I feel I need to jump on the band wagon with New Year's resolutions. I've not really made resolutions ever to be honest, not because I don't think they are a good idea (if they are realistic) but just because I haven't felt the need to. Now I'm getting older, I sound about 75, I realise how quickly a year actually goes and how much you can do to influence your life in such a short period of time. And as much as people say this a lot - you only live once and I plan to give this life a pretty good go.
I'm hoping that my resolutions are realistic and I can at least achieve one or two. My hubby quite rightly pointed out yesterday that people fail at resolutions as they try to cram them all into January and fail miserably by March - surely a New Year's resolution just means you need to have achieved what you set out to do by the 31st December that year? Anyway, these are my resolutions for 2013.
1. Take up Yoga - This is something I've wanted to do for some time, but always put it off probably due to laziness. But this year I'm going to actually find a class and go, and not moan and make excuses. I don't particularly want to become flexible and be able to get my leg over the top of my head - I just want to learn how to relax and empty my mind. My Buddhism book is also helping with this.
2. Start running again - I've been pretty lazy again, I stopped running regularly about 6 months ago and since have slowly decreased my exercise. I won't bore you with the details but running really helps my Asthma so it's pretty important. Again, this isn't cos I want to loose weight or become a 'new me' it's just something I used to enjoy and gave up for no real reason. I'm hoping to run the Manchester 10k again this year and have my Dad pestering me about the Great North Run - one step at a time I think!
3. Go with my gut - I have an awful habit of worrying and being painfully indecisive, purely cos I'm terrified of offending someone. I really want to just try saying 'no' more if I really don't agree with something/don't want to do something. I am getting better but I think a little more faith in my instinct is needed - I really don't want to get to 99 and think of all the things I wished I had/hadn't done.
4. Say 'Yes' more - I know this is kinda the opposite to what I just wrote but sometimes it's the best feeling ever when you do something out of your comfort zone. I feel very anxious when I don't feel prepared for an event or activity, but I really need to get out of this frame of mind especially in the profession I am in.
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Hope everyone has an amazing 2013 - but here's to 2012 you've been a good one.
Happy New Year!