New Year Resolutions 9 & 10

At the beginning of each year many of us think this will be the year we make changes and get more out off life and become happy. In reality, not much changes and by the end of the year we feel bad for not having achieved anything that feels worthwhile.

Apparently the top 10 New Year resolutions are ;

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized
  4. Learn a new skill or hobby 
  5. Live life to the fullest
  6. Save more money / spend less money
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

I would like to do most these too, except for losing weight and quitting smoking, they are all big things, but we believe that they will make us more happy. Many people will have already given up, or like me won’t even have started yet as life gets in the way and most of the things we want are too vague and we feel overwhelmed by it or just realise it is not realistic. Then of course we get annoyed and feel like we have failed.

I have decided to write a post about each resolution, I would love to say I will do one a day, but know that is far beyond me, one a week would take us to the end of March!! So will just have to see how it goes and how much I ramble on or get distracted by other things, I am way behind even the once a week schedule, so much for resolutions! Well it’s now mid April and here I am still talking about New Year, is it me that’s slow or the year that is fast!!

The final ones on the list are Travel more and read more. In short yes I would love to do more of both, but it in reality they are hard work. Travelling is a nightmare and takes a lot of planning. We don’t have a very good track record with holidays as it is a lot of work for my husband and he usually ends up ill. There are so many places we would like to visit and things we want to do, but can’t work out an easy way to do them, so dreams they will have to remain.

I love reading, but struggle to retain what I am reading. It’s difficult to read sat up so I usually only read in bed. Again I have so many books and so many things I would love to read about, but in reality they just pile up too. I spend far too much time browsing the internet, scrolling through Facebook or the news, mainly because they take a lot less effort, but they are also a waste of time and depressing.

As usual by this time of year I have realised that making plans or trying to do more is not going to work and I am overwhelmed by the stuff I have to do, I have a to do list as long as my arm and that’s only to keep up with what I need to get done. It’s good to have plans , but they have to be realistic. I am unable to create extra time or energy or improve my health or the health of others so we have to accept what we can do and make the most of it rather than trying to push all the time and being disappointed and frustrated with our limitations.

Do you make resolutions? Do you stick to them? What do you dream of doing?

Are resolutions a good idea or should we just keep life simple and be content with what we have and do?

I have just been summoned for my PIP face to face assessment for the review, it’s nearly a year since I submitted the forms and now they have decided they need to see me. Of course this is mega stressful so my current resolution is not to get stressed about it and just accept what it is, but even typing this my heart is pounding., so I am not sure how calm I will manage to be.

I feel bad that this post is rather rushed and doesn’t really say much, but I also know that I otherwise would not have got it done and can’t drag out new year into May. The days weeks and years pass so fast, my daughter is about to sit her GCSE’s and leave school, to me it’s only a short time since she started school and not that long since I was her age myself. Where does the time go?

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