I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions. I find, like most people, I make these huge declarations of things I want to change, or achieve. Try really hard for a month (or about 4 days) and then totally forget about them. Sometimes because they are just too difficult or life changing. Sometimes because I don’t care enough. I don’t really want to drink less alcohol, or diet in any way, shape or form, nor do I really think I need to. I don’t have any addictions as such, or things I do that I know are bad for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means perfect, but I’m happy with who I am and the life I live.
Last year I managed a few things I’m really proud of, I quit a job I no longer enjoyed, and took a risk for a career I love. I ran my first 10k, when this time last year I couldn’t have run across the kitchen. I started my blog, which while still very small, lets me write what I want, and helped me rediscover a passion for writing. And, I did not murder either of the children, which is always a positive achievement.
Whilst not being a big believer in resolutions, I do find the end of the year brings a thoughtful mood. What do I want to accomplish over the next 12 months? What will I be able to put in the “things I’m proud to have achieved in 2017” list?
Here are some of the things I’m hoping to be able to do next year:
- Beat last year’s 10k time (1hr 17mins) and generally keep up running all year.
- Remain a nice healthy weight (both sides).
- Start the novel. Not just notes and plans!
- Keep blogging. I’d like it to be bigger and better than it is now. More subscribers, a consistent growth, and to be better at it.
- To take better photographs. I love photography, and used to be quite good at it. 2016 was the year to get back into writing, 2017 I’ll add photography.
- Have more money than I have now. I say this every year. I don’t ever set wild goals, just to be a little bit better off. It has worked quite well for the last 4 years.
- Be more active. I used to be remarkably active. Then I went freelance. Now I have days when I barely move from my laptop and walk about 16 steps. Are Fitbits worth it?
- Make sure The Boy learns to swim.
- Find a pair of jeans that fit me well and don’t cost a fortune. This might seem daft, but I’m honestly not sure they exist.
That’s it for now I think! Does anyone have any other resolutions for the year ahead? Do you ever manage to keep them?