Happy New Year!
Did anyone see where this year went? And in particular this December? I wish the first 24 days of December went by so quickly as a child! It is the last night of the year and I can honestly say this has been one of the most frenetic and topsy turvy years of my life. Christmas was wonderful but difficult too with various family issues, some old and some new. In the main though, both of the children and also myself were thoroughly spoiled. We ate so much and I put on more weight that I knew was physically possible in one week and we just spent time as a family which was wonderful. Management had to work a few days and is working tomorrow as he doesn't drink so he always does the New Year's Day shift. We'll be heading over to have lunch with him and get some much needed fresh air, even if it is raining! I swear I could be abducted by aliens, dropped back to earth and have absolutely no idea which time of the year it is - it seems to have been mild and wet for the entire year.
Getting some fresh air is one of my main resolutions for the coming year. I have many plans, some big and some small, but there are a lot of things that need to change. Like many people, the New Year will see me getting back to my Slimming World plan (I've still been going to the weigh ins), heading back to the gym (with my new kit, water bottle and my new iPhone!!) and generally looking after myself a bit more. B starts pre-school next week so it will be a little extra breathing time for me to achieve some of the things I plan to. I would really like to be able to run outside and one of my aims for the year is to do the 5km Eastleigh Park Run.
As well as looking after myself physically, of course I need to REALLY look after myself mentally. I have really struggled over Christmas, possible virally induced, probably exacerbated by too much of the wrong food etc but I am hopeful that a return to normal routine will help.
I read Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project over the Summer and so much of a struck a cord with me so I will be revisiting that book and using some of the advice to see if I can have me my very own happiness project. I know crafting will be right up there of course and I have great plans to finish off some half completed projects. I've done more scrapbooking in the last year than in the whole time since I started (I started collecting bits and being interested about 6 years ago but only actually started in earnest about 3 years ago). Both Management and I also want to find some time for reading though too. We used to devour books and we've both been given some new ones for Christmas but its finding the time. I am going to try getting up earlier in the mornings as I only doze once the children are up anyway. Who knows, it might even help me sleep!
Well that's an awful lot of changes for one person and I won't pretend it will be easy or that I will get all of it done but if I make an effort, that will be a start.
So raise a glass with me to toast the New Year, the year of the Olympics and the Golden Jubilee, and most importantly, the year when I achieve at least some of my goals. What are your resolutions or do you not make them? What would you like to achieve this year? If you fancy some company on the journey, let me know.