It’s commonly understood that New Year’s resolutions are ditched sooner than the alcohol from the New Year’s parties has left the system. So I wrote them down in the hope they would stick. I’d say with mixed successes.
Here’s how I feel about them, 6 months into the year. As a refresher, this was my 10 point list:
- Allotment goal: use my whole plot
- Blog goal: write at least 2 posts per month
- Business goal: get Crafty Dutchie store up and running
- Campaign goal: support and promote #30daysofbiking
- Cycling goal: charity ride – tbc
- Food goal: start meat free Mondays
- Money goal: save student loan money + £100 every month
- Sustainability goal: buy fruit and veg from local sources (or eat from allotment)
- Walking goal: walk Snowdon
- Weight goal: lose 10kg by Christmas
Last week, I gave up my allotment. It’s just been raining so much I’d only been a few times. When the grass was back at knee height I decided enough is enough. Let someone else have it and use it properly. I just need to go and collect my tools and canes, then hand back the keys and that will be it. So I suppose that’s a fail.
Blogging is going okay I think. I’ve not written for a few weeks now but I do add bits every so often. There is scope for more of course. I want to log all my preparations for my Crafty Dutchie tour next year, which hopefully will make interesting reading.
The Crafty Dutchie web shop is something I’ve decided not to pursue. I just don’t think it will take off without a significant time and money investment, and it’s just not that important to me anymore. I will still craft, and I hope to write more tutorials, but it will be purely for my own enjoyment.
Campaigning for #30daysofbiking has gone quite well I think. I believe we doubled the number of UK registrations, and got coverage in various places. I also think it’s the source of some of my dearest friends on twitter who are now real life friends. I’d even go as far as to say that it encouraged me to apply for and helped me get the job I started in late February. And I really enjoy my new job.
Cycling goal – I’ve completed my first charity ride this month and cycled 40 miles around the Portsmouth area. It wasn’t half as hard as I thought it would be, and a great opportunity to get to know some of the boyfriend’s cousins better. I am registered for another ride (50 miles!!!) in September. You can sponsor me here, should you be so inclined.
Meat Free Mondays are going really well. It was a really easy habit to slot into our routine. I forgot a few times, but generally I’m pleased. On Mondays I try new things, and I really enjoy cooking exactly what I like without having to compromise.
Money – I’ve been able to save the student loan but not much more. Oh well. As long as I don’t end up in the situation again where I’m struggling to make my annual loan payment I don’t mind.
Buying local veg has proven more difficult – and I must admit I’d half forgotten about this. It’s something that requires more of a change than I imagined. I’d just much rather sleep on a Saturday morning than go and get veg from the market!
Walking Snowdon. Ah. Yes. I think I’ll stick to cycling for now. It’s so much more fun. Can I cycle up it?
Losing 10kg – well at least I haven’t gained any.
I think the one thing to take away from this is that priorities change. I changed my job and that’s made me a lot happier about my life. It’s also made me think about direction again. I want to learn and develop in my current role.
When my nan got ill and passed away, I realised I wanted to speak to my mum more, and generally I want to feel better about me and my life. I want to think less about what I should be doing, and more about what I want to do. If I see something that I want to go to, I will go. I had a fabulous time at the Big Vintage Ride (I can’t decide whether I had more fun making my costume or wearing it!) and went to see Birmingham Made Me at the Mailbox and the Staffordshire Hoard at the Birmingham museum and art gallery.
I suppose the motto is, more fun, less worry?