Resolutions and New Beginnings

New Year’s Resolutions – do you have them? I know lots of you do. There has been much talk on Twitter, Plurk and forums about them for the last few weeks. Any time someone asks me what my resolutions are, I tell them that I don’t have any. Usually, that is true. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. For me, it’s a waste of time. Also, not making them saves on the crushing blow to my self-esteem when I break the first of them on the first day – and all of them within a week. It also saves me the money on chocolate – to ease the feeling of failure.

Oh, there goes resolution ten: No More Chocolate.

You see? Resolutions suck.


When I gave up smoking (2 years, 3 months and 27 days ago, thank you very much!) it wasn’t on a resolution made in January. Every year in January I made the same resolution to quit, and it lasted about an hour – at the most! 

I gave up in September 2008, and I haven’t looked back. Well, that’s a lie actually. I still have moments where I totally crave a cigarette. But the point is, I didn’t start again.

So, no resolutions. 

But this year…? Well, this year feels different.

Maybe it’s because I turned 30 and now have to really be all organised and stuff – like an adult.

Maybe it’s because I’m really hoping to make this writing thing actually go somewhere.

Maybe it’s because I think I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up – and now I have to work at it to make it happen 

You don’t have to tell me that I have been a really bad blogger for the last few months. I already know.

I have good intentions, I really do, but somehow they just get lost along the way. I don’t really know what happens. I think my muse ran away somewhere with my motivation, and now they’re sitting together on a beach with a total disregard for my absolute need of them to get anything done.

So, this year – completely in the face of my lifelong New Year philosophy – I am making some resolutions.

Here they be:

  • To do my very best to write a blog post each and every day – on each of my main three blogs (The Thought BubbleThe Writer’s Bubble,bubblebooPhotography) - I fully expect to break this resolution, particularly with regard to my writing – but I am still going to try, and hopefully the resolution will spur me on to write more than one post every six months!
  • To reply to every comment left for me on each of my main three blogs – I have been really rubbish at this for a while now, and I am so cross with myself for it. I love you for taking the trouble to comment on the drivel wonderful things I post here, and it’s really rude of me not to respond properly. This will be rectified from this day forward. I promise.
  • To take (and post) a photograph every single day – I might post it here, onbubblebooPhotography, my Posterous (if it’s an iPhone shot), my Flickr or on myblipfoto site. Wherever I post it, you can rest assured it will be done. I want to get serious about my photography now – and practice makes perfect, right?


 There are so many other things I want to do this year – like getting reviews done faster, for example! – but I think that being too ambitious at this early stage in my relationship with resolution-making might just push me over the edge! I want to achieve things, not be completely overwhelmed by the goals I have set myself.

I have a couple of other things going on this year. One of which is very exciting, and is all thanks to a dear friend of mine – you know who you are ;) And I am sure she will be very relieved that I’m trying to get my organisation into gear!

Whatever the outcome of my resolutions – and it remains to be seen whether I even make it to the end of January! – I know that there are those of you who will be with me throughout the journey. I love you for that, thank you.

And those of you who have read through to the end of what has turned into a marathon post…I love you for that, too :)


bubbleboo is a freelance writer and carer to her son, who has autism

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