What do you want in 2016?

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 in Journal

WHAT DO YOU WANT IN 2016-Miss Foodie

Hello foodie friends and a great big  H E L L O  to  2 0 1 6!

I’m not one for rigid New Year’s Resolutions, but when the date on the calendar shifted I couldn’t help but ponder. What could I be doing better to improve my wellbeing?  How can I live the life I have imagined?

It’s easy to conclude to vague answers like; do more exercise, read more, save more, find more time to relax. So this year I decided to ask myself some hard questions and delved a little further.  What is it that I actually want? And am I ready to put the hard yards in to get there?

SBS published You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” which got me thinking.

Rather than asking ourselves “what do we want out of life?” Mark Mason says ‘a more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for?

I want to be a successful blogger and freelance writer. I want the opportunity to work for myself. This is all well and good and it’s great to have dreams; but am I ready to make the sacrifices to get there? Am I willing to wake up at 4am to write before work? Am I ready to forgo my precious free time?

Many of us want the reward but not the struggle that goes with it. We want the results but aren’t willing to work hard for it.

In order to become a freelance writer I need to expand my writing skills. So, I have made inquiries about a Freelance Writing course with Australian Writers Centre and I have given myself until the end of February to enroll.  Exciting times.

To blogging. 2015 saw very little posts on my part. I not only planned my own wedding (I’ve shared a few pics below) but I was Maid of Honour for my sister’s wedding too. Just to make things interesting, my husband and I also decided to move house.  I had no choice but to put blogging on the back burner, otherwise I was going to burn out myself.

But it’s 2016 now, and it’s time to get stuck into it again.

  • 1 blog post per week – minimum!
  • 1 newsletter per month
  • Prioritize my time and plan plan plan
  • Fortnightly Social Media scheduling
  • Share more stories on local producers/providores/farmers
  • And engage more with my fellow food bloggers

I need to break it down further, but you get the gist. What do you want in 2016? And what are you willing to struggle for to get it?

 My dream come true wedding at Yandina StationYandina Station wedding - Miss Foodie


  1. I like to set goals for the year.
    I usually break them down into:
    *goals for me personally i.e.: health, fitness, life balance goals
    *goals for Gourmet Getaways
    *House renovation goals for the year
    *Holiday destination goals

    oops, I’m starting to look like a control freak 🙂 Oh well 🙂

    Thanks for sharing
    Julie Carlyle
    Gourmet Getaways

    P.S I have the same Nims Bin photo! We loved NZ

    • That’s sounds like a good set of goals to me 🙂 Oh and NZ is so lovely. We especially LOVED Kaikoura.

  2. You had one whirlwind year in 2015 and now the world is your oyster. You’ll like the Writers Centre course and it won’t change ‘you’ but will help you to strengthen your own voice. I think you have a nice voice now.

    We’ll travel 2016 together enjoying our successes and sharing our challenges, okay?

    Can’t wait to see your weekly posts.

    • Thanks Maureen, appreciate you dropping by and for your support. I’m unsure whether to do the ‘Magazine & Newspaper Writing’ or the ‘Content Writing’ course…. Have you completed one yourself or know of someone who has? If so, would love some advice 🙂

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