2012: The Year of the Lucky Numbers

It’s that time of year again. Gossip Girl is back from its mid-season hiatus (nearly), the weather has turned that much wetter, and people the world over are writing down their goals and dream for the year ahead. I am no different, and this year I spent the flight from Dallas to Vancouver writing my very own list for 2012. Least year’s list was comprised of philisophical (and dare I say vague) life goals for my first year living abroad, and now I’m settling in for my second year in Vancouver I’ve decided to be a little more specific.

1. Keep a diary.  Nice and simple. I haven’t kept a diary for a few years now, and I think it’s about time I started writing again. That, and the pretty notebooks in Cath Kidston were just too flowery to resist.

2. Travel. Specifically within Canada. And specifically to the Rockies (think Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise). I only took three days of vacation from work from February to December 2011, which was mainly because I was focussed on settling in and getting to know Vancouver, and my job. Now I’ve been in my role for a year (almost) I’m in a much better place to plan my holidays a little more strategically and make sure I see more of Canada in 2012. After all, that’s why I’m living here.

3. Save money.Easier said than done, but as well as focussing on travelling I would also like to end the year with some savings in the bank. I do have a number in mind, and I’m not going to tell you.

The view from the peak of Grouse Mountain...who wouldn't want to spend more time there?

4. Ski/snowboard more.The first thing I tell friends and family about Vancouver is the close proximity to the mountains, but I only spent 4 days on the snow last season. Granted, I had just arrived in the country, but this year I’m going to make the most of my evenings and weekends and head for the slopes. In fact, I have already booked a series of snowboarding lessons for February; every Monday evening after work I’ll be heading to Grouse Mountain for a 2 hour group lesson, followed by a social session in the bar.

5. Have a targeted approach to work. I love my job and I like to think I always give 100%, but this year I’m going to be much more strategic with my projects and plans. There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done all the time, but I can pick my battles and make sure I focus on building on my strengths and improving my weaknesses to really make the most of my 2012.

6. Donate to Streettohome Foundation. Homelessness is a huge issue in Vancouver, and it is my personal preference to support organizations with long-term goals rather than giving change to homeless people on the street for short-term gain. This year I’m going to put my money where my mouth is, and make monthly donations to Streettohome Foundation, a charity dedicated to finding solutions for homelessness in Vancouver.

7. Volunteer. I spent some time volunteering for a large charity gala last year, but I’ll hold up my hands and admit to being a bit rubbish at it. I don’t have much spare time at the moment, but by the end of the year I would like to be active in a volunteer role, even if just short-term.

8. Be a better pen pal. Facebook makes it easy to catch up with friends and family back home, but there’s nothing quite like getting a handwritten letter in the mail. This year I’m going to be much better at keeping in contact with my friends, and I even have the Cath Kidston stationery to prove it. Now I just need to find my address book…

9. Use my Apple One-to-One membership. I’m typing this post on my shiny new MacBook Air (*squeal*) and I had to purchase a One-to-One membership to qualify for support transferring my data from my old PC. The membership includes training sessions on a variety of topics at all levels, so my final resolution is to make the most of this membership by attending at least 6 sessions in 2012. There, I picked a number.

I know 9 seems like a funny number of resolutions, but my tenth was going to involve yoga, and I quite like the fact that none of my resolutions involve food or exercise this year. Instead I’m focussing on the areas of my life I really want to improve, and I can’t wait to start. My two lucky numbers are 24 and 12, and I could not be more excited at being 24 in 2012. It’s going to be a lucky year…

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About MarmitetoMaple

I'm originally from the UK and have been working and living the dream in Vancouver, BC, since January 2011. I am a firm believer in travel, good cheese, volunteering and community engagement.

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