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Okay, so we’re nearly 1.5 months into 2014 and I’ve only just found time to write down my goals for this year. I became a SAHM (Stay At Home Mum – at least until my maternity leave ends) last week after my darling mother left Australia to return back to Scotland and let’s just say that I have not settled into my role as gracefully as I would have liked. Free time? What free time? I only have 90 seconds to brush my teeth and pee before Princess Bunty starts crying! Anyway, let’s not dwell on that and talk about my goals for 2014. I feel that if I blog about it, it will keep me accountable and I will try and follow through.

1. I’m embarking on a Project 100 Pan.

For the uninitiated, it means that I have to use up 100 beauty items (makeup, skincare, hair products, etc) before purchasing anything new. Originally, I was going to take it easy and do Project 50 Pan but due to some financial hiccups (Husband got unfairly sacked this week – long story but I’m furious and extremely upset), I have to curb my spending on beauty products – which is extremely difficult for a beauty blogger! Anyway, challenging as it may be, I’m determined to do it and I will update you all throughout my P100P journey.

2. This year, I will learn to love myself more.

You would think that at my ripe old age of 33 and a half, I would have learnt to be comfortable in my own skin and love me. Alas, no. It’s an ongoing process. Probably life-long.  So how do I plan on achieving this? I’m going to accept and learn to love the things about myself that I cannot change, e.g. my short stumpy legs. And try and change the things that can be changed, e.g. I want to become less pessimistic and more optimistic.

3. Grow me some balls!

No, I don’t want hairy man balls! But I’m a scaredy cat and it means that sometimes, I find myself in awkward situations and instead of defending myself, I stay quiet and get upset later. Not good! I’m a grown up woman and now I am a mother so I have to show my daughter that “Momma has balls (non-hairy ones please!)”

4. Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate!

I like to spread myself thin and dip my fingers and toes into lots of little projects but never really achieve anything fantastic as a result.  Case in point – my THREE blogs and THREE YouTube channels and THREE Twitter / Instagram / Facebook accounts.  What on earth was I thinking?  It was actually my 10 year blog anniversary in January but I didn’t even get to do anything special – le sigh. Basically, I can’t keep up so I won’t.  I’m not entirely sure yet but I may axe all three blogs and start afresh with just one or keep this one and start a new lifestyle one.  I have already purchased a new blog design and I have a blog name in mind… Will keep you updated.

It’s not just blogging but other areas in my life which I need to consolidate.  Easier said than done though!

5. Take lots more photos and improve my photography skills.

I’ve been upgrading my photography equipment for the last few years.  I went from iPhone 3 to point and shoot to hybrid to entry DSLR.  And instead of using the maximum potential of my entry level DSLR, I now want to upgrade again to a Canon 5D because “I feel that it will improve my photos” – SO WRONG!  Don’t blame the equipment.  It’s my non-existent skills!  So I’m going to make an effort to work with what I have and improve it from there.

6. Laugh more!

2013 was a pretty intense year and along the way, I think I kinda lost my sense of humour for a while.  I used to have these funny laugh out loud moments – even in my own company.  Yes, I am weird like that.  Also, long-time readers may have noticed that I used to write funnier and wittier blog posts, instead of my same old beauty reviews these days.  That has gotta change!  I want to laugh more and make people laugh more – even if it is laughing AT me instead of with me 🙂

7.  Embrace motherhood.

I’ve always wanted to have children but just because I have one now, it doesn’t mean that motherhood comes naturally.  There is so much to learn.  I have so much growing up to do.  I have experienced a different kind of love.  It’s an interesting journey.

7 goals for 2014 is more than enough don’t you think?  Of course, I wanted to squeeze in extra goals like “lose my pregnancy weight” – but luckily for me, is easily achievable without even trying.  I am only 5.5kg away!  And I still eat my usual junk food!  Must be the breastfeeding as I am not even allowed to exercise for another 3.5 weeks.  I also wanted to eat healthier this year but where’s the fun in that? 😛

So, did you have any goals for this year?  How are they coming along? 

