5 Resolutions You SHOULD Make in January

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

So, back to work then.

Truth is I’ve managed to start the new decade with the dreaded lurgy (otherwise known as a bit of a cold). Even so, despite the fact I don’t make resolutions, I’m finding it hard not to be filled with the urge to make changes and improvements to my life. I think it’s more the aftermath of a 2 week holiday of excessive eating and being lazy than any particular New Year nonsense but still, the feeling is there.

As a compromise I’ve come up with 5 resolutions that won’t make me feel bad and are pretty hard to fail at. What do you think?

  • Wear less black.

  • If there was ever a time of year you need a bit more colour in your life, this is it. It’s grey, it feels like there’s nothing to look forward to. Wearing less black is a GOOD plan.

    Maybe go for something a little more low key than this though, you don’t want to blind anyone. A slick of red lipstick or some nice bright gloves for instance, but not this. Never this.

  • Drink less Alcohol

  • Not NO alcohol, just less. There are studies that prove that the occasional drink is good for your heart and it can certainly be a pleasant way to unwind and lift your spirits in a dark and dreary January. Frequent, heavy drinking, however is not only bad for your liver but also your mind, leading to depression and anxiety.

    Like you need to feel any worse after Christmas.

  • Eat more healthily

  • I’m not talking about losing weight, that’s a killer cliche resolution. It’s also one that requires deprivation and will leave you depressed when you get to the end of January and haven’t lost any, or depressed because you have and you spent january chewing on carrot sticks.

    No, what I’m talking about is eating more fruit and veg, drinking more water and eating less processed food. This will actually make you happier. Experiment with the exotic varieties from your supermarket or grocer. The internet is a great resource for recipes for random veg. This is the fun side of healthy eating. The depressing side is cutting down on cheese, cream and chocolate. Save that for February.

  • Look after yourself

  • When it’s cold and miserable central heating and air conditioning all play havoc with your hair and skin. Starting the New Year with a promise to pamper yourself a little is hardly a trauma. Take a trip to Boots and buy all their half price Christmas gift boxes then lock yourself in the bathroom in a cloud of sweet smelling steam till you emerge looking like a Princess.

  • Be less Grown Up

  • I hate being grown up. Do something ridiculous like build a fort in your living room. It’s way more fun than going out for dinner and cheaper too. Being grown up implies a lack of imagination, you don’t want that, especially in January.

Photos by by lepiaf.geo , rchappo2002 , Mulad

37 Responses
  • Closet Coach
    January 5, 2010

    I love the living room fort!

    My resolutions all centered around style, so I particularly appreciate the thought of wearing less black. I was recently at a traditional Korean New Year’s celebration where we all wore hanbok, the very colorful traditional dresses. When we changed back into our street clothes, how drab we all looked in our blacks and greys and browns.
    .-= Closet Coach´s last blog ..New Year’s style resolutions =-.

  • Emily
    January 5, 2010

    I love your blog and these resolutions are soooo good!!! One of my resolutions is to wear less black – or more colour! I’m doing ok so far! Have painted my nails red!!!

    .-= Emily´s last blog ..To Dye or Not to Dye… =-.

  • Ally
    January 5, 2010

    Your castle fort beats the crap out of all the blanket-and-chair-backs forts from my childhood. I want one! I’m sure my roommates won’t mind if I take over the living room. 😀

  • Diana
    January 5, 2010

    I think my favorite is to be less grown-up. So many people become so serious as adults, that they forget how to have fun!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..“When the weather gets cold” =-.

  • Gem Fatale
    January 5, 2010

    Haha, that fort is amazing! I need one in my life!

  • katrina
    January 5, 2010

    love the fort idea — should create one right under my desk.
    .-= katrina´s last blog ..On Finding You =-.

  • Noshabelle
    January 5, 2010

    Love your resolutions!! Hahaha, I can agree – especially about wear less black.
    .-= Noshabelle´s last blog ..the polka dots fill the sky =-.

  • Maddy
    January 5, 2010

    I am so onboard with your resolutions, especially the wearing less black & the look after yourself part. I alway seem to look like a cavewoman by the end of the winter. Thanks for the reminder!

  • eyeliah
    January 6, 2010

    great resolutions (I think I need to drink more alcohol, lol). that photo is super adorable, I will talk to my hubby about a fort. 🙂
    .-= eyeliah´s last blog ..And I’d Like To Stay That Way =-.

  • Treacle
    January 6, 2010

    Brilliant resolutions! I’m definitely trying to add more color to my wardrobe and I could always use a reminder to be less serious. 🙂

  • lisa
    January 6, 2010

    Great list of resolutions, Retro Chick! Hehe I guess you already know what mine are.
    .-= lisa´s last blog ..New Year’s Resolutions =-.

  • Denise @ Swelle
    January 7, 2010

    YAY for forts! I would love to see more colour, the sea of grey and black coats on a dreary day is so depressing! Bring on the fuchsias and yellows! (And not mustard, that doesn’t count!)
    .-= Denise @ Swelle´s last blog ..High Price Tags Explained: Why a Hen in an Egg Necklace Costs Nearly 10 Grand =-.

  • alixrose
    January 7, 2010

    You built a fort!!! Love these resolutions, I will add these to my list of nonresolutions that I will try to keep. If that makes any sense.

  • Leia
    January 7, 2010

    Excellent article! I’m going to try to keep to them all. Except the alcohol one – I don’t drink anyway! 😛
    .-= Leia´s last blog ..Garments Factory Visit =-.

  • jesse.anne.o
    January 8, 2010

    Awww, black kitty. I resolve to hug more black kitties.

    Also, my uncle had that same set of green floral Corningware.

    All good advice. Particularly less grown up, for me. “Responsibility” is usually my middle name.
    .-= jesse.anne.o´s last blog ..Rutting =-.