2014: A time to look ahead

Ringing in 2014 in Sydney

Ringing in 2014 in Sydney

So 2014 is here. Wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope you had an enjoyable New Year’s eve. My last day of 2013 was in sync with the theme of the year — I had originally planned on staying home and having a quiet night. But then a friend contacted me and invited me to her friend’s place at Edgecliff which has harbour views. And I said yes. Because, why not?

Anyway, I saw the start of 2014 pretty sober. And despite the late night, was able to hit the gym this morning. I have also had time to think about the year ahead. Last year, I set myself 4 goals for the year and I was successful in following three of them. I want to do something similar for 2014.

Get back into healthy eating: My eating went a bit crazy this year, particularly in the latter half. I put on a kilo and a bit but it doesn’t show because I have still been exercising at least 5 days a week. To this end, I have once again signed up to the 12WBT program to help me tone up a bit more as well as lose a little weight and eat right again. I know I can do it. I just need to be a bit more organised and disciplined. And cut the damn sweets!!!

Put aside money into savings: I really, really, really need to get my finances back into shape. First step is to pay off my credit card. Following that, I need to put aside a certain amount into an account I do not touch. I used to do that a couple of years ago but then got a bit slack. I need to seriously budget and stick to my plans for the week.

Smile at people I don’t know: This is a quirky thing but I notice that occasionally I will smile at people I pass by on the streets or at the gym or shops. But most of the time, I hesitate. I think it’s because I am uncertain how they will react. From now, I just want let go off that fear and embrace the uncertainty and well, just smile. Because I want to. Not because I care how they will react.

Be more open: I spent a lot of 2013 opening up but I am hoping that in 2014, I will do even more of it. I want to be open to new experiences, new people, and well, be open about my imperfections and embrace my vulnerabilities. I know there is a risk involved in being open but I want to take that risk this year.

Live: I love this word. I have it on my desk at work. It represents a multitude of things to me and in a nutshell, I want to LIVE fully in 2014. That involves continuing to get out of my comfort zone, working on being in the present moment and not get too caught up by the past and future, be more mindful, do things I want to do and more so, those I don’t want to do. And well, not merely exist from one day to the next but to actually live it!

So that’s it. 5 goals for 2014. 5 ways I want to live my life this year.

I hope it is even more of an incredible journey than 2013 was.

What about you? Have you got any plans for 2014?

What do you see when you look ahead?

Do share!

Until next time,


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  • Susan Dusterhoft
    2 January 2014 at 2:54 am

    These sound like great resolutions! I wish you great success for 2014!

    Susan Dusterhoft
    Today’s Writing Woman
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Welcome to this space Susan! And thank you for your wishes! 🙂

  • More than Words
    2 January 2014 at 7:20 am

    Happy New Year to you too…..hope your 2014 is even more exciting and you reach more amazing heights and we get to see more amazing snaps….

    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Welcome here More than words! Thanks for the lovely wishes… 🙂

  • Eloquent Mind
    2 January 2014 at 11:00 am

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year too PB… and great goals for 2014. 🙂

    It’s inspiring to see how you set goals every year and work through the year to accomplish it. Hats off on that !

    Hope you have a wonderful year… To read about my goals, do head to my blog. 😉
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Happy New Year to you too EM! Haha…last year was probably one of the first times I ever stuck to my goals…and I think it’s because it was more about life changes that anything else. It’s stuff that I will be continuing into this year but adding new life goals. 🙂 Need to catch up on your blog posts since your return…

  • R's Mom
    2 January 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Lovely resolutions..except that I am not going to worry about weight gain any more…the idea is to be become fitter 😉
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Haha…RM, mine still has to do with a healthy lifestyle. I do weigh myself every few weeks but I’m usually not too fussed. Until lately with all the Christmas eating and drinking for a month I think it worried me.

  • Whoa, Molly!
    2 January 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Happy new year! Those are all great goals to have for the coming year.

    Mine are all similar, but I also really want to focus on my work ethic and get some words out! Want to blog more again as well as finish some longer pieces I’ve been working on.

    Good luck!
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Happy New Year to you too! I like the sound of your goals too…hope you’ll put up a post on them! Good luck with it all and especially with the writing this year! 🙂

  • Suzy
    2 January 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I hope your 2014 will be even better than the last year. Smiling is a very rewarding exercise.
    Dropping by from the WT linkup.
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Welcome here Suzy! And thank you for your wishes… 🙂

  • Archana
    2 January 2014 at 3:24 pm

    smiling at unknown people is good.. I never thought I would do it, but it started accidentally, but the stranger was pleased enough to return with another smile. 😀
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:25 pm

      It is amazing isn’t it? I know how I feel when someone smiles at me so I figure it will be just as nice for the other person! Welcome to this space Archana!

  • Nabanita
    2 January 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Happy New Year 🙂 Such great goals, I wish you realize them all!

    I wish to smile more too 🙂

    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Happy New Year to you too Nabanita! Thanks! And trust me, smiling is easy. I tend to do it a lot…just mostly to myself though when in public! 😛

  • Chai a Cup of Life
    2 January 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Great resolutions. I also believe that smiling at people you don’t know makes them and yourself feel good. If someone smiles at you for no reason, it instantly gives you a nicer feeling! I’m sure you will tick off them all by the end of 2014 as you made them realistic 🙂
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:22 pm

      I agree Amelia…I notice when people smile at me for no reason, my mood is a whole lot better. So I figured, why not do the same back without expectations?! Let’s see how it goes…

  • Smitha
    2 January 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I love the way you have planned your resolutions! They are so sensible and well-planned. All the best forit. I need to do some sensible eating and exercisng. I’ve stopped even the little walking I used to do.
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Smita…I figured it worked last year so it should work this year. It’s more about life changes I suppose. 🙂 Oh and it’s so hard to eat sensibly when there is so much amazing food available! Gah!

  • shellymona
    2 January 2014 at 9:18 pm

    To look ahead is the key to all achievements…
    All the best for your resolutions…Happy 2014!

    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Welcome here ShellyMona! Thanks and best wishes to you too…

  • Dagny
    2 January 2014 at 11:47 pm

    When I came to ‘Live’ I smiled. And then the words “Alive is not the same as ‘not dead’. There is a lot more to life than just being ‘undead’… ” went through my mind.

    What more can I say?

    Wish you a LOT of smile in the year ahead. You are right, it is about you; it was never about them anyway…. 🙂


    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2014 at 2:57 pm

      I love that quote Dagny! Brilliant one….going to have to pen that one down. Thanks heaps for the wishes! 🙂

  • Avada Kedavra
    3 January 2014 at 8:11 am

    Happy new year PB! Good luck for your 2014 goals 🙂
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    3 January 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Ooooooooooooh the weight thing!! I lost 18 kilos and gained back 4 🙁
    Need to keep a check on tht one!

    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2014 at 3:06 pm

      I try not to focus on weight too much but it’s hard! Apparently though, it doesn’t show I’ve put on a couple of kilos because a lady I occasionally see at the gym told me that I look smaller than before! She was surprised when I told her I’d actually put on a bit. 😛 Good luck with keeping a check on yours! 🙂

  • Aditi
    3 January 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Wishing you and enriching and joyous 2014! Hope you achieve all that on your list and maybe more!
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    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Welcome here Aditi! Thanks for the wishes and hope 2014 is great for you too!

  • vishalbheeroo
    8 January 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Love your five goals to happiness during the year. It makes sense to live life to the fullest.
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