“There’s no point in making new year’s resolutions, most people only end up breaking them,” quipped a cynical friend of mine, when I started reeling off my goals for 2012.
But what I love about the dawn of a new year is it’s the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start. So I’m all for making new year’s resolutions, as long as you don’t do a ‘Bridget Jones’ and come up with things you’ll never stick to.
Last year I made my new year’s resolutions with my friend Jenny. We wrote them on pretty cards, sealed them up, swapped them with each other and we will be reviewing our goals together over dinner very soon.
I am hoping we will be pleasantly surprised with the results, because we chose things that were fairly easy to achieve, but just took time and effort. After all, what’s the point in setting unrealistic goals? You’ll only beat yourself up when you fail to achieve them.
You see, I’ve learnt my lesson about setting ridiculously idealistic goals. While having a party with my university friends we decided to write down three things we wanted to achieve by the time we were 30. We kept it secret from each other and sealed our individual three point plans together in an envelope with a large wax seal. It looked very gothic and romantic.
That was seven years ago, we’ve all turned 30 and not one of us feels ready to break the wax seal on all those hopes and dreams. I’ve requested that we now open them when we’re 40. After all, I still have a lot of work to do…
My new year’s resolutions for 2012 are still a work in progress. But after a recent manicure where the beauty therapist in question said to me “Someone needs some cuticle cream in her stocking,” I will be religiously using Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source Intensive Nail & Cuticle Therapy. My key goals are all about boosting my career, so I won’t bore you with those.
It’s always good to dream big, but whatever new year’s resolutions you make, keep them real. A lot can happen in a year, so let’s hope 2012 is a good one!