I love setting myself resolutions at the start of the year. I don’t always hit them, but I enjoy giving myself a goal and having something to aim for.
Recapping on this year’s resolutions:
- Run a sub 2hour half marathon: that’ll be a big fat no. I only ran one half marathon this year and from memory I did it in about 2:15-2:20. In 2013 I came so close with 2:00:58, so I think this will always be something on my wish list!
- Read at least 1 book a month: YES! I read 5 in just one week on holiday earlier this year and I now have a 3hour daily commute so I easily get through a book every couple of weeks. This is something I’d definitely like to keep up.
- Buy my dream YSL purse: YES! On my birthday in May I went into the YSL store on Bond Street in London ready to make the purchase…sod’s law they didn’t have the navy colour I wanted in stock. In fact nowhere in Europe did. Fast forward to early November and during a trip to New York I found a store on Fifth Ave, walked straight up to the assistant (who had ‘Fuck You’ tattooed on his eyelids!) and declared that I was after a particular purse and could he help…off he went out the back to have a rummage and sure enough he came back with the exact one I was after. I had to pay more than I would in the UK for it, but I was so happy to find the colour I wanted I didn’t care. It was an extravagant purchase, but totally worth it. I tell myself that (hopefully) one day I’ll have a mortgage to cover and children to pay for so I should treat myself now whilst I can!
- Grow my hair: hmm, the jury is out on this. I think my hair is possibly shorter, if anything, however it’s definitely longer at the front (I had an awful short at the front, long at the back style mullet) so it now feels thicker all round. Like 90% of girls with shorter hair I’m craving a Sienna Miller-esque bob but ironically I need to grow the front a bit more in order to get the rest all cut off.
- See my family more: YES! During the early part of the year I certainly made more effort and moving further out of London in April meant I had access to a car and was only an hour from home. By September things all changed and I’m now living back with my folks (temporarily whilst I save for a flat) so that resolution has a massive tick next to it, even if it wasn’t in the way I intended. I feel good being nearer family. The last time I lived in Essex I was 18 and desperate to move out of home, but for now although I struggle with not feeling as independent I know the end of goal of buying my own next year means this set up is perfect for now.
Which brings me nicely onto next year’s resolutions. I may not hit all of them, but I’ll certainly be trying my best. Number 6 isn’t as easy to measure, but I think it’s good to bear in mind when I get to this same point next year and how I want to feel.
- Complete Toughest obstacle race as part of team FemPower
- Complete Berlin Marathon in sub 4:30 (my PB is 04:42:39)
- Get on the property ladder
- Appear in a Craig David video
- Learn to park a car properly (practise, practise, practise)
- Realise that my self-worth is not measured by what the scales say and the size of my bingo wings – I am enough!
Do you set resolutions? What are yours? I’d love to hear!