Making goals for 2015
I’m not one for new year’s resolutions. I learnt many many years ago that they’re a recipe for failure. However I am one for goals and dreams. Around about this time last year I blogged about mine and Hubs’s plans for 2014. It was scary to commit my goals to “paper”, and then to share them with the world, but it makes you far more accountable and likely to achieve your goals. So let’s see what I mentioned in January 2014 and where I am now:
Goal: Blog more often with good quality posts
Reality: I think I blogged a bit more in 2014 than in 2013, but probably not tons more, or as much as I thought/hoped I would.
Goal: Write and publish my bilingual children’s book
Reality: Tick! The first book in my bilingual children’s book series, The Adventures of Elodie / Les Aventures d’Elodie is called Elodie and the Pirates / Elodie et les Pirates and it was published in December last year 🙂 It took a hell of a lot longer than I thought it would, but I’m really pleased with the feedback as it seems to be very popular and useful, as well as enjoyable from what I can tell! You can get your own copy (paperback or Kindle) from Amazon – watch out though as the paperback price goes up to £7.99 on Friday! Or you can get the Kindle, PDF and EPUB e-book from our own website, Elodie Publications (along with lots of other information).
Goal: Hubs to launch his online training programme in French for people wanting to learn to invest in the stock market
Reality: I’m delighted to say that Hubs had a very successful launch last autumn, so successful in fact that he will be holding another launch of his training programme next week.
Goal: Launch a food blog with Hubs
Reality: Tick. Hubs and I launched Franglaise Cooking in January last year and were bowled over by the popularity of the blog. We were even shortlisted for a BiB in the Food category just months after launching. We both loved working on Franglaise Cooking, but sadly it has had to go on the back burner (no pun intended) for now, whilst we concentrate on Hubs’s training programme and my bilingual books.
Why were these goals such a success?
Not because I’m some kind of magician or special, lucky person. But because I wrote them down. I shared them with the world, making me accountable. And I went back to them, again and again, throughout the year, to check I was on track.
As last year’s goals went so well I’ve decided to share my goals for 2015 with you too. And because I want to be held accountable. I want to get off my backside and reach these goals so I can come back and share that with you this time next year.
I also discovered a life coach, Leonie Dawson, in December who has an incredible yearly workbook*, to help you take stock of the previous year and plan the year ahead. Using her workbook has helped me be really clear in what I’m working towards this year, and I can’t recommend using them enough if you’re serious about making things happen this year. (It is never too late to make goals – I revised some of my goals in September last year.)
Franglaise Mummy’s goals for 2015
- Earn £30K from my business. So this year I’m actually putting a number on how much I want to earn, and I’m sharing it. Now it’s down to me to try and reach that goal!
- The Adventures of Elodie / Les Aventures d’Elodie : Work at promoting and selling Elodie and the Pirates. Finish work on Elodie and the Dinosaurs and publish it. Start work on Elodie and the Air Raid.
- Elodie press coverage: Work on getting press coverage for my Elodie books.
- Franglaise Life: Create an online community to support parents raising bilingual children, parents who want their children to learn English or French as a foreign language, and adults looking to improve their English/French. (This has already started with a Facebook group I created last week which has already got over 120 members, don’t hesitate to join us if this sounds like your kind of thing.)
- Franglaise Life training/help: Create some kind of training/help for the aforementioned community, using and sharing my own knowledge of language learning and teaching, as well as raising bilingual children.
- More quality time: I want to spend more quality time with Hubs, with our girls, with friends and family, and with myself. In order to achieve this I am cutting drastically back on screen time (which started a bit last summer with my digital detox), including switching off at 8pm in the evening and having no-screen Sundays.
- Good friendships: I really struggle to call time on friendships, it’s hard when you were really good friends with someone, maybe from years ago, to say stop. But I have some friendships that I know are bad for me – toxic friendships – and I have decided to say enough is enough, and not to waste any negative energy on them anymore. (Don’t worry, the people I’m talking about do not read my blog, so if you are reading this, and are my friend, it’s not you!) By freeing up this time and emotion I am ready to invest in my real, good, friendships, and have declared a 3am club for my good friends. So I sent an email to these good friends, letting them know that I was there for them if they needed me, including at 3am. My aim is to spend more, quality time with my good friends this year.
- Healthier me: I am generally a healthy person. I walk a fair amount (we don’t have a car), I don’t drink massive amounts, I don’t eat tons of junk food, I eat fairly healthily in general. But things have started to slip, and I don’t want to diet, I want to be healthy. So I’m working on drinking 2 litres of water a day, eating 3 pieces of fruit a day and thinking twice about drinking mid-week or munching on chocolate in front of the TV in the evening. I’m also working on bringing meditation into my daily routine, along with exercise – walking more, and doing a DVD first thing in the morning: Zumba, Yoga or Pilates. I want to treat my body and mind a little bit better this year.
- Helping others: last year I helped raise a decent amount of money for Sport Relief through the London leg of Team Honk’s relay: Honkopoly.
I got an enormous out of it personally, but also knowing what I was doing to help others. This year I have signed up to Team Honk’s Danceathon at Wembley, where I will be dancing for 6 hours (mostly non-stop) for charity. Once the sponsorship pages go up I will be asking for your contribution! Don’t hesitate to sign up and join in too 🙂 Hubs and I will also be carrying on our sponsorship of a little Haitian girl through Action Aid’s Sponsor a child programme. Finally I really want to look into fostering a child. A while ago I was umming and ahhing over having a third baby, but I’m 99% certain that this subject is closed now. However I have thought about fostering for years now, since L was a baby, and it’s something I really want to explore this year.
- Hobbies and interests: I have recently launched a neighbourhood book club (well a book / wine club to be honest), and our first meeting was a great success, so I hope to see that flourish this year. When I was at school I sang in 3 school choirs and since I left I have missed that singing in a group. I have toyed with the idea of joining a choir for so long now, but I think 2015 is the year to go for it, sign up and start singing.
That’s a lot of goals, which have brought about a change in my daily routines so I have time to fit in everything I need and want to happen in my life. Now I just need to commit to these goals, revisit them regularly and see what happens….
Do you make goals? Do you write them down? Would you share them publicly? Have any of your 2014 goals come true?
I’m linking this blog post up to a fab linky run by the lovely Michelle from Bod for Tea, called Share the Joy, which I just love as one of my big words for 2015 is “Happiness”. Click on the image below to find some other joyful blog posts:
*This is an affiliate link, meaning I get money back if you buy through this link (it is the same price for you though). I am recommending this because I think it is AMAZING and it has really helped me clarify my goals for 2015.