Monday, 31 December 2012

twenty twelve into two thousand thirteen

- If you really want to do something, you'll find a way; if you don't, you'll find an excuse - Jim Rohn

Last year I feel like I managed to get a lot of awesome things accomplished even though I didn't have actual goals, other than a vague plan to make it to the UK at some point!

Some of my successful highlights of the year included:

Visiting Tasmania with my Mum, a long term dream of ours

Richmond Bridge, the oldest in Australia

Port Arthur
My Mum at Wineglass Bay
My beautiful Mum walking the Tasmanian Coast

Camped at an amazing music festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest, where I got to see John Fogerty perform one of my favourite songs ever. This was the fulfillment of one of those dreams that you don't think would ever really come true. 

Check out my digs
Dad and me hanging at our campsite
Mama and me on our way to the stages

Visited friends in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, including cousins I hadn't seen in near 10 years

Debbie and me overlooking Adelaide
Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk

Lauren and I in Sydney

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne
Favourite pastime, hanging out in a cafe in Melbourne

Spent more time with my family, particularly enjoying the lifestyle of the Gold Coast

My family
I <3 the Gold Coast and sun
Made some new friends on the Gold Coast to explore with

The super talented Emily
Fortunate picture I didn't even know I was taking

Went to Asia TWICE, including for an epic 8 week adventure which I won't even begin to go into here

Let's be adventurers
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Nothing like a motorbike tour of the Central Highlands of Vietnam
Crazy nights in Saigon where plans are made
 Had laser eye surgery, one of the best things of my life

Just after having my eyes fried...
My nightwear for awhile

 Got a tattoo...happy 25th to me!

Waiting to go in for my tattoo

And that only skims the surface. I also saw Florence + The Machine, which was amazing, slept in a teepee in the hippie town of Nimbin, and other things I cant even think of right now!

So for 2013 I actually took the time while we were travelling to think about what I wanted to do. Some of it is serious and some random. Some of it I'm on my way to achieving and some I already know I cant.

Regardless, here is my Goals 2013 as it appeared in my iPhone notes when my year of 2012 living in Australia turned to 2013 living in Edinburgh. Now they are on the internet I have to do them...

1. Make some really good friends in Edinburgh
2. Update my blog regularly - trying!
3. Run a half marathon - should probably get on that...
4. Read more classic literature
5. Go to Thailand in April
6. Educate myself more about business to increase job prospects
7. Look good for Sarah's wedding - see Run a half!
8. Go to Vegas in July - unfortunately not this year. BUT on for next year. 
9. Visit 10 countries in 2013 - on my way! I have 6 already by July and more to organise. 

So there you have it. An uneven 9 things that I wanted to achieve as of 12.00am 1st January 2014.

Lets see what I can actually do if I plan for it! Nothing too hard. But it's a start.

- A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline - Harvey Mackay

1 comment:

  1. excellent achievements in just one year! you certainly did heaps and well on your way this year too. many fun times in the short ten months you lived here with us, lots of wonderful moments and memories I keep recalling. Time went so quickly. I look forward to making wonderful memories again when we come to visit you in Scotland :)