Goals not resolutions

I was just wondering if I’d written a NYE’s post last year and look: I found it!

In case you need to know, I still feel the same way about New Year’s Eve. Each to their own etc I guess.

Perhaps you’re wondering how I did with my 10 resolutions. Pretty well. The ones that have slipped a little are maintaining health and fitness and learning to say no. The health part is good. The fitness not so much. I said no sometimes, but probably not as often as I should have. I still ended up in the middle of things and wondering how I got there. There’s definitely going to need to be a reset on that particular resolution in 2015 as I will be working full time again from February.

How was 2014 for me? Well, while it seemed like terrible things were happening all around me, Australia and the world, 2014 was generally okay on the personal front. It was planned (as much as these things can be planned) to be a year of transition, a year of re-orientation and a year of re-entry into a life not all-consumed by work. In that respect, 2014 worked out well. I finished my Masters (can be a librarian now), I taught the piano, I gave myself the weekly gift of violin lessons which was life-changing, I read a lot, I caught up on TV and film, I indulged in my love of music on several fronts (community groups, TunnRocks, a musical personal learning network). By the end of the year I had a new job in a field that was not tertiary education. I also had a job lined up for 2015 in piano teaching. (There were many moments when I had worried that I would never be employed again).

So with 2014 as a foundation I’m looking forward to 2015. I’m finally starting to feel like I am no longer the stressed out person who took a leap of faith at the end of 2013, leaving a secure, well paid job in the hope of shaping a balanced life. Instead, I have left that sweary, frustrated, frequently cranky and cynical person behind. I’m still very capable of swearing, being frustrated, cranky and cynical but it’s no longer a 24/7 situation.

For 2015 I think I’ll set some goals rather than make resolutions. Last year’s resolutions were fairly general. It’s time now to get a little more specific.

1. Begin seriously working towards my AMusA on the violin. Goal: to be ready to sit the exam by the end of 2015.

2. Listen to more new music than I have in the last few years.

3. Write without fear or favour. Write honestly and bravely. (Okay so this one is slightly vague but I haven’t quite sorted it out yet)

4. Be physically healthy.

5. Be kind and compassionate

6. Swear only when warranted.

Take care of each other people. That’s an order from me to you.


4 Responses to “Goals not resolutions”

  1. Kate says:

    this: “a year of transition, a year of re-orientation and a year of re-entry into a life not all-consumed by work”. That is exactly what I need 2015 to be. Thanks for being an inspiration xx

  2. Wendy Davis says:

    you’re the inspiration!
    And you can definitely make 2015 that year 🙂

  3. Elizabeth says:

    write without fear or favour. i love that. perfect.

  4. Wendy Davis says:

    thanks Elizabeth. I’ve just got to follow through and do it. 🙂

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