15 Comments on My Goals For 2014

  1. iisneeno
    13/02/2014 at 1:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Great goals!!
    I’m sorry to hear bout hubby 🙁 that sucks.
    I also need to grow some balls!! I’m the same, I stay quiet then stew later! I hate confrontation and conflict. I am also loving myself more this year. I will look after myself, spoil my self as much as I spoil others, keep fit, exercise etc. I am also consolidating! Cancelling all my unused credit cards.
    Lucky you, able to lose weight without trying 🙂

    • Ling
      18/03/2014 at 4:32 pm (2 years ago)

      @iisneeno, Hope you are spoiling yourself like crazy at the moment because you truly deserve it xxx

  2. rabbitwithfangs
    13/02/2014 at 1:42 pm (3 years ago)

    You’ve inspired me to write down my goals for the year! I *love* the idea of the pan project – I mean, honestly, I probably couldn’t use all the makeup I owned unless I lived to be a hundred, but it’s the lure of ‘something new’ that’s so hard to resist, don’t you think? *I* need to grow..hmm, bigger ovaries (?) and be stricter with my spending. Also, today marks my second month of sobriety, so I plan to keep that up over the year! Enjoy the time with Princess Bunty – Lambaby is about six or seven months older than her (he’ll be one in March) – and I know it’s a cliche but the time really does fly, so treasure it (hard when you’re up and down in the middle of the night 😀 ). Oh, and take lots of photos! I’ll be reading about your P100P with great interest, hopefully I’ll discover some hidden gems in my makeup trolley. x

    • Ling
      18/03/2014 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

      @rabbitwithfangs, Oooh, let’s hear your goals for this year! Project 100 Pan is hard but I feel so happy when I finish a product!
      And congrats on what should be your 3rd month of sobriety! Hope you are going strong.
      Did you / Are you planning to throw a big birthday party for Lambaby?

  3. E-von
    13/02/2014 at 3:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Those are some great goals and totally achievable! I think you can ace them, but of course take your time because mummyhood offers a lot of surprises 🙂 I think my goal was this year, was to spend more time on doing the things I love with the people I love. And cut out all the other time wasting crap hehe. All the best for 2014 Ling!

    • Ling
      18/03/2014 at 4:29 pm (2 years ago)

      @E-von, I love your 2014 goal! I can’t believe we’re nearly entering April so soon! This year is going so fast!! And my baby girl is growing all too quickly. Loving every second though 😀

  4. Anu
    13/02/2014 at 3:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I learned that photography skill was what was missing too. I have an entry level dslr and wanted to upgrade, but hey no money so I had to learn the skills haha.

    • Ling
      18/03/2014 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

      @Anu, How did you learn the skills? Read the manual or learn from some tutorial?

      • Anu
        19/03/2014 at 1:21 am (2 years ago)

        I read a lot of photography websites and blog posts and just started taking pictures. I think practice helped a lot. I am still a newbie, but now I at least know what I have to improve on.

  5. Phoebe
    13/02/2014 at 7:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Those are great goals doll! I’m the same with my camera.. well I’m using a hybrid now and I want to get a DSLR even though I’ve just restarted my blog… very unreasonable of me! 🙁

    x
    Phoebe

    • Ling
      18/03/2014 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

      @Phoebe, I love the feel of a DSLR but it’s just so heavy and not travel friendly. What hybrid model do you have?

  6. Alex
    14/02/2014 at 1:54 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with you on #1! Been doing it for ages, but with a few cheats here and there. This time around, though, I’m all in, with an exception of a few things that continue to run out and need to be replaced, like toner and deodorant. It’s a Project ALL Pan around here.

    Re: #4, I so understand what you mean. I always start ten different blogs because I feel like if someone wants to read about nail polishes, they couldn’t care less about what I ate or where I’ve been. But the thing is, they can always just *gasp* skip a post. It’s been difficult (meaning sometimes I still think that I need a sideblog for something), but I merged all of them into one under my name. It’s a bit scary, but it’s worth it. Unless there’s something completely and utterly niche, I really think you should consolidate everything into one, especially now that you have a kid. <3 I think I'd go nuts if I had a newborn AND three blogs to run.

    Take care, and Godspeed with your goals!

    • Ling
      18/03/2014 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

      @Alex, I bought deodorant yesterday because I ran out 😉 It’s challenging but I am enjoying it.

      And thanks Alex, I am heading that way to just keep one blog. Too difficult to juggle so much.

  7. gris-noir chic
    15/02/2014 at 3:14 am (3 years ago)

    “For the uninitiated, it means that I have to use up 100 beauty items (makeup, skincare, hair products, etc) before purchasing anything new” ….. WOW what a challenge….
    Sorry to hear that about your husband.
    The very best for you.

    • Ling
      18/03/2014 at 4:26 pm (2 years ago)

      @gris-noir chic, Love a good challenge hehe!!
      And thanks for the support!! 😀