Revisiting my 2014 Goals

Ticked off
- Complete and be happy with my dissertation: dissertation is done and dusted! I'm pretty happy with it- which is a big thing for me. I'm my own biggest critic and so far I've only found one really annoying mistake which just so happens to be in the last sentence in my conclusion. Typical, really! 

- Start a blog: pretty self explanatory, finally tied the knot in August this year and Nomad Notebook was born. There's a lot to do, including a new header and theme but apart from that i'm pretty content with it. I'm just finding it a little difficult to reach out to more people but I'm sure it'll just take a bit of time. I'm now in that awkward stage of do I/don't I start promoting my posts on my personal social media accounts. Maybe soon!

- Visit London: we visited London in October to see some of my friends from university. I met up with one of my closest friends, Zoe, for drinks at John Salt and then some other friends for a meal at La Tasca.

Parliament of the UK
Visit Edinburgh: Me and Mr. Nomad did a road trip around Scotland, including a visit to Edinburgh and we loved it! Although I think I prefer the actual Scottish countryside to Edinburgh.

Clear out the old house and sort through my childhood belongings: my dad's house was full of my childhood things and I've managed to now clear all of that out.

- Take Mr. Nomad to France: I took Mr Nomad to France this July. France has been a big part of my life so it was great taking him to where I've spent much of my childhood and introducing him to friends.

- Hunt for the Loch Ness Monster: technically we didn't as we didn't go that far North, but as listed above we visited many lochs in Scotland on our roadtrip and got close to Loch Ness.

- Earn my Masters Degree: after much waiting and many heart palpitations every time I get a email notification from uni, I finally have my results for my masters degree in which I achieved a pass with distinction! So happy.

Walk some of Hadrians Wall: we did this on the way back from the Scotland roadtrip and on the way to visit my sister who's just started at Durham University.

Hadrians Wall
- Go on more walks and hikes: We've done walks in the Lake District, Whitby, Scarborough, Robin Hood's Bay, Falling Foss, Brimham Rocks, Scotland and North Wales.

- Go to a maze: we visited York Maze which was this year in the shape of Yorkshire's famous faces

- Visit The Forbidden Corner: we visited the Forbidden Corner for my sister's birthday.

- Get my hair cut at least twice: I managed to sneak a cheeky hair cut in before we moved so I've had it cut twice this year which is pretty good going for me! 

Take the camera out more: we've definitely made a big effort to use the camera more, especially since moving to Australia.

Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe
- Get a new suitcase ready to move: Mr. Nomad's parents bought me an amazing orange Atlantic suitcase.

- Give away some of our furniture when we move hose: we sold and gave away 80% of our stuff when we moved out.

- Raise some money for charity: I raised some money for Comic Relief through work this year, and we ended up donating much of our stuff to charity before we moved.

- Reconnect with old friends: It's been really difficult moving around so much and keeping in contact with everyone. I moved for my first BA hons degree to Leicester where I met lots of friends who are from the South. I then moved to York so seeing these friends was near impossible with both uni and work commitments. I managed to see them twice- once in London and another time just before I left for an early Christmas get together. I then had a dinner evening at my house with my secondary school friends just before I left too.

Goals I haven't managed to achieve
- Move house: we've kind of achieved this. We've moved from our lovely little flat in York back home with my mum whilst the final things were put in place for our big move to Australia. We have now moved to Australia but we're currently living with my uncle. We're hoping to move out in the New Year into our own place.

- Start running: I've dabbled, and I've failed. Basically a combination of time and winter approaching. I can feel all the fitnuts shaking their heads at me. Now we're in Australia i'm determined to get fit and healthy again. I've already been eating a lot better, just need to work on the fitness in the New Year. Hopefully when things have stabilised a bit I'll be able to join a gym and get started on this.

- Take Mr. Nomad on a surprise trip: no excuse for this one really. Must do!

- Decrease my body fat percentage: i've lost a little weight, but nothing to shout home about.

- Sell my car: this is currently happening. Luckily my Dad is doing this for me and there's someone viewing the car today.

- Find 100 geocaches: we sadly haven't found nearly as many as 100. It's my bad really as Mr. Nomad is always a keen bean to find them. 

Overall I don't think I've done too badly! Look out on my goals page for my 2015 goals which I will be changing in the New Year.

What are your goals for 2015?


  1. Wow. I'm really impressed you managed to complete so many of your goals! And congrats on your master's degree; that's an incredible achievement.

    1. Thanks so much Christine for your kind words!

  2. You've completed so many goals. Congrats!
    Agreed with the running- that one takes a lot of effort to become enjoyable, and I've never really got there!

    1. Thanks Imogen. Will be hitting up the gym as soon as I can to get back on track with everything.

  3. Wow, you did amazingly with your goals!! And with a Masters to show for it too! Congratulations and happy new Year my lovely (:

    1. Thanks Michelle! Happy new year right back atcha'!

  4. Sounds like you've had a really eventful year, and good job on completing your goals! Moving to Australia sounds so exciting.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

    1. Thanks Mimmi! Moving to Australia has been amazing :)

  5. You have accomplished so much! Even though you didn't complete them all, I think you can excuse that given how much you have done!

    1. Thanks Kate! I think I did pretty well too with all my goals. Hopefully this year I'll get a chance to complete the ones I've missed out on last year.