I am so happy and excited that it's 2014! I'm looking forward to having a fantastic year. I love even numbers and am always more comfortable in a year that ends with an even number instead of an odd one. Weird I know, I blame this predeliction on my mother who passed it along to me.
I have to check back on my last year's resolutions, although I don't think I actually made any. We were in London enjoying a wonderful NYE and I was too busy sipping champagne to think about any dreary self-improvement projects.
However, I do have a few for 2014. I'm already pretty conscientious about what I eat and keeping physically fit is part of my everyday life, so most of this year's resolutions are at the easier end of the scale. Some of them will be very easy to keep and not at all character-building (so that's kind of cheating, in a way) and others a bit more difficult, but I'm going to give it a go...
1. Keep a daily journal.
I've already broken this one, as I did not write in it yesterday but I am determined to write in it more often than not. I bought one of those gorgeous Smythson 5 year diaries and the pages are set up so that you see the entries for a particular date - January 14th for example - all on the same page for five years. It should be fun to see whether or not things change from year to year on a particular date or if I really am a creature of habit.
2. Tackle some house project on weeknights.
We moved in 8 months ago and I still have pictures on the floor of our bedroom!
I'm really bad about this; after dinner, I usually waste an hour or so on my ipad or watching a show instead of doing something more creative and constructive such as working on a blog post, hanging up some more pictures or trying a new recipe. I also have a long list of small, mundane mini-projects, ie. cleaning out the bottom drawer of my bedside table, which I have yet to do. These tasks only take a few minutes but for some reason I am not motivated to do them in the evening. I do know one trick that works for that problem though - you set a timer for 10 minutes and tackle a task until the buzzer goes off. Works for me.
3. Beauty / skin care resolution.
This year I will be more conscientious about looking after my cuticles. I spend a small fortune on a gel manicure every 3 weeks and can't be bothered to put cuticlel oil on in between. In fact, I'm going to put some on as soon as I finish typing this post!
4. Start building an everyday fine jewellery wardrobe.
Another super easy resolution to keep that should give me lots of pleasure as well ( the best kind of resolution!) Other than my wedding rings and a couple of pieces Mr. Bubbly has given me, most of my everyday jewellery is of the costume variety. Some of them are fab pieces but I am now starting to appreciate having simply designed, beautiful pieces such as diamond studs, a gold bangle and a diamond pendant. I must be getting old...
Happy New Year & Cheers, Everyone!
I hope 2014 is your best one yet!