2018: The Story So Far…

I entered 2018 with an air of new-found enthusiasm, clutching my list of New Year’s resolutions tightly in my (rather chilly) mitt. The title of the page boldly announced it to be a written record of the things ‘I will be by 2019’. First on the list, the rather brave: ‘I will be a non-smoker’. Now I know it’s early days and I don’t want to jinx myself, but so far so good on that score.

I will be a non-smoker

However, it’s thrown a spanner in the works of ‘I will be my ideal size and weight’, on which progress has not been great. However, I am losing, just very very slowly, which is not bad for someone who currently (in lieu of cigarettes) wants to shove toast and marmite in my face at every given opportunity. Now for the sake of absolute honesty, I should probably tell you that although I am no longer smoking cigarettes, I am vaping. However, I feel and the non-smoking friends who I have interrogated (nicely) agree that whilst it may not be the perfect solution it is eleventy billion times better than the smoking was. I will work towards giving this up as well at some point, but I’m in no rush and my doctor has no problem with it at all, so that’s something.

I will be my ideal size and weight

I have broken these resolutions down into much more manageable chunks and listed the ways in which I will make these targets achievable which is something I don’t usually do and very probably the reason I have failed in the past.

However, 2018 has seen its initial casualty… Well, sort of. My poor BuJo has been relegated to work only. All the lists of work tasks are still in there, but for everything else I have moved back into my beloved Filofax Malden, I am still using a modified version of the BuJo system though. I’m using a ‘week on one page with notes’ refill from Filofax. Appointments and meetings are written on the appropriate day. Tasks are listed BuJo style on the notes page and it works a treat. I’m so happy to be back in my Malden. I was missing it terribly, to the point where I had convinced myself that I was receiving accusing looks from it every time I walked past the shelf.

I have moved back into my beloved Filofax Malden

Incidentally, I am quite impressed with the changes Filofax have made to their inserts this year. I’m not a huge fan of decorated pages, so the addition of just a little colour is perfect for me. They’ve also made the paper slightly thicker, now I have always loved their paper because it was thin and light, but I don’t think they’ve gone overboard and I am finding that I don’t have to be so fussy in my choice of pens.

I’ve also promised myself that 2018 will be the year I decide what I want to be when I grow up. The end of 2017 saw me resigning from a job that I loved and which should have been low stress and easy to walk away from after a shift, but which had taken over my life completely and sent my stress levels through the roof. I’m currently applying for jobs, but also giving serious consideration to returning to Uni. To be honest, that is what I really want to do, but I may not be able to make it work financially, so we’ll see.

As I said, I lost myself to work over the last couple of years and since I’ve been a lady of leisure, I’ve retrieved my camera from the back of the cupboard, so I’m sure you’ll see plenty of photos this year. Just consider that fair warning. 🙂



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