Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year's Resolutions 2016

Where has 2015 gone? I feel like always start my New Year's posts this way. I'm always surprised at how quickly a year passes. I thought I would continue with tradition and post my resolutions for the coming year. I usually post rather serious resolutions, but I thought it would be nice to mix up the serious ones with some lighter (and certainly more achievable) resolutions this year. Some of these are repeats from last year, as always! Perhaps one of my resolutions ought to be to keep to my resolutions?

Anyway, in no particular order, here are my resolutions for 2016.

1. Spend more time with Figgy.

This is one of my more fun resolutions for this year. I often feel rather sorry for Figgy as I do not spend as much time with her as I would like. I spend a lot of time walking Bree, so I would like to spend at least ten minutes a day giving Figgy a brush or a cuddle. She's a very affectionate cat so she would love a bit more time for attention.

2. Stop listening to other people. 

This is something that I have noticed very recently. I tend to particularly harsh on myself because of what other people think about my life and the choices I've made, and I let it influence the way I think. I need to stop feeling so self concious all of the time and care less about what other people think, as it really does not matter.

3. Blog more and find time to write.

How many times have I said that I will blog more frequently? I would love to spend at least ten minutes a day planning posts or writing. Perhaps 2016 will be the year when I finally sit down and write up a blog timetable. Maybe.

4. Visit some unique little bookshops.

I thought this would be another fun resolution to have, although it might not be good for my finances! There's so many little bookshops nearby that I haven't visited. We visit Derbyshire quite a lot and I've ended up with a bit of a list of interesting bookshops. I need to actually get around to visiting them!

5. Plan at least two day trips out.

I have this resolution most years. I have managed to organise a few trips out this year, so I would like to do it again next year depending on finances. I'm trying to save to go back to university (for my phD) so I will have to see. It's always nice to get out for the day and visit somewhere new though.

6. Make plans for the future.

I've definitely made this resolution before. I need to sit and seriously think about what my plans are for the next few years. I would also like to find a job that I enjoy. I don't mind working in recruitment but it isn't as fulfilling as I would like, and I would love to be able to write. I've applied for 44 jobs so far this week so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

7. Decorate.

I wouldn't usually count decorating as a resolution, but I think 'attempt to decorate' certainly counts since I have been thinking about it for over a year. I bought some lovely wallpaper back in 2014, and it is still inside my wardrobe waiting to be used. I keep telling myself that I do not have the time to paint, and need to find someone tall to help me (painting when you are 4'11 is a very tedious job) and it's now over a year later.

8.  Attempt to be a little more sociable. 

This one is most likely to be the one that I will struggle with, or give up on entirely. I almost always enjoy seeing my friends, but I would never call someone myself. I have a nice time when I'm out with people, but when I'm away from them I find it difficult to see myself as someone other people would like or want to spend time with, so I very rarely chase people or make arrangements myself. It's a little bizarre. I would like to try to speak to people more in 2016 regardless of how uncomfortable and anxious it makes me.

9. Find a new hobby (or rediscover an old one).

I think this one would be fun and add a little more variety to my life. My main hobbies are reading and writing. I would like to start baking more, or go out with my camera a little more frequently (I bought a new camera recently and I love it). I haven't quite decided on this one yet!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve. I'm spending my evening curled up watching a film with Bree and Figgy. Bree really hates fireworks, so I'm staying in with her so she feels comfortable and safe. I don't drink, so I'm more than satisfied to spend my evening with a film, a pizza and dog/cat cuddles.

What are your resolutions for 2016?


  1. 2 and 8 are definitely problems for me too! Hope your resolutions go well!

  2. Happy 2016 Claire!!!Its always good to make new years resolutions:)I think its really positive.I hope you achieve everything you wish:)**

  3. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year Claire.

    I'm certainly with you on no 2 - I'm older than you and yet still the comments of others get to me far too much. I'm also quite polite so often don't respond when people give opinions on my life that quite literally take my breath away (happened on Saturday, with a long standing friend).

    Let's hope we read some great books this year!

    Jane ( - I'm having nightmares with my logins!)


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