2015 was kind of a weird year, yes? For me it was a time to learn how to go with the flow, roll with the punches, and take a deep, shaky breath.  Find the silver lining in everything, or at least try to.  A year of learning to jump on opportunities as they happened rather than make endless lists and plans and deciding I didn’t really want that opportunity after all as it whizzed by. A year that tested my resilience.  I can never pick just one word to be my mantra for a year, because one word is never enough; apparently the universe chose a word for me anyway, and that word was ENDURE.

I discovered that I would indeed be able to deal with my first born moving out of home with her boyfriend, even though I shed a few tears to start. I started a part time job and then quit 6 months later when it became apparent that my mental health was more important than a decent hourly rate. I coped with my husband working a job that took him out of the home for long, loooooong days; and now that job has blossomed into something more and I’m (re) learning how to share an office with the hubster who is now working long hours from home. (spoiler alert: It’s great, I love it! Daytime sex and lunch dates!) I finely honed my skills of making do with no money, and then rejoiced in sudden windfalls. Most of this was beyond my control, and I feel a bit proud that I came out the other side feeling a little wiser.

So despite the universe telling me not to make plans, I do actually have a few goals for for 2016. I’m hoping that the Universe will decide my word is THRIVE. Or maybe the mantra Get Shit Done, which I like better. Here is a preview of the shit I’d like to get done in 2016.

Be better at blogging. Or web-siting, or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days. I’m super grateful to the friend who transferred me over to word press, but there is still a heap of stuff left to do and sadly I have no freaking idea what I am doing. I need to upskill quickly! Those years of attending ProBlogger and skipping out of the WP centric sessions with a glib Oh, I’m on Blogger! to head off to the bar seems now to have been a pretty crap idea…luckily Problogger has heaps of online tutorials and podcasts to get me up to speed. I’m hoping to write a lot more about food and cooking,  at the very least. My stretch target includes running some events and offering some cool products, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. A site redesign and regular, quality content are the bare minimum!

Family Adventures. I’m aiming at getting out of the house at least once a month for a day of adventure and exploration, and hopefully away for a couple of days every few months. So far we’ve been to Sydney, to Tin Can Bay, and to Kondalilla Falls in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which was glorious. I highly recommend it. Dragging the boys away from their devices was difficult at first, but when they learned how to hold their head upright and look at the world with their bare eyes they absolutely loved it.

Relentlessly continue the House Renovations. I’m trying to live life without excessive lists, but I must admit I’ve written a list of things to do to the house. Not just for me! It’s also to keep the hubs on track. Every month has a focus, and my hope is that the desired result will manifest if I just keep us on track, regardless of obstacles being thrown in our path by the Universe. The list is ambitious, and between you and me I do not expect it to be completed, but in this instance I think it’ll be a good thing. If we even achieve half of my list I’ll be happy (Shh! DO NOT tell my husband I said this!!) This month’s focus is on cleaning, and so far I’ve cleaned out the pantry and the bathroom cabinet, so snaps for me.

Be Healthy. Last year my goal was to become a runner – it seemed like such an efficient, fun way to burn fat and get strong, and it still does. But the universe said OH NO, you cannot run or even power walk with loose cartilage in your knee! And fuck me but the Universe was right. Even though I live in the lucky country of free healthcare, I’ve been unable to get an osteo surgeon to come up with a solution or even have a look at it, despite being on a waiting list for a long, long time. So with no proper exercise, the diabetes has escalated and now needs several insulin injections a day. The whole thing has been a bit of a bummer, and I’m determined to overcome it somehow this year. In my head I am Lara Croft. I am really not ready to shop for a mobility scooter just yet.

So there you go, I’m planning on not only surviving but thriving. Let’s see if the Universe approves of this plan.

What are your goals for 2016?



Lisa Barton Collins 2016 Goals

2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  • 01/07/2016 at 5:36 PM

    What a year it was! I think you’re amazing for putting your health above a pay cheque. I don’t think I’m brave enough to do that.

    My goals for 2016? Just make it through. Smile more, laugh more, love more.

    • 01/08/2016 at 6:08 AM

      You are always smiling! This job made me cry a lot. >sad face<

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