My goals for 2015

8th January 2015

A review of 2014 my life

Last year I set some resolutions. Unfortunately I wasn’t very successful and I think that may have been due to the fact my resolutions were not measurable goals.

For example, I said I wanted to swim more, when I should have really set myself a goal of going swimming every week of the year. Regardless, I didn’t go swimming often enough, and so will mark that as a fail.

This year I wanted to set myself some real, measurable goals. Goals that I can tick off when they happen rather than waiting until the end of the year to assess my success/failure.

1. Graduate.

Graduating shouldn’t be too difficult given that (if my calculations are correct) I’m already 30% of the way there. I keep saying that I’d be happy with a 2:1 (60%) but I would incredibly proud of myself if I could achieve a 1st (70%). Either way, I am thoroughly looking forward to my graduation day.

2. Get a job.

So, graduation is naturally followed by finding a job. I have already decided that I am not going to continue to studying. Well, at least not this year anyway. I’m dying for a break from education so I’m taking a year out to work. I’m not even sure about what my ideal job would be, so I’m aiming to get a job doing anything that will pay the bills and keep me in Liverpool for another year.

I’m actually incredibly unsure about my future career, and I guess that both scares and excites me. I’m hoping that 2015 is the year that I discover what I truly love doing in life.

3. Go abroad.

I’ve been abroad every year since I was 3 and I will be damned if I break the chain. I’m looking forward to a new adventure, where ever I end up.

4. Start learning to drive (again).

When I was 17 I started learning to drive in a manual car but I stopped for two reason. 1) I was moving to Liverpool and 2) I was struggling with clutch control. As my hip condition has deteriorated over the years I’ve now come to accept I will have to learn in an automatic.

Some people think I should learn in a manual so I have a full licence, but they need to understand I’m not doing this to be different; I’m doing it for safety reasons. It’s not good when you are driving and your left leg (that controls the clutch) suddenly loses feeling.

Anyway, I know I probably won’t pass in 2015, but my goal is to at least make a start with learning again.

5. Make a responsive WordPress theme.

In 2015 I hope to expand and refresh my coding skills. I coded this layout just before Christmas, and while I wanted to create something new I felt that my skills weren’t up-to-date. Once I graduate I’m going to get back to it, and will make a responsive WordPress theme to signify reaching my goal.

What are you hoping to achieve in 2015?

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  1. Good luck with your goals. It should be a very busy year for you.

  2. Good luck with your goals! As you said, there is a huge difference in saying “I want to swim more” or “I want to swim three times a week” – the more measurable the goal is, the easier it is to maintain.
    I’m sure you’ll get a first! My FRP let me down, so I got 69% overall. At lot of my friends said if you get 69% they bump it up to a 1st, but I got a 2:1.
    I’m sure you’ll find a job! I’m looking for more work at the minute, jobs that are part time so I can continue my hobbies.Good luck with them, and good luck with your driving test. I learnt in an automatic, but couldn’t take my test due to work and now I’m too scared to go back! Do it now, even if you don’t drive now your insurance will be slowly going down =]
    Good luck with all your goals, I’m sure you’ll achieve them!

    • Holly

      Oh man, I’d be so annoyed if I got 69%. So damn close. I don’t know if my uni would round it up. I’d certainly hope they would.

      It’s always good to hear of other people who’ve learnt in an automatic. I don’t get why most people I know have tried to talk me out of it.

  3. Agent Q

    I wish you the best of luck with your goals, especially with the job search part. Figuring out post-graduate plans was always a daunting task during my final semester, so I can understand that sense of anxiety and excitement. Things will get better. Take your time. πŸ™‚

    Where do you want to visit? Let me know if you want to fly down to Texas, and I’ll take you around the city! Just don’t come during the summer if you detest hot and humid weather. Consider yourself warned. πŸ˜›

    I didn’t know a majority of people in Liverpool drives manual. Huh, today I learned. Here in the US, many actually drive automatic. In fact, driver’s ed and driving tests all utilize automatic cars. Needless to say, we don’t stratify licenses the same way you do. All regular drivers under class C have the right to drive whatever kind of 4-wheel, commercial automobiles.

