Thursday, 31 December 2015

A year of failure

Wendy* has had an astonishing record in keeping her last lot of new year resolutions, and I really admire her. I, however, have not. Here are/were some of mine:

1. Finish the novel. No. Well, not quite.
2. Take at least two books to Oxfam every week.  No.
3. Ditto unwanted clothes. No.
4. Drink less. Actually, yes. We've been better this year, but I suspect only because we haven't felt so tempted. Not sure why.
5. Be tidier. No, though I did turn out one drawer. This wasn't nearly as rewarding as I'd hoped, and I can still no longer remember what's  in it (sticking plaster? Batteries? String?).
6. Write a to-do list in my diary each week, and stick to it. No and no ( which probably accounts for the failures above).
7. Not fall of the horse. No.
8. Blog less. Yes, I think...Well, a bit less.

Oh dear. This isn't looking good. But tonight, we are having our own little party, and we are going to make Resolutions. Both of us. And stick to them.

Watch this space (unless I resolve to do give up blogging altogether, which is a possibility).

Happy new year!

http://wendyswritingnow.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/my-goals-of-2015-did-i-succeed.html

22 comments:

  1. As you can see from my end of year blog post, I just list the things I did and keep the rest on my to do list which makes me feel smug! Happy new year.

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    1. And to you too, L. I'll check out your blog now!

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  2. Happy New Year.......Forget resolutions they are a complete waste of time.

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    1. You're probably right, Adrian, but they do help me to think, even if I never actually make any changes...

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  3. Happy New Year, Frances. Your list makes me feel lots better about all the tidying and book-sorting I have failed to do. I don't really make resolutions, just harbour vague hopes of being more organised. This year will turn out just the same!

    Wishing you and all your lovely family a very happy, healthy and productive New Year. xxx

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    1. Thank you, Joanna, and the same good wishes to you. I'm glad I've made someone feel better!

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  4. I gave up making resolutions because \I couldn't stand the disappointment of failure every year. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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    1. Colette, I'm not really disappointed, as my expectations of myself are very low.Have a happy and healthy new year.

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  5. Oh, please don't do that Frances, not as I have just managed to get another blog going. Blogger wouldn't let me in but you can find me trying to get to grips with Wordpress at www.outofyorkshireblog.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm glad you've got going again, Maggie, as you're a great partaker of the blogosphere. Good luck with it.

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    2. Thank you Frances. I'd love to see you over there if you can find your way. I'm still learning.

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  6. I can only second Maggie in that, Frances - please do not give up blogging for good!
    My very easy approach to New Year's Resolutions is not to make any. I do have plans, wishes and ideas, of course, but none of it is a resolution.

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    1. Meike, I wish I were as sensible as you, but maybe that's another resolution...

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  7. Now that it pretty much why I don't do New Year resolutions... And if I do, I take care not to write them down, so that I can happily forget about them in the course of the year! ;)

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    1. Good idea, DT. but I still like doing the resolutions thing, though I've no idea why. It's certainly humbling!

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  8. It's the taking part which is important ... or something like that.

    I hope 2016 is a good year for you regardless of whether or not you keep all your resolutions.

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    1. Thank you, Patsy. You have a good 2016, too.

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  9. Ha ha - I've only just caught up with your post! Thanks for the link to my blog, Frances! Of course, unlike yours, my goals were all writing related so if I'd included: keep the house cleaner, sort out my clothes, bath the dog more, actually get round to having the first dinner party in about twenty years - 2015 would have been an epic fail :)

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    1. Oh good! That makes me feel a whole lot better, Wendy.

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  10. Happy New Year to you and yours, Frances. Your list is probably one of the most realistic! I haven't made any goals/resolutions this year as I never keep to them.

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    1. I'm startign mine tomorrow, Rosemary (Monday). At least, that's the plan...Happy new year to you, too.

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  11. I don't make resolutions at New Year as you know from my post. That way at least I'm never in the frustrating situation of not keeping them.

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