Happy New Year! It’s the start of a brand new year, and I’m among those who use the first day of the year to draw up some resolutions for the twelve months ahead. I didn’t do any New Year’s Resolutions last year, as I was still finishing off my 30 Before 30 challenge and that felt like quite enough to try to achieve for one year. I’m sharing these with you today in case you wanted any inspiration for your own, but also because if I write them down I’m more likely to stick to them!
1. Learn a new recipe each month
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of cooking the same thing week in, week out, so this year I’m going to expand my repertoire of weekly recipes by adding (at least) one new recipe into the mix each month. I will of course be sharing the recipes here on the blog!
2. Get my microlight rating
This is something I meant to do in 2016, but never got round to it. For the avoidance of doubt, I’m not talking about this kind of microlight but about the kind that’s like a very small light aircraft.
3. Set the alarm clock half an hour earlier
Our alarm clock has been set to 7.15am ever since I went freelance – though I must admit I usually press ‘Snooze’ several times before actually waking up. This year I’m going to set the alarm half an hour earlier, 6.45am, and make an effort to get up earlier. When we do early starts, we get so much more done, so it makes sense to try to make a habit of it.
4. Back to school
Over Christmas I won a competition run by the Idler Academy, and part of the prize is £200 of gift vouchers to put towards their online courses. So, I’m planning to take online courses on the history of London, Latin and one other thing that has yet to be decided. I’m constantly learning about new things for my job, but it’ll be lovely to be able to devote some time to studying things I’m interested in (and it’ll be interesting to see how much Latin I can remember from my youth!).
5. Get back into yoga
When I was employed full-time I used to do a weekly yoga class, which I really enjoyed. I’ve signed up for an online tutorial programme called the 30-day Yoga Challenge and I will go through the exercises each day at home. I’m hoping this will get me into a routine of doing some yoga every morning, as it has lots of benefits.
6. More cooking from scratch
I’ve already been doing this to an extent, but this year I will make even more of a concerted effort to cut down on processed foods (except chocolate and cheese!!) and make as much as I can from scratch – whether it’s cooking sauces for pasta or curry, soups, etc.
7. Fly a helicopter
Lee bought me a helicopter trial lesson for Christmas, which I’m immensely excited about. Obviously every kind of flying is awesome, but helicopters are a whole new level of awesome. So I’m looking forward to taking the controls of one for the first time and I shall be booking in for the lesson very soon. I’d love to get a helicopter licence, but they’re really expensive and I don’t want to plunder my savings account to quite that extent!
Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions this year?