Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Years Resolutions

Last year I made three resolutions - to go running twice a week before work, to see something cultural once a month, and to read on the way to work. Lets start with the successful resolutions - to see something cultural every month.

In January I went with Reda to see the nominees for the TS Elliot prize for poetry perform extracts from their nominated collections. This was very much a 'nearly didn't happen' occasion as it was so cold that day we were so tempted to just stay inside Reda's warm house and never leave. But we forced ourselves to wrap up and head down to the Royal Festival Hall and it was so worth it! This really kick started me into trying new things and visiting new places which I managed to keep up for the rest of the year.

In February Reda and I went to Columbia Road flower market for the first time, and in March James and I managed two excursions for our birthday - to see The Woman in Black at the theatre, and to see the amazing Horrible Histories, which James' friend Ash was starring in.

In April I went to Paris with Reda which was one long cultural extravaganza all week, and in May James and I went with my parents to see the Manet exhibition at the Royal Academy. In June Reda and I went to Bafta to see Joss Whedon speak (major thanks to Reda for scoring us the tickets on twitter!) and in July I used my Christmas present from my sister - a voucher for a cheese tasting trip to Leadenhall market.

August was the month we bought our house and the only month I didn't make it on a cultural excursion, but we were back in September with a trip to the open buildings weekend where we climbed Tower 42. In October we went to the BFI on Southbank, where our friends got engaged (via the medium of a singing proposal!) and in November Reda and I finally made it on our long promised trip to the Harry Potter studio tour. Finally in December a bit of a cop out but James and I went to the cinema to see the Hobbit - a proper Christmas tradition now!

As for my other resolutions, well they haven't fared so well. The running was going quite well until an injury over the summer pretty much halted that. I will definitely be back in the game next year, although I think  frequency of twice a week might be a bit ambitious for me. Reading on the tube just never happened. I think I carry so much stuff around that the thought of adding a book into my overflowing bag as well is just too much.

This year I hope to continue with my monthly cultural excursions, and as I think once a month is a good frequency for me to actually keep something up - to cook something new every month. I'm also planning on getting back into a blogging and commenting routine in the new year as things have been so all over the place recently, but I really miss it!

What are your resolutions this year?


Seph said...

Looks like you got a fair few excursions in this year- Columbia Road flower market looks gorgeous! This year I'm hoping to run a marathon, and similar to you, cook with a new ingredient each month. Here's to a productive 2014!

Matthew Pike said...

how about a nice early morning run on new year's day? haha that would be a tough one.

I'm glad things have gone well on the cultural front, I'd love to step this side up myself. My fitness has been decent this year, I'll just like to build on that.

Buckets & Spades

Kimberlee said...

Great resolutions! Looks like you had a fabulous year :) I definitely want to travel more but being in school, it is hard :/

Anonymous said...

I really like the cultural excursions resolutions - once a month is doable, especially when you live in/near London. One of my intentions this year is to try cooking a different type of food each month (not every day though!) this month it's Thai :)

HazelxJoy said...

I like the idea of an outing each month. I'm going to pinch this for 2014 thank you, please.
I started running last year too but was halted by sheer laziness, must try harder!
Here's to a fab 2014 :)

Lily Lipstick said...

I like the "once a month" idea - definitely makes it more attainable. I ran a lot over the summer but the dark mornings have meant that I've not much lately - as soon as the weather starts getting better I'll definitely be back out there! x

Winnie said...

Good luck with this years resolutions Harriet. There are a couple on my list including finally learning to drive. i've just never needed to before - but I definitely need to tick that off my list! I should start doing more exercise too actually...

Penny said...

Happy new year Harriet! I liked reading your recap post about last year's resolutions. I always enjoy setting the new year's ones and see how I do throughout the year.

Maria Fallon said...

I definitely need to do more cultural stuff! This year I plan to run a 5k and be more sociable!

Maria xxx

Dizzy Tea said...

I am definitely making a list for this year, I just enjoy reading other people's resolutions too much. Good luck with yours, they sound great to me. And once-a-month cultural visit sound great, I may do that myself as well.

char said...

I like the idea of exploring more of the local area, doing more cultural things. I don't think I'll manage one a month, but I feel as though there are so many places nearby which I just don't enjoy as much as I should.