Apparently I didn’t make any resolutions for 2012. At least if I did I didn’t put them anywhere obvious here on my blog, as I’ve just had a dig around my posts from January last year and can’t find anything that looks like resolutions! I’m sure in my head it was the same old “lose weight, get fit, embrace new opportunities” that I always seem to fall back on, but at the end of the day it just goes to prove my point from 2011 – I don’t make resolutions…
Looking back over 2012 I think it was a good year. We all survived, which is a good start, but more than that we managed a couple of big changes as well. The geekdaughter started school and, apart from a slight wobble after the first week or so, has taken it all in her stride. I love to watch her enthusiasm for learning, and I am constantly amazed by how well her reading and writing has developed since September. Best of all we were so proud at our first parents evening, when her teacher’s first comments were not about her academic ability, but about how kind and friendly she is.
The other large change was me dropping from working 4 days per week to 3 days. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I’m very grateful to my incredibly supportive boss for making it happen. Although I’ve only been working my new pattern for a couple of months, I’m already feeling the benefits – I just need to make sure we manage financially with the 25% pay cut likely to really bite for the first time this month.
Loads of other stuff happened during the year of course. Not all of it was good, but I’m definitely feeling positive about the year overall.
So now it’s 2013. I’m looking forward, not backward. And although I don’t have any resolutions as such, I do have some things I want to focus on over to course of the year. I’m thinking of it as “setting a direction”, rather than having specific goals.
1. Be a better friend. I have great friends. Unfortunately they are very geographically spread, and I don’t get to see any of them as often as I would like. I don’t feel like I have been doing a very good job of keeping up with their news, and I want them to know that I love them and I’m there for them. There’s definitely a lot I can do in this space over the year.
2. Declutter. We have made a good start on this already, but I want to make sure I keep up the momentum, and get my house to a state where I won’t be embarrassed to invite people round.
3. Healthy lifestyle. Yes, this is the “lose weight, get fit” one, but it goes a bit deeper than that. I’m not looking for a “diet”, I’m looking for a permanent change, a sustainable change to my eating patterns. I want to make time in my life for exercise, and find a form of exercise that I enjoy. There are also other things I need to keep an eye on, like am I getting enough sleep. Trying to juggle work, the house, the kids, the blog all takes time, and I have got into the habit of going to bed after midnight more often than I think I should.
4. Work/Life balance. I’m not planning to do much around this given the changes I managed to make last year, but I need to keep an eye on things and make sure the balance is right. I also need to remember that the blog is a hobby and I shouldn’t try to take over the world with it quite yet!
So no, they’re not resolutions. There’s no targets, and they’re certainly not SMART. But they’re my guiding principles for 2013, and I will be trying to make progress in each area over the course of the year.