New Year to you! I do hope the
holidays have been really enjoyable for
you - I know the weather has played havoc
with most of us over the festive period.
I was on pins waiting for my own Christmas
presents to arrive but I was so lucky
for it all to arrive on Christmas Eve.
Just in time!
Actually, I'm trying really hard to get
organised just in case the bad weather
appears again - its only January after
all so the chances are quite high so I've
bought some wellies and plenty of extra
dishwasher salt (which works much better
than ordinary) for the paths, I've even
bought an extra spade to keep in the boot
of the car.
All my fleeces are at the ready and I've
dug out my old ski gear just in case.
I'm going to look a right fool if spring
arrives early! Regular readers will know
that I'm a mad fan of New Years Resolutions.
Both my sister and I take it really seriously,
we have a new notebook every year to list
all our hopes, ambitions, to-do's, to-not-do's,
a whole book of lists, in fact.
blame our mother, who was the queen of
list making. We tick off everything we've
achieved and to be honest we never really
fail. Because we take our time to decide
what we really want to achieve and only
set our goals within our reach it becomes
part of life to follow the list. It's
also so much easier when you have someone
to give you moral support. Even though
we don't set the same targets, we are
there for each other if things become
Try teaming up with a friend if there's
something you want to accomplish or join
a club if you can, the support is really
helpful and the sense of achievement is
greater when you're applauded for it.
I'm really quite a self-disciplined person
once I've made my mind up but I quite
often fall down on really little things.
I put off phoning builders, plumbers etc.,
until the last minute and then can't get
anyone so I'm trying to be better at that
also rubbish at posting things on time,
I always remember birthdays but the card
will be bought, written and sitting with
its stamp on waiting for me to actually
get round to posting it right up until
the last minute when I have to chase down
the street after the postman and beg him
to put it in his bag. I've got to improve
that this year.
Each year we also make a 'fun' resolution,
something a little bit playful that we'd
like to do but never get round to it.
For the last few years I have really wanted
to have some pink streaks put into my
hair but I'm too much of a coward.
My partner will think I've lost the plot
and my son will think its time to put
me in a home, but this year I don't care,
I'm having them done. Anyway what's the
worse that can happen? If I really hate
them I can just go over them although
I have made my mind up to stick with them
for at least two weeks. Who knows, I might
love them and keep them forever!
year my sister decided to have 'fun' by
doing a sponsored midnight walk. She thought
it would be exciting and different. In
actual fact it was more like a route march,
it lashed it down with rain for the whole
two hours, the track was squelching with
mud and her lift home didn't turn up so
she had to walk even further. She hated
every minute of it, so she's being very
careful about choosing her 'fun' resolution
this year, but it's all in the game.
She also wants to lose some weight this
year so I've passed on some advice I heard
Rosemary Conley say - 'Nothing tastes
as nice as being slim feels,' I'm not
sure if she included chocolate or bread
and butter pudding in that statement but
she might be right.
Whatever it is you've chosen to improve
this year, I hope the year is a happy
and healthy one for you all!