Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Reflection: Looking Back, Walking Ahead



It seems 2011 has been a whirlwind for everyone. For me, it began with uncertainty and ends with a desire to put into practise all the lessons of the year. One very significant chapter came to an end, and I feel like this year has been about learning how to be all over again. It's a bit of a surprise when that happens at 28/29 years old, but it's been both a challenge and a huge relief to let go of the reigns and just be.

Reflection comes as standard at this time of the year as resolutions to lose weight, learn a new skill, read more etc are scribbled down with vows that this year, we'll stick to them. I've had enough of setting myself up to fail, so here are my decidedly unambitious resolutions. You know what they say; aim low and you'll never be disappointed! :)

1. Now that I've finally given up my crusade to singlehandedly save books from extinction, I'll be stocking my new Kobo with all the classics I've been meaning to read, but never get around to lugging on the train. My cosy nights with Jane Austen have been a revelation!

2. Late nights with friends at various restaurants and bars across the capital will be replaced with cocktails and home cooking chez moi. I'm aiming for every dinner to look as inviting as the ones here.

3. I will get into a regular Shellac routine.

4. Although she'll need the patience of a saint, I'm hoping my lovely friend Al will teach me to quilt. This will be in exchange for the proposed fabulous food at resolution 2.

5. I'll grow my hair four inches for a summer of beachy waves.

6. I'm going to build the best capsule wardrobe known to man...and spend the savings made from not buying all the time on a bad-ass pair of Louboutins :)

7. Oh, and go on holiday more. The above photograph was taken last January in Palma. I need every month to look like that!

What are your new year's resolutions?

2 comments:

  1. I don't think it is about aiming low but giving yourself achievable resolutions and ones which mean a lot to you.
    My resolutions are realistic about getting things done, being there more for loved ones and taking care of me. Sadly, we should all be doing this more anyway but somehow we find even our everyday-ness less achievable. However, I aim for them to become my way of life and not let negativity get in the way of happiness.
    Sounds like you've had quite a bit of disappointment and hurdles to overcome but wow, don't you feel stronger for it?
    All the very best for 2012 and may it be a year of ups!!! xxx

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  2. Making them your way of life sounds very sensible! It's always so tempting to set endless lists that take so much effort to achieve and end up frustrating us more. I want this year to be all about fun and happiness!

    This year's not been so much a disappointment, but definitely a big learning year. You're right, though: I feel so much stronger for it, and a little bit wiser too :)

    I have a feeling 2012 will be a good one! xxx

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