Does New Year = New You? {New Year Resolutions}

Do you fall into the trap of setting yourself unachievable new years resolutions? New Year resolutions are always tricky, even with the best intentions some are still as fleeting as a snowflake.  I’m fascinated by the things people say they are going to/not going to do in a New Year. Most seem to end up discarded by the wayside before the month of January is out. I learnt long ago that any new regime needs to be realistic (and also that I don’t get on well with denying myself things I enjoy!).

I don’t really “do” resolutions but I have a running LIST of things to set my life to. So my “be true to yourself” 2012 bucket list/non-new year resolutions are:

  • Travel to a NEW Northern European City – Stockholm was so great I’m inspired
  • Continue with my 2011 challenge of visiting a museum/exhibition/gallery at least once a month
  • Complete the redesign of my blog
  • Remember that if you do not ask, the answer will always be NO – truly great things can happen
  • Really look for the little (and big) things in life that make it so worthwhile – Enjoy life!
  • Start having driving lessons (I know, I know. Can you believe I can not drive….. long story best told in person)
  • Be prepared for change; if you do not go after what you want, you will never have it
  • Keep the weekly Zumba classes up – I over-indulged somewhat this Christmas, plus I’m addicted
  • Get around to redecorating the hallway and stairs in my own home – I’m thinking dark and moody

Finally, work smarter not harder and above all I’m hoping this year will be even more amazing than last year.

What’s on your non-resolutions list folks?

image:mary shaking a tail feather



  1. January 3, 2012 / 12:02 pm

    Great post. Am so with you on the running list. Not as brave as you to list publicly. We share Northern City, monthly museum visits, regular Zumba, to always ask etc. etc. My New Year post is less detailed. Can't wait to meet you.

  2. January 3, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    Love the photo.. will be dancing my way through 2012. Mainly in high heels! Happy New Year, wishing you continued success with MM Design. xx

  3. January 3, 2012 / 9:09 pm

    This is a good and realistic list I think. I don't really do resolutions, but inevitably take stock of the previous year and think about things I want to do in the next. What is this Zumba you speak of? It sounds interesting.

  4. January 4, 2012 / 8:59 am

    Great list – top of my list is work smarter!! I also took the approach of something achievable rather than a New Years resolution. Wishing you a fantastic 2012. x

  5. January 4, 2012 / 10:08 am

    Tina doesn't a running list just feel so much more comfortable. Which Norther city are you hankering after?

    Abi I wouldn't expect anything BUT dancing in high heals. Hope Blank Associates & CMBBrighton have a smashing year.

    The Style Curator – Zumba? It's a fantastic latin inspired dance class – a combo of Latin and chart music with a fun workout.

  6. January 5, 2012 / 1:56 am

    Happy New Year Mary!

    I don't do new years resolutions anymore because I'm bad at sticking to them. This year I just want to enjoy life and not get hung up on the small things. Guess you can call it my new years resolution…

  7. January 7, 2012 / 12:51 pm

    Happy New Year Mary!

    I love that photo, it looks so much fun.

    Hope we all get to meet up soon x

  8. February 9, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

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