Hello 2012, Year of Financial Freedom and Travel

Being the imaginative individual that I am, I feel it necessary to write a post on my goals for 2012; just the same as most other bloggers out there have done or will do. I’m not so much calling these resolutions as goals because there is still a degree of flexibility in what I am about to set out, these are not hard and fast targets. This year I’ve spent more time than ever thinking about what I want out of next year, mainly because a lot has changed this year and I want to continue along that path next year. What I’ve really contemplated is what makes me happy. I’ve always been led to believe that money and material possessions make me happy; this is what others around me have noticed. Whilst I agree, I have also now worked out that to a certain extent this is incorrect or by now I would be starting to feel pretty darned happy when actually I’ve been feeling like something is still missing. Until now!

I’ve worked out that with me, material possessions do make me happy, but only the ones I really enjoy, not the ones I feel I should have to be happy. My case in point here is my car; I started 2011 driving my beloved 2004 Mini Cooper, or Reggie as he was affectionately known. Unfortunately, Reggie was getting on a bit and needed more and more expensive BMW repairs so we had to part ways and Frank joined me. Frank was a 2002 Fiat Punto, (orange no less!) who filled the time when I wasn’t sure which car to buy next. He was basic but reliable and I appreciated him every day apart from the one when he melted the Easter Egg I had spent days making for my bf before he even saw it. However, he was a temporary measure and soon came Stanley, (or Seamus as the bf calls him) my 2008 Vauxhall Corsa VXR. Now Stanley is a ball to drive, his acceleration is immense and he’s so small I always nip into those tiny gaps everyone else is too scared to fill. BUT… I haven’t warmed to him. I want my Mini back. I rarely get to use Stanley to his full acceleration capacity and whilst he has more knobs and dials than Reggie, I haven’t even bothered to look up in the book what these knobs and dials are or how to use them; I’ve had this car for 5 months now!

The Beloved Reggie

You may be wondering where this is going and questioning if you really care that much about my car to continue reading but here comes my point. I bought a faster, more expensive, generally flashier car and it didn’t make me happy. A year ago I would never have imagined this could be the case but I have lived and learned and now know myself a little better. So this year one of the things I plan to do is sell Stanley and find myself a new Reggie – the replacement may or may not be a Mini but it will definitely be cheaper than Stanley. Then, I will use the money I save to start paying off my credit card – yes, I seem to have matured in the last year and I can’t quite believe it.

Here are my goals for 2012 in full:

  • Weight 9st7 (or less) by March – somehow have managed to reach 10st…oops!
  • Weigh no more than 9st at the end of the year
  • End the year with £3,500 credit card debt or less (fair chunk to pay off to reach that!)
  • Read 10 new books
  • Star in at least 1 theatre show
  • See 12 theatre shows
  • Spend 3 weekends away with the bf
  • Eat in 6 new restaurants
  • Leave the country 3 times
  • Exercise for at least 1.5 hours per week (up from 0 hours)
  • Make my eBay store self sufficient by June (i.e. have enough profit to buy next lot of stock)
  • Have a trip to NY booked in (actually have at least deposit paid)
  • Make and try 3 home made beauty products

Some of my goals are fairly ambitious but they are considered and I think they will lead to increased happiness so here’s hoping I’m right! Anybody got any suggestions or links they’d like to share to their own goals for 2012??? BIG LOVE, I’m super excited about 2012, it’s going to be a good one! x

…And Breathe!

Blimey what a mad time since the last time I was able to post anything! So much has happened…as seems to be the case most of the time these days!

So the bf had moved in and I managed to get over my crazy spell and settle in relatively well, only a few instances of me kicking him / shouting at him whilst asleep during the night. Then came all the fun, firstly was the new car…hello Corsa VXR! My little fun bag is super cute, though it was purchased from A Cars UK in Birmingham (http://www.acarsuk.com/) and they definitely told some white lies in order to sell it so be warned, keep your wits about you if you are buying from them.

Anyhow, much bigger and better than that was my holiday! Yay! At the grand old age of 25 this was my first girly holiday so off I trekked to Kos with 2 of my lovely work friends. We decided to stay in Psalidi rather than the party central Kardomena and in line with this old person way of thinking, we also decided to go all inclusive so that we would be able to stuff our faces for the full week without running out of money. Through Teletext holidays we managed to find a bargainous 4* all inclusive for around £400 each – check out our hotel (http://www.kipriotis.gr/items.php?itid=2).

Our hotel is actually 1 of about 3 all in the same sort of location which you can wander between. Be careful though as they seem to be changing the rules about exactly who can do what, where so make sure your travel agent confirms this with you. The standard of the hotel was however, pretty good. There was a slight lack of cold water at the end of the day so the showers were a bit lukewarm and the food could have been more Greek / a bit more varied but all in all it was pretty good. What was atrocious though was the entertainment – they had the “animation” team provide the evening entertainment and once was more than enough for us. We wandered on down to the other hotel for what we thought was Greek night. It transpired that actually it was “Legends” night – this consisted of the animation team dancing extremely badly to songs by legends such as MJ and Sinatra – terrible, literally so bad it became hilarious! So if you are looking for some evening entertainment, we suggest you hit up Kos Town.

Only twice did we venture out for some food but both times we had gorgeous food – check out Alexandros Taverna in Kos Town, it’s family run and we had a lovely seat outside on the street – not so great if you’re not a fan of stray cats though! The second time, we went to Nestoras Taverna – on the same street as our hotel but nearer the town and this was brilliant. We were sat out the back in the garden with a gorgeous view over the sea where we could see all the street lights in the distance. Sadly none of our cameras were good enough to capture the view.

I think I have however managed to attach a picture of the chicken gyros which was AMAZING! Other than getting out for some good food, the thing I would suggest you all do is go to Therma, hop on the bus and get yourself some hot spring action! It’s super chilled out at Therma and good for the soul even if not anything else.

Only 1 bad thing happened all holiday and that was on the last day when we went to Reception to order our taxi to the airport. Luckily we went a good few hours early as we were informed that all taxis were on strike…every single one! We were told that the bus was hours before our flight or we could rent a car. Rent a car! 3 girls who have never driven on the wrong side of the road or and had no idea how to get to the airport…WTF!?! Mild panic did set in at this point but luckily Thomson came to the rescue. No, we had not travelled with Thomson, there just happened to be a lovely rep at the bar in our hotel who arranged for us to take 3 spare seats on one of their airport shuttles for 15Euro each. Phew and thank you Thomson!!!

Enough of the holiday reminiscence, here I am back in the UK and have just moved again! The bf and I are in our house now, complete with a full zebra skin on the floor – yes you can call me Queen of Ebay! Watch this space to find out how it goes…