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Thursday 1 January 2015

No to resolutions, YES to GOALS

Every year millions of people sit down and make that decision. The decision usually sounds like this, I am going to quite smoking, or I am going to drink less, or I am going to read more, I am going to exercise more and the list go on. 

I can not remember when I last had any resolutions for a new year. I usually set them up and in the first two weeks I have broken all 10 of them (which in any case is so much to do).

Before I started this post I went and read a few other blog posts about resolutions. I first wanted to know what the difference is between a resolution and a goal. I made to decision to set goals, but I still wanted to first know the difference. This is what I found.

A resolution is like a decision stating the solution according to He also says that to come to the solution we must look at goals and dreams to get there. To read his blog go visit . He tells us more about the difference between dream and goals as well.

I also came across the blog The author is Sandi Porter. She give the dictionary explanation to the difference between a resolution and a goal, which helps me a lot in understanding this. To see what she has to say visit

I took a dictionary and looked up the difference and this is what I found.

Resolution / noun / a promise to yourself to do or not to do something. I made a resolution to give up chocolate. (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary.(2010).3rd ed.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Goal / noun / AIM an aim or purpose. Do you think I will be able to achieve my goal of losing 5 kilos before summer? (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary.(2010).3rd ed.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

I made the decision on what I would like to achieve this year. So, I am writing down my goals with the plan of action to achieve the resolution.

They are not in a particular order of importance, so here goes.

First off I got myself a jar. In this jar my goals will go. As well as happy things that happened to me throughout the year. For example an unexpected present, or an unexpected surprise, an answered prayer ect. So on December, 31 2015 I will sit down and read through all the things and think back on all the happy memories. No sad ones allowed. 

This is the items you will need to make yourself one. I am quite excited to start using mine!

So now that I have my jar. Here are my goals for 2015.

I would like to attend and complete a photography course. I already enrolled for one and will be starting on March, 5th 2015. So after 20 weeks I will be done. Goal achievement date: 16 July 2015.

I will complete at least 2 x 10 km's this year. The one I am definitely doing is in August (The Spar Woman's Challenge), but before that I have ample time to prepare for an earlier one. For this I will be using a training program from Runners World (I already got my latest edition!). Goal achievement date: August 2015.

I am going to catch up on my reading. I have 28 books that have been bought last year (and even earlier...) and my goal is to finish them before the end of this year. My plan of action is to read at least two a month (that is very reachable for me), it might be more depends on how intrigued I am in the book. So lets get this heap done and dusted. Goal achievement date: 31 December 2015.

My goal is to loose 11 kilos by my 30th birthday this year in November (eeeeeek the BIG 3 O!). My birthday is 21 November. So I have 11 months to do this. I have set myself up with a persona trainer and a dietitian. So I have my action plan. Let's do this! Goal achievement date: 21 November 2015

My goal is to complete my Gr3 Unisa with at least 80%. I have a piano teacher I see once a week an hour at a time. Then I have to put in hours at home. So at least an hour a day and more on weekends. I will do this! Goal achievement date: May/June 2015.

My goal is to empower myself with knowledge. I am doing the photography course, but I want to complete a writing course as well and at least 1 other. So I will have to enroll myself asap. I have no excuse working at the North West University! Goal achievement date: 1 December 2015.

My goal is to spend more time in God's word. I have to set up an action plan, but I am getting myself a count-ability partner and together we will do this. Goal achievement date: The whole year.

So, this is my goals for 2015. It is specific and I have set dates by when it should be completed. I am really excited. 

The thing I like most about the start of a new year is the diaries and calendars. I plan my year out on them. Yes, I never know what is going to happen, but I like to plan and keep track. It is very good for remembering birthdays. You never know when Facebook will crash! (tee-hee)

This is my cute little diary and calendar I will be using this year

You guys are my witnesses and must ask me...constantly how I am doing. I have some big ones in there that kind of scare me, but this year I am challenging myself. So here we go!

Here's to 2015. No to resolutions, YES to GOALS!

Speak to you soon...or sooner!

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