Hello 2013. What kind of year will you shape up to be? Oh, really? The kind I make you? Good to know.
As a brief aside, super news ended 2012. My husband was granted his permanent residency. He can stay in the UK (hurrah!) and our house move can start progressing (well, as soon as the New Year holiday is over, in Scotland, the 1st AND 2nd of January are holidays).
So, 2012 ended well, and I have high hopes for 2013 being a very good year. We're moving, for a start, which I'm very excited about. I think the extra space will be hugely beneficial to our rest, and our family dynamic. I'm looking forward to decorating our new home, slowly, without pressure, until we can step back, look, smile, and think 'This is our home.'
My husband and I both want to be healthier, and loose some weight. I got the year off to a good start. Green tea, eggs and veggies, and kettlebell. One of my main calorific vices is red wine, and my goal is not to have any until my birthday at the end of the month. Another thing I love is chocolate, but rather than buy bars (I'll likely scoff the lot) or give it up completely (are you mad?) I'll get out the good old fashioned, cocoa powder, heat some milk, and make a delicious warming drink.
There is something though, more important than the eating, the exercising, and the weigh loss goals. I need to have a healthier view of the world, and my place within it. To not automatically see more negatives than positives. I need to seriously limit my footsteps along the path of 'I'm not good enough, I can't do it, I can't be bothered' and turn, and march along 'I'm not perfect, but I'm doing my best, I can do it, and let's try it, maybe it'll be fun. I need to stop living in fear of consequences, and rather live in joyful expectation of possibilities.
So, what kind of year do you hope 2013 will be? What are you prepared to do? What thoughts and behaviours are you willing to let go of, to make it that kind of year?