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It’s that time of year to sit down and do some serious goal-setting for 2011. Some of the goals for 2010 were not accomplished or little was done, so I will make those as ongoing goals. By having ongoing goals and aims I feel I have achieved something, even if it was a small change or improvement. It also helps me understand the changes I needed to make in my life and what’s important to me.

My main focus  is on:

Finances: I desperately need to get my finances in order.  This is strongly linked to my Work (no work no money coming in!). By this I mean I need to get a regularly income which will allow me to save , pay off my debts and not have to worry were my next job is coming from month to month.

Relationships: dating (maybe find someone to spend my time with – after lasting year’s dating experience, this is easier said than done). Spend more time with friends and contact old friends with whom I have been out of touch.

Fitness: I’m fairly fit, but I would like to increase my fitness level. Attempt to learn a new sport or get involved in an activity that I have wanted to do but never found the time.

By getting one aspect of my life in order and meeting some goals, the others will follow or become much easier to do. For example I would like to learn rock climbing, but I can’t afford to go for lessons, once I have a regular income I can save and afford to go for lessons.

I’ve been actively trying to sort out these aspects of my life since last year and some the year before. The difference now is  to come up with some solid and bigger plan that I will stick to. The trick is to clearly define goals that I commit to, so that they are reachable. How do I know that they are reachable? I suppose a way to test is, if somebody else with the same goals has done it, then it can be done.

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Snowy forest

The BBC recently had a fantastic documentary titled British Columbia: Canada’s Olympic Wilderness.

‘Graham Bell and Ed Leigh journey southwards through the frozen province of British Columbia, Canada, towards the home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. En route, they travel through remote communities cut off from civilisation through the winter, learning how the locals survive off the land.
Leigh and Bell experience this harsh life for themselves alongside miners, loggers and hunters, and find out what it is like to function and work in such harsh conditions. Their journey ends with a gruelling trek on foot through the spectacular Coast Range Mountains into Whistler, one of the Olympic venues.’

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I am sure most of us at one time have Googled our name or a friend’s name. It can be an interesting and sometimes a pleasant experience to discover a positive (or sometimes negative!) comment or news about you, how many people have the same name, what do they do as living, where in the world are they, how many of you there are.

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This year as part of my concentration on improving my work, I started Project-a-month: I commit to start and create one new project every month.  These projects will be personal projects and can be in any medium. Ideally they should be completed within that month, but I have to accept it might not always be technically possible. This doesn’t mean that at the end of the month if I have not completed the project I will leave it. I will continue working on it as long as it’s a workable idea. Who knows maybe come July I will be working on six projects! I hope not. All these projects will only be fun if I am enjoying working on them and not putting too much pressure on myself to finish them.

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Alexander park, Manchester

A snowy Sunday morning

Alexander Park

Why don't duck's feet freeze?

Alexander Park