New Year Goals

I seem to have missed making a resolution last year, but the year before I set myself one New Year’s Resolution, which was to actually do the things I put on my to do list. Two years later and that has become something that I do almost automatically.

This year, rather than set a resolution or try to start a new habit or drop an old one, I decided to set my major goals for the year. So here they are:

  1. Learn to drive – Not being able to drive is becoming a problem for me. It limits my ability to get about, it means a very long walk each day for the school run, and it leaves me stuck in the house a lot of the time. It also leaves my other half to get groceries and drive me places when he has other things he needs to be doing instead. It’s time to sort that out.
  2. Finish my course – I started a home study back in summer, and because of a series of overlapping problems and difficulties, I put off getting started. I have now made a decent start, I want to make sure that it is finished in good time.
  3. Apply for university – The home study course is a prerequisite for the degree I want to do, and I have promised myself that by the end of the year I will have at least submitted my application for the degree program.

It’s going to be a good year. Getting those things done will lead to great new things becoming available for me in my future, and I’m excited about where they may lead me. Read more

Winding down and making changes

After a wonderful summer holiday full of fun activities with friends and family, things are settling back down into their usual states and we’re getting back into our normal routines. It feels like a suitable time to turn over a new leaf and make some positive changes.

The main things I want to focus on for now are diet and exercise. I have done very little exercise over the summer, partly because I’ve been so busy, and partly because of a lack of motivation. I got out of the habit of doing yoga every day, and I want to get back into that, as well as doing something more aerobic. I also want to stop eating so much preprepared food (spicy bean burgers, I’m talking about you) and replace it with fresh fruit and salad. Read more

5 minute blitz

Ever had one of those days where you feel that no matter how hard you try, there is always more to do, so what’s the point trying? Sometimes stuff just piles up and gets on top of us and we feel that we have no chance to catch up. When your to do list is so long that you can’t face looking at it and you don’t know where to start, it can seem easier to just ignore it all and come back later.

In these situations, we all know that in order to get back on track we have to get up and do it, but finding the motivation to actually get up gets tougher the longer we leave it. We might tell ourselves that we’ve had a bad day, we deserve a break, we can get round to it later, or we’ll do it tomorrow when we feel more motivated. These are all just excuses we use to justify not doing it now, because we don’t feel like we can achieve anything. Read more

More washing machine trouble

My washing machine hasn’t been quite right since the repair. The spin cycle got so loud that I couldn’t watch tv or have a conversation in the next room with the door shut. I had just decided that I was going to call the repair people again, when the machine confirmed by decision by giving up on me again. This time, instead of exploding, it stopped mid wash and flashed all the lights.

The repair man is coming out tomorrow, which is much better than the week’s wait I had last time I called. Fingers crossed it’ll be something that’s easy to sort out this time. I miss my washing machine. Read more

Laundry blues

A few weeks ago I began having problems with my electricity. The switch kept tripping and we had no idea why. After a few times, the fuse in an extension cable in the kitchen blew. Our landlord is an electrician and we asked him to take a look. He thought our socket might be overloaded, so he rearranged some of our plugs so that they were more evenly spread.

The switch kept tripping and the fuse blew a few more times. We began to realise that it was always when the washing machine was on. The machine seemed to be working fine, so we tried running it without any other appliances on. Sometimes it was fine, but sometimes it tripped the switch or blew a fuse. Read more


I have done bits of yoga here and there for a few years now. I have a “game” for my DS that guides you through various yoga lessons and workouts, which enables me to learn yoga at my own pace in my own time. I’m not one for going to a regular class at a fixed time, especially as they only seem to run in the evenings. I have done the odd class and session here and there but haven’t seriously got into it until now.

I yesterday, I decided that I was going to do a 30 minute yoga session every morning and make a habit out of my yoga practice. I have done two daily sessions so far. I am already noticing a difference in how I feel. After doing yoga, I definitely feel more energised, and yet more relaxed at the same time. I feel calmer, happier, and more motivated. Read more

New Year’s Resolutions

This year, rather than setting out my usual vague list of goals for the year, I only have one resolution. Just one. And it’s going reasonably well a week into the year.

My resolution this year is simple, measurable, and most importantly, easily achievable in the short term as well as the long term. Good start, right?

My new year’s resolution is to actually do stuff that I put on my to do list.

People who know me well are used to me not getting on with stuff because I’m working on a new organising system, or I’m just making a list first, or I just don’t know where to start, or I’m planning on doing that after such and such a thing has happened at some vague, undefined time in the future. I say things like “yes it’s on my list” and “I’ll get round to it eventually”, and it never actually happens. Read more