2016 : Looking Forward

2016

In my last postΒ I wrote about my thoughts on 2015. Today, like the predictable blogger I am, I wanted to write about 2016.

I’m not really a huge fan of resolutions specifically being made at New Year’s, purely because if you want to make a change in your life badly enough, I figure you should just do it when it suits you best and not wait until the start of a new year. Now is as good a time as any, in my eyes basically. Having said that, I am also an excellent procrastinator so I can kinda see the temptation to wave your hand and say “Ahh, I’ll just do it next year”.

Nevertheless, I do, like most people, have some goals in mind for this year.

Finish my PhD

What a cracker to kick us off. I began my PhD in March, 2013 so my end date is technically March this year but that ain’t gonna happen. I think mid-year is more realistic but still really bloody terrifying. If 2015 was anything to go by, the time is going to race past me as I stand there gaping, looking like a stunned mullet (cue my usual mental image of a gobsmacked hairdo. Much better than a boring old fish, in my opinion). Which will be super strange because I’ve felt for the past year and a half that my thesis wasn’t going anywhere – and now I’m looking down the barrel at the finish line. Sort of. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. I was planning on writing more about my PhD, from why I started to what my research topic actually is, if you’re interested. Let me know in the comments!

Travel

This one is closely linked to the finishing of my thesis. The PhD, while certainly flexible, can make it extremely tricky to make time for travel. Well, travel for relaxation/fun purposes anyway. I did go to England in 2014 purely because of my thesis but, other than that, I haven’t taken a proper holiday since starting the course. Which is fine, it’s just one of those sacrifices you have to acknowledge you will probably have to make when you sign up for a PhD, but I am extremely excited at the prospect of being able to get on a plane and go somewhere different. It doesn’t even have to be international – I’ll take Tassie!

Take better care of myself

I know goals are meant to be specific if you want any chance of achieving them but this one can take so many forms I didn’t really see the point. For me, taking care of myself means continuing my twice-weekly yoga lessons, taking the time to read good books, and making time to be creative, whether that’s sewing, writing, photography, or learning to crochet. I predict I will be very tightly-wound for a good portion of this year as I try to finish my thesis, so ensuring I regularly take some time out for me is a must.

That’s it so far (I think the PhD one will suffice for the first half of the year!) but I’m sure I’ll pick up other, smaller goals throughout the year. How about you? What are your goals for 2016? Are they big, small, or a bit of column a, bit of column b?

Jacquie

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Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.

13 comments

  1. Lauren V

    I’m undecided about the open vs specific goal debate. It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Your “taking care of yourself” goal seems good being general because as you say, it encompasses many things.

    I’d like to hear about your Ph.D.! I’ve been wondering what it is and I’m drawing a blank.

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    1. birdandfox

      I think so too, Lauren, though I tend to come at it from my psych background, which strongly suggests specific goals work best (there’s a system you might have heard of called SMART goals, suggesting your goal should be Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) but I think my broad goal will also work πŸ™‚

      Oh, thanks Lauren! I wasn’t too sure if people would be interested so it’s nice to hear that you would be. Short story – my PhD is on women’s body image in everyday settings. Long story – stay tuned!

      Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Laura

    First of all, the stunned mullet thing? I had no idea that was a fish. But your gobsmacked hairdo is EXCELLENT. It made me guffaw. I am so excited for you about all of these goals. Travel? Yuss! Doing nice things for Jacquie? Yuss again. Oh and that PhD?? GO LADY. I believe in you! Then we all have to call you Dr. Jacquie. Heh. On a more serious note I would love to hear more about your PhD. You’ve told me some things but I find it really interesting. Also, what’s wrong with international travel? International is where it’s at! I know this one great place…:P Good luck with your goals this year Jac. I have a few brewing. xxx

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    1. birdandfox

      Haha glad you enjoyed it!

      He he Dr. Jacquie he he. So not ready to be called that lol. How nice that you’d like to hear more! I really wasn’t too sure if people would care or be interested so that’s very nice to hear. I’ve had a few different posts in mind so will need to get cracking on them!

