Reflecting on 2014



Happy new year everyone! Did you have a nice holiday? I had a great time with my family. We travelled to Tallinn with my husband for Christmas and after that my mother and sister were visiting us. We had lots of fun playing board games, ice skating, shopping and exploring our new (for them) neighborhood. Now its time to get back on track, make plans and set goals for the year ahead. But first I’d like to share a few things I’m happy to have accomplished in the last year.

To be honest 2014 for me was the year I realized the magic of setting goals. I’ve never really made new year resolutions before. I believed it was just a date change so I celebrated with everyone else and continued living the same way. I’m not saying I now think new year is a magic time when all your dreams come true. But I really think its essential to stop once in a while, think of what you have accomplished and set new goals. And the change of year is a perfect time to do that. The beginning of 2014 was the first time I set personal goals for myself. And I thank my blog for that. It is kind of a tradition for many bloggers to make posts in the beginning of each year where they share their goals for the next year, so I joined in without thinking much about it. I planned to go completely vegan (I was in between vegetarian and vegan at the time) and change my shopping habits to not support fast fashion chains anymore. I didn’t think about it much during the year, but in the end when I started thinking about my goals for 2015 I realized I reached both of my last year’s personal goals.

Going vegan

I’ve learnt so much about nutrition last year, I’ve found a lot of new vegan recipe blogs and I learned to cook and bake new vegan meals. I discovered many vegan-friendly places in town and I overcame the fear of asking for vegan options in regular restaurants and cafes. Without too much trying we’ve even managed to convince all of our parents that cooking vegan food is not so difficult and it can still taste amazing. My mom has even been eating soy yoghurt at our place after years of being very suspicious about soy food (having been raised in soviet union a lot of people are, cause that’s what low quality food was made of in those times). I’m not saying we’re trying to turn everyone around us vegan (even though I wouldn’t mind that at all), its just that family gatherings used to get a little difficult when the host didn’t know what to cook for us and we would have to refuse to eat some of the food or sometimes eat something we don’t normally eat just out of politeness. Nowadays it’s become much easier and I can’t be happier about this change.

(Almost) no new clothes

Since the beginning of summer I have bought almost no new clothes. I always loved shopping at flea markets, but this year I tried to learn to actually build my wardrobe with only flea market clothes. Luckily Helsinki has been getting a lot more flea markets last summer than ever before, I think its becoming a big thing in the city during summer and I’ve been loving it. I’ve been learning to be very careful with choosing clothes, only buy what I really like and will wear a lot. I’ve been making much less impulse buys and I’m in love with most of the clothes I bought in 2014. I still need to improve a lot in that area, learn more about my own style and favorite colors, learn to pick clothes that fit well together, find good sources to buy sustainable clothes and learn ways to save money to buy them when I really need them. I think this topic deserves a whole separate post and it will probably be coming at some point :)



Learning

2014 has also been a year of leaning for me. It all started with a huge decision I took to work on Paper Plane Stationery full time. Once I realized I really want to do it I started learning like crazy. I seriously felt like I’m attending a Creative Business University. I have become a Creative Live addict and a regular at several business advice blogs. I do feel I’m so much further in realizing what I need to do for my business. It was completely unclear in the beginning, but now I already have some kind of a plan. I still have a lot to learn, but I also need to start putting all the things I’ve learnt into action.

The power of habits

Part of what I’ve been learning is time management. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I am a really lazy person and a professional procrastinator. Realizing that problem and learning different ways to overcome that has been a huge accomplishment for me in 2014. I’ve learnt to plan my days better, to keep myself inspired and energized, to rest in between work and to reward myself instead of punishing. I’ve also realized a huge power of building habits. I’ve already built a few habits that I’m really happy and proud about: I’m drinking green smoothies every day, sketching every day and keeping daily to-do lists. Sometimes I take a break from these habits during the weekends, but other than that I’ve been pretty successful at keeping them.


All in all I’m really happy about 2014. There have been a lot of hard times of not being able to find a job, being unsatisfied with my education, being depressed and feeling like a total looser with no purpose in life. There have been a lot of tears, disappointment in people and feeling lonely. Looking back at it all I realize it was all for a reason and all the hard times helped me realize what is important for me. I know there will still be a lot of hard times in the future, but I am where I want to be and I am really proud to have gotten here. I have lots of plans and goals for the year ahead and I can't wait to have them realized. I wanted to share my goals for 2015 with you in this post, but it’s becoming too long, so I'll share them in the next one.

Thank you for following, commenting and sticking around. Happy new year, I hope it will be full of accomplishments and success for all of you! As usually, I’d love to hear your stories about the last year and your goals for the new one!


2 comments:

  1. How exciting that you have decided to work on Paper Plane Stationery full time! It's great that you've learned so much in 2014. It was a year of learning for me too. Actually, the way you describe the hard times in your year sounds a lot like my year! And thankfully also the good things about it. Here's to a great 2015!

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    1. I'm so sorry you had to go through those hard times too! Now that we've learned a lot I'm sure 2015 will be better, or at least full of results of those learnings!

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