81. Happy New Year…

Apologies for the radio silence. I wanted to get this post up much sooner but my new year started with bad, bad, internal organs. Next year I’m asking Santa for a new stomach and kidneys. Anyway…onwards and upwards?

So it’s 2011 already. Bloody hell. You mean it’s not still 1999? Well it’s that time again. We’ve all over-indulged over the holiday season. We’re feeling a little guilty, and we want to make sure that we get off to a good start. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all about fresh starts. And the new year does represent as good a time as any to make some changes that we think will be beneficial to us. Of course I have a list of resolutions as long as my arm like anyone else. But I also know that you can’t expect miracles overnight. If you have too many resolutions you won’t do any of them, and then you’ll just be disappointed with yourself.

Last year I resolved just one thing….to be happy again. It was a biggie, but against the odds I did it. If you want something enough it will happen. My aims for this year are not quite so broad but I’ve still split them into essentials and added bonuses.

To give me any chance of success I have given myself only 1 essential:

1. Go to the gym 150 times (I work better with precise targets, and if I put it up here the guilt factor will kick in. I have an online tracker of how many times I’ve clocked into the gym. At the end of 2011 it will be made public…). I know everyone chooses getting fit practically every year. But this year I really want it to happen. I don’t have my MA any more and so this can be my focus.

The it’d be nice if…

2. I volunteered. I want to give something back and give my life some structure now that I am MA-less.

3. Re-learn to play the clarinet. Damn my 14-year old self that thought this was un-cool. It’s so cool.

4. Learn to dance. Ballroom, urban dance? haha I don’t know yet, but I’ve never done any before and I’m up for a challenge.

5. WRITE MY NOVEL. If you ask if I have a compelling protagonist yet, I will kill you ;)
This year will be deemed a success if I manage just 1. Actually, what am I saying, it’s going to be a success whatever happens. I learned a lot in 2010. So I’m entering 2011 not with fear and trepidation, but with excitement and enthusiasm. I am not naive enough to think that it will all be plain sailing. There will be highs and lows, celebrations and commiserations. But I tell you one thing, It’s going to be one hell of an adventure.

‘We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.’ Edith Lovejoy Pierce