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My goals for 2013
New Year's Resolutions
Member Name: Holland1
New Year's Resolutions
Advantages: Putting it down on paper commits you to achieve your goals, it's nice to know what you're aiming for
Disadvantages: Fear of failure, lack of willpower
I don't usually bother with New Year's Resolutions, but this year I have decided it's time for some changes. Nothing hugely exciting, but I've challenged myself in a few areas and I figured that putting it down on paper will make me commit to the task in hand.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
I've never been one for dieting, and although I could probably do with losing a few pounds, I am mostly happy with my weight. I am, however, not so pleased about my fitness levels, as I can get out of breath so easily on walks or even doing housework. My husband and I have pledged to go walking more often, given that we live a stone's throw from the coast, and I'm going to do a fitness class once a week. I know from previous experience, fitness classes reduce stress and make me feel better about myself, so with this in mind I hope I will stay motivated this year.
I also intend to stop worrying so much, look after myself better and make more time for pampering myself with baths and so on. I need to appreciate that sometimes it's ok to be doing nothing, you don't have to be productive 24 hours a day, and taking time to recharge makes you more productive in the long run. My focus is on wellbeing rather than physical things such as weight and dress sizes, as I am trying to get my body baby ready and also encourage my monthly cycle to return to normal after stopping the pill - my doctor said stress could be a hindrance to this.
STOP SPENDING MONEY ON RUBBISH YOU DON'T NEED
In terms of actual goals, this equates to "sort out my finances". I have set goals to have paid off my overdraft and credit card by halfway through the year, and in order to do this, I really need to reign in my spending. No more spontaneous trips into town on lunch, convincing myself I really do need another cookbook when my shelves are already heaving. No longer will I read my Groupon emails in bed each morning, mentally spending my hard earned cash before even getting to work. Before I met my husband I lived on my own in a house I couldn't afford, and was living to my overdraft limit each month. In those days, I never bought anything "fun" because I couldn't afford to, and it wasn't an issue. I just avoided shops, and if I saw something I liked I'd put it back on the shelf, so this is something I need to start doing again.
Firstly, see above! Yes I have lots of hobbies, but I also have lots of stuff. So I should be putting my stuff into good use to enjoy said hobbies. At the moment I am stuck in a bit of a career black hole, the reason being that I don't enjoy my job, but I don't want to change it just yet because my husband and I intend to start a family in the near future. In the meantime, I need to MAKE time to do the things outside of work that make me happy. So, I will be cooking and baking more often, teaching myself to sew, and making more celebration cakes to add to my portfolio. This will help my long term ambition to set up my own cake business one day.
OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS
Read more, worry less. Make time to see friends and family more often, they won't be around forever. Try to tidy up after yourself because it drives your husband mad. Focus on what you have rather than what you don't have, and find something to be grateful for every day. Finally create that recipe folder from the piles of magazines in the spare bedroom, that you've been threatening to do for about three years. De-clutter all the rubbish that's hanging around the house, and make a trip to the charity shop. Have more tolerance for your in-laws. Get rid of those size 8 clothes that are clearly never going to fit you again. Actually, use the fabric to practise your sewing! Get up earlier at the weekends to squeeze more out of your spare time. Tell your pension company you moved house years ago.
So, that's it folks. I hope that putting this into writing will commit me to my goals, and if you read a review which begins with me saying "I thought I'd treat myself on my lunch the other day", feel free to tell me off!
Summary: Happy New Year!