Yesterday I read a great blog post from Michelle Benson about unrealistic target setting. I'm sure I wasn't the only fundraiser to have given a wry smile and nodded along whilst reading it thinking about some terrible examples from my own experience as a fundraiser, but one thing that struck me was how bad so many of us still are at setting our own goals, whether this be for our career or for life more generally. Last January I hit a bit of a crossroads that made me really take a step back and reevaluate what I wanted from my life. I tried to picture what the best version of me would look like, and what she would be doing. I pictured someone healthier, working for herself, with a nose piercing, who travelled, and who had a dog. A week later I strolled into Maria Tash at Liberty's and had a diamond stud put in my nose. I'd always been afraid of needles so this was a real statement to myself that I'm strong and brave, and whenever I see it glinting out of the corner of my eye it makes me feel like a total badass! I started eating better and finding ways to fit exercise into my day (which with a 4 hour daily commute was no easy feat). In March this year I went to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. And when I got back I took a deep breath and handed in my notice. I don't have a dog yet, but I needed a photo for this post so I've included a picture of my parent's new puppy. I'm hopeful that by the end of the year he'll have a new friend to play with.