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Resolutions 2011

Yep, that time of year again. Looking back on 2010’s resolutions:

  • Become a vegan: started late and probably made a couple of errors along the way, but I’m getting better at it.
  • Reduce emissions: no idea! Heating and electric has been easy but not the car, until I moved to Newcastle in September and I’ve been walking much more.
  • Exercise more: I haven’t made a concerted effort at this. I joined the gym in uni which started out pretty well but has fallen away recently.
  • Become an activist: I have been doing more petition signing and writing to politicians and decision makers, but I could definitely do more.

And ones for 2011:

  1. Go teetotal: I did it for 14 months then stopped for no apparent reason. I’ve had a good time whilst drinking again, but I think it’s time to stop again. It was about proving I could enjoy myself without alcohol, be fun without it, and also as a rebellion against what’s expected in our drinking culture. I’m more nervous about it this time round with my new university friends, but I’m willing to give it a go.
  2. Stop torturing myself: I’m expecting (or hoping) certain people will change. And they won’t. And it’s about time for me to be honest with myself and give up on it. Just stop pretending.
  3. Work hard: So far I’m on the cusp between a first and a 2:1, and I’d really like the first. As well as the grade, the lecturers can probably do a lot for me in terms of internships and work, so I need to make the most of this time.
  4. Be an activist: I really need to do more on this. It’s who I want to be and I shouldn’t be afraid of sharing my knowledge and expressing my opinions. It’s the only way to change the world.

I’ll also be continuing the veganism, exercise, keeping my emissions down, and as always, try to blog more.

Vegan

Resolutions 2010 – so far…

Just a quick word about my 2010 resolutions. To recap:

  1. Straight edge
  2. Welsh
  3. More money to charity
  4. More time with friends
  5. Blog more
  6. Become vegan
  7. Reduce emissions
  8. Exercise more
  9. Become an activist

(Apparently I’m not that bothered about boys anymore?)

So the first 4 are still going well. I’m doing a Welsh exam this summer – eek! #5 is going alright. I don’t have the motivation or discipline to blog as much as I’d like, but it is better than it used to be.

#6 got off to a slow start. I was ill for the first few weeks of the year and couldn’t be bothered trying to deal with that and think about being vegan. Its been just over two weeks proper though and all going well. It requires more planning than I’m used to and shopping takes longer as I have to read all the labels. But I’m not starving as people expected!

I haven’t really been actively pursuing #7 yet, but I have installed an energy monitor. I need to start #8 simply because I need to build my strength to vault and stop looking silly because I can’t! And it would be nice to have the flat stomach in the photos from Cat’s party for real!

My facebook page looked quite interesting yesterday: I went through my ‘ethical’ emails and signed up to a bunch of petitions and shared via facebook. So I guess that covers #9! I do want to blog about some of it too because just signing petitions makes me feel like a bit of a ‘passive’ activist.

The Boys thing… I think I need some ground rules more than anything. I’m not actively looking for a guy because I’m quite happy single. But I wouldn’t turn offers down unless I had a bad feeling about the person asking. So…

  1. Fun on my terms
  2. Guys must be interested in more than how I look and able to comment on more
  3. No waiting around
  4. Get shot of him of he’s not chasing me, because he would be if he was interested
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New Year’s Resolutions

I thought I’d be ill for the third new years running, but I seem to have shifted it. Huzzah! So I’m out tonight in Ruthin. Not my first choice for a big night out, but it’s who you’re with not where you are. And I thought I’d make a few resolutions too:

1. Become a straight-edge punk. This one started out as going teetotal, but then I thought I’d go all out – no drink, no drugs, no smoking, no casual sex. I’m already half way there anyway. I tried in June/July 2008, but didn’t last very long. Hopefully I’l do a bit better in 2009. (And I won’t be drinking tonight as I’ll be driving)

2. Leave the old boys in the past. Following on from my previous post, I need a clean break from them. Time to meet some new people!

3. Learn Welsh. I need a better standard of Welsh for my job, and honestly I’m quite embarrassed at how rubbish I currently am! I think I’ll start by teaching myself back up to the standard I used to be, then go to a class and hopefully get a qualification at the end.

4. Give more money to charity. This year most of my donations have been through shopping in charity shops and buying good gifts for people for Christmas. Some charities I want to support don’t have these mechanisms, so I think I’ll set up some direct debits too.

5. Exercise more. I’ve turned into a couch potato again. I know it’s mostly cuz of the weather, but I could still do indoor stuff during the winter, and then go riding when the days are longer.

6. Spend more time with friends. Now that I have most evenings and weekends free I have plenty of time to call up friends and hang out – go for meals, for drinks, to the cinema, theatre, gigs, outdoorsy stuff. Anything to get me out from in front of the TV!

7. And finally, blog more. I say this every year but I always seem to fail. But if at first you don’t succeed…