15 things for 2015

sunset in leeds It’s that time of year again, when everyone is making resolutions, vowing to save more money or lose pounds in the New Year. For the past few years, rather than making resolutions of what I want to stop doing, I’ve been making list of things I want to start doing or achieve in the coming 12 months. Here’s my list for 2015:

1) Read 25 books

In 2014 I’ve really rediscovered my love of reading. In 2015 I want to ramp this up and read 25 books – one every fortnight feels challenging but not overwhelming. My lovely other half got me a couple for Christmas to start me off but let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations.

2) Run the London marathon

I was lucky enough to get a ballot place in the Virgin Money London Marathon and will be pounding the streets of London on April 26th, 2015. This will be my third marathon I have done (and will probably be the last!) but I am so excited to be running the iconic one I grew up watching on TV.

3) Buy a house

We’re very lucky to rent the most beautiful little cottage but in 2015 we will hopefully be in a position to be able to buy our own home. I can’t wait to have a place of our own to decorate and put our stamp on. Pinterest recommendations are more than welcome…

4) Try 50 new recipes

I love to cook but recently I have gotten into a bit of a rut of cooking the same meals every week. In 2015 I am going to challenge myself to try a new recipe every week. Hopefully I will discover some new favourites along the way and I am going to blog the best ones each month.

5) Volunteer

I did quite a bit of volunteering when I was at uni and really enjoyed it, but since having a full time job it has slipped by the wayside. I really want to find a way to give my time in a way that is helpful for others and I know that I will find it really rewarding.

6) Travel to Iceland

Ever since reading Amy’s posts about Iceland last year (http://amyliz.co.uk/2013/10/iceland-photo-diary/) I’ve been dying to visit Iceland. The combination of amazing lagoons, the Northern lights and a really creative atmosphere makes it irresistible to me and it’s one that I definitely want to tick off the travel bucket list in 2015.

7) Blog more

Since starting this blog a couple of weeks ago I have really enjoyed writing the posts and interacting with other blogs. Next year I really want to accelerate this – I want to plan my posts better, network with other bloggers and improve my photography skills. Watch this space!

8) Learn basic Spanish

Before a trip to Barcelona this year I started using the Duolingo app for a couple of weeks. I picked up a couple of basic Spanish phrases but stopped using the app when we got home. Learning another language is something I’ve always wanted to do and Duolingo makes it so easy, so I really want to start using it again next year.

9) Learn the basics of silver smithing

I was very lucky to unwrap a voucher for a jewellery course on Christmas Day and on the 20th January I will be starting the Introduction to Jewellery Making course at the Bowery in Leeds (http://www.thebowery.org/courses_jewellery_making.html). I am so excited to do something creative and to learn a new craft.

10) Go to a dance class

I grew up attending tap and ballet classes every week for about ten years and absolutely loved it but I haven’t danced now for about 7 or 8 years. We are lucky enough to have the Northern Ballet based here in Leeds and I have been toying with attending their adult classes for a few years. This year I am going to make sure I go along and see how much I can remember!

11) Weekly dates

The other half and I both have really busy work schedules and don’t have an awful lot of time to spend together – this year I want to really make the most of the time we do have by having a weekly date and doing something different each week. Suggestions for days out and midweek date night

12) Ride a bike

I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike. In fact, I’m not even sure I’d still remember how! When I visited Amsterdam a few weeks ago I was inspired by how many people were using two wheels to get around and so this year I’d like to have a go.

13) Learn to bake

Ask me to cook you a meal and I will be in my element. Ask me to bake and my palms get sweaty. For some reason I find baking so much more difficult – it feels way more scientific than cooking. In 2015 I really want to master the art of baking a few key dishes (if only for the purpose of bribing) – let me know if you have any easy recipes or tips to get me started!

14) Attend a TEDx event

I am obsessed with TED talks. I absolutely love watching them and find them so inspirational. This year I really want to attend a TEDx event somewhere here in the UK.

15) Discover more of Leeds

I have lived in Leeds for over 6 years now and there are still places I have never visited. This year I want to get to know the city even better – top of my list are Cottage Road Cinema, the Grand Theatre and the Central Library. I also want to attend some of the amazing events hosted in our fair city, such as Bettakultcha and the Guest Lecture Series at Leeds Beckett University.

What have you got planned for 2015?