New Year Resolutions

Boring January Skies

id you do the whole New Year resolutions this year? Course you did. “New Year, New You” is what they say.

Now nearly a month into the new year, how many of you are still keeping your resolutions? How many of you lasted a week? Don’t be ashamed. The reason why you didn’t last isn’t because you’re pathetic, but because it’s January.

January is unremittingly bleak; that 3.34pm-on-a-thursday feeling every sodding day. Also everyone is broke, feeling a bit tubby and pining for the days when it was normal to start the morning with a mug of Bailey’s and a handful of Quality Street. To explode into January 1st with crazy resolutions that are completely outside of your character just doesn’t make any sense.

It’d be like me swearing off inappropriate nail polish (BARRY M MINT GREEN 4 LIFE) or deciding to cut down on my Dreamgirls intake. Utter madness.

In my opinion January should be spent easing into the New Year. Stay in, make vegetarian chilli and spend the month planning stuff. So what if the highlight of my month was discovering Misfits series one on 4OD? I’ve booked tickets to see lots of fun things, written the first chapter of my novel (more on that later) and nearly finished planning my trip to NYC in the summer.

I’m definitely not against the concept of New Year resolutions – I just don’t think that January is the best time to start them. Which is why I’m starting my NWRs in February. Controversial, I know.

Here what they be:

1. Write 300 words daily of the aforementioned novel. Even if it is crap, it’s something. I’m not in any hurry, but hopefully I’ll have the first draft ready by autumn.

2. Cook one new thing a week. I don’t care if it makes me sound like a massive girly-girl, but I really enjoy cooking. I might not be that good at it (we no longer talk about the Cinnamon Roll Incident) but I enjoy it.

3. Take better care of myself. Just general body admin really – drink more water, try not to sleep in my make-up and limit my consumption of Sicilian Meatball sandwiches from Nani’s Cafe.

Wish me luck!

Flickr image from damo1977’s photostream


4 thoughts on “New Year Resolutions

  1. Ute@hungryinLondon says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. There is no month more miserable than January, why make it even worse with New Year’s resolutions! (particularly the one with drinking less just doesn’t work…)
    I wish you good luck indeed for your February resolutions, they seem very reasonable to me and looking forward to reading your novel :)

  2. Claire says:

    I’m doing OKAY on mine. A bit – but I’ve an had exciting city hop going on, which probably distracted me from all the crappyness. The cook one new thing a week thing is a good idea; I try to do that all the time :) Less so recently with said city hopping and sleeping at friends’. Classy January.

    • Alexandra Sheppard says:

      Nah, city-hopping is a great idea! I try to explore one new city a month. Today I’m going to Brighton for the first time and can’t wait :-)

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