At the start of each new year I always feel like it is opening a book at the first page. None of us knows what lies ahead in the story of the coming months but we have a choice of whether we just read the book or whether we add to it by our actions … more like a diary.
I don’t really make New Year Resolutions anymore but last year I did set myself five goals to achieve and I made a pretty good attempt at reaching them.
My first goal was to finish writing my novel and get it published. Well, part one of that is done and I’m working on part two. I have given myself three months to find a literary agent and if I don’t I will self publish my book and let you know how to get hold of it on here (always assuming you are interested). Only one person at QVC has read it so far, Kathy Tayler, and she said, and I quote, ‘I didn’t think it would be that good. It was like reading a proper book.’ It did make me smile!!
Chris has also read it and on the strength of it bought me a new ‘baby’ computer, a Packard Bell from QVC, as both of my books so far have been written on a programme called Ability Write, which then had to be converted into Word. The gift tag on my present read, ‘Get back to work – I’ll supply the tea!’ As an aside for a moment, do you write cryptic messages on your gift tags or just ‘to’ and ‘from’?
My second goal was to re-start a fitness programme. When we moved to this house, almost a year ago, we had boxes everywhere for several months so nowhere to set up my fitness gear. A priority was to get the cabin built at the bottom of the garden, which we had achieved by July so for the last six months I have been able to enjoy working out in my own space. It’s just as well really as my first four shows on QVC this year have been either Pilates or Spin Gym and it’s only the second day of the year!
Another Christmas gift, this time from the cats, was a rainbow maker to put in the window of the gym. I love rainbows so now I have my own whenever the sun is shining.
My third goal was to help my children onto the property ladder. It is so difficult these days for young people to have a home of their own so one of the reasons we down-sized last year was to be able to help them out financially. As you know if you read my blog regularly, Daniel bought his first home in July and has been settled there with his cat Wilfie for almost six months, although that is set to change as he has some exciting news, which I will share soon.
Sophie has been living back at home to help her save more money for her deposit and although she hasn’t found anywhere yet she has been granted a ‘mortgage in principal’ so it is a case of waiting for the right property at the right price.
Goal four was to turn our new house into a home. There is still so much that we want to do to the house but I am really pleased with the homely feeling we have already created. Painting the conservatory and fireplace, and the arrival of the new sofas the week before Christmas meant that we were able to accommodate Daniel, Sophie and the two mums (Chris’s and mine) for Christmas without too much upheaval. Sophie tried out the new sofa bed in the lounge and gave it the thumbs-up for comfort, as did Milo the cat who couldn’t believe his luck that he was allowed to sleep on his ‘mummy’s’ bed.
My final goal for the year was to organise another charity event, which I managed just prior to Christmas with the bake sale for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Not on the scale of the swimming gala but every little helps.
So, I did pretty well at working through my list last year and over this coming weekend I will compile my list of goals for 2015 … I can highly recommend it as an alternative to New Year Resolutions as it is too easy to feel like you have failed if you break a resolution early on.
I need to head into QVC shortly as I am on air at 3pm today; a little earlier than is usual for me on a Friday. It’s a beautiful sunny morning so I will definitely be making use of another of my Christmas presents for the first time: my new sunglasses. I have had my previous pair of Prada sunglasses for almost five years.
I have never been a ‘designer’ person so was shocked when Daniel and Sophie clubbed together to treat me to them as a birthday present. In terms of price per wear they have been great value for money as I’m hoping my new pair will be. I had mentioned that I wouldn’t mind new sunglasses for Christmas so while I was buying some new fitness clothing at Sweaty Betty in Windsor for my Pilates shows, Sophie and Daniel lined up six pairs of glasses for me to try on. I had no idea of brands but the pair that felt most comfortable were Bulgari … eek! They had better last as long as their predecessors!
I feel very fortunate to have been surrounded by my family this Christmas and to have received such thoughtful presents. One other present I wanted to mention was from my mum. At eighty-eight she doesn’t get out much to go shopping so usually she sends gift cards. This year though she decided to buy presents and mine was a beautiful pair of earrings shaped like white feathers. If you read ‘One Hundred Lengths of the Pool’ you will know why these are so special to me and in fact white feathers also feature in my new novel, provisionally called ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’
Think of your list of goals for this year and good luck in achieving them.