New Year’s Ambitions Update…the good, the bad, the so-so and the disasters!

Those of you who’ve been reading the blog for a while will know that last year I set myself 14 little (ha!) ambitions for 2012.  And now I get to let you know how I did.  Some I aced….some I failed utterly….so landed somewhere in the middle.  In order of success (ascending!), here are the abject failures….the misses….and the successes!


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Swim twice a week. So far: 2/104.

I left my gym that had a pool in mid-January, so this just didn’t happen.

Give blood. So far: 0/1

This one I am cross with myself about.  I left it too late and let fear (of needles :() and busy-ness get in the way!  On the happier side, I have registered as a blood donor and am hoping to get to Walthamstow for an donation this month (much simpler than schlepping across town feeling woozy).

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Become ‘overweight’ rather than ‘obese’. So far: 7/66.

My weight yoyoed throughout 2012, by a margin of 22 pounds.  I’m happy to end the year a little lighter but now know that in 2013 absolutely top of my list has to be weight loss.  I’ve joined Weight Watchers and am determined to make some big changes before being this big starts to impact my life in a negative way.  More on which, soon.


Write a 10,000 word children’s story. So far: 6,255/10,000.

I made a decent attempt on this, but ultimately couldn’t quite get the thing done.  I have a few nice chapters though and hope to write some more of it this year.  I have also started writing notes for a couple of non-fiction ebooks I’m toying with the idea of, so while I did fail on this score, it definitely go me being more organised about writing and taking the time to create.

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Go for three months with no alcoholic beverages (January, March, and May). This should help with #10 and #13 too! So far: 70/93.

This went fairly well….but girls’ nights with wine are hard to resist. I have majorly changed how I drink alcohol in 2012 though – apart from very special occasions (weddings, Christmas, new year’s), I am back to being a two glasses of wine then on to the water kind of drinker.  Far more enjoyable than what had started creeping in during 2010/2011 – several people around me are bigger drinkers and I’m afraid it had started to seep into my behaviour too.  Yay for a reset!


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Write 200 letters/ cards / notes / postcards. So far: 292/200.

Done, completely and utterly.  It was so nice to get back to writing this year and I’m keen to keep it going this year!

Go for three months without buying anything from Starbucks (June, July and August). This should help with #10 and #13 too! So far: 92/92.

Refreshingly easy.

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Write a blog post a day for the whole of 2012. 382/366.

This one has been challenging but also incredibly fun!  Having this blog as an outlet is such a joy, and posting more often and being more involved with comments, reading the blogs of others, etc. has been just super.  Thank you for all of your encouragement with this!

Complete all 52 weeks of a Project Life book and send it off to be published. So far: 52/52.

Deliciously fun.  And done.

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Read 52 books in the 52 weeks of 2012. So far: 52/52.

I’m still no Christy (54 books last year, what a LEGEND!), but I’m so happy I made this happen.  It’s great to feel like a reader again!

Volunteer for 3 hours per months (or equivalent of). So far: 53/36.

I love being a Junior League-er!

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Walk 500 Miles. So far: 505/500.

Romping around the city is such fun!

Have the equivalent of 2 months salary saved up for a rainy day. So far: 0%/100%

RESET: As the money I was saving has been invested into our first home together, I’ve set a new target, to have £1,000 saved by the end of the year.  So far: 150%/100%

It’s so nice to have a wee nest egg saved.  Not least because it means that things like holidays, Christmas, unexpected bills are far easier to deal with.  This year I’m going to be focusing a lot on saving, being more frugal, budgeting and stretching money, and will certainly let you know how I fare!

Go out and have fun, do things (parties, movies, gigs, theatre etc.) at least 4 times a month. So far: 97/48.

I’m so glad I included this and made time for socialising and friends.  Long may it continue!

All in all I’m pretty happy with how the year went.  I set myself a LOT of challenges, and while there are a few big blips, I’m also very proud of the achievements I made.  This year I’m going smaller and bigger scale – while there are several little silly girl projects on the go (please see 32 in 32 for more details), the two big areas I’m going to be working on are health and money.  I’d love to write this start-of-year post at the start of 2014 at least 30 pounds lighter and with a chunk of my student loan paid off!

What are your new year’s resolutions/aims/ambitions/dreams, friends?


  1. Christielli
    1st January 2013 / 10:15 pm

    Happy New Year!I'm always amazed at how ambitious you are when it comes to goal setting. Although you didn't make all of your goals, a big congratulations to the ones that you did achieve. You are a legend and a rockstar. 🙂

    • Claire
      2nd January 2013 / 10:09 am

      Thanks, honey. From a legend like you that's a real compliment!

  2. Riot Kitty
    2nd January 2013 / 12:55 am

    I would love to read what you have written…maybe you'd read my children's book and let me know what you think too? E-mail me if you have time 😉

    • Claire
      2nd January 2013 / 10:10 am

      Hi honey. I'd rather not send mine yet (if that's okay :)) – it's definitely a work in progress and I have a ways to go to get it reader ready. I would *love* to read yours though, with your imagination I bet it's brilliant!

  3. Miss Ash
    2nd January 2013 / 2:51 am

    I love that you excelled at having fun as it's sooo important in life!! Good luck on the weight loss goal I too will be with you on that one!

    • Claire
      2nd January 2013 / 10:11 am

      Here's to fun and dropping pounds then, my lovely! Happy New Year!

  4. Wiwille
    2nd January 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Good luck on the coming year! I still haven't made any resolutions, and doubt I will.

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