DO you make resolutions in the New Year? Go on, be honest. Even a tiny one? I think we all do really. I caught myself walking around the last few days shouting out random stuff like; “New Year’s Resolution: never leave a room without taking something with you!” and “New Year’s Resolution: tidy up after yourselves,” and “New Year’s Resolution: flush the toilet when you’re done! Is anyone listening to me?”
Turns out I’m pretty darn good at making up NYR’s for everyone else.
I used to make them every year and I always failed miserably. I’m not sure if I aimed too high in the first place or I was just completely ill equipped to carry them out but I was never successful.
For example there was the year I was going to write a book and get it published. I had it all worked out. Fame and fortune were going to be mine for the taking and the enjoying. I dug out my typewriter, bought a realm of paper and sat down. I had neither storyline nor any idea where to start. That dream fizzled out as quickly as it appeared. Did I mention I was about ten and my typewriter was one of my all-time favourite santy presents?
Then there was the time I was going to learn how to play the piano. We didn’t have a piano. But I managed to persuade someone in school to teach me “chopsticks” and I was thrilled with myself. Unfortunately everyone else had to put up with my rendition for the next twenty years.
But there are one or two that I am going to try in 2015. Nothing too big really because we all know NYR’s are made to be broken but also if I put myself under too much pressure, I just feel really defeated if I fail.
Keep on running. Or maybe walking at least. Over Christmas I finally got back out on the road after a rather long break that stopped bothering me after the second month. Because I simply realised there is no point beating myself up over something that is out of my control; namely the winter darkness. I cannot run in the dark nor will I as it is not safe. I decided I would *try* and get out at the weekends but shopping and birthday parties and work and errands and all sorts of stuff knocked that on the head. So I strapped up and got out over the Christmas break and was delighted to find I can still do it. I took it very very slowly and did not increase my pace but I did it. And after that I found the long break didn’t bother me so much. In fact I got out every single day with the dog and I mostly walked my circuit each time but the point is, I did it!
Breathe more. This one sounds odd but what I mean is every time I find myself turning into crazy psycho mammy because of timetables and school runs and pressure and kids, I am going to take a step back, either physically or mentally and breathe. Nothing can be gained from losing your reason. I have long since learned we will still reach our destination and the shopping will get done regardless. Having a hissy fit and stressing everyone else out into the bargain only serves to generate a lot of negative energy.
Say yes. I have a habit of saying no. “No, I can’t. I’m too tired.” “No, it’s too late for me.” “No, I might give that a miss.” “No, that’s too short notice.” So instead I am going to check if it might actually be a “yes” first before I decline. Who knows, I might even like it!
Take up virtual smoking. Yes, you read that correctly. Now let me explain. I am going to save ten euros at least three times a week in a big tin that needs an industrial tin opener to rip into when it’s full. I have asked and apparently it costs ten euros every time someone goes into a shop and buys cigarettes. Ten euros!!!!! Literally setting fire to ten euros maybe every day of the week. Holy smoke batman! So I am going to be a virtual smoker and save what it would cost me if I were a real smoker. At least that’s the plan. I have already started.
|Note the Guardian of the Tin!|
So there you go. Call it my lazy arse list of New Year’s Resolutions but it’s all about making it doable as far as I am concerned. Start small and work your way up.
Today’s post was brought to you with the emotion hope and a lot of good will plus the lovely Helen from The Busy Mama's blog.
Happy New Year to you all! Or Happy You’re Near as we say in our house!