With the craziness of Christmas behind us and headed into the New Year (as if it’s 2019 already? How did that even happen?) you may have been asked what your new years resolutions will be, or you may have at least been thinking what they should be.
For me, resolutions are the fastest route to feeling like a massive failure. My resolutions in the past have included a) not eating chocolate b) saving X amount of money per week and c) only eating home cooked meals.
Let me tell you how those have gone down…
a) Not eating chocolate
To stop eating glorious chocolate (my definite downfall where it comes to having a healthy diet) I’ve usually binged on all the leftover Matchsticks and Terry’s Chocolate Orange from Christmas to make sure that there’s no temptation left, only to go and buy a huge bar of Dairy Milk, a sharing bag of chocolate buttons and peanut M&M’s the second I get my period! Then it’s all downhill from there.
b) Save X amount of money per week
This usually starts off well enough. I set up a standing order from my account to a savings account and save for at least 2 months until I go into my overdraft and immediately rinse my savings account and fail to keep up with the standing order.
c) Only eat home cooked meals
I love cooking from scratch but when life happens, I end up saying “Takeaway?” more times than I am proud of and I barely make it a month before the idea of standing around in the kitchen prepping meals proves giving in to the temptation of a quick kebab far too easy.
Let’s face it, not many of us actually stick to new years resolutions. They’re too rigid and don’t allow life to get in the way, which it always does.
So instead of resolutions that I have to stick to through the year, I make small, flexible and achievable goals that have no strict timescale. Usually I’ll have crossed most of them off by the end of the year and if I haven’t? There’s always next year!
This is what my previous goals looked like:
Pass driving test x 2 (theory/practical) Go to a saints game
- Take star photos
Go to a gig Go to the beach Book a holiday Do up the flat Get a tattoo Do some charitable work Move house
Book 5 weddings Get 500 newsletter subscribers Get 1,000 facebook likes Get 1,000 instagram followers Get 250 Twitter followers Get 500 Twitter followers Get 1,000 Twitter Followers
This time round there will be more family oriented goals, especially where it concerns taking the twins out by myself, so that I can myself socially but if I don’t cross them off my list by next year, then who actually cares? The timescale of New Years Day is imaginary, it’s just a day!