New Year’s ‘resolutions’ 2012

31 12 2011

I’m not normally one for New Years Resolutions. Someone I know once said he didn’t as it wasn’t really necessary to wait for 1st January to make changes.

But sometimes I think we get lazy, and probably need the 1st January to prompt us to make changes that we know we need to make and would keep putting off otherwise.

So, I’m not sure I’m going to so much make New Year’s resolutions as much as these are some things I’m going to try to change next year. Some are more ambitious than others, and those seem to be the ones that are less measurable!

I guess they fall into categories:

Fairly average and straightforward resolutions

  • Quit Corrie (I know, I’m shocked too! – Though I should probably add, if they write out any major character, I’ll permit myself to watch that episode. My main reason for this addendum is because I know at some point they must be doing something for Betty 😦 )
  • Watch less tele – mainly try to cut back those times I have it on looking for something to watch rather than putting it on to specifically watch things.
  • Exercise more (also known as START exercising) and lose a little weight
  • Spend more time either on my violin or improve at the piano
  • Get my sewing machine back out and use it
  • Read more, and not just easy reads
  • Less of the irritating chattering
  • Reduce time spent on social media

A bit more deep, meaningful and more effort involved

  • Learn to love God more
  • Learn to think better of myself
  • Have a more positive outlook

I guess the first list are sort of nice ideas, the second list are a little more life-changing.

I’ve been working on this list for a week or two, so there may still be a couple of minor adjustments, but I think that’s pretty much it!

Do you have any resolutions this year? What’ve you gone for?

Grown up fizzy drinks are definitely healthier…

30 12 2011

Starting to think this blog should be titled “Maybe it’s just me, but…”

I’ve just spent the last week drinking pretty much just fizzy drinks, but I don’t feel bad about it. If I’d spent a week drinking just coke, lemonade and cherryade, I’d feel a)giddy, b)massive concern for my teeth and c)a fairly high level of guilt – so why don’t I?

I’ve spent the last week drinking Bitter Lemon and Canada Dry Ginger Ale. These are Christmas drinks, so you’re meant to drink them and only them all week, right?! 🙂

bitter lemoncanada dry

Lacking a clementine!

26 12 2011

I never eat the Clementine in my stocking, I admit it, I just bung it back in the fruit bowl a day or two later.

This year, I arrived at my parents a couple of days before Christmas to see that my stocking had formed part of the Christmas decorations, and so assumed the time had come that I was now too old for Santa to visit…

But Christmas morning there it was, with one big change: No Clementine in the toe, just a mini bag of Haribo!

I don’t know how I felt about this – total break in a tradition, but one that was completely pointless!

Do you still get a stocking? What’s in the toe of yours?

Have you ever looked at Christmas this way?

22 12 2011

The two biggest events in the Christian calendar are easily Christmas and Easter. I don’t know about you, but the way I always saw it was that Christmas is a lovely story about Jesus coming to us in love, whereas Easter was more traumatic, centring on Jesus death for us (but still in love).

But I don’t think the story in the bible is all as beautiful and candlelit “no crying He makes” as we like to picture it. And it’s not just that He was born in a smelly stable, or laid in an animals feeding trough.

God’s son was sent from heaven to earth with the purpose of dying for us at Easter, you can’t have one without the other. And while we know that Easter was a massive massive sacrifice, a couple of years ago in my housegroup we started to realise that actually, the transition from the perfection of heaven to this sinful earth and realising that that’s a sacrifice too! Not in the same way as the sacrifice we remember at Easter of course, as that’s when Christ took the sin of the world on Himself, that was the ultimate.

Wasn’t Christmas a sacrifice for Christ too?

[Disclaimer: I’m not very good at words or structuring sentences, so if I’ve said anything theologically inaccurate it may not be intentional, just badly put, so my apologies!]
[I like to think of my blog as the beginning of a thought that could probably do with some refining and rewriting a bit later – maybe I should put that somewhere!]

Happy Christmas 🙂