Sunday, 3 January 2016

Trying out something new...

Good evening readers, and a Happy New Year!!!

Hope you all enjoyed yourselves in the way you brought in 2016. This, my first blog entry of this new year is a two-parter, including an idea that I thought up with is a year long project & to give you all an idea of what I have planned for this forthcoming year, so I hope you enjoy the read.

"2016 Memory Jar"

If you have been following my blog or whether you know me, you'd know that I've had a rough time of it as of late and it has happened too often over the last couple of years, and it has gotten the best of me at times and made me feel negatively about myself. 

So I decided upon myself to take on a project to highlight all the good things that happen to me throughout 2016 & come New Years of this year, I will open the jar up & look back on all that has happened to me.

As you can see from the picture above, I have included a key of what will be included in this memory jar throughout this year.
Highlighted Pink memories will point out life events that happen to me & days out throughout the year with friends & families.
Highlighted Blue memories will point out compliments that have said about/to me throughout the year by people I have spent time with.
Highlighted Green memories will point out any funny moments that occur throughout the year, whether it be me pulling a derp moment or one of my friends/ family members doing it.
Highlighted Yellow memories will point out my accomplished goals over the year. Whether it be goals I set in the second part of this entry down below; or goals I set on impulse and manage to achieve them.

"2016 Plans"

Okay, now onto my second part of this blog. This is similar to New Years Resolutions but I have decided in this case, to set myself a variety of different goals & objectives to achieve to make this year a significant improvement for me.

My first objective is to lose weight & tone up my body. At the end of last year, I started playing Football again within a team for the first time since Primary School. I'm not exactly the best, but I have always pushed myself to improve my stamina, agility and physical presence on the pitch, I have managed to get compliments from my team mates on my work effort and rare moments on the pitch that stand out. I'm hoping in the new year to continue this role & in the warmer months, play football alot more with friends on the fields close to me. On top of this, me and my friend James have also decided to get into Badminton and play that more often at our local leisure centre once a month to get much more fitter than I currently am. I used to play Badminton at University & have wanted to get back into it for a while so I am thoroughly looking forward to playing that again.

My next objective is to start saving money. I have been in a bad position financially ever since I was made redundant two years ago come March, and I have finally gotten to a place where I am able to budget & save money for something for the future. Whether it be a holiday with the family or with friends, or for moving out into a house. It will always be nice to have that little savings tucked away when needed. From my January pay packet, I'll be putting away £50-£100 a month, so hopefully (If I behave and don't touch my savings) I could have at least £1000 in savings at the end of the year.

My next objective, which has improved over the last year has been to have a regular social life. Having a friends group that enjoys a night out, whether it be just meeting up for drinks at the local pub or going all out going to a nightclub and living it up. My main problem last year, was that I would be too conservative when it came to spending money but I'm switching that worry off and just going to enjoy myself with my friends whether I don't spend any money or spend quite a bit of money. Time to care less, and enjoy my time more.

One key objective that I have set for myself is to get myself a new job. I have been applying for many jobs in the Newmarket area, whether it is Customer Service, Sales or Junior Marketing jobs. I am hoping that very soon, I will be able to find a stable job that I will be able to enjoy & challenge myself.

A very odd goal for myself this year is to grow my beard. For many of you that know me, know that I can't grow hair very well on the top of my head but my beard is easily achievable haha! I was challenged by my friend Kieran to grow out the beard and to see how it looks on me, it has been a month since I have last shaved & its very weird to have let my beard grow for this long so its all a new experience to me. On the plus side, so far I have had many compliments about it that it suits me - I just need to determine whether to let it continue growing or smartly trim it.

One objective definitely this year is to get more ink on my body! I got my first tattoo last year and since then I have began ideas to have two sleeves on me. I am in the process of booking an appointment to get a quote for my next tattoo. I may do a blog entry on my tattoo ideas to get peoples ideas and opinions on what to get done and what they think of my drawings.

My blog is a key objective this year. After taking a long hiatus from my blog, the blog hype has returned and I'm keen on keeping it up for the long term - this being my 60th blog entry. I'm aiming to get 1-2 entries a week and get to the mighty 100 entry milestone this year. As long as people enjoy what I write & I continue to get ideas of what to include to make it interesting for everyone.

My final objective for now is to focus more on myself & care less for those that do not deserve my time and effort. For those that know me well, can back me up when I say - I go out of my way to care for my friends to make sure they are happy and I always make the effort to see them and make sure they are always smiling. This past year has helped me realise who my true friends are & who I can truly trust, and I'm going to spend more time with them who appreciate me, and think more for myself than worry about the opinions of others. As one friend would say, "I need to grow a backbone & be more of a dick". I intend on making this happen if it benefits me.

I hope you enjoyed this loooooooooooong blog post & enjoyed the read. Hopefully will have time to put another entry this week; sadly, I am back at work so I'll have less time to organise one - but here is hoping. Hope you have had a lovely weekend & enjoy the week ahead.