New Year’s Resolutions

A brand new year….

For the past couple of years, I’ve shied away from having new year’s resolutions.  What with houses and engagements and weddings, there’s been so much to do, so much to plan, having another ‘to do’ just felt like a bit of a stretch!  This year, however, I want to focus in a bit.  To make some changes.  To modify how I do things and hopefully reap the benefits.  These resolutions can be broken down into five easy strands – some I’ve had as resolutions before, some are new.

1.  Be kind to myself.

As much as I’m sad to admit this, I’m pretty accomplished at beating myself up.  I’m a worrier by nature and often stew over perceived mistakes and failings for hours and hours.  I hate to let people down and expect a lot from myself, with the net result that at times I’m really a bit of a cow to myself.  I try my best to be kind to everyone and to look for the best in people.  I’m guilty of not always doing so when I look in the mirror.

This year, I’m going to try and look after myself a bit more.

To listen to my heart, my body, my soul.  To take time to relax and sleep and exercise.  To push myself to be fitter and healthier, not in some punitive, horrible way, but because doing so will make me happier and more able to enjoy life.  

I also want to remember that if I take time to look after myself and nurture myself, I’ll be able to be a better wife, friend, daughter, sister, teacher, writer….  

2. Be more organised.

This year I really want to hone my organisation.  I know that if I refine my ways of doing things, it’ll be a lot easier to keep all the plates spinning!

I’ve already made a good start (more on that tomorrow!), but this is going to be a year of learning, polishing and improving in this area.

3. Lose weight.

I really cannot state this more plainly.  I need to lose weight, urgently.  This year I’m going to be a little more selfish and make this a real priority.  I’m also going to blog this journey (more to follow at the weekend) because I think I need accountability and support.  I’ve tried and failed and tried and failed and tried and failed again.  It’s time.

4. Read more.

A perennial favourite!  I love books and they nurture and inspire me.  This year I intend to make plenty of time for them. 

5.  Write more.

Here.  There.  Everywhere.  I want to get back into posting here frequently and to spend more time crafting posts.  I want to choose one of my half-finished children’s books and actually get the thing written.  I’m excited to work on some new writing projects.

It’s a brand new year!  Do you have any resolutions?


  1. Monica
    1st January 2015 / 4:15 pm

    These are a lovely set of resolutions! Best of luck, and I look forward to witnessing your journey to a better you 🙂

    • Claire
      2nd January 2015 / 11:36 am

      Thank you Monica!

  2. Riot Kitty
    2nd January 2015 / 7:58 am

    I'm the same way about worrying for hours about things I might have done wrong. Read up on obsessive compulsive personality disorder – it was so freeing for me! I've felt that way since I was little…if it's not perfect, I have totally failed.So my New Year's Resolution is to finish reading my new book on OCD. Which may be OCD in itself, but hey, it's helpful!

    • Claire
      2nd January 2015 / 11:37 am

      I'll definitely read up, RK, thanks – I'm aware I have elements of that to me so knowledge is definitely power!

  3. Siobhan Mac
    4th January 2015 / 12:15 pm

    These are pretty good resolutions – good luck with them xx

    • Claire
      4th January 2015 / 2:16 pm

      Thanks sweetie – I'm excited and terrified in equal measure.

  4. Christielli
    5th January 2015 / 3:21 am

    Great batch of resolutions! You have a lot of resolve, so I know you'll do swell!

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