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5 resolutions for the new (school) year: Revisited
It’s that time of year again. Hard to believe a whole (school) year has passed and here I am again pondering what I want to achieve in the coming 12 months. If you read my 5 resolutions for the new (school) year this time last year you will be aware of a few goals I had.
Below is a quick update on how I did (or didn’t!) do:
1. Less screen time
I think I did okay. I am certainly more conscious of checking my phone constantly so I now prefer to just take some time and sit down at the laptop if I want to do anything blog/online related. I have deleted my main e-mail from my phone so I can’t keep constantly checking it. I probably need to delete a few more apps to take it a step further (Facebook I’m looking at you!).
2. Less alcohol
This one was hard as I do love my glass of wine. I will admit to this being up and down. There were some nights I didn’t drink at all (where previously I would have) but having spent last month having a few drinks practically every day of the month due to holidays it is hard to say I drank less this past year. If this was a report card it would definitely say “Must try harder”.
3. More me time
I certainly tried my best to get some time for me. I did have a few nights out and tried to take care of myself more; particularly my nails. For whatever reason if my nails look good I feel so much better. As a beautician once told me, if your nails are done you are half-dressed. I’ll definitely keep striving for a bit more me time and looking after myself more.
4. Lose weight
Where do I start. I made a real effort to cut back on bad food and try to eat more healthily but my weight has been up and down all year. Having arrived back from this years holiday in Tenerife at my heaviest ever (bar pregnancy) this goal is very much at the forefront of my mind. I feel as though I undid any good work from earlier in the year and I really indulged during this years school holidays; coupled with lack of walking the school run the pounds piled on. Right back to where I was this time last year. So total fail. Thankfully a couple of weeks back to school and some of those summer time pounds are falling right off again but this yo-yo approach is not good and I don’t want to let that happen again. When it’s gone it has to be gone, for good.
5. Project completion
My aim was to not only start projects but actually finish them. Particularly in relation to de-cluttering and re-organising my house. Generally become more productive. I hope I am much better than before. I haven’t finished all the things I wanted to do but I feel as though I made some progress in being realistic about what I can achieve and therefore avoiding starting anything that can’t be done. I may have taken it too far and not started stuff I really should have but I will work on that. There are certainly lots more things to do over the coming number of months.
So where to from here? I really do want to work harder at these 5 resolutions. Do I want to add any more? Honestly no. There is no point adding to them right now when I haven’t fully achieved the 5 on the table.
I’ll keep on plugging for another year!
I hope your new school year has kicked off well and you have a fabulous year ahead. Who can believe it is October already!