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Yes, I know I should have sung Auld Lang Syne for you on new years day and it’s just turned midnight on the 3rd of January but I was in recovery mode.  I went down to Kiama in NSW to see in the new  year with some friends.  It was only going to be a quiet night but we ended up going to the local club and we had a ball.  We had dinner there then headed down to the water to watch the fireworks at 9pm.  After that we wandered back to the club and saw 2014 surrounded by really friendly locals.  We had a great time.

I often spend New Year’s Eve on my own and to be honest, I don’t mind doing that either. It can be a time of reflection and thought.  I often cry when I hear Auld Lang Syne..it’s such a stirring song, but  I do cry easily.. When I watched Forrest Gump for the first time, I started crying when the kids wouldn’t let him sit down on the bus and I didn’t stop for at least an hour after the movie finished … .Ah well, I guess that dispels the rumours that I have a heart of stone lol.

So this year, on the drive back yesterday, I thought about my new year’s resolutions.  Now I always start with the same ones each year and break them by the 2nd of Jan.. so I decided not to make the usual, lose weight, keep my desk tidier, pluck my eyebrows more often ones.. and just think about what it is I really want to change in my life.  If you don’t want to change, there’s no point in making any resolutions at all because you won’t stick to them.

So this is the list I came up with: 1.  Write more often.  I don’t have a set routine for writing and I think I need one.  It’s too easy to be distracted when you have the brain of a goldfish like I do.  2.  Tell people I love them more often.  I struggle saying those words to be honest.  I do love people.. I love them immensely but it’s hard to say those words.  I guess I wasn’t raised hearing them.  I knew Mum loved me but she didn’t say them much either.  So I’ll just have to practise more often.. 3.  Say yes to invitations more often.  I tried this experiment once before promising myself that I wouldn’t turn an invitation down for a month, thinking I was safe as it was a quiet time and suddenly I got invited out all over the place.  4.  Don’t leave everything to the last minute.  I am the number one procrastinator and it needs to stop.  I need to stop putting tasks off and just tackle them as they come in.  5.  Make time to pamper myself.  Last year I started having a massage and pedicure regularly and damn it felt good. So this year, there’s going to be much more of this stuff.  It’s time to look after number one.

So nothing too drastic this year.  I will try to lose weight and keep my desk tidy still but I don’t like my chances at getting past the 3rd of Jan (I’ve just eaten a strawberry freddo frog and the wrapper was filed with all the other paperwork on my desk..) Sigh.. Oh well. we can’t all be perfect.

I think the main thing I REALLY want to do this year is to explore as much of Ireland as I possibly can while I’m there in March.  I want to keep adding to my bucket list so that I always  have new things to explore.  Until July though, when I finish Diploma, I’m going to have to put exploring on hold, other than the Ireland trip.  I’m looking forward to having that Diploma.  It’ll be a real sense of achievement.

I also want to keep improving my photography.  I read something the other day (I forget where) which said, there’s going to be a lot of people who don’t like your work but there’ll be those who do and they’re the ones you need to think about.  I loved it.  It made me stop and think.  I always compare myself to others and can think of a million reasons why my work isn’t as good.  Then of course there are those who will find snide ways of eating away at your confidence but that can only happen if I let it, and I no longer intend to let that happen.  So I will take more photos and learn a new thing in Photoshop every week.

I will write more.. and I really want to start to write some fiction.  I’ve always steered away from fiction.  Not because I don’t like it, but because I write it like I read it.  I race to get to the end.  If I’m involved in a good book, I don’t put it down.  So I’ll try to stop racing when I’m writing and try to plan my characters more carefully.  I have the concept for a story and have started writing it, so let’s see how the character planning goes.

So here’s to a happy 2014.  It’s going to be a busy one for me for the first six months so if I don’t write as often as I should, feel free to nag me.  I respond well to prompts lol. I hope your year brings you health, happiness, love and laughter.  If perchance you can add a good dollop of wealth in there as well, all the better.  It’s going to be another exciting year.  I look forward to reading those of you who also blog and sharing my journey with you all..

Happy  2014… Livvy 🙂