Thursday, 3 January 2013

New Year's Resolutions

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I absolutely love making resolutions. I think I'm possibly a bit too obsessed with improving myself, and being in the middle of reading The Happiness Project - a book about a writer who spends a year trying to make herself happier - doesn't help, but each year I make about 20. My success in keeping them has been middling.

The best resolutions have been the ones that have been habit forming - two years ago I gave up drinking sugar in my coffee and haven't had a grain since, and the worst have been over ambitious - last year I said I would do a new thing every week. That stopped about three weeks into January!

This year my resolutions are hopefully both habit forming and realistic:

1. To go running twice a week before work. I just don't have a running routine and I find it hard to fit it in in the weekends and evenings, so I think before work is the only way I'm actually going to make exercise a habit rather than something I do occaisionally.

2. See something cultural once a month. How is it I live in the capital city and hardly ever actually see the exhibitions and shows I promise myself I will?

3. Read on the way to work. Since Virgin Media put wifi on the tube I spend all my commute looking at my phone screen, and in 2012 I feel like I read hardly any books. From now on I'm going to make sure I have a book with me (helped by the fact you now have to pay for said wifi!) and read instead.

What are your resolutions?

25 comments:

xStroutx said...

These are good resolutions! The best ones are definitely the achievable ones...

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

Nice resolutions- I need to see more cultural things too- some exhibitions are free or not too expensive so there's really no reason not to! xx

Katie said...

I've shared the link to that book with my friend just. I really fancy reading it. I feel like I'm wasting the best part of my years being 21 and not having a direction after my degree.

One of my resolutions is to start an etsy or another similar project, to get my work out there and to take risks

Cheers for this post :)

Kb said...

A agree with the wifi sentiment, I find it so hard to get into a book with all the social media distractions. Will you let us know your book recommendations? I don't even know where to start! The last book I read was that notorious one...

Hazzelnut said...

They are definitely good resolutions. I'm terrible at making them. I never hold on to them.
But this year I'm going to keep up my healthy eating and go for walks every day after work. Fingers crossed I can stick to them

daisychain said...

I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for you Harriet x

Mat said...

they're all pretty good ones, we could all run and read more. not both at once mind. i'm going to try run more and hopefully enjoy it. currently i hate it. cycling has been good though. i haven't got any resolutions other than to hopefully get a business off the ground

Katie Frank said...

Your resolutions are awesome and I keep fingers crossed for you<3
Happy new year beauty <3
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PinkBow said...

Mine is to read more too. Happy new year Harriet.

Et tu, tutu? said...

Those are great resolutions!

-Lindsey

Sherin said...

Happy New Year. Good luck with the resolutions.
I refused to register with underground wifi so it's the perfect time for me to read.

LilyLipstick said...

Great resolutions - I love how they are positive ones! Mine are to save more money, improve my 10k running time and (sadly a negative one) not to eat chocolate! x

Tass said...

I don't have set resolutions but I would definitely like to read more books this year. I didn't realise there was WiFi on the tube! I usually check my twitter before I go underground then it's Kindle time. The only time I really get to read is the 20 mins to and from work xx

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

Great resolutions and definitely achievable! I need to get back into the habit of running regularly, haven't been out since November! *hands head in shame*

Winnie said...

I never usually do resolutions but I think you're right, breaking habits are the best ones. I'm going to try and save more, spend wiser and do more fun things! happy new year Harriet!

Kate said...

Happy New Year! I so wish I could run before work (as it's probably the only time I'd get it done too) but when you're in work at 6:45, it means I'd have to be awake probably about 2hrs before. Nooonooonononono. It disappoints me slightly but it just means I'll have to kick myself up the arse to do it after work, that's all. And I say this every year, but I've love to learn another language - even just to small conversational level. I'm trying Polish, and perhaps Spanish too.

Maria Fallon said...

I plan on going to more museums and art galleries this year, such a good day out! I also plan to meet up with more bloggers, I always have so much fun, hopefully I will see you soon? :)

Maria xxxx

My Hideaway said...

Exercise is definitely on my list too! I used to (at least) walk quite a bit even when I didn't have a proper exercise routine, but now I hardly do that since we moved farther out of the city and bought a car. I feel so lazy and tired. I'm not a gym type person so not sure what I'll do but definitely need to do something. Good luck with your resolutions!

Style Eyes said...

Some great resolutions, I definitely want to do more cultural stuff although the main resolution that I made for this year was to buy less and use use plastic bags (pretty boring, I know!)

Alice said...

I think resolutions are a great motivator, and these are all very achievable. One of mine is to read more often too xxx

Kati said...

I'm sure you'll exceed in keeping your resolutions!
-Kati

Hazel said...

I wasn't going to make any resolutions this year but I keep reading other people's and thinking 'that's a great idea'. I like your cultural one...
Hope 2013 is a fabulous year for you x

Helen said...

I made a list on my phone of things I want to do this year locally, like certain restaurants I want to try and touristy things I want to do like take the ferry across the mersey. I'm hoping that when I have a free weekend with no plans it will give me something to do! Running before work is a good resolution - I would if I didn't have to leave the house so early and hate the dark. Plus I feel safer running in the dark in the evening with more people around. Maybe when it gets lighter! (soon, please)

Did I eat that? said...

I love making resolutions too, and mine are pretty much identical to yours...I fit them all under the umbrella of 'nourishing my body and mind', then they branch of into the specifics of when/where to run. I'm thinking of doing a half marathon this year, but haven't committed yet!

Georgia X

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Kimberlee said...

Great resolutions! I agree that if you get overly ambitious you set yourself up for failure. I like the idea of changing habits. Congrats on the no sugar! I definitely need to squeeze in reading more because I miss it. I haven't read as much as I've wanted to lately and starting grad school at the end of the month, most of my time will go to reading for classes :/