is first as it’s something I’m tackling  immediately in the New Year.  Training is underway for my first ever Triathlon!  Yes.  Running.  Swimming.  Cycling.  All in a row.  In one day.

So, I’m feeling good about everything except the cycle.  I don’t have a road bike so have been training on my mountain bike which is not ideal but it has wheels!  Looking further ahead, I need some yoga in my life and am hoping to achieve a touch more balance when Nixon eventually stops breastfeeding and becomes less dependant upon me in the evenings.  This will free me up to schedule some evening classes a couple of times a week and place more value on what I need to do for my body.

EATING WELL

Lets just clear the air here;  living on cashews and dates is just not for me, in fact it is so far from me it’s never, e v e r  going to happen.  I like food and I like cooking and I LOVE butter, bacon, chocolate and wine way to much to partake in any raw eating diet.  That said, I am invested in healthy, moderate eating.  There are a few tweaks to be made in 2015;

  1. Increase my daily water intake dramatically – somedays I only take in 500mls!  Eeek
  2. Reduce alcohol consumption
  3. Increase green, alkaline veges
  4. Eliminate my daily chocolate habit
  5. Celebrate guilt free eating and enjoyment of ALL food, when the occasion arises.
SLEEP

Lord, this one’s the easiest.  My husband and I must start going to bed earlier.  Not just landing into the actual bed, but beginning our sleep routine earlier; brushing teeth, getting the dogs settled, taking vitamins {+ in my case medication}, face cleansing routine, reading, playing on the phones………for how long?  Right.  Everything needs to kick off much earlier so we can eliminate this lights off at 11.35pm business.

HAPPINESS

This one’s the deal breaker; I want 2015 to be the year of happiness.  This year I quit an unfulfilling job that was stressing me out and eating in to my family time.  Since then, I have been able to focus so much more energy on building my own brand via my blog and just simply writing.  This makes me happy and it is this route to happiness that I intend to chase throughout the year in 2015.  

I also want to focus more on relationships; building those that matter to me, working hard on investing in quality family life and recognizing those friends that lift me up and make my heart sing.

So, obviously this is no list of resolutions but a fairly fast & loose road map of how I plan to tackle the year ahead.

#LifeTakeCharge, who’s with me?