2016 – A challenge to change


I’m not a great believer in New Year’s Resolutions.

Why should things suddenly change just because the last digit on the date has moved on? I’ve never been all that good at sticking to them, so it is usually easier not to bother making them in the first place.  That old thing about not being able to fail if you don’t try and all that.

Still, I’ve decided to challenge myself to make some changes this year. Partly because our family will be changing in the summer when our daughter Becky marries her fiancé Chris.

Okay then, here goes.

  1. I’d like to lose some weight. Spurred on I suppose by wanting to look better in the wedding photos – how vain is that? Also, more importantly, for health reasons. My mum developed diabetes late in life. I don’t want to head the same way. I’m starting the year at 183.2lbs – sorry, I’m of the generation that still thinks in Imperial measures. At 5’2” that makes me about four stone overweight. I’ve been more. I topped out at over 15 stones a couple of years back. Still, my BMI says I should be around 9 stones. Realistically, I’ll be more than happy if I can get down to 10. So, fewer ‘naughty’ foods and more exercise. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it.
  2. I want to focus more on my writing. I’m never happier than when I’m in creative mode, but real life means my opportunities are limited. This year, instead of making excuses, I’m going to try to make more time. Time to write, time to edit, and time to pitch my Sweetpea stories to agents. It’d be great if 2016 was the year I got published. Or at least got a publishing deal. So, less time idling on social media etc. I’m committing to writing something every day, however little.
  3. I want to read more. In 2014 I read 80 books and was quite pleased with myself. Last year, I only managed 65. So this year, I’ve been crazy and signed up to K. M. Weiland’s 100 book challenge. Everyone who makes it gets a free e-book. Picture books don’t count either, so I’m actually going to have to read more than that.

Three is enough, I think. They may seem relatively achievable, but I know it is going to be tough.

I’m not going to beat myself up too much if I fail at any or all of them. That’s not the point. The fact is that if I’m even trying, then I’m moving in the right direction. Better to aim for the stars and land on the moon, than aim for the ceiling and not even make it out of the chair!

I suppose a side-bonus is that posting updates on my progress – or lack thereof – will mean that I’ll be visiting this blog more regularly. Something I’ve neglected too much in the past.