Happy New Year 2014!!!

New Year 2014

2013 has come and gone in the blink of an eye! And now here’s 2014 – and a whole new year of opportunities and goals to work towards!

Lots of people get cynical about resolutions – but I love a good tradition… and a good bout of list-making… and I love making New Year’s resolutions!

I could have made a thousand New Year’s resolutions, but this year I whittled the list down to six of my top priorities/goals for the New Year – to improve myself physically, mentally, creatively and also financially! I also included three ‘baby steps’ under each resolution that I can follow to help me stick to my resolutions…

The Salonniere’s 2014 New Year Resolutions:

1) Manage my finances better
a) Keeping my receipts and financial documents neatly filed and arranged in one place.
b) Devote some time each week to filling in a financial budget I have already prepared and beautifully colour-coded about two years ago in Excel but never got around to actually using!
c) Putting away a small amount of money into a savings account each week

2) Keep writing
a) Devote at least 20 minutes each day to writing
b) Write short stories for my blog and perhaps try submitting some of them to magazines/competitions
c) Improving my participation in writing communities online (writers’ and readers’ blogs and Twitter are great ways to do this) and through local writing groups.

3) Keep working on (and improving) my blog
a) Take a photography class to improve the quality of pictures
b) Blog consistently
c) Reaching out to people I would love to get to know better via my blog using methods such as social media, interviews and guest posts

4) Cease the gluttony!
a) Eat until I feel full, but not over-full
b) Sticking to healthy, clean foods (especially for snacks!)
c) Practice mindful eating – and trying other things like drinking water, taking a walk or meditating whenever I feel an emotional food binge coming on.

5) Make exercise an every day part of my lifestyle
a) Work out every day, whether it be just a 10-minute walk as the consistency will help make exercise an everyday habit
b) Go for a workout even when I don’t feel like it because I know I will be glad I did.
c) Trying as many different workouts as I can this year – i.e., trying hot yoga when winter comes, improving my swimming through swim lessons (starting in February thanks to a birthday present from some generous friends!) and trying every group class available at my gym at least five times this year.

6) Improving my spiritual wellbeing.
a) Be positive – and do my best to banish all negative thoughts or words.
b) Whenever I feel angry or upset with someone, for whatever reason, to always remember – “people don’t mean to intentionally hurt others so release this anger of yours.”
c) Doing my best to view each difficult situation as a chance to grow for the better and to be selfless as I possibly can.

What are your New Year resolutions and how do you plan to go about sticking to them? Let me know! x


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