We take our New Year resolutions seriously here in the HFTB household.
Mr HFTB tends toward fun resolutions, his resolution to drink more champagne was a particular highlight resulting in a fabulous, lush-tastic champagne drenched year that our friends enjoyed almost as much as we did.
I tend to go toward the slightly more serious resolution, last year my commitment to observe ‘Vegan Mondays’ resulted in a full conversion to veganism just three short weeks later.
This year, I decided to pick a resolution each for mind, body and spirit:
Mind : The Writing Challenge
I love creative writing. Like probably a good 90% of the population, I harbour desires to pen a novel at some stage. What I lack however, is the discipline to actually sit down and write: It’s amazing how slow progress can be when you never put pen to paper.
My resolution is not to write a novel, but to forge the habit of creative writing. Therefore I am going to endeavour to write something creative, every single day. The aim is to average 500 words a day, some days there will be more, some days less, but those words have got to get on that page somehow.
Body : Dry January
I’m not a particularly big drinker anymore, but I am a Friday night drinker. It caught me by surprise when we were doing our Crossfit induction how grumpy I got on a Friday afternoon, knowing that I wasn’t going to have my ‘well earned’ glass of wine (or four) that evening. I don’t like being reliant on things, or being weak willed. So that’s a habit that has to go.
So alcohol is out for the whole of January and will be less prevalent through the remainder of the year to follow.
Spirit : Cherish my friends
I am, officially, a rubbish friend. My friends know this and they’re still friends with me anyway, but I sometimes wonder how much longer they will put up with my total inability to respond to texts and emails, or give them a call, just for the sake of it. I don’t remember their birthdays, their kids’ birthdays, their wedding anniversaries and I rarely see them (oddly enough, I seem to see more of my friends who live further away than those who live on my doorstep).
So this will be the year of careful thought about my friends, I will make an extra effort to remember those important events and to send cards to show I care. I will send random texts, just to let them know I am thinking of them. I may even give them a call!
I love my friends and this is the year that I will let them know.
Now, I know there is a tradition of New Year resolutions being broken, but not for me. In the words of one of my favourite motivational speakers:
‘Do. Or do not. There is no try’
Happy New Year everybody : I wish you all a happy and healthy 2013.