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      I want to visit everywhere! Haha! I’m hoping to go somewhere new Europe this summer because it’s cheaper, but I am hopefully going to New York for a few days to celebrate my 21st properly and it will be my first time in America! If I’m ever in Texas (which I will be, some day) I’ll give you a shout. πŸ˜€

      Most people in the UK drive manual. It’s kind of backwards when you think about it. Automatic is so much easier. I guess we Brits just like to make work for ourselves, haha!

  4. Susanne

    Good luck with your goals. Automatic cars rock! I started driving but don’t know if I will ever be able to get back to it so that I can get the license. However, I decided to go for automatic, it will take way too long time to learn the manual and I don’t see any reason for it either since every other car out there is automatic anyway. It’s so much more comfortable to travel with automatic cars too. We have an automatic since a year or so, but when we went to Ireland in October we rented a manual car and that was truly AWFUL!

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      Yeah, I think the UK is so backwards with all its manual cars. We need to get with the times and go automatic like everyone else.

      • Susanne

        Actually Sweden is just as backwards. People think I’m crazy to decide to go for automatic. It’s just an old attitude because the “norm” is that you “should” drive manual.

  5. Brittany Pines

    This sound great! I learned how to drive in an automatic, and while I eventually learned a clutch I still can’t stand it. Although it seems like automatics are maybe more common here in America, everyone I’ve talked to who lives/visits oversees only mentions manuals. It’s MUCH easier though so I bet you will pick it up sooner than you think =)

  6. 2015 is definitely going to a big year for you, what with graduating- one of those years where everything changes. So good luck with it!

    I totally feel you on the theme thing- it’s such good fun and so creative, but I’m so slacking on coding. So that’s a good bet! Especially new year, new design trends which is even more exciting. I feel so behind with coding- I’m hopefully going to follow in your shoes on that one.

  7. Holly,

    I never saw the post you made for your blog in the spotlight series & I just wanted to thank you so much for taking the time to write & link me! Normally I get a notification if someone links to my blog (via WordPress), so I’m really surprised I didn’t see it earlier!

    I love the new layout change, by the way! Very easy on the eyes & simple, but not boring! Have I already said this before? I’m having deja vu. Can’t seem to remember whether or not I’ve already seen this layout.

    All of your goals sound reasonable to me, Holly! I’m sure you’ll definitely reach them by the end of the year.

    Didn’t realize that a “full” license in the UK means you have to learn both clutch & auto! Interesting. In the US, it’s just one or the other. Auto might not be as fun as manual, but shoot, your hip is the reason behind your pain! Better to be safe than sorry.

    As for the responsive theme, I wish you all the best of luck! I gave up on trying to figure it out on my own, so I just bought the Genesis framework & Dynamik to help me code things. Now my website is responsive & I didn’t have to scratch my head all that much hah! I’m sure you’re capable of figuring it out, I just didn’t have the time.

    As for my own goals: get A’s, be happy, be positive, read more.

  8. Cat

    That’s a good list of goals! I wish you the best in achieving a 1st and finding a job later! I think it’s ok to be unsure about your future career. I feel like you have to try different things before you know what you truly want to do πŸ™‚

    I think that’s awesome that you’ve been abroad every year since you were 3. I don’t travel abroad very often, and there are still many places I want to see.

    I’ve never driven manual and don’t know how to either. Sometimes I think I should learn, but I think I’d still prefer automatic πŸ™‚ I need to stop being lazy and make my themes responsive too. I do a lot of responsive stuff at work, but when I get home, I don’t want to think about it anymore, haha.

    Good luck on all of your goals!

  9. Best of luck with your goals, Holly! Send me an email if you ever need any help with the responsive theme πŸ˜‰ I am sure you will get the hang of it quite easily.

    I started learning to drive last year, I guess I just went for an automatic car because it was a bit easier and because my parents drive an auto, and I know they would be able to teach me. Not to mention they might use my car sometimes. πŸ˜›

    Can’t wait for you to get your square hat – I will be rooting for you to finish your course with flying colours!

  10. Cherie

    Good luck with your goals! I think you’ve set some ambitious but not unreachable goals. And I think those are the best kind to set. It forces you to push yourself but you’re not setting yourself up for defeat by making such specific goals that you will have a hard time following through with.