It’s traditionally about this point in the year that I look back to my New Year resolutions from last year and wonder how I did, as well as looking forward to the coming year to decide what I want to focus on this time around. Last year I only made two resolutions; firstly to attempt to address my weight issues and secondly to embrace new opportunities and challenges. So how have I done?
1. Address my weight issues
I’ve spent the year trying to eat healthily, and I have had mixed success. I have improved at cooking healthy family meals (mostly thanks to my My Daddy Cooks (affiliate link)
and Madhouse Cookbook (affiliate link) recipe books), but I am still struggling with my very sweet tooth and tendency to snack. Net effect – slight weight gain. I’m mostly OK with that, after all last year was more about trying to understand my underlying issues and struggles than actually losing weight. However I’ve come to the conclusion that weight loss is not something I should be resolving to do on January 1st, it is something I need to be focused on throughout the year. Must try harder on this one. As such I will be trying
2. Continue embracing new opportunities and challenges
I don’t think I’ve had any real challenges to face in 2013, in fact it’s felt like quite an easy year. There were new opportunities, both in my “day job” and in blogging, and I think I’ve embraced everything I’ve been offered. Big tick on this one.
I have three resolutions for this year.
1. Take more photos
I am very sporadic with my photography. It’s the downside of being married to a professional photographer – I always rely on him to take pictures of things we go to together, and really haven’t tried to develop my own skills because he is so good. But as I’m sharing more and more photos on my blog I feel motivated to learn more. As the geekdaddy got a new micro four thirds camera for Christmas, I have claimed his old Fuji x100, and I’m going to try using it more. I am sure I will still pull out my trusty iPhone when I need to snap something quickly, but I’m trying to make a conscious decision to pick up the x100 more, as it really does take beautiful pictures. To support this resolution I will be attempting to post one photo every day on my new BlipFoto journal, and once a week I’ll post a roundup here on my blog.
2. Gain financial control
Over a year ago I took a 25% pay cut (by dropping from working 4 days per week to 3 days per week), and we haven’t got our finances under control since then. Sure, the work/life balance is greatly improved, but we’ve been using the credit card more than I like recently, and we really need to adjust our spending to match our income. I have already put some changes into place that we should start seeing the benefits of from this month, but I need to ensure I keep a focus on this so that we live within our means.
3. Exercise more
I almost didn’t write this one down, as I know this will be a struggle, but I also know it’s something I have to do. I have hoped that I could sort out my weight issues simply by changing my eating habits, but I’m now not sure that’s going to work. My stomach, which was never my best part anyway, has never recovered from two pregnancies, and it needs some special attention. I haven’t yet found any kind of exercise that I enjoy doing enough to stick at, so my resolution for 2014 is to keep trying and hopefully find something that will work for me.
And finally, not a resolution, but an affirmation that I will continue my attitude of embracing opportunities and seeing the positives in everything. Life is good 🙂
At the moment I’m feeling very positive and full of good intentions. I hope I can keep the enthusiasm going! What about you? Have you made any resolutions for 2014?
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