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.
I’m not sure yet but they should probably involve keeping a tidier bedroom!
How about you? Did you stick to your 2014 resolutions?