New Years Resolutions, 2014
Happy New Year! It’s 2014!
I loved looking back over the last year and seeing what I got up to. Not only does it remind me of things that I may have forgotten, it also reminds me of things that I wish I had done, or would like to do more of. Here were my resolutions for 2013 – I think I did alright! Exercise: I took up that DanceFit class I had in mind, and I’m so glad that I did. I never got back into yoga, maybe this year I will? It would be nice to be more bendy. Blogging: I took part in the ‘Photo Every Hour‘ series a couple of times (you can find them here and here). I don’t really think I’ve developed paperbagblog, but I’ve worked with some great brands, and have the sweetest readers you could ask for, so that’s what counts. Reading & Writing: I have read more books since last year – but still not as many as I would like. I’ve written a lot more; I’m now a freelance writer, and recently become a regular contributor to Fresh Vegan, an online magazine. Eating & Drinking: Hmm, this old chestnut. I have stopped drinking! But I have also been eating a lot of sweet treats, which my skin is really not thanking me for. That one is definitely going on next year’s resolutions list! Explore & Inspire: Sort of. We’ve been roadtripping and ticking places off my Bucket List – but we haven’t been to the cinema more, and I’ve only been to a couple of galleries. Fail! Save & Spend: Hmm.
While we were in Barcelona, we sat around the table in an amazing tapas restaurant on new years day and took it in turns to say what we had planned for the new year, and what we wanted to achieve. It was so interesting to discover what each of us wanted to get out of 2014, what we weren’t happy with about our current lives, and what we wanted to do more of over the next twelve months. Hearing everyone’s different ideas made me even more inspired when it came to my own.
Here are my New Years Resolutions for 2014
1/To be more present, and to relax and enjoy the moment. I have a tendency to rush things, rather than sit down and really enjoy them. And that’s so important.
2/To be more thankful for the people around me, what I have, and how very lucky I am.
3/To be better with money. This is always, always on my resolutions list. One day I’ll get it right, *sigh*. I want to pay Trout back the money I owe him for holidays, save more each month for future holidays and generally stop spending money unless it’s really necessary…!
4/To get my diet back in check. I eat way too many sugary, sweet, chocolatey treats and my skin is not happy. I have also developed Bingo Wings after Christmas, and they can go away thank you very much. More fruit, more vegetables, more exercise and less sweets. Yup. Which is why I started the day with a chocolate croissant…
5/To plan things more in advance. I started my Christmas shopping at the end of October, and it really helped to spread the cost and make sure that I had everything bought and wrapped before the big day. I think I’ll start doing this with things like birthdays and Easter – any way of making life run a little smoother is fine by me!
6/To make time for friends, old and new. Getting back in touch with an old friend a few months ago made me realise how important my friendships are, and how easy it is to never get around to spending time together. I met up with a sweet friend in 2012, just by chance, and at the time we both said we would meet up properly in the next month. We never have, and I’m annoyed with myself that it’s now been well over a year and no date has been set. I want to always make time for my friends, they are so important to me.
7/To use up everything that’s in the fridge before going out and buying more food. Plan meals, use up leftovers and don’t buy take-aways if we have a fridge full of food!
8/To write more. I think I might be dishing up far too much on my plate here, what with the amount of freelance work that I do, but I would like to push myself more and contribute to other magazines, blogs, websites – any one that will have me! And again, read more, and blog more frequently. I was given a couple of books for Christmas so I’m hoping to get through those fairly quickly.
9/To spend less time online. This is a strange one, as I absolutely love catching up with blogs, emails, comments, Twitter etc. But if I’m ever going to start reading and writing more, I really need to spend my time more wisely. So really, maybe this is more about planning my time more effectively, which includes less time online – or perhaps more constructive time online?
10/To travel to more places in the UK. It’s strange to think of how many cities in Europe that I’ve been to, and yet I’ve never been to Manchester, Cambridge, Oxford… these are all on my to-visit list for 2014! I also want to stay in one of the hotels in the Hotel du Vin chain. They look so beautiful! Just a shame that they are mega pricey…
Do you have any resolutions for 2014? How did you do for 2013?