New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday 31 December 2013 by

It’s a massive cliché to make New Year’s Resolutions. And the chances of sticking to them are slim to none. But without fail I do it every year. Predominantly because I really do feel like a new year is a fresh start, and why not start off with some good intentions? Just because you don’t achieve them that year doesn’t mean you never will. Just put them in the “try again” pile!

So without further ado, here are some New Year’s Resolutions I am making for 2014…

Make time for friends

2013 was pretty much my annus horribilis (if the queen can have one…) What with one thing and another I felt that I really didn’t see my friends as much as I ought to (or need to – sometimes seeing a friend is all you need to make life perk up a bit). So 2014 – which IS going to be my annus mirabilis – I am going to spend a LOT more time with my mates (they have been warned).

Write more fiction and/or poetry

I love blogging. There’s a good reason I get up at 5.30am to write before work – because this is one of the best things and one of the best feelings I’ve found. But since House of Blog’s launch in October, my fiction writing has rather fallen by the wayside. With Loralei’s post about Scrivener, I remembered how much I loved fiction writing too, and so have decided to invest in the right kind of software and get back to the good old stuff.

Get fit

I know, I know. This is on everyone’s list. But since I busted my knee, I’ve really noticed a difference between “fit Fran” and “slob Fran”. It’s time to park “slob” and get “fit” back in gear. 2014 was once my year for a marathon. I’ve done two half-marathons and felt good enough to go the 26 miles. I even toyed with the idea of doing a triathlon (don’t tell my dad). But my knee has put me out for so long now that I know I won’t be back to 100% in time. The marathon will have to wait until 2015, and after agonising about it for a while, I’m okay with that. But that doesn’t mean I stop. I’m going to get back to running fitness, I’m going to shed that Christmas weight and convert it back to muscle, and I’m going to take up a new sport (I’m open to suggestions, by the way).

Learn something new

I was listening to Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman on Desert Island Discs a few weeks ago, and she admitted that she endeavours to learn something new every year. I love this idea. So not only am I going to take up a new sport, I’m going to learn something new too. At the moment, I can’t decide between learning Spanish or trying my hand at knitting…

Stop with the overthinking

This has been a New Year’s Resolution for perhaps a decade, and I’m still not quite there. I am an expert fretter. If there’s something to fret about, I’ll be leading the way in the fretting stakes. More often than not it’s worries that I’ve generated myself from nothing (perspective: I suffered two migraines in a short space of time and so convinced myself I had a brain tumour). Each year, I am determined to lay down some of this fretting. Not all of it, because quite often the fretting means I’m not caught off guard (even if I do triple book myself sometimes), but all the extra fretting that I give myself. Life is far too busy without creating extra stress!

My blogging New Year’s Resolution

There is a lot still to be done in these ‘ere parts, and the last three months have been just me fretting (see above) about it and not really taking the step. So come 2014, there’s going to be some exciting developments on House of Blog, including a new lick of paint! If you want to get involved with any of it, do get in touch, but I hope you like what I have planned…

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?


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  1. Chris Roberts

    Get fixed… that is my simple one. I thought about all the things that need to be aligned for the big race and realised that a few bits are broken!

    So what now??? I think about Olympians with a 4 year plan and wonder why everything has to be a one year plan? So I now have a 2 year plan:
    Year 1 – get fixed!
    Year 2 – achieve!

    • Fran

      Nearly fixed though – woohoo! I’ve decided to learn to meditate and learn Spanish for 2014. And if I can get away with it I might try out a martial art…

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