New Year’s Resolutions – A month on

  1. Drink water everyday
  2. Cut down on Coca-cola
  3. Eat fruit and veg everyday
  4. Write a journal
  5. Be more positive
  6. Keep writing my blog
  7. Monitor and keep a healthy weight
  8. Love myself more

On Sunday, it was the end of the month so I took some time in my journal to review my new year’s resolutions and see how well I had progressed.

Firstly, there have been a couple of things I have failed on. I set myself the ambitious task of going cold-turkey on drinking Coca-cola. Coco-cola is my regular source of caffeine and sugar. Although I eat sugary foods like chocolate and donuts, I do not eat these everyday, so Coca-cola is the major source for these addictive substances. It was also my major drink, so I would drink quite a lot of it. I lasted seven days, which was good going considering I had practically shut off my sources of sugar and caffeine. It wasn’t a completely pleasant experience, so I caved after seven days.

Whilst I also initially attempted to drink more water and fruit and veg, as I went back to research and began to make regular trips to and from Leicester, and left home. I also slipped into my familiar habits, drinking more coca-cola to avoid the nasty side effects of cutting down, snacking on crisps rather than fruit and vegetables and not drinking water. These were my major failures.

Although I did manage to write a journal everyday where were a couple of occasions where I didn’t drink everyday. I think the longest I went was six days. This annoyed me and meant I quickly wrote them up if I wanted to write something about today. I think I need to spend a little more time jotting things throughout the day or when I have some spare time. A major bummer is that I found it difficult to write on a train because of the movement – this is a shame because I think using my commuting time would have been an excellent opportunity to take stock of the day. In contrast my blog writing is going from strength to strength and this weekend I have done some big changes, which include organisation and a new way to organise some posts.

On Monday I received some bad news. But in addition I also I received some bad news which caused me to worry on Friday. I immediately became quite stressed and felt like crying, a usual reaction when it begins to get a bit too much for me. I also began to have some thoughts I get when I am depressed. I hide in my room and avoided doing anything, especially making and eating dinner (even though I hadn’t eaten all day). I decided to challenge my behaviour and decided that it isn’t worth worrying about what ifs when they have not happened yet. So I got up and made dinner.

The following day, I still could feel depression tendencies, I didn’t want to get out of bed, eventually after 5 hours of my cat demanding attention, love and milk (she had already been fed) I got up. I still felt like sulking and feeling sorry for myself. My blog needed some organisation to it, so I did that for a couple of hours, but I still felt like I was in the beginnings of a depressive episode, so I stayed in my Pjs, made something to eat and vegged out on the sofa. But I after three hours of watching TV I felt disgusting. My Pjs had been on for several hours, my hair felt yuky and needed some work to it and I looked like an unkept mad person. I was also beginning to get really thirsty. I had only drank coke for the day, because a) I’m still not sticking to my drink water everyday and b) I felt like I needed coke to cheer me up. Wrong. I needed water, I needed to get out of my pjs, get washed and dressed. I needed to get my bed washed as I do every week and I needed to enjoy the treat of going to bed tonight all fresh and clean, with clean bedsheets. I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and get on with it. This was a major breakthrough for me in my be more positive resolution and I feel I nailed that this month.

Life may give us blows, it may give us happy moments, that is life. Sometimes it is rubbish and it decides to rain over all parade, but life isn’t about waiting for the rain to stop so you can enjoy the sunshine. It’s about learning to get yourself up get dressed, putting on your game face and getting hair done nicely, so you can be rained on and decide it doesn’t matter that I am not perfect, I can still dance in this rain.

And you know what I may have failed most of my new years resolutions already, but it’s February so I am just going to dust myself off say goodbye to January and get on with completing my resolutions for February…

…and that is why I did not fail my resolutions for January, because I have changed my attitude and that is the first step in beginning to make yourself the best you, you can be.

2015: A round up!

So today marks an end to 2015. 2015 has not been the best year for me, but the last four months of it were dramatically improved. I started my blog on the 23rd August and since then I have writen  97 blog posts, had 6,249 visitors who have viewed a staggering 13,909 times! I’m astonished! Especially as my blog is only four months old. I am so overwhelmed by those figures, I am completely amazed by them and I am thankful to everyone who has visited and supported my blog since it started. I especially would like to thank Steve at Philofaxy for including me regularly in the Philofaxy web finds. Most of my visitors come from there. Steve, you do an amazing job and really help out people like me. Thank you for taking the time and effort to help us Newbie Bloggers out! My last attempts at blogs have been no where near as successful and I had quickly abandoned them. Whilst I was not really concerned about views and was just interested in writing my previous attempt of just focusing on one idea meant that I ran out of inspiration and interest, eventually giving up. Thanks to subscribers and people who comment – it really keeps a blogger motivated to carry on writing posts and I really enjoy doing it! I am truly honoured to have people not only view my blog but also to leave comments about posts and I even have  24 followers – thank you for thinking I am interesting enough to follow. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for helping to support A random English life.

I have decided to do a bit of a round up of my posts and share with you some of the highlights.

This Year’s Movie Hit: Everest

This Year’s Movie Flop: American Ultra

My most viewed post: Filofax: Your Perfect Layout

So what is in store for the upcoming year for this blog? I’d like to add a couple new sections to my blog. I have a couple of posts I’ve been wanting to write for a while but sadly have not had time to them! So hopefully I’ll get those up too.

I have also joined the All Stars team, which is a team of Bloggers who will tour on each other’s blogs and write some posts. Although this is organised by Philofaxy, the blogs might not necessarily be planner related! So a big change is that I’ll have a guest blogger!

…and for me more generally? I have a couple of resolutions…seven to be precise that I would like to attempt this year. So far I have never completed a New Years Resolution for a full year, I never really get to the end of January, if I am honest. So I have decided to keep them a bit more simple in the hope that maybe I will achieve them.  They are:

  1. Drink water every day
  2. Cut down on Coca-cola
  3. Eat fruit and veg every day
  4. Write a journal
  5. Be more positive
  6. Keep writing my blog
  7. Monitor and keep a healthy weight

Numbers 1 and 3 are really simple to do because all I have to do is focus on eating a minimum of one piece of fruit, one piece or veg and drink one glass of water a day. Obviously I am going to try and do more than the minimum but if I don’t it’s ok. Likewise number 6, keep writing my blog is also going to be pretty easy, at least for the moment because I have a ton of ideas for posts and I need to keep bashing them out. So far I have no run out of inspiration and even if I do – I may drop down from 5 posts a week to say 2 or 3. Number 4, writing a journal is a little more complicated, but I am again going to try and keep it simple and not put pressure to write 3 pages a day or something, some days I may only manage a quote or a sentence – that’s ok. I think the hardest ones on there are 2, 5 and 7. These are because they are the most vague. What exactly is a healthy weight? Well I’m not sure, at the moment I am a healthy weight but I don’t feel happy the weight I am – so I am going to experiment with eating a bit healthier and finding a good balance and then maintain that weight. Cutting down on Coca-cola is also deliberately vague. Caffeine is a drug and I am very much aware I am addicted to the caffeine and the sugar. I need to whine myself off it – and whilst I’d like to say I could only have x amount a day, I don’t know whether I could cope. I have introduced a 31 day challenge to not drink a drop of Coca-cola. This I imagine is going to be extremely tricky, but we’ll see how it goes.

Do any of you have similar New Years Resolutions? Maybe you have some different ones you would like to share? I am thinking that maybe building a little support community for those with similar goals might be a way of helping everyone achieve them. I need to start investigating that possibility.

A Happy New Year to everyone and may 2016 be fantastic for you!

All the best,