Unlike everybody else, I’m not going to write a long boring diatribe against New Year’s Resolutions. I believe in them. Like I believe in puppies and kittens and being nice to the neighbours. They are good goal setting opportunities. I’m making some. I’d like to see how many of them I manage to complete or achieve over the course of the year. So, peeps, my New Year’s Resolutions for 2012, in no particular order, are:
1/ Submit the PhD. (This is a fairly important one and will be the focus of most of my work for the year. It’s not really a resolution as such, it’s more like a directive. I need to finish it and get on with my life.)
2/ Play golf. (My hubby and I used to play lots of golf – at least once a week. But 2011 has seen us lose our way a bit. First of all it was wet, then it was hot, and then we got busy buying a house and stuff. But I miss it, so I’m going to do it again. Promise.)
3/ Take up Yoga. (I did this some time last year and I enjoyed it. It makes me feel long and stretched and relaxed and it helps my chronic knotty back. But I can’t find a decent yoga place that sells packs of 10 classes that doesn’t cost the earth. I’m not joining a gym to do yoga and I’m certainly not doing the new-fangled hot yoga – I’m hot enough in this appalling QLD heat already, thank you.)
4/ Sing. (As I am actually a singer, this should be a no-brainer, but I rarely practise. So this resolution is as much about rediscovering my voice as it is about enjoying a creative pastime. I’m setting myself the goal of 30 minutes a day to start with, then up to 60 minutes. I will need some lessons at some point, which is the expensive bit of this resolution. I could just do it for fun, but I actually sing for a living – or, I used to, so I feel the urge to make my caterwauling decent.)
5/ Audition for the local opera company chorus. (I’ve done this before, but I swore after seeing the appalling productions they put on with lumpy, off key chorus sections, that I wouldn’t do that again until they brought in a decent director to run the joint. This they have done, so no more excuses from me.)
6/ Garden. (I have the original black thumb, so this one will actually be a proper challenge. Now that we have a massive garden, we will need to keep on top of it. I’ve decided I want a veggie garden or at the very least a herb garden and some citrus fruit trees, so my plan is to start that this year. Beginning with a compost heap. And then, of course, I want to plan the tropical garden part, which will be quite expensive. I can’t afford to have them die.)
7/ Get some more paid work, preferably at a University. (This, along with the PhD, will be quite important if I am ever to undertake the previous resolutions. Plus, I need to figure out what I am going to do with my life and I hope getting some work will help me do this.)
8/ House repairs and updates. (Well, this is hardly a resolution, is it? This is more like doing the things one needs to do in order that one’s home doesn’t fall apart. I mean to complete the interior painting, and repair the gutters, and finish the kitchen off by putting in a lovely red tile brick-laid splashback even though I’ve not actually told hubby that red is my preferred colour. I mean to get the plumbers in to check why our drains are not draining and the electrician in to do the electrical bits that need doing. Then we need to burglar-proof the back windows and paint the house exterior. These jobs may take years, not just one year.)
9/ Pay off the credit cards. (Well, I’ve been having a good crack at this all year and I reckon we’re halfway through. If we don’t go overseas again. This is a pretty important one as paying off the credit card will allow resolutions 8, 6, 4, 3 and 2 to take place. Something needs to give and I’m sick of the massive interest bills we keep paying. I managed to pay off all but $3000 of my $15000 CC this year, so pat on the back to me! Next one to go is hubby’s, and that has dropped by $3000. We recently changed credit card providers, which gives us a much lower introductory interest rate, and hopefully I should be able to knock some of it over before the credit card rate rises again.)
10/ Create my own cabaret show. (This last one is the most scary and the most freaky to me, so definitely the one I should do almost more than all the others put together. This one is definitely a resolution that may break.)
There are other resolutions lurking in the background of these ones. For example, you may have noticed a couple of ones that refer to exercise. I’ve sneakily included these rather than the tired old “losing weight” one, which I want to do, but which I’d rather not say up front, because I’ve a better chance of losing weight by taking up sporty stuff than by just resolving to lose weight. You also may have noticed that with paying off credit cards comes the concomitant “spend less money” resolution. Nuff said there. I’ve started buying my wine in half-dozens to try and save money. I COULD stop drinking altogether, but what would be the fun in that? I’m not looking to get healthy. You wanna know my blood pressure? 100/60. That’s low. I’m fine. No blocked arteries for me.
The “more paid work” resolution, along with the “finish the PhD” resolution comes with a hidden “be less lazy” resolution. I can while away the hours just fine, thank you very much, but I tend to feel remarkably guilty for it. I have a lovely life, I really do, but I need to be more active, less sedentary, and more willing to seek the life to which I’d like to become accustomed.
So, a few New Year’s resolutions. Get fit, get active, get work, get creative, get thrifty. Pretty sensible lot, I reckon. And for anyone who thinks I need to get more activist, more caring, more “save the planet”, well, they’re not really resolutions bound by year, are they? They’re ongoing. And I’m doing them, bit by bit. Happy New Year to you!