new year's resolutions

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Resolution ~ noun

1. a firm decision to do or not do something.

2. the quality of being determined or resolute.

Do you do resolutions? I had no idea the dictionary definition of the word was so, um, fierce. I see now why some people are so petrified of the bloody things.

Are you a planner, a plotter, a super month by month organisational swotter? Are you frigging determined enough to get some shit done this year?

I am. I always have been. When I was younger they revolved around losing weight, getting fit, being neater, stopping smoking/drinking/eating, being cuter, better, more popular. Gah. I was a stupid young woman, I really was. Its so much easier being a seasoned lady of the world (aka old) who doesn't give a peanut about such things.

I am super geeky about my resolutions though, I think about them a lot, I write them out and set deadlines, then I refer back to the them during the course of the year to make sure I succeed, I am living the dictionary definition to the max. I don't always get everything done, this year my resolutions were four pages long so that's no great surprise, but I don't beat myself up about it. I figure if I get at least fifty percent done (secretly I want more like seventy five percent), I will be well chuffed with myself. Hence I am currently frantically knitting my first ever jumper because I decided last year that I would have one done by the end of 2014!

Resolutions, or at least the term, have become somewhat passé in recent times. I'm not sure why because they are powerful things and they really work. I've quit jobs because of being resolute, I had Betsy because I decided that I bloody well would. If you want something, write that shit down, make it happen.

Here are my top tips for making your resolutions work for you.

1. Be realistic. Make them resolutions achievable because the smug joy of striking a line through each one as the year goes past is the best bit.

2. Write them down. Writing them down makes them real. Keep the written document in your diary or journal and look at it often, remind yourself what it is you wanted for the year because it's too easy to forget.

3. Make them personal. By this I mean just do what you want to do not what you think someone else wants you to do. Your resolutions should be all about you and what will make you happy.

4. Split them up into sections. I sub-section my resolutions! Yes I do. It makes it easier to know where I want to go in each area of my life (super geeky)! I have; work, health, family and soul.

5. Enjoy the process. Have fun making them, write them down by candlelight with a glass of wine, set mini-goals for the big resolutions or monthly updates and just feel good about the whole thing. Life is for living and experiencing different things and setting your resolutions can only make you live life to the fullest and by heck loves you deserve it.

 Happy New Year Resolutions.

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