These past few days so many bloggers have been busy writing about their plans for 2013 and detailing their resolutions for the new year. Reading all these posts got me thinking about what my resolutions and plans for the new year should be and that's where I came a bit unstuck.
There's certainly plenty that I want to achieve this year and I do have some personal goals, but it got me wondering as to why people make resolutions on 1 January and just how successful they are. Yes it is the start of a new calendar year and after the excesses of the Christmas period many people feel that it is a good opportunity to try to start living healthier lives. There's a lot of pressure seems to be associated with keeping new year's resolutions though. Pressure which appears a bit disproportionate when you consider that it's just another day.
My new year's eve was spent with Mr C, Little Miss C and Master C as guests of Daddacool and his lovely wife and children. Only an hour or so before we headed over to their house I'd followed a link on twitter to this post that Daddacool had written in lieu of a review of the year. He's spot on (as he normally is). Whilst it's nice to remember what has happened in the past calendar year (and for us 2012 has been very eventful – both good and bad) doing so is not going to change anything. I'm also acutely aware that it's easily possible to spend so much time talking about what you're going to do that you never actually have time to do it.
I want to remember what happens in our lives and that's one reason why I blog, so I can keep track of things as they happen. I also don't want to drift aimlessly through life so I do have some plans for things that I want to do personally and that I'd like us to do as a family. There are things in life that I want to do better, but I'm sure that's the case for everyone.
With two small children to look after it's not always possible to do everything that you want to do though and this is where I think you can end up coming unstuck. Does it really matter? Is anyone else going to judge you as to whether you kept your resolutions or not? As long as you're true to yourself and try to be the best that you can in everything you do, surely that's all that is really important.
That leads me to my one resolution for the year 2013. I want to make this the year in which I give everything I do 110%. I don't really mind how successful I am, but I want to be able to hold my head up high at the end of the year (and on all the 365 days inbetween) and congratulate myself on doing everything to the best of my ability. Whether that is being a wife and mum, being a member of my local community or being a blogger, as well as everything inbetween.
I don't want to be sat here in 12 months time with another list of things that I should and shouldn't do, so I'm not just making this a new year's resolution for 2013. Instead it's going to be my resolution from here on for the rest of my life. None of us know how long we've got here and so I'm determined to make the most of every single day. And I intend to have as much fun as possible whilst I do so.
And while I'm at it – marking one of the family's first acheivements of the year – LMC has declared that it's time to move into a "big girl bed" even if we did find her fast asleep in the middle of her bedroom floor half way through the night!