      Haha nothing wrong with international travel AT ALL. I would LOVE to go international but I’m wary of time and costs immediately after I finish. I’m definitely keeping my mind open and a little ol’ place called Nelson is on the top of my list, don’t you worry πŸ˜›

      Thanks so much, Lovely Laura! Your comment pepped me up and made me smile loads x

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  3. Carolyn

    I am in agreement on the resolutions thing. I like a continual checking in with myself to see what needs refining BUT given courses start at the beginning of the year, I do like to do a bit of an assessment in January to see what I might want to join along with. All power to you on the PhD front. I would like to hear more. I know a little bit but as the mum of a teenage girl who places a lot of focus on her thighs (her, not me!) I’d like to know more! Travel is good, yoga a big thumbs up. Small goals this year for me – keep reading, going for walks and making!

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    1. birdandfox

      Ooh yes, I always see cool creative courses throughout the year and then forget about them by the time the new year rolls round. Are you doing any this year?

      Thanks so much, Carolyn. I’m really surprised that people want to hear more about what I do – I always figure it’s a bit boring! Yes, I remember talking to you about body image and your daughter at the last BWP meet up. I always enjoy hearing people’s firsthand experiences (whether it’s directly their personal experience or them being slightly removed but still involved in it all) to do with body image, just because I think talking about it is so important and it helps people realise that they’re not alone in their experience. Thanks for the feedback – I will have to plan out my rough post ideas a bit more!

      Reading, walking, and making – all excellent goals! Go you good thing! All the best for 2016 πŸ˜€

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      1. Carolyn

        My girl said her year level would be a treasure trove of research for you!
        I scored a CAE voucher for Christmas so thinking might use that for a photography course. I’ll probably find a drawing or illustration one to do too. Love a course!

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        1. birdandfox

          Oh I bet it would be! I was hoping to research high school girls at the start of my course but my project took a slightly different turn. I’d love to work with that aged sample someday though!

          What a wonderful gift! I’m sure you’ll put it to good use – photography, drawing, illustration! So many choices! Will you be blogging about the course? If not, I’d still love to hear about your experience if you’re happy to share later down the track.

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          1. Carolyn

            I’m sure my voucher’s use will make its way into my blog!

  4. Annette Hill

    More please (of all the yay that your blog brings) and specifically, I’d love to hear more about your Ph.D. – the why intrigues me.

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    1. birdandfox

      Naw, thanks Annette! The why is a particularly interesting one I feel. Thanks for your feedback!

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  5. Isabel

    YES to hearing more about your PhD. And in agreement with Laura above, found your ‘stunned mullet hairdo’ comment raaaather amusing. I like that you have 3 Big Goals rather than lots of little ones. They are all excellent. I’m actually trying to have less goals this year. I read Pip’s post on new year’s eve, about ‘Being Fine Just As You Are’ and I’m taking that on board in 2016. There are loads of things I want to do, but they partly hedge on being a little less goal oriented than I usually am (very) and a bit more go-with-the-flowish. Also, I am thinking of signing up for a half marathon in May, which terrifies me, but maybe that’s a good thing? We shall see what 2016 has in store. And I can 100% recommend Tassie for an overseas but not technically overseas adventure! Or New Zealand is pretty nice too (trying to back you up here, Laura!) xx

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    1. birdandfox

      Haha, thanks Isabel! The mental image was pretty amusing but also slightly unnerving.

      I am all for the go-with-the-flow type vibes at the mo. It feels like the right thing to do – I’m putting my foot down on the PhD pedal, so I think I need to ease up on the other areas for the time being.

      A half marathon! Holy smokes! Go you! I’ll be sure to get my pom poms out and cheer for you πŸ˜€

      Haha both Tassie and NZ are at the top of my list, don’t worry. Luckily Mathew is keen for both as well so there may well be a trip coming up πŸ˜€ x

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