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As we take the first steps into the New Year, some of us are feeling rather tentative. Those who might have had a rough year are taking a little coaxing into feeling positive about what is to come, while others are launching head first into making huge plans for the year ahead and how it will beat 2013 into the dust.
I find myself hanging around in limbo between the two states after a mixed year – 2013 was an amazing year for me on paper – I travelled and went to amazing festivals, I developed my career and became an editor so much more. But at the same time, I lost a few people who meant a great deal to me, I grew apart from some friends and there was drama. On the whole, I shall look back on 2013 with fondness because I refuse to have any regrets and I really did have an amazing year in the end. But I was very hesitant to make any big plans for this year, to launch myself into buying tickets or making commitments – I wasn’t sure why but I wasn’t even that enthusiastic about seeing in the New Year.
I have since changed my tune after making some very important decisions that are to shape my life over the next two years. I won’t reveal my plans at this stage, but I am very excited about them. Instead, here are some inspirational quotes that have helped to guide me thus far and I hope that they will lead me in all my goals for the year – perhaps they will help to centre you in your goals as well.
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Ride the energy of your own unique spirit. – Gabrielle Roth
A man who both spends and saves money is the happiest man, because he has both enjoyments. – Samuel Johnson
A man of extraordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou
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It’s been a bit of a miserable start to the year for me with feeling this ill, but I refuse to let it get me down any more. Instead, last night, I dug out the diary I bought a couple of weeks ago and have started to fill it with people’s birthdays, events and all the exciting things I have planned for the year ahead.
Now I have to admit, by this time last year, I already had tickets booked to a range of huge festivals both in the UK and abroad, I had booked a summer holiday, I had plans for a glamping trip with my girls and lots more family get-togethers and the like. But this year I have flatly refused to book or organise anything until 2014 had truly begun, I wanted to start the New Year with a clean slate and then make plans.
This is something I am still excited about and although I already have some ideas in mind about the extra-curricular activities that I would like to do this year, I have yet to set anything in stone. But as a taster, here is a list of some of the amazing things that have entered my daydreams and that I would love to do this summer:
- Festivals – I’m hoping to squeeze in Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Shambala and Wyndstock this year, with possibilities of getting tickets to Glasto and Bestival as well – I dream big and want to take full advantage of my role as editor of the website by going to as many as possible. I’m even hoping I might get the chance to do another one abroad – perhaps Exit Festival combined with the anniversary festival in Montenegro.
- Trips to London – my family will soon have the London flat and I plan on taking advantage of it by using it as much as possible to stay in while visiting the museums, markets, friends, Notting Hill Carnival and much more.
- Uni reunions with the House of Boobs girls, I’m sad to be missing the first one in a few weeks time, but it can’t be helped because I promised another friend. I plan on fitting a lot more of these in this year to make up for it.
- Trips to visit Rach at her new Oxford home, I miss my bestie a lot and felt terrible that I was just too busy to be able to fit in a visit late last year, but I definitely plan on squeezing a few in this year.
- Couple time – me and Mark have already started thinking about some trips we can make just the two of us next year, we both realise that we didn’t spend enough time just the two of us this year so we plan to make up for it with a trip to Amsterdam in the spring, followed by a summer holiday and possibly a trip away next New Year to celebrate by ourselves.
- I’m making sure that my mum and I fit in a few spa days and that as a family we have a few trips to London to visit the flat, but we may also fit in a trip to NYC to visit my sister if it fits with our plans and holiday time.
- I’ve also already got a few tickets that were given to me as Christmas presents for comedians and gigs that I’m looking forward to going to.
- And of course, I must mention the Irish wedding that is set to take place in a castle!
It sounds like a lot, but scattered throughout the year it keeps me nicely busy and I would rather be run off my feet than bored waiting for life to happen! I don’t plan on doing everything on this list, likewise, I might do other things that aren’t on the list, but it’s nice to have some ideas.
What have you got planned for the year ahead – do you make plans or are you more spontaneous?