THIS IS basically what I try and improve all year round but everybody knows that the ability to be able to achieve your goals in the new year is especially powerful.
1. More reading. I remember a few years back, I made one new year's resolution and it was to make more of an effort to read in my spare time, that year I managed to read something like 25 books in a year and they were all pretty thick with super tiny text so I was quite pleased and intended to outdo myself the following year, I didn't manage anywhere near 25 but a respectable 12 was still alright and since then it got progressively worse. This year I managed 3 and one of the three was a book by Mindy Kaling and took all of 30 minutes to read (does that even count?). This year I'm putting aside time specifically for reading, I've started my first book of 2014, "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden.
2. Be more Organised. When it comes to being organised, I struggle. There are people I know who live by their google calendars, I don't even own a diary. Most of the time, I end up having to email whoever to reconfirm when our scheduled meeting was, as the note I had scribbled down the date and time has now been lost or I had written it down on the back of my hand which of course will have faded after a couple of washes. My strategy this year involves the purchase of a Filofax (embossed with my name on the front) and writing out a daily to-do list and checking it most evenings to make sure I got the tasks done.
3. Try cooking. I'm cutting down on the number of times I bake, this ties in with resolution number 4. Although, I've not cooked much in my life, I love watching cookery shows and I am a little fanatical about Nigel Slater. I received his "Eat" book for Christmas and I'm going to try and cook something new each week, if it turns out alright I may even share on the blog. Last week I tried making potato cakes, they looked terrible and tasted bland, suffice to say they will not be featured on here any time soon!
4. Eat better. A few years ago, not having my 5-a-day was a rare thing but suddenly these past few years my diet has been absolute terrible. I had a bit of a health scare this year so this isn't because to reduce the size of my tummy, this is so I can be the healthiest I can be.
5. Dress Up. Be more experimental with my wardrobe and I mean with clothes I already have. I've got into this habit lately of always going for the same type of clothes and I've gotten too comfortable.
Well, there they are, a few of my resolutions that I hope to achieve this year!