New Years Resolutions: 2014 review and setting new ones for 2015

2 01 2015

It’s probably not a good starting indication that I didn’t do a single resolution review last year, because it shows they really weren’t at the forefront of my mind!
Let’s start with a look back at last year’s resolutions before setting up a list for this year.

  • Actively make more time for reading – I’d say I did pretty well here, I read 24 books this year (not including devotionals)! That’s nearly one a fortnight. The previous year I read 13, so nearly doubled it! Some were quicker, some (mainly non-fiction) much slower, but I’ve definitely focussed on it a bit more. I think I’ve chosen more fiction because I know I read it quicker, but I’ve really enjoyed it this year.
  • Limit DVD binging – The aim was to not sit and watch countless episodes of something in an evening. I made a good start on this, but then later in the year started on How I Met Your Mother. The episodes are only 20 minutes and so I did tend to watch a few. I finished the year in season 1 of Lost. That’s easier to restrict to 1 or 2 episodes. Several busy evenings per week also helped with this one!
  • Exercise regularly – utter utter fail. I did about 3 or 4 weeks of “bootcamp” which was a half hour in the park on Fridays after work in May. Stopped when I got ill and never really picked anything up after that other than the occasional Wedding reception disco etc!
  • Lose weight – in the worst possible way I lost weight through a bad bout with my anxiety disorder in June when I didn’t eat properly for about 2 weeks. That got me to my target weight, I went up a little after but generally quite happy with my weight now. That said – I’ve not weighed myself since before the Christmas eating began…
  • Make a better attempt at the happiness jar – Yea this didn’t even start this year. I think I’ll use it for storage instead.
  • Learn more meals to cook – I did a couple this year, but definitely tailed off after the first handful of months. I got a couple of new recipe books through the year including one just at Christmas, so I haven’t completely given up.
  • Keep clothes organised and tidy – The whole folding them thing didn’t happen, and while I do maybe hang up my trousers properly once every week or two, the rest of the time they’re put on top of my wardrobe to grab another day.
  • Learn to love God more, do everything for His glory, and make time for Him. – This is a resolution for every year!

I’d definitely give myself a low mark on 2014!

So, what shall I aim for next year?

  • Learn to love God more, do everything for His glory, and make time for Him. – this is for every year
  • Find a form of exercise that I enjoy or at least don’t hate enough that I can stick to it regularly
  • Expand cooking repertoire and use new meals regularly to mix up weeks a bit
  • Start giving blood again if they’ll let me
  • Snack healthier, and maybe don’t eat chocolate every day!
  • Keep my room tidy and organised, and clear out regularly
  • Get my life and particularly evenings more organised!

I’m sure I had some other ideas over the last few days which I didn’t write down as I thought of them, so I might add these at a later date as I remember them. And if you think of anything you think I need to change about myself, let me know! 😉

also adding in…

  • Grow my nails out again
  • Watch all 6 Star Wars films and all three LOTR – and shall we throw in the BTTF trilogy too as it’s an anniversary year?

New Years Resolutions 2014

5 01 2014

I’ve been doing this a couple of years now, blogging my new years resolutions and then reviewing a couple of times over the year to keep me accountable – here’s what I have for 2014. A few come from those that didn’t go so well last year!
I’ve also tried to make them measurable as otherwise it can be so vague you can’t tell if you’ve even achieved it!

  • Actively make more time for reading – I read before I go to sleep, but sometimes I doze off before I find what page I was on. Maybe lunchtimes at work, or free evenings. Let’s aim for three times a week. (My book wishlist suddenly got massive!)
  • Limit DVD binging – No more than one episode a day
  • Exercise regularly – At least twice a week (this may be aiming high, once a week would be a vast improvement!) – hasn’t started yet as been getting over a cold and totally exhausted, but maybe starting this week.
  • Lose weight – sort of combined with the above really, I don’t really plan on changing what I eat. My meals are ok, it’s only snacking that’s the issue, but I hope adding exercise to my life will do it’s bit! I have a target weight, but don’t feel like sharing that with the universe… sorry!
  • Make a better attempt at the happiness jar – Make sure I’m up to date at the end of each week. (though still need to empty last year’s!)
  • Learn more meals to cook – I was going to say once a month, but I’ll go with 6 a year on meals, and 6 a year on other things, eg cake, snacks, things that aren’t full meals.
  • Keep clothes organised and tidy – Last year I had put clothes away at the end of the day, there was an improvement but definitely could have done better. I’ve also spent a good chunk of today sorting out my drawers so stuff is folded rather than all bunged in (and put loads out for the charity shop), so I’ll try and keep this tidy too!
  • Learn to love God more, do everything for His glory, and make time for Him. – This is a resolution for every year!

That’ll do for now, I may add a couple more later if I think of them, but time to commit to these, we’re already 5 days in!

New Years Resolutions – Final review 2013

28 12 2013

Haven’t done a review since May, which is a bad start in itself, but here we go….

  • Only buy FairTrade chocolate – done pretty well with this, there’s been the odd exception eg a Christmas present, and a few (probably less than 5 in a year) on the logic of cocoa percentage (which I can’t find ANYWHERE on the internet at the mo, but give me a shout if you want an explanation)
  • Read more – Was doing really well with this, but then I’ve now been on the same book the last 5 months, though to be fair it’s really 5 short books. Aiming to finish for the new year though, then go for something a bit more normal length!
  • Limit daily time spent watching TV series on DVD – I’ve been absolutely blitzing Grey’s Anatomy the last few months, and so this one’s gone to pot, but then other than Saturday evenings I’ve barely been watching any TV. I cancelled my LoveFilm though, and once I finish Grey’s (which I’m borrowing the DVDs off of a friend for), I’m going to try to read more and even if I get into a new TV series, not to blitz it but be more rationed! Also aiming for the last couple of series of Grey’s to only watch one episode in an evening rather than 2 or 3 which is easily done.
  • Exercise – there’ve been some good attempts with this! I got a weighted hula hoop in June, and would use it while watching 20 minute episodes of The Office US, however it phased out when I went to 40min tv shows! Then over the summer I played badminton weekly with some friends from work which was great fun and definitely good exercise, but once term time started, all of the courts within any reasonable distance got block bookings and so that had to stop. In December however I inherited a Wii from a friend and bought some accessories so we now have some of the dancing games, which are a) great exercise and b)worryingly addictive! This is the new plan!!
  • Better bedtime routine – yea not wonderful, but getting lots of sleep, normally 8 hours ish, so not too worried, but could do better
  • Sort through my photos and print off some for a photo album – I ended up ordering a photo book, which was a much better option in heinsight – expensive yes, but it’d’ve been more expensive to print them, and this way they’re all arranged nicely and in different sizes and captioned. I’ve done the one for my 6th form years, uni is next, but not going to rush it as as I said, it’s not cheap!
  • Put clothes away at night – this has fluctuated. I got better once I got my new fabric covered wardrobe frame, still room for improvement, but progress has been made
  • Write down good things that happen and put them in a jar – nothing since my last update in May. I’ll try again next year
  • Learn to love God more, do everything for His glory, and make time for Him. – This is a resolution for every year!

I’ll come back before or after the new year with next year’s resolutions!