New Year's resolutions

Another year over, a new one just begun... So, after my brief foray into John Lennon's contribution to festive tunes, the time has come to make New Year's resolutions. I have to admit I'm

Learn to drive. This is my big one. I've been saying I'm going to do it for years and years and years - I did have lessons when I was a teenager but I was far too nervous for my own good (a shouty instructor didn't help) and I just didn't have the confidence to keep going - but now I think I finally feel ready. That, and I have a bet with my boyfriend that I'll pass my driving test before he does, and I really hate losing. :P Ideally I would love to get to the stage where I could drive up to visit my family by Christmas.

Stop wasting money. For me, this mainly means not buying magazines - I do buy a fair few of them and having worked out the amount of money I spend on them I definitely need to give them up. I've decided I'll subscribe to one magazine (I've settled on Company because it seems to have the best mix of decent articles and affordable clothes) and get Stylist at the train station because that doesn't cost anything, but that is it now! I'm also cancelling my Graze boxes as they just cost me far too much money. The savings will go towards my Kindle fund which hopefully I should have enough for by the time I go on holiday in the spring, and then into my main savings account.

Exercise every day. I was really good about doing my Zumba over the summer and then massively fell off the wagon after my boyfriend's sister's wedding, so I'm determined to get back into it to tone up for my holiday - the boyfriend has hinted that he'd like to go somewhere hot so I need to look my best! I actually kind of miss the workouts, they were fun and made me feel a lot better about myself and I feel a bit sad to have lost the confidence I got from it, so I'm looking forward to being back on that particular wagon.

Sort out my finances. This is kind of tied in with the 'stop wasting money' resolution, but hopefully both of these will help me in my ultimate goal which is to start saving for the future. I've also had a little bit of a pay rise due to the new regulations about temporary workers which came into effect last month so will be putting that extra money in my savings account. The other thing I'm going to do is match any winnings from surveys etc by putting the same amount of cash into the savings account. Ideally I'd like to have savings of around £15,000 by the end of the year.

Sort out my style. Again linked to not wasting money, ie by not wasting money on clothes that I don't like or that don't suit me, because they constantly end up languishing in the back of my wardrobe for ages and I just never wear them. So this will mainly consist of promptly trying on and returning stuff I've ordered from the Internet and not keeping anything I don't love when I try it on as opposed to just on the hanger. I also want to get myself out of a rut of constantly buying the same things all the time and stop dressing like a teenage boy.

Cook more. I used to cook a lot when I was at university, and I like to think I was pretty good at it - I loved finding new recipes to try and making yummy food - but since I moved back home and then down to London I just haven't done it as much as I know I should, for various reasons. So one of my goals this year is to try at least one new recipe every week.

Write more regularly. I touched a little on this in my Priscilla blog, but I definitely need to get back into the habit of writing regularly, both on my blog and in terms of working on my novel. So the plan is to set aside an hour a day to blog or write, depending on the day, which hopefully will mean that by the end of the year I've written a good chunk of the novel and have blogged a few times a week.

I also have one particularly big plan which I don't want to say too much about just yet - mainly because I haven't the foggiest how I would go about getting it off the ground and I want to see how much of a market there might be for it first - but I think that's a pretty good set of goals to be getting on with for the year. Now, let's see how well I do at meeting them...

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