Sunday, 29 December 2013

New Year's Resolutions 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was very lovely, I arrived home from my aunt's yesterday after a very long four hours on the motorway. The days between Christmas and New Year are really quite odd aren't they? People aren't quite over Christmas but already planning for the New Year. I don't celebrate New Years Eve. It's too loud and busy for me, I'd much rather sit at home and watch a film with Figgy.

Last year I posted my resolutions, and I decided to do the same for this year. They aren't quite as detailed as before!

1. Make more of an effort with my appearance. I had this resolution last year, and I didn't stick to it. However, this year I'm planning on throwing out all my old jeans and the things I generally wear when I can't muster the motivation to put any effort into what I'm wearing.

2. Get into a skincare regime. I actually started this a couple of weeks ago, and my skin feels so much nicer. I even went out without foundation for the first time in eight years the other day. I am determined to stick to it.

3. Plan and organise my time. This is so I don't fall behind with my dissertation. I've really been struggling with my level of reading and work this year and I'd like to be able to stick to all my planned deadlines.

4. Get through my reading list! About five years ago I wrote down all the books I've ever planned on reading. I've read a few of them, but I really hope to make a dent in it this year.

5. Stop hoarding things I do not need. This is mainly referring to my book collection. I own several that I don't even like, let alone read, but I have a tendency to cling onto books. This year I will start parting with them, otherwise I'll be so buried in books that I'll be lost forever.

As you can see, there's nothing too major in there! A few years ago I told myself that I'd stop setting myself unrealistic goals as it only led to disappointment, so I try to set myself little things that I can work on. 

Personally, I will be very glad when 2013 is finally over. I've had some truly lovely moments, we adopted Figgy, had some incredibly wonderful days and I finished my second of year of university. However, this has been a difficult year for me. It still breaks my heart to think that I spent last New Year's Eve with Thomasina curled up on my lap while everybody else went to a party at a neighbours house, but on the other hand I'm glad Figgy is happy and safe with us. I'm hoping that we have a nicer 2014 than a 2013.

Next year will be quite a big year for me. I graduate, I turn 21 and my little sister finishes college and starts university. It will be full of changes!

I hope you all have an enjoyable start to 2014!


  1. Great Post Claire :) Can't Wait To Read Your Resolutions For 2014
    Happy New Year

    1. Thank you lovely! I hope you have a wonderful 2014!

  2. Wishing you the best of luck in 2014, Claire. Having written 2 dissertations myself I know just how daunting it is (my MA dissertation referenced 87 separate items alone and was on Scottish Devolution and the commodification / decommodification of social care for the elderly - not exactly riveting!!). I had moments of blind panic where my head just shut down - but I came through it (lots of dog walking, procrastination and chocolate notwithstanding) and the day you hand that great big body of work in is just amazing. So best of luck with everything.

    And I wouldn't fret about the book collection if you have somewhere to keep it. One of my biggest regrets was giving away my Thomas Hardy collection when I thought I wouldn't read them again. I've downloaded them all to my tablet for free now as I intend to re-read them all this year, but nothing beats the physical book.

    1. Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful year! I'm not so much struggling with the dissertation itself, it's having my other modules on top of the dissertation which I'm finding really frustrating. I really adore my topic and if I was able to focus on it without my other modules I would love it. I'm really finding it hard to manage my time but as you said, it will be worth it in the end and I'm sure it's incredibly fulfilling when you hand it in!

      Unfortunately I'm quickly running out of space to keep it! Even the cat fell over a pile of books yesterday. I absolutely agree, while I'm sure Kindles are very convenient it just isn't the same as holding a tangible book in your hands, especially when it comes to classics.


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