And here it is, my last post of the year. It’s been a wonderful 365 days full of ups and downs, as every year is, but I am looking forward to getting stuck into 2014 and seeing what delights it holds…
I wanted this last blog of 2013 to be about this year’s resolutions, to see if I’d kept them, and a brand new list for 2014.
So, here it goes!
1. Lose weight and get fit for derby.
Well, it’s safe to say I lost a bit of weight at the beginning of the year and put it on
(plus some more) in the latter half again, I blame that on taking a break from roller derby, due to my health problems and imminent foot operation. I need to get back into skating so badly and just being generally fitter again. This resolution will be the same for 2014 and will be my key focus. I know it’s a tad cliché but it’s achievable. Running again would also be an added bonus.
2. Do better at work at learn new roles.
This year, work has been a never-ending rollercoaster and one, I hope, that will continue. I went from managing social media accounts on two to four brands, both long and short-haul travel brands and then becoming a Content Executive. My new role is challenging and I’m loving every second of it – no matter how trying sometimes – long may it continue with more successes to come.
3. Be more sociable and go on adventures.
I made a real effort this year to be more sociable, despite learning that I suffer from social anxiety. It’s been really tough just to see myself as interesting enough for someone to want to converse with but finally, I’m making steps to making decent friends at work and in my personal life. I need to find more time to see my friends after work and at the weekends but that’ll be a goal for the new year. There haven’t been as many adventures (apart from with Green Ranger) but that’ll change.
4. Be less unwell and look after myself.
In 2013, I have been fairly unwell at times with various stomach bugs and my head pains but they have finally stopped for the moment. Here’s hoping they have disappeared like a few years ago! I did make steps to take vitamins and they do appear to be working so here’s to a healthier 2014!
5. Find new bands.
I’ve gone back to my roots this year with my music taste, touching on a lot of indie and metal bands that have really taken my fancy. From Scar the Martyr to Fryars and Chvrches to Lorde, then keeping around old favourites like Kings of Leon and Coldplay. I’m proud how diverse my taste is becoming but I’m hoping to catch a few more gigs in the new year, as well as a festival. Just not Glasto sadly…
6. Use my camera.
During the year, I’ve taken my camera to a few places including Brighton and the beautiful Richmond-Upon-Thames. It’s been fun to play around with a lot more and learn some new tips and tricks. Now I just need to get my last film developed!
7. Take time out to relax more.
Once upon a time, I used to be full on at weekends, always busying myself and generally irritating Green Ranger to get up and do things all the time but now I’ve begun to realise the value in a lazy Sunday afternoon spent reading, watching a good film or simply taking on personal projects. It makes me feel a little more refreshed come Monday morning, when I feel ready to take on the new week and achieve more than I used to. I swear it’s also helped with my health too, I’m genuinely feeling less stressed nowadays. Sunday mornings are slowly becoming my favourite time of the week… who’d have phunk it?
8. Save and go on an awesome holiday.
Lastly, travelling. I did a couple of little trips around the UK this year, most notably Cambridge but my main trip was to Berlin. It was splendid and everything I had hoped for. It wasn’t the big holiday that I had envisaged but it was enough, which saves my big holiday for 2014. Fingers crossed.
With 2013 covered off, bring on…
2. Go on more adventures and make time for friends outside of work.
3. Blog often and develop my writing.
4. Go on a big holiday with Green Ranger and little adventures with close friends.
5. Go to a festival, if only for a day, and more gigs.
6. Use my camera more when going out.
7. Learn what I need to become a Content/Social Media Manager.
8. Read at least a book a month.
9. Spend more time cooking and learn new, exciting recipes.
10. Only eat cake once a month – so make it count – and take my tea without sugar.
Have you made any resolutions yourself? Did you achieve all of last year’s?