Today marked the first day back to normality in our household. The decorations have been taken down, the tree disposed of and we have gone back to work. Having become accustomed to our 8 o’clock starts, 6 am was a bit if a shocker and it took well into the afternoon for my ‘back to work’ mood to subside. I did, however, spend some time reflecting on how lovely it was to spend some chilled out time with the family and very lovely it was too.
I have already broken the obligatory ‘healthy diet’ New Years resolution. However, I have decided to view this year’s resolutions as lifestyle changes, rather than hard and fast rules, which once broken, on one occasion are quickly discarded as a failure.
My top 5 resolutions for this year are as follows:
1) More quality time with the children
The run up to Christmas was extremely busy for us this year and we missed out on valuable time spent together as a result. I was stressed, irritable and lacking in patience, which impacted on the kids behaviour. I am planning to spend more time devoted to activities we enjoy doing together in 2014. I will not be prioritising decorating over time with family.
2) Stress less
I will be trying my very best not to sweat the small stuff and keep my stress levels in check. The aim is to take on no more than I feel I can reasonable manage and not to let things get to me. Hopefully points 1 & 3 will help me to achieve this!
3) Live healthily
This will undoubtedly take more will power than all the rest, but for me, I feel this is really important. Not eating healthily and indulging in a few too many glasses of wine is doing me no good. The only problem is, I happen to really enjoy cheese and wine. Must work on desire to eat carrots. I wish I were a rabbit and not a drunken mouse.
4) Tackle our finances
As usual, Christmas resulted in a great deal of credit card spending. I’m pretty fed up of this and it does nothing for our finances. The plan is to save for birthdays, holidays and Christmas and to come up with inventive ways to bring extra money into the house. Mmm… this one may take some thought and I’ll need to curb my desire to spend.
5) Read more
Over the Christmas break I had some time to read and remembered how enjoyable it is. I read Mhairi McFarlane’s ‘Here’s Looking At You’ and I thought it was great. I’ve got to be honest, I’m a big fan of an easy read. For me, reading is all about relaxing and taking a temporary break from reality and this is why I enjoy a funny romance more than any other novel. This book definitely ticks that box, it reminded me of David Nicholls’ One Day, only funnier. By the way, if you’ve watched the film One Day, but not read the book, you are really missing out. The film was a massive disappointment.
In my quest to take up a much loved hobby once again, I have ordered Mhairi McFarlane’s first novel You Had Me At Hello from Amazon and I cannot wait for it to arrive!
Ultimately my resolutions are geared towards becoming a happier, healthier me and to spending more quality time with family. Here’s to trying and good luck to you all with keeping up your New Year’s resolutions. Lets make 2014 a good un!