Long Lost New Year’s Resolutions



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I was tidying our bedroom (a more momentous task than I should probably admit) when I found this:


My New Years resolution list dated January 1st 2014. Buried slightly between some of my children’s discarded colouring, an empty perfume bottle and a bag full of disorganised bits and pieces were all my hopes and dreams for 2014!

My long lost New Year’s resolutions.

You would have thought I might have cared more for such an important list – but no, in all the craziness (and messiness) of every day life it had sunk to the bottom. Quite literally.

That isn’t to say I had forgotten about it completely. I knew I had written some pretty important stuff down but over the year I have wondered how much had been forgotten.

So, how did I actually do?


  • Stay home one day a week to declutter – I know, the reason I might need to declutter is probably a resolution all in itself. I may not have managed the one day a week but I have won this one (by default) we had a lot of work done on the house and had to hire a skip etc. Declutter was achieved!
  • Get closer to 8st – I love the ambiguity of this statement (go me!). Yes I am closer. I discovered the joys of Insanity which is really hard (obviously) but has done some pretty amazing things to my pregnancy trampled body. I don’t have an amazing body by the way, it’s just half decent after 3 children now (and a lot closer to 8st again!).
  • Spend less and start saving – erm, things are no worse on that front but no better…moving on!
  • Starbucks visits down from 7 days a week to 5 – utterly terrible, they know my name, my children’s names, my order and more about my life than I care to admit.
  • 4 and 5 were all about doing more as a family. We struggle with it for a few reasons, our business makes it quite difficult to plan weekends. I think we’ve made a genuine effort to do more all together and we’ve had some lovely days out but it is still an area that requires improvement.
  • Cook better food for my family and myself – This has been quite successful. I’ve made a really effort this year to address some of my health issues through a better diet and I’ve made some positive changes. Unfortunately for all the effort I have put it it hasn’t dragged my iron levels off the floor (though I do feel and look better/stronger). I’m currently waiting to see whether or not the NHS will start iron infusions.
  • Do something amazing for Steve’s 40th – Done, done, done! We had a surprise party, he was very spoilt with some lovely presents and then we had two night’s in Paris (without the children) which meant sleeping in past 5am, amazing!
  • Find a way to live abroad in 2015/16 – we are making progress with this one!
  • Write a book –  This is the one that has been perpetually dropped to the bottom of the pile for so many years. Lack of confidence and a messy life has put a stop to it too many times. This year however I have made really good progress and have taken it further than ever before – not quite a book yet but I think the future looks brighter for this dream.

One of the best things I did this year wasn’t even on my long forgotten list – starting this blog wasn’t on my radar back in January 2014 and yet here I am. It’s been such a good experience and I’ve ‘met’ so many lovely people. My desire to write a book came from my desire to just write so I guess that resolution came further than I initially thought.

2015 resolutions?

I’m not sure yet but they should probably involve keeping a tidier bedroom!

How about you? Did you stick to your 2014 resolutions?


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8 Comments on Long Lost New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Mummytries@gmail.com'
    Reneé @ Mummy Tries
    17th December 2014 at 8:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds to me like you did amazingly well with your goals, well done! Funnily enough my list was all about writing my book which I did and published a few weeks ago (http://becomethebestyou.co.uk). Blogging definitely gave me the confidence I needed to do it and now I’m thinking about a second.

    All I can say is just write. Get those words out and you can assess them in the editing process. Look forward to hearing more in the new year xxx

    • Claire
      18th December 2014 at 3:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you!
      Congratulations on publishing your book this year, that is amazing – I’ve been reading your posts about it and it sounds like a book I would personally enjoy (and probably need!).

  2. Mum@honestmum.com'
    Honest mum
    20th December 2014 at 3:52 pm (4 years ago)

    You’ve done so well with your goals, 8 stone, wow, not sure I’ve ever been 8 stone xx

    • Claire
      22nd December 2014 at 1:14 pm (4 years ago)

      I’ve done better than I thought on some but a couple of others were a bit of an epic fail – like cutting my Starbucks habit down!
      Everyone has a weight where they feel more comfortable, we all have a number in our head – it just varies (I happen to have a small frame and I’m not very tall!).

    • Claire
      23rd December 2014 at 12:59 pm (4 years ago)

      It has been an amazing year, thanks for reading! Xx

  3. mumsdays@gmail.com'
    Hannah Mums' Days
    1st January 2015 at 11:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Ah! this is great, so inspiring to hear how well you’ve done. Who needs a scrap of paper anyway ;) We sounds sooooo similar in our goals (and messiness!)…although what is this mythical 8 stone you speak of? I don’t think I’ve been 8 stone since I was about 10!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList this year! It’s been so lovely to get to know you :) Happy New Year and I look forward to reading more! xxx

    • Claire
      2nd January 2015 at 2:56 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m so glad I’m not alone!
      I love the idea of a mythical 8 stone (although after Xmas it’s starting to look as likely as riding a unicorn!!) I have a really small frame (it just unfortunately sits on a very generous backside!!)
      So glad #TheList is back today, I love the community and I can’t wait to read everyone’s new year posts!


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