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For the last week or so, I’ve been reading the blogs and tweets and Facebook statuses of people talking about New Year’s resolutions. For every one person that is making them, there seem to be five who are berating them for it and saying that they are a waste of time.
Each to their own, of course, but I like my list of things I want to do in the New Year. I don’t really look on them as New Year’s resolutions, as such, but I guess they are. They are things I resolve to do as the year progresses, so I think it’s probably inaccurate to say I don’t make New Year’s resolutions!
If you’re a relatively new reader of Is That You Darling, you may wonder why I choose to make a yearly list of things to achieve from November to November (my 32 Before 32 list), and a list of things to achieve from January to December (this list). It’s mostly because I’m a compulsive list-maker, but also because I like to keep the two things separate. I don’t want to pack my birthday list with these things, as they are mostly things that I try to do every year. So without further ado, here they are (again):
- Go to a music concert/gig: Last year I went to see two big live gigs (Status Quo and Bon Jovi), as well as some live music at my local pub, so I ticked this one off for the second year in a row. I’m pretty confident it’ll be crossed off again in 2014
- Go to the theatre: No theatre for me last year, sadly. In 2014 I am going to see Derren Brown, and it’s in a theatre, so it’s totally going to count.
- Go to a comedy gig: No comedy for me last year either. I keep it on the list every year, but I don’t have much confidence that it will actually happen!
- Go to a theme park: I didn’t get to a theme park in 2013, mainly due to lack of funds. I would like to say that this will hopefully change in 2014, but we’ll see
- Go to a stately home: This is one that I am determined to achieve this year. I am going to wait for one of those National Trust weekends, and hopefully go somewhere for free!
- Read 75 Books: I recently posted about the 75 books I read in 2013 (you can read the post here), and I confirmed that my target will remain at 75 for 2014. It’s totally doable, as long as I don’t go for long periods where I dip into five or six different books without actually finishing any of them. I just got a Kindle Fire too, so I’m looking forward to loading it up with some books!
- See 52 New Films: A film a week is easily done, especially as I have my 32 Before 32 challenge of watching twelve comedies running alongside it.
These are my seven main goals that remain the same year-on-year. They make up the things that I want to try and make sure I do each and every year, because they are all things that I love. But there are a few additional things that I want to add to my list this year, in the hope that I will be spurred on to achieve them.
- Take more photographs: This is an on-going life goal, and one I make in lieu of pressurising myself with a photo-a-day project. I would love to take a photo a day, but if I set out with that in mind, I’ll fail! This year I’m going to try and do as many of Fat Mum Slim’s photo challenges as I can; she launches a new list of prompts each month, and I join in sporadically on Instagram. I’m taking it one month at a time, but I’m hopeful!
- Blog more: I already blog a lot, but I definitely want to get more organised in terms of when I blog. I need to schedule more posts, and I want to go back to having specific days for certain posts. I have a few irons in the fire in terms of new series, and I’m excited to get writing!
- Spread the blog love: I am starting the year with the best of intentions; to comment on as many blog posts as I can. It’s not always the easiest thing in the world to do, as I read most blog posts on my phone, and I can’t always comment. But when I can’t comment, I’m going to try and tweet the blogger with my thoughts.
- Declutter: I need to have a massive sort out of all my belongings. I own too much stuff, and most of it is unnecessary.
- Keep a diary: This is another on-going life goal; I have so many diaries that I have written in throughout the years and I never keep up with them. I’ll be trying again in 2014.
So there you have it, my goals for 2014. I’m so pleased it is 2014, fourteen is a much nicer number than thirteen.