Candice: I’m writing this blog post on New Year’s Eve, listening as the radio station tells me that NZ and Oz are off celebrating their new years already. Always find that concept a little strange, though I have travelled to both of those countries, it’s still weird that they are on different time frames.
So 2019 is a new start for me. I’m looking for a new job and it’s giving me the chance to sit down and rethink what I want out of work; the balance of money versus enjoyment being a big consideration. I’m currently writing a list of what I really want and what my actual aim is to help with the application process.
I actually think that is a really good way to start a New Years Resolution list, so rather than writing the things that you never actually do – like join a gym and go regularly, lose weight etc, if you actually write your end goal and the pros and cons for it, it might make you work harder for it.
eg Lose two stone. Hard to aim for, too big a number, just hanging over you waiting for you to fail.
Real aim – Feel more comfortable being me. Does that actually mean the weight, or does it mean a different job, spending more time with friends? Do you actually eat because you are bored at work, bored at home, unhappy at work, not getting enough fresh air, stuck in rut with cooking? There are lots of reasons why those two stones won’t shift. Book a few nights out with the girls, arrange for the kids to have a sleepover with the grandparents once a month, walk to work/around the block after work and suddenly you might find you’ve lost a stone.
My big one for this year is to drink less caffeine. Many years ago I cut down to one to two caffeinated drinks a day. I did notice a difference in my ability to get up in the morning and also weight maintenance. Since being a parent I’ve taken to having a cuppa first thing in the morning, and it just carries on from there. I end up having four or five teas across the day, even though if I am home, there are decaf tea bags available too. Part of it is boredom, I use it as an excuse to get up from the desk and have a break. But I do think it’s making me feel more tired, and impacting on my sleep (and the rubber ring round my waist). My real aim is not to be so tired and enjoy my job, and less tea drinking will come.
I have lots of other things I would like to do, most of them book related, but they are rolling year to year. Again, need to knuckle down and work out what the real reason I’m not that bothered about marketing for my own books. That’s a question for another blog.
Happy New Year all!