I don’t normally. The problem with New Years Resolutions is that you expect them to start on New Years Day, then you fail. January is a depressing enough month already without setting yourself up for failure before it’s even started.
This year, however, I do find myself making some, hmmm, lets call them “Resolutions for the Year Ahead” instead shall we? Last year I wrote about 5 resolutions you SHOULD make and some of those have crept into this years plans as well!
Hows that for a first resolution? What I mean is that when I have some extra money I shouldn’t always end up spending it on trips to the pub, bottles of wine or food. I should spend it on things that I want, that I’ll keep or treasure and will make my every day life more pleasant. Even if it’s shoes.
I have no practical craft skills and it’s something I would like to learn. I’ve never been particularly crafty and I lack patience, so it could be a rocky ride! I was given a learn to knit DVD and book for Christmas, I have some steel knitting needles (though I’ve been advised that bamboo are easier) all I need is some wool and I hope to have a scarf by the end of February!
Then I can get back to doing video tutorials. I really enjoyed doing them but I don’t have a camera of good enough sound and video quality to make them worthwhile you watching! I have lots more hair tutorials I’d love to run, and I’ve been trying to film a liquid eyeliner one for months!
I guess what I mean is to look after myself more and follow my own advice from this post. I colour my hair and I pledge not to let the roots get more than a centimetre long, I pledge not to paint my nails and then leave it to chip and flake without removing it (guiltily hides nails) I pledge to take some time out every day to be quiet. To sit and read a book, look out of the window and drink a cup of tea from my vintage china. Sometimes life feels so hectic and we forget to take time to sit and take it all in.
This is both a personal aim and a professional one. I’ve been meaning to start doing posts on one of the other big loves in my life, food, for some time. I hope to make this go along with my goal to lose a bit of weight and cook and bake some fabulous food but healthy food!
At some point this year I would love to get involved in organising vintage events of some kind. I’ve met some fabulous people that would love to be involved and Norwich has such a great burgeoning vintage scene it would be wonderful to be able to tap into that. I’ve always loved organising parties, decorating, deciding on food and seeing people enjoy themselves.
Retro Chick is my full time job. But I don’t have any clear strategy for it as a proper business anymore and I feel like I’ve lost my way a little. Alongside the organising of events I need to sit down and have a long hard think about how to turn Retro Chick from a fun place to yabber about vintage frocks and pretty hair into a sustainable business that will provide me with enough money to buy more pretty vintage frocks, but at the same time keep what I have now, which is, I hope, a fun place people like to visit with stuff they like to read!
*Yawn* I know this is the biggest cliche resolution to make in the New Year but unfortunately it’s one I need to make. I’ve written about my battles with my weight before, and sadly since that post was written, or more accurately in the last 2 months of the year I’ve gained even more weight. I finished 2010 with a wardrobe of gorgeous vintage clothes that won’t fit and I feel bloated and unhappy.
Going back to weight watchers isn’t a practical option as these days I’m away a lot, and being away means lots of takeaways and eating out. I know full well the decisions I should make when eating, I just don’t. So for 2011 my goal isn’t just to lose that stone, it’s to get into a routine where I do some regular exercise and regularly make the sensible decisions when eating.
Some are personal goals, some professional, and I don’t expect to have them all happen by the end of January, or even have started some of them by the end of January, but by next January I shall be a knitting, video making, slim and sylph like event organising dynamic Princess.