How’re you going with your New Year’s Resolutions?
I reckon I’m doing OK on about ten of them: I’m wearing red lipstick more often, eating more jalapeños just because they’re awesome, spending less on takeaway coffees, and I’ve stopped being surprised when the kids go nuts in the supermarket.
But now, it’s gonna be a huge effort to achieve the rest of the promises I made to myself.
The situation is sweetly analogised in this chart I stumbled across on the interwebs last week:
Spot on. But I’ve also made my own version to sum up The New Year’s Resolution Process:
I’m currently at the ‘Panic’ stage of the spectrum, and moving into the ‘Cram and Cry’ section. To alleviate some of the pain, I’m re-evaluating the list, and deciding which ones to focus on.
Here’s my list of New Years Resolutions for 2012, and in red, my Current Status and Next Steps. My focus for the next two months is going to be on Resolutions 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 21, and especially 26…
STATUS: I’ve spent roughly $540 so far – 3 coffees per week with the bonus of a chat with Joe my friendly barista.
ACTION: Find coffee machine that’s quick, cheap and makes café-style coffee at home (is there such a thing?!)
STATUS: Honestly, I’ve moved on. I checked through the posts this year on Fox in Flats, and it seems that ‘Fabulous’ has been the word Du Jour.
ACTION: Dump this resolution.
STATUS: Damn, I forgot this!
ACTION: 3.30pm daily, I’m going to “Move Like Jagger!!!”
STATUS: Eggnog is back in stores. I’m cutting down on carbs. Resolution redundant.
STATUS: Yikes! How did I forget this!
ACTION: Set daily reminder for a scoop of this furry cuteness.
STATUS: I almost failed Science at school, so the chances of me pulling this off are slim – pardon the pun.
ACTION: Forget this resolution, and eat more salad instead.
STATUS: Fail! Should’ve been clicking there all year as it’s been a lazy one for me.
ACTION: Scrap this resolution and instead, walk my son to school at least once a week.
STATUS: Winning! My friend Lisa’s brilliant Texan-style corn salsa has been key to achieving such fiery success.
STATUS: Anyone know a masseuse named Sven???!
STATUS: Winning! Just invented a new mask using coffee, honey and milk. Kids TOTALLY lost it!
ACTION: Publish on site to share the freak-fest and my recipe for smooth skin.
STATUS: She got us lost on numerous occasions when driving around Queenstown earlier this year.
ACTION: Dump this chick, she’s flaky. I’m relying on Google Maps instead.
STATUS: Oh dang. I love a pigtail, but they’ve not come out often enough.
ACTION: Create a Style Dare to wear pigtails every day for a week. Who’s game?
STATUS: Sportsgirl has some pretty great skinny mirrors. As does Kookai, but really, this was a dumb idea.
ACTION: Take selfies in change rooms and send to friends for honest opinions instead.
STATUS: Goal! Since The Red Lipstick Dare last year, and again this year, I’ve pulled out a tube of rosy red goodness at least once a fortnight.
ACTION: Continue the winning (red) streak.
STATUS: Oh yes I do! Although I draw the line at Gangnam Style.
ACTION: Add extra cheese.
STATUS: I started doing my grocery shopping online, and am now simply pleasantly surprised by how much time, money and sanity I am saving. Tick, tick, tick!
STATUS: Fail! And since Dannii Minogue has gone on record to say she’s into toe cleavage, I’m dumping this idea altogether.
STATUS: My planning leaves a bit to be desired. But I did get kissed on the cheek by Roberto Cavalli, who’s also kissed Madonna. The degrees of separation between us are diminishing Mads!
ACTION: Add to list for 2013. A girl’s gotta dream.
STATUS: I’d rather train them to aim straight when they pee in the toilet.
STATUS: I forgot this one! That boy is a genius.
STATUS: Semi-win: I have managed to scare the kids away by warning them, “It’s stinky in here!”
STATUS: Fail. I’ve taken to having more showers with my little ones. We have the best chats while getting soapy.
STATUS: Done. See point 2.
25. I will find something awesome about everyday.
STATUS: Honestly? It’s been a cracker of a year, so this resolution has been easier to achieve than other years, when there’s been heavy stuff going on. And on the odd dodgy day, a glass of wine has fixed most things.
STATUS: Crikey, what have I been doing all year?!
ACTION: Two months left, I think I can manage it…Cheers!
How’ve you gone with your New Year’s Resolutions?
Who’s up for a last minute New Year’s Resolution cram with me, and which ones will you focus on?