I’ve never been one to set resolutions in the New Year. They’re usually just faint ideas in the back of my mind without any commitments. It’s probably a self preservation sort of thing so I don’t have to feel whatever you’re meant to feel when you fall short. The gym attendance sizzled out, diets haven’t lasted (although I am more aware so not all lost!), and procrastination is still a bad best friend…
Whilst the New Year is a good measuring point for the duration of a task you set yourself – because let’s face it, it is a task that you’ve just put off forever and in the midst of societal pressures, you suddenly feel a slight sense of optimism of being able to actually achieve – why should it be limited to the New Year? I never quite understood that… Nevertheless, I’d like to take this time to reflect on my achievements thus far and consider in which direction I’d like to go forward. As depressing as this may seem, I am now acutely aware that I haven’t got much to show for my twenties, and I’d like to change that for my thirties (even if two years have nearly passed already…!). With the start of my blog, I will actually be able to not only document my progress, but have you as witnesses…! So I’m counting on you to keep me in line! (no pressure!!!)
- Resolution #1: Complete the Stephen Covey’s workbook exercises to effect personal change. Over the years, I’ve tried again and again to become a better version of me, in whatever guise. I’ve bought A LOT of self-help books and promoted the especially convincing ones to friends and family… usually met with the same reaction: a nod, an unsure smile, and roll of the eyes behind my back. (You know who you are). I understood what the Jehova’s Witness folks must feel like… In the mix of books was one given to me by my mum a few years ago that I’d finally like to take advantage of. She gifted me with a the workbook companion to Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” – excellent reviews, like all the others, and has been around for years and years. I’ve been meaning to look into this for a while now whilst it collected dust on my bedside table and I think this shall be the year that I work my way through in effecting personal change: be it more content, productive, successful, healthy, or all of the above.
- Resolution #2: Zing Mama: Regular updates, a clear structure, create a personality and community feel where people are comfortable to share. I’d started a blog back in 2012 when Dragon was first born, but half was private to share with family and the other half existed because of my unawareness of Pinterest’s existence. Oh how things have changed in 2.5 years! Self-confessed Pinterest addict and the death of a blog… However, that’s not to say I can’t get back on the saddle. I’d like to keep this going as it is important to me; I’d like to breathe some life into his blog. My personality. Put something out there that hopefully you’ll think is worth reading. Or debating. Or just considering and trying. I’m aware that ‘regular’ is very ambiguous but I also didn’t want to fall into the trap of committing a post a week and then disappointing you, and myself. So whilst weekly or more frequent updates is what I’ll aim for, it’s best to write when there’s something worth writing about.
Whilst there are some other standard resolutions that come to mind – healthy family, empowering my toddler with activities, weight loss & exercise, happy home, etc. – these are aspects that fall into the reason why I started this blog in the first place and are actually wrapped up in Resolution #2. So this brings me back to my original point: Resolutions should be inspired and this may strike at any time! This post is, therefore, a work in progress. These resolutions are a work in progress.
Perhaps you’d like to share some of your resolutions, present or past (or future?), below. I’d love to hear from you.