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2015 Vision Board and Goals

Obvious fact: it’s a new year. Because I was off in Peru for the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, I skipped over a lot of the New Year’s rituals like end-of-year-favourites and resolutions. However when I came back and saw the 2015 Vision Board video by Light by Coco, I was really inspired. I recently got Adobe software for work, so I decided to follow her tutorial and make my own vision board, and I thought it would be fun to share some of my goals and ideas for 2015. The images are not my own and were found using We Heart It.

vision board 20151. Hike more, spend more time outside. I work in an office with no windows, and after loving the Inca Trail, I am very inspired to incorporate more of the outdoors into my life this year.

2. Read more. Last year I planned to read 100 books and fell short at 98, so I’ve set the same goal again this year. That number may sound high or low to you, but I love reading, and I have plenty of unread books on my shelf I want to enjoy this year.

3. Declutter. Beauty blogging hasn’t helped, but before that I had books and stationery, and now I have tea and makeup as well. The truth is I have a tendency to let things collect, and it’s time to take a hard look at my belongings and let go of even more.

4. See the world. Over the past few years my goal has always been to see one new country each year, so I’d love to continue with that in 2015. I’m hopefully going to France for a conference this summer, so I might stop by another nearby European country I haven’t been to yet as well. I’m also really interested in going to Iceland. I really love traveling and seeing new places, and I want to continue to make that a priority.

5. Friendship. I moved in May and I haven’t done a great job making new friends in my new, rural area. I had made some amazing friendships through blogging, and I want to continue to strengthen those, but I would also like to find local friends to spend time with this year.

6. Study. With my move came a new PhD project, and after starting over a year and a half into my degree, I have a lot of work to do! I am really in love with what I am doing, so I definitely want to make progress this year and my goal is to publish at least 2 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals. I also want to work on improving my computer coding in R, as well as learn more skills such as Adobe Illustrator and maybe Python.

7. Eat cleaner. In 2014 my boyfriend and I really worked towards eating healthier, and like most people doing resolutions, it’s something I want to continue to focus on. I fell in love with my morning green smoothies, and I also want to work on preparing more simple, basic meals with fresh ingredients. I am lactose-intolerant but I have a not-so-secret love for cheese, and I really need to cut back on that as well. If you have any suggestions for healthy, gluten-free recipes, definitely share as well!

8. Send mail. As a result of blogging, I get a lot of mail, but there’s nothing like a personal letter or care package from a friend. I used to send a ton of mail and basically got burnt out of doing it, but I would like to try to send at least one letter a month. I have tons of adorable stationery, and lots of long-distance friends to write.

9. Montreal. This is my hometown, and I want to make a couple visits there in 2015. I especially want to visit with my boyfriend, who hasn’t really been in 2 years, and luckily we just booked plane tickets for the beginning of February. I’d also like to go at least 1 or 2 more times, to see my family and friends. Also, doesn’t that poutine look delicious?

10. Improve my sleep habits. My preference will always be to stay up super late and sleep in super late, but I know that I am more productive when I have better habits and get a little more sunshine in my life as well. With my new job, I really try to work 9 to 5, but it would be great to get an even earlier start in the morning and feel more well-rested when I do.

11. Skating. I love skating and I am so happy to have picked it up again. Unfortunately, the skates I currently have are way too big, so I need to get a new pair, but once I do, I want to stick to my weekly skate dates. I’d also love to start skating with my boyfriend.

12. Confidence. I have struggled with insecurity for my entire life. I have the tendency to really beat myself up and obsess about things, and I want to work towards being easier on myself. I want to love and appreciate myself more, and hopefully ease up on the guilt trips.

13. Blogging. I want to be more creative with my blogging, and also more open. I think Writing Whimsy will be less strictly beauty reviews in 2015. I plan to share my trip to Peru, tea, books, maybe food posts, and other bits and pieces of my life. I will probably be doing fewer, larger posts, rather than sometimes posting 2 or 3 times a day with individual products. I want this to continue to be a happy, whimsical space I love. Basically, I want to have fun but I also want to continue to enrich areas of my life outside of the blog, and hopefully that will be reflected here.

14. 2015. It’s a new year. Take full advantage of it.

15. Save money. 2014 was an expensive year. I bought a car, a camera, took a big trip. In 2015, I really need to focus on saving. I have a personal financial goal, but my main aim is to buy more thoughtfully. I own a lot of stuff, and I don’t want to declutter and downsize just to quickly replace it. My income also goes down in September, so I need to keep that in mind as well, especially if I want to continue to travel.

16. Clean. I want to make an effort to do a little bit of cleaning every day. I have a habit of doing giant cleaning sprees, rather than just keeping things under control, and I want to be more consistent in my habits. Don’t let it all swallow me up!

17. Knit. I want more fun and productive ways of spending my time, and in the past I’ve always found knitting very relaxing. I’ve never made it past a scarf, because I like that you don’t have to count stitches, but I think this would be a good year to finally try something else. I’m also maybe interested in needlepoint.

18. Plan and organize. I bought an adorable planner, and I want to use it. I want to keep track of things, and I want to do them. I also have a 5-year journal I’d like to keep up to date. I want to do a better job filling my time instead of wasting it, setting small goals for myself and working to accomplish them.

19. Drink water. It’s good for my skin and good for my body. I definitely don’t drink enough, and I know the end result is headaches and sometimes mistaking thirst for hunger. I want to work on having a lot more water during the day, although non-caffeinated tea is okay too!

20. Be a healthier and happier person. I am never going to have a physically active job, so I know I have to make a conscious effort to keep myself in (decent) shape and eat well. I am already starting to pass my mid-20s, and I want to get better habits I can keep for the rest of my life. I need to find exercise that works for me. I also have a weight goal (130, which is about 15 pounds) but I am mostly concerned about how my body fits and feels to me. I want to be stronger on the inside and the outside.

This is my first time making a vision board, but it was a really fun way to visualize my goals for the new year, and I am thinking I will get it printed to hang up and inspire me. These aren’t necessarily hard resolutions, they are more ideas and actions I want to keep in mind this year, so I can look back and see where I’ve improved and where I still have to grow. Let me know if you’d like some kind of update during the year to see how I’m doing on them.

What do you think of my 2015 vision board? Do you have any 2015 goals?

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