New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

I love reading posts about new year’s resolutions, and I love planning for the year ahead. So many possibilities, and so many opportunities to make the year ahead better than the last!

Now that I’ve finished the PhD (until the examiners’ report comes in, that is) I want to start planning for 2013. Whilst I am fortunate to have received a scholarship to support my PhD research, it will be great to have a proper salary again and start saving for the future! Thus, my goals and resolutions for 2013 are as follows:

Save for a house: My partner and I have been talking a lot about real estate and what we should buy. We are so tempted to buy an old federation house and renovate, or we could buy a lovely block of land and build, or perhaps buy an apartment in the city and a house in the country. This is what we’re considering at the moment:

Contender 1 - Renovate large federation house and have own hill to live on.

Contender 2 - Build on massive 100 acre block with views to the ocean. Continue to live on own hill.

Contender 3 - Divide our funds to buy an apartment in South Perth and a house in the country. Potential to have own hill severly diminished.

Continue my academic writing: On speaking to others who have completed a PhD, the biggest regret I hear is that they didn’t pursue their academic writing post-PhD. I want to try and publish two or three academic articles in the next year and keep the academic side of my brain thinking. I’m also considering doing some tutoring at university.

Do some freelance writing: I’ve accepted a commission to write a lit review for a prominent Australian newspaper, so it’ll be interesting to see what the whole process is like. I’m looking forward to writing in a style that’s not primarily academic!

Help out others in my new job: I’ve worked at one of the top private schools in Australia for most of my teaching career, but I’ve recently accepted a position to teach at a rural school in the area where I grew up. I’m really hoping to contribute something to the local community and help students who don’t have $22,000 per year to pay for fees.

Get my skin in great condition: DIY has been such a saviour for my skin. Rather than lamenting all that sundamage I’ve gathered over the years, DIY skincare gives me a way to actually do something about it and feel better about the way I look. Not only is it more potent and effective than anything you buy over the counter, it’s MUCH cheaper too. I want to try dermarolling in the new year and see if I can improve my skin still further.

Exercise: Whilst I’m very happy with the way I eat now (80% – 90% vegan, no refined carbs or refined sugar) and I no longer have to worry about my weight (which is good, because I have so many other things to think about!) exercising has fallen by the wayside. When I was finishing my PhD I spent every waking moment writing, and exercise was thrown aside. I’d like to pick it up again in the new year, though. A new pair of trainers is in order!

Take time to enjoy life: I tend to work a lot. I’ll continue to work in the early mornings before I head into my full time job, and when I come home in the evenings, and on Sundays, but I’m going to trial the idea of having a full Saturday off and see how it goes.

So let’s see! I’m very excited for 2013. Have you been thinking about your new year’s resolutions? Tell me about them in the comments or link me to your post! I’d love to read about them.


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28 Responses to New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

  1. SEA says:

    Great resolutions. I vote for the Hill with the sea view. Renovating is massively expensive. A house with a design open to additions over time…and a big hill and a sea view…I’m sold.

  2. Michaela says:

    Ooh, all your house plans sound lovely! Wouldn’t be able to choose.
    I’ll keep dreaming about actually making enough to save one day – Sydney is so expensive even to rent in, but the wages are the same irregardless.

  3. Jen W says:

    You’ve achieved so much in 2012 and your 2013 sounds full of such amazing opportunities. I’m glad you’re pursuing academic writing, although I have no idea how you manage to fit so many things into your schedule!

    The view on that second property looks spectacular

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @SEA Thankyou! Yes, the sea view is very you! You have the ocean in your veins! I do love that land so much. Very tempting!!

  5. Dempeaux says:

    @Michaela Thankyou! Yes, I really feel bad for you Sydney girls – housing is so expensive!! Still, I will always be jealous of your access to, well, pretty much everything else! 😉

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @JenW Thankyou! I’m really excited about the year ahead. I’ve sent off one academic article already, and I want to sort out one more before I head back to work too. Haha! We don’t have the hectic schedule out in the country that you Melbourne girls do 😉

    Yes, I love that block too!!

  7. Helen says:

    Yay I love reading these new year’s goals posts too, my favourite time of year, it’s so inspiring! I particularly like your goal about helping others out in your new job, it’s always refreshing to see people interested in giving back.
    I published my goals yesterday too, I think the biggest thing about blogging them is that because they’re public, it makes you feel like you need to be accountable for them. Good luck with your goals!

