I have never really sat down and thought about New Years resolutions, but for some reason I thought a lot about them in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve. Perhaps I am growing up, or it’s because I’ve had such a challenging but amazing year from having a baby, being off work for 10 months, to going back to work to a far more challenging job, I now have a lot more to juggle.
So I have come up with four resolutions, these are long-term, with no specific end point like quit smoking or stay sober for January, they are more lifestyle changes.
1b. Make the most of family time
As mentioned above, now I am back at work five days a week, I want to make sure every moment we have is filled with fun (not totally realistic, but I can try). 2014 has shown me, family comes first, and doing things together should be my priority, and this year it will be.
2. Exercise is essential
The Christmas holidays for me have been stressful, and when talkin to my best friend about it she said “why don’t you get back on your treadmill” , probably knowing I have not had an ounce of time to do any exercise for weeks, she was totally right. New Years days, I jumped on that treadmill, and half hour later I felt like a new person! This made me realise how much I had missed exercising. Before I went back to work I was exercising 4-5 times a week. I aim to plan a weekly (realistic) exercise routine around my work and family life, and rope my other half in too.
3. Investment pieces
I’ve worked really hard over the past ten years, so that I could treat myself to the luxuries in life, but I never actually do buy luxury items. I spend my money on an item or two from Zara, or River Island, because I always think “I can’t afford £150 for a necklace or £300 for a bag”, but being on maternity, and surviving on a lot less than I am used to, I realised, I can afford those things now. So I have decided I will make a wish list of all the things I never thought I could really afford, and try to just purchase one luxury treat each month (or every other month, depending on my list), instead of just buying lots of little things. Plus I am sure at some point in the next few years another baby will come along, and there will be no more treats!! Plus these items will be great investment pieces.
4. Prioritise my blog and my book
I haven’t blogged for a good two months, and I have missed it so much. I know this will be the hardest of my resolutions to keep. As I am now, writing on a Sunday night (full of flu, and stuffing my face with xmas after eights), I want to try and dedicate Sunday’s nights to blogging. I’ve started a topic list, so fingers crossed this will keep me motivated. I also received a book called ‘one line a day’ where you record a memory each day of the year, for five years. I am determined to complete this book. I just have to remember to do it each day!
That’s my four!
One final thought, which isn’t really a resolution, but something I learnt from my aunty (who sadly passed away way before her time), life is too short and you only get one go at it. No regrets, don’t stress, and make the most of each day, as you don’t know when it will be your last.