Happy New Year!

And so here we are in 2010! Did you have a good New Years’ Eve? Ours was exceptionally quiet and cosy, then a simple toast to greet the new year. The year I turn 30! 🙂

I really like this time of year, the time for resolutions and getting back on an even keel and thinking things through. After the busyness of last term (first term at a new school is always manic. Autumn term is always manic. Put the two together and you have craziness!), and then the frenetic awesomeness of December, I am so ready for some normal, steady times. I like normal and steady.

My new years resolutions this year are less concrete than usual – I guess it’s more of a change of mood and focus, rather than real tangible ‘things to do’. I’m in the mood for getting on getting better. So here (in no particular order) are the things I am looking to improve in 2010…

I want to spend plenty of quality time with the people I love. Dinners and coffees and walks in the park, and phone calls and emails and just being there. Sharing things. As fun as parties and rushing around can be, really what I want to be able to say at the end of 2010 is “wow, I had such fun with my friends this year!”.

I’ve been saying for ages that I want to do some dancing, just to start a class and see what happens. Next week I’m joining Pineapple Studios for a trial month to see if I can do some Jazz, and I might try out the RnB class at my gym too! I’m also going clubbing more – Club de Fromage is always great (Anna and Vixie, let’s go!)!

I love blogging. I’m hoping to do more of it. And when I retrieve my camera from school (I always end up taking it into school to take pictures for class then leave it there!), I really really want to add more pictures (so you can all see more of my beautiful friends!). I’m also going to have great fun taking part in Kelly’s awesome ‘Show Us Your Life‘ Fridays – I am so excited for these! Added to these things, I’m also going to chnage my blog list – get rid of some links that never update, add some new blogs I’ve discovered, and generally tidy up!

I want to write loads of letters! I say this every year and I achieve it (more or less) every year. I love letters and mail! (If you’d like a postcard and I don’t have your address…let a girl know! :-))

I want to read more, and watch more movies. I’ve actually banned myself from buying more books or DVDs until I’ve worked through the ones already on my shelves! I have so many to enjoy already, now I need to get on with it!

This year I am going to read the Bible. I’ve got a really neat Chronological Bible, which breaks things down into daily readings over the whole year. I looking forward to reading this all and enjoying it and learning more about my faith.

This year I am also embracing a new frugality. As I have mentioned before, I was spoiled rotten over my birthday and Christmas, and now have shelves laden with toiletries and books and similar. And I have loads of clothes and bags and shiny too. I’m going to work through these, and sort things too – if I don’t want or need something, could a friend use it? Could I donate it to charity? Or put it on freecycle? I’m also seriously working on my budgeting – Matthew is highly amused by my spreadsheets and to do lists, but I’m quite proud of them and I hope that I can stick to them. I work hard, and I want to use my money well. I still want to have fun, but I’m going to try to be more wise with my money. That way I can manage my credit and build my savings, and also afford nice things like holidays and jetting off to bridesmaid! 🙂 This is also a long term goal – if I ever want to own a home, or get married, or have children (all things I *do* want to do in the next five years), I need to have money saved, and also be able to live well within my means.

Coupled with this is a desire to get sorted and organised, both at home and at work. Just as I want to be more intelligent in how I use my money, I also want to look at how I invest my time. I’ve got better and better with my time management in recent years – could this be a year to take it to a new level?

I’m also keen to get my weight under control. My main ambition is to take my weight down from the ‘obese’ to the ‘overweight’ category. I haven’t been in this category for over ten years! It’s definitely time. I have a gym membership (which I’ve already paid for too, so it fits in with the new frugality ;)), and I’m not afraid to use it. I’m also signed up on sparkpeople and hope to use this well.

I’m continuing to work on The List!

I want to continue to work on my homemaking. I love to cook and bake, I’m good at housework (for real. And I quite enjoy it too, except when I have to clean up after people it’s not my job to clean up after!). I’m getting better at budgeting and shopping wisely and meal planning. Heck, I’m even going to learn how to sew soon… I think these skills are worthwhile.

Above all of these, however, the thing I want to do most of all is just be as loving and kind and giving as I can be. To be the best friend and daughter and sister and teacher and girlfriend possible. People are the most important thing in my life, and I want to make sure I prioritise the people I love throughout this year. I also want to work hard on RAoK365, and put a little more kindness out there in 2010.

Yep, I’m looking forward to this year. 🙂

What are your resolutions for 2010?

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  1. morethananelectrician
    3rd January 2010 / 2:23 pm

    Sounds like a busy year. Happy 2010!!!

  2. Christielli
    3rd January 2010 / 4:58 pm

    Wow, that's a lot there, but I find you can get more done when you have a list of goals, even if they're not concrete.I love the idea of more clubbing. :)And don't worry about the turning 30 thing, some of us will test it out before you. 😉

  3. Riot Kitty
    4th January 2010 / 2:24 am

    All good goals. Mine, set a few weeks ago, was to get less irritated about stuff I could not change. Then I got stuck in traffic for almost 5 hours 😉 BTW, I e-mailed you the pancake recipe. Enjoy!

  4. cdave
    4th January 2010 / 5:13 pm

    My main Christmas pressie from my Mum was transfer of ownership of the 27 year old family electric sewing machine.If you want to come round and use it, or fancy a short term loan, give me a shout.

  5. Anonymous
    5th January 2010 / 8:18 am

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

  6. Emily
    8th January 2010 / 2:16 pm

    Great goals! Love that you're going to start dancing. I have two left feet!

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