I don’t do the traditional new year resolutions. You know the “in the new year I’ll start…” (insert your favourite from the following: going to the gym / eating more healthily / a diet / saving money / etc…)
That doesn’t mean that I have no plans, just that they have a better chance of actually happening because I have thought about them for a longer time. They tend to be more of a continuation of something I already do with, hopefully, some improvements.
However, because of my health, this time I have had to rethink some of my plans.
I already swim but sometimes I just can’t be bothered. I was supposed to start going once a week with a friend so I would have to go even when I felt too lazy. As I really enjoy swimming and my problem is getting my bum off the sofa to get there (10 minutes away), it had a very good probability of lasting. Unfortunately, in my current state, there is no way I could even swim 1 length.
Feasible with some modifications
I had also decided to grow more vegetables. Last summer I grew quite a few potatoes but I didn’t have a lot of success in growing anything else. I was supposed to prepare the soil in November but, of course, I was not able to do that and, to be honest, I still can’t at the moment. There will be no digging for me for the next few months. I am now trying to see what I can grow in containers as it will be a lot easier for me to manage.
The biggest challenge
At the end of 2015, after becoming debt-free, I decided to pay off my mortgage early. This year, I am going to try to pay off an extra £4000 on top of my normal monthly payments. It is going to be difficult because, after almost 2 months off work, I will be going back a few hours at a time to start with. I don’t expect to go back to my normal hours for at least another month. As I also missed all of December – the best paying month of the year – things are definitely going to be a bit tight.
I have great hopes for 2017.