This is my last muse of the year on my resolutions. Today I intend to put my laptop away and my work files. Assign things I need to think about work to the back of my grey cells which I find to be a great way of coming up with great ideas when I want to pick things up again. Instead of the usual juggling of every day life I intend to spend lots of time with my family, watch lots of films, eat some really good food, walk it off with some longer walks than I have been doing recently, see well-loved friends, get up when its light and read lots and lots of fiction. So I thought it was an appropriate day to write the final resolution blog of the year.
If you have been reading these musings over the year you will know that I set myself a challenge of a list of resolutions for 2013. And each month I have discussed how I have been getting on. With the objective that this way my resolves would extend longer than the end of January. It has worked for some key ones and not so well for others but overall it has been a success. Particularly for probably my main achievement of the year which was to lose some weight as I was in danger of going up yet another dress size. By mid January with this blog to write at the end of the month I realised that unless I took action 2013 was not going to be the year I lost my post baby weight and my baby is soon to be 10. So I did and started the 5:2 diet. I have done the 5:2 ever since and although it might not be for everyone for me it works . Plus I have found some really great recipes under 500 calories particular thanks to the Hairy Bikers Diet books. I have also since our holiday in Harris eaten lots more fish and am pleased to say I am now a regular at our local fish shop. In the course of the year I have lost over two stone and feel so much better for it. So for 2014 the resolve is to keep myself at this weight but will give myself a break over the festive period first.
The other great success of the year has been starting to explore something I have wanted to do most of my life which was to write creative stories. This has always been a goal but also something that I am scared of too. What if I can’t? What if I am no good? These are some of the questions at the back of my mind and its easy not to do rather than face your fears. But this year a creative writing course started in the village and I have really enjoyed exploring my writing more. Sadly due to illness we’ve had a lull over the autumn and winter. I have found not having the classes has meant that I don’t need to write so I haven’t but I have missed it. So very happy that the classes are resuming in 2014 and again this is a resolve to continue in 2014.
Another successful resolve was to switch less and cash more. I struggled with this over the first six months of the year. Spent half the month switching and the remainder with the cash that was left. So late summer I introduced my cash only policy and its worked much better. I have a set budget each week and in the main I am keeping to it and even managed to save some money for Christmas. Another resolve to keep for 2014.
Other resolves were not as successful work in progress for 2014 I think. But if you had told me at the beginning of the year I would have had three major successes I would have been very happy. So happy with the three.
At this point I am wondering if you are asking yourself about the title of this blog and the fact I haven’t mentioned it yet? So who is Mrs Hamilton? And why is it significant to this blog?
Mrs Hamilton was a lady who was in my church when I was young. She lived down the road from us in a flat above what was the sweet shop. I was lucky enough to have two Grandfathers who visited every week and one of whom I was very close to. But I didn’t have a Grannie and I always felt I had missed this precious relationship. Sadly both grandmothers died when I was young. Mrs Hamilton knew this and her grandchildren lived in London so we adopted one another. Each Saturday I did her shopping for her and then went back to her flat for Irn Bru and a biscuit and a chat. I loved Mrs Hamilton very much and remember her fondly.
This week I was back at my parents and as I drove into Cambuslang the first thing that caught my eye was a sign on Mrs Hamilton’s flat to say it was for let. It made me think of Mrs Hamilton but also of two lessons that I have learnt over 2013. One life is short you need to treasure your loved ones and hold them close. Plus meeting a school friend this year has made me realise that who you were makes who you are today and along the way many people touch you and enhance you. Mrs Hamilton was one such person. So dedicating this blog to Mrs Hamilton and all the special people who have touched my life over the years. You are not forgotten.
Have a great festive break everyone. Happy Holidays.