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @Helen Thankyou! Yes, I’m very much looking forward to giving back to my community. I love the excitement that the new year brings too – so much possibility! I’m off to check out your goals! 🙂

  9. Great to read your resolutions Sarah!

    You’re so lucky to have so many options for what you can do with your living situation – I am sure you’ll choose the right thing! 🙂 Good luck with getting back into exercise too! x

  10. Nat says:

    I spent my first 18 years in the country and the next 16 in the city – I love the country, the air, the feeling of space with all my heart but when I leave the city I miss so much about it.

    Congrats on all your achievements in 2012 Sarah and I know there’ll be many more for you in 2013 x

  11. Ruby says:

    Hiya, I have been reading your blog for ages but first time I have commented, so good to see you back posting again. I would love to hear more about your phd!
    I love your resolutions, the property one is so exciting! I vote for the best of both worlds approach, but then again I am a city lover 🙂
    One of my resolutions is to finally get involved in DIY skincare and you have been my main inspiration, just put my order through at SEA today 🙂
    Also inspired by many to start my own blog which I did today also!
    Huzzah for 2013!

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Annette Thankyou! I hope everything works out well next year. A property and a toned physique would be a nice end to 2013 😉

  13. Dempeaux says:

    @Nat I know how you feel! That’s roughly the way the years of my life have been split until now. I feel drawn to both the country and the city, and will probably always move between the two. Thankyou for your good wishes! 🙂

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @Ruby That’s great! Thankyou! I wrote a little about my PhD experience here but is there anything you want to know about specifically? 🙂

    Thankyou! Yes, the best of both worlds option certainly has lots of appeal. I do love the country and the city 🙂

    I’m so happy for you placing your first SEA order! That’s so wonderful! A huge congratulations on starting your blog too! It’s going to be a great 2013 🙂

  15. Chelsea says:

    looks like a challenging and fulfilling year ahead! 🙂 I say buy a federation house in the country – own hill likely. MUCH nicer than the city 😉 x

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @Chelsea Yes! Let’s hope! 😉 Yes, the federation house is very tempting. The craftsmanship of those places is stunning 🙂

  17. Jan says:

    I feel that I can live vicariously through your uplifting plans and resolutions – I too love the hill with a sea view, my own house which is shared with OH and teenager, and whilst being on the outskirts of a big city has a view from my bed of fields and trees and is the most restful of things. Good luck with your plans.

  18. Dempeaux says:

    @Jan Hellooooo!!! It’s so nice to hear from you!! I love the description of your gorgeous house. What a view! That’s what I dream of – a restful place to be 🙂

  19. Celina says:

    Those are some amazing goals! I’m sure you will manage to meet all of them and then some, you’re such a motivated hard worker and I really admire that in you 🙂

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  21. Dempeaux says:

    @Celina Hi there!! Thankyou so much for your lovely comment – you’ve made my day 🙂

  22. Chic McMuffin says:

    Yay, you’re posting again! Love the recent entries too, so motivating.
    I like option no 3, with a view to do option 1 in the longer term. 😀

    Question about your diet – gosh, I looked at your tea portion, they’re tiny (to me)!! Do they fill you up? I hate going to bed hungry (or hangry for that matter!)..

  23. Dempeaux says:

    @Chic Thankyou! Thankyou for the recs, too!

    On the food, bear in mind that plant-based protein is pretty filling stuff. That’s about all I can eat! Yes, I hate going to bed hangry too 😉

  24. Jade says:

    Many worthwhile goals Sarah, I hope you get your hill!

  25. Carolyn says:

    I love the old house on the hill, but I am an outdoors person. It would be cool to live in a fancy apartment, but I would get tired of the lack of outdoor beauty. I found your blog through a comment you made about Tanaka massage, and I tried it. I was so impressed with the results. I was already using the OCM method with a light massage, but the Tanaka massage was great! 🙂 Thanks for the info.

  26. kelly says:


    Please don’t take this wrong way. You are very attractive and doing great with your skin improvement but you need to shut your mouth. There isn’t a single photo of you with your mouth closed! Look up mouth breathing, myofacial, lip trainer etc etc on internet. Your skin will never be at its best until you fix your lip seal. I think you will always be fighting nasal labia folds and cheek sag / asymmetry etc if you don’t get a good lip seal. It would really help you, your skin, your health etc. xx

  27. kelly says:

    Feel really rude saying that, glad it didnt go live! It is a comment just for you. Your beautiful, but you would be more so if you had a good lip seal as it would bring symetry to your face x

  28. Dempeaux says:

    @Kelly This is pretty rude. I don’t mind constructive criticism, but be mindful of the way you say it.

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