After what turned out to be a lovely evening with Gloria and Gaynor and some friends of theirs for New Years Eve, I've greeted 2014 with a lot of hope and enthusiasm. 2013 had its challenges, as I'm sure 2014 will have some of the same, bit I'm feeling a bit different about his year. Maybe because it's a new moon today and it's like a cosmic clean slate.
Anyway, here's what I hope to achieve in the next 12 months - in no real order or importance.
1) To remain happily and gainfully employed in work I love. (At the money I'm on at the moment)
Sounds fair - well being a contractor, I hope that the work stays steady and interesting. I've done well with work last year, long may it continue.
2) To get back to my fighting weight
It's time to bite the bullet again. My diet got let go a lot in the last six months - it's time to rein myself in, do what I have to do and loose the 10 kg or so that I've stacked on in the last two years. It's just a matter of being disciplined. I know I can do this.
3) Get back into running
Following from the last resolution, it's time to get back int running. I love running, it helps to keep me sane. After a year off from it, it's time to get back on track. I should put myself down for the Mother's Day Classic in May, the 8 km run - and go from there. It's a goal anyway that I can see myself doing without too much hassle.
4) Help the overthrow of our current crappy government and see our current Immigration Minister up on crimes against humanity charges.
I think most people have worked out that I'm not particularly enamored with our current Liberal/National government. I just intend to keep on agitating, writing letter, talking, yelling, protesting until these environmental and humanitarian fuckwits are either out or under control. Sorry, you want to keep people ignorant and repressed, you will have me, and a lot of other like minded people shouting about it.
In particular, our current Immigration Minister has to be held accountable for the deplorable way in which he is authorising the treatment of asylum seekers. Jail is a bit too good for him, but it will do if it stops the fascist scumbag.
Okay, off my soapbox now.
5) Travel around the world
It's time for a trip abroad again - don't know where or when, but it will happen. At the moment I can't see past a week or two up in Ubud in Bali, but I'd like to maybe go back to Spain, or see a bit more of Italy. This all needs to be carefully planned and saved for, but it's a nice thought.
6) Save a lot of money
This is the antithesis of the last resolution, but I do believe you can save and travel. I'm not a five-star traveller - and I know about discipline. It's about time I did something about finding a house for myself seeing that a rich husband hasn't surface in the last year to buy me one. I'm auditioning financial planners at the moment. Also looking at being sensible with my discretionary spending. It all helps.
7) Maybe get a cat
Pinochet's kittens have got me all cat clucky. Maow Maow will get jealous however. Gloria and Gaynor said they would look after it if I went away for more than a day or so. We will see - maybe I should pay a visit to Ingrid's Haven... (http://www.ingridshaven.net.au/) and see which one likes me.
8) Get that novel written
I had a reading in the week of Christmas. We had a look at my solar return chart - which said that all the ducks were in a row to get something big done this year, but it was a matter of applying myself. Time to break out the bum glue methinks.
9) Do something new once a week
This is an oldie, but a goodie. Whether it be cook a new recipe, try a different class at the gym, take in a free concert. Join Toastmasters.Time to expand the horizons, and how do you know what you can do if you don't try it.
10) Have more fun
I'm borrowing this form Gloria. I think this is a great resolution, so I'm going to attempt to have more fun too.
11) Cut right back on processed food and sugar
Speaks for itself this one. Cut down on the sweet poison and see what happens.
And lastly, I've set myself up with a tin with which I can write notes about the good things that happen. Then I can look back at the year and see how good the year has been.
An attitude of gratitude is the only way to get somewhere in this world.