What's your New Year's resolution?

We've all been there. I personally remember numerous New Year's nights, when just before midnight, I would cross my heart and hope to die  that I would totally give up ..unhealthy foods. That hasn't happened ...yet. This particular one usually doesn't last beyond the end of February. There have been other nights (between 2002 and 2010) when I would decidedly give up being lazy, which is mighty heroic of me. That implied the involvement of sport in my life. This particular one came true somehow, because I've been riding my bike for 20 minutes every day, since then. My boyfriend has been having a recurrent resolution for about...12 years, and that is to give up smoking. That hasn't happened yet...but he hasn't really tried either, so shame on him. This year I tried something different, I decided I would finish my very first novel before May (I have written about 10 000 words out of 50 000). And since I don't have any luck, apparently, when it comes to resolutions that involve food, I thought I'd give them up altogether...come what may! What about you? Apparently, the top resolutions are: to quit smoking, quit drinking, eat healthier foods, recycle, help others, get a job :).

22 comments:

Catherine said...

It's always kind of fun to make New Years resolutions although I haven't really made one for years and years. I always think we can start fresh any day, any month. Why wait until January 1st?

Wishing you the best for 2013!

xo Catherine

Furtheron said...

You know I've stopped bothering really - so often they fail. Last years was to get back swimming - which I did and I did do the 5,000m swim in April that I wanted to - but my life it nearly broke me. I also figured that swimming/exercise is a migraine attack trigger so since then... I've hung the trunks up again.

I don't smoke, I don't drink, ok food could do with a bit of a better look at - I will cut out so many large coffees and fizzy drinks, I recycle a lot already (much more than my neighbours if the piles of black sacks of the bin men were any indicator this morning - we only had 1!), help others... hmmm... , I've got a job...

look at me... nearly perfect already ;-) Haha

Luanne Smith said...

I actually quit smoking twenty two years ago on New Year's Day. Don't know how I did it, but it involved a lot of walking and chewing on hard candy. :)

I vow to finish my novel and start submitting it to agents by this fall. That's my biggest goal for the year.

Happy New Year!

Grace said...

Never did the New Years resolution thing - just never occurred to me - like someone said - it's just setting yourself up to fail and who needs that!

Sparkle said...

We kitties are perfect, so we don't need to make resolutions! I did make up a few for my human, though.

The Elephant's Child said...

No new year resolutions for me. Just the same on an on-going basis I resolve to be kinder to myself (fail there) and to exercise more (partial success). I try and make resolutions on my birthday - a new year for me if that makes sense.

Judith said...

Hooray! You already have 10,000 words! I work better when I have a serious goal in mind. Hope you type the last word of your novel before May.

klahanie said...

Dear Petronela,

Good on you for continuing to ride your bike. A most healthy focus you can continue on in 2013. I wish you well in finishing your first novel by May. And may the food of your writing be healthy food for thought.

My resolution is to continue to be discreetly in the background and support others as best I can.

Peace and goodwill to you, my friend.

Gary :)

Alida said...

I don't know what my one is yet. Maybe to have lots of coffees and relax... not a good one I suppose. Happy new year dear Petronela!

Launna said...

I try not to make any resolutions... I do make goals but they are never for a year... they are usually life time goals or a few months here and there:)

Botanist said...

Years ago, I resolved to give up New Year's resolutions. So far, so good :)

I generally set targets, like writing targets, as I see the need. Well done on reaching 10k words, and good luck with the rest.

BTW - 50k is rather short for most novels, are you going by the hype over NaNo? That highly-visible 50k target is only meant to get you most of the way there. Full novel-length generally kicks in around 70k to 80k.

Linda R said...

Best of luck to you on your Novel. Sounds like you are on your way.. For me I am not one to make resolution. Just not to good at caring them out..

Wishing your the best in 2013.

Hugs~

Lost in Space said...

I tend to prefer not to set new years resolutions. Any lifestyle changes that I do make will be at the time I make the choice. January seems rather arbitrary to me.

But good luck with that novel. I'll be wanting to read it if you get published.

Sissym said...

Dear Friend,

I have goals. So, I got some good results. I tend to keep quiet about what I intend to do positive for me, because here envy lives in the house next door! Keeping the mouth closed does not enter mosquito! rsss

Kisses

Shaharoh said...

Happy New Year Beautiful! I have a list of 7 resolutions this year and being healthy is at the top. Others included reducing debt and traveling. I'd say one of the more important ones is to believe in myself and go for my dreams. Sometimes, I just need to remind myself that I am my greatest ally. Love and hugs! xoxo

Janet Gardner said...

I have to do the same as your boyfriend, give up smoking. I've tried a couple of times, but this time I really have to, I'm getting older and I want to live a long time! Good luck to you on your novel.
Hugs & Kisses,
Janet :)

nutschell said...

I don't really make New Year's resolutions. I write down my goals for the year instead. :)

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Jay Singh said...

Hi Petrnoela,

Happy New Year to you. :)

I have just a simple resolution this year, execute all tasks, as simple as that.

Regards

Jay
My Blog | My FB Page

Suzanne Furness said...

Hi there have hopped over from Gary's blog to is nice to meet you!

I don't make new year resolutions but I have a set of goals, things I would like to achieve around my writing dreams. I wish you luck with your new novel.

Kelly said...

Personally, I don't believe in making New Year's resolutions. I think hey place too much of a self burden on you that when they fail, you feel kinda crappy for it.

I do believe in trying to attain a certain goal during no particular time of year. I quit smoking about seven years ago and feel better for it, I have to admit. I've nearly cut out out all the sugar in my diet, as well, but that's due, in part, to my willpower and the fact that I already have diabetes and use insulin.

In short, I wish you and your boyfriend much success in your endeavor. Happy Belated New Year!

Petro Neagu said...

Lucky for me, I've never been a fan of resolutions as I always had a weak personality when it comes to big commitments.
Even if they won't last as long as you'd like to, I hope you manage to stick to your resolutions for long enough to make a difference in your health and happiness :)

Kisses

Petula Wright said...

Well you've read my commitments already so you know what I'm up to! Same as you ... funny, huh? I've evaluated my unfinished manuscripts and notes and I've narrowed it down to two that may potentially be completed. If those don't move me then I will start from scratch, which is a totally scary thought because my novel ideas sorta pop up on their own and not on demand.

You're off to a fab start with 10,000 words. One of the novels I'm thinking about is 18,150 words and the other is 20,360... Wow, I just checked so I could tell you and I all of a sudden became anxious. I hope one of those is worth working on.

Good luck to me and you! :-)

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