So here were my New Year’s Resolutions for 2010 - rubbish eh? At least I definitely went to South America so that’s one big fat tick. And I sort of toyed with yoga for a bit, but then stopped going again. And I got to induction stage at Age Concern but then couldn’t take a day off work. But I STILL haven’t done a sodding dance class.
It’s a bit early but I always do resolutions every year with at least SOME that I can definitely achieve to make me feel better. So, here’s my New Year’s Resolutions for next year:
- Alternate meeting friends in the pub with meeting friends at a dance class or tennis court or yoga class or similar, especially at weekends. Enjoy the smug feeling with post-class wine and gossip.
- Stop seeing gym membership as a charitable donation to local YMCA and actually GO sometimes – circuits, yoga and swimming.
- Do the 3 peaks! Or at least 1 peak.
- Start cycling to and from work - the tube in London is sucking more and more each day and would mean I feel virtuous enough to avoid the gym (although see 2 above).
- Stop booking up entire week going out, with “nights in” where I’m too knackered to do anything. Enjoy doing less. See reading a book or phoning a friend as a legitimate way to spend an evening. Be more spontaneous and flexible. Buy nicer “house clothes”. And a really good pen.
- Call people more. Be available to help.
- Organise an event for charity - a dinner party or a picnic. Keep giving money to buskers. Donate old clothes to local hostels. Do another clothes swap party with friends. Don’t invite Penelope who only brought a greying mishapen bra at the last one.
- Eat haggis and drink whisky at some point around 25 January.
- Actually start working my way through my wishlist rather than constantly adding to it.
- Make improvements to the bits of the flat that keep bugging me – the curtain that hangs off the rail, the wardrobe door that hangs off its hinges, the floorboard I put my foot through, the entire garden.
I’d love to hear what yours are too, to inspire me to do other stuff. Although one of the non-specific resolutions of mine is to stop thinking the grass is greener, peering over the fence and wanting to do what other people are doing. But I’m still nosy, mkay? Over to you…
UPDATE 17.12.10: I get asked by friends whether blogging feels like homework. And to be honest, sometimes it does, especially if I haven’t done fun things lately or I’m not in the mood. But sometimes it’s ACE and today is one of those times. Since writing this post, I’ve been offered help in getting into cycling by Andreas from the London Cyclist and have been emailed by lots of people with great ideas about exercise and dance classes – I’m hopefully joining a ballet class at The Place next year. Getting inspired to try new things is why I started this blog and today I realise how lucky I am. Ok, that’s enough Christmas soppiness. As you were.