1. Attempting to live a minimalist/waste free lifestyle
Inspired by Claire from Just a little Less, I have tried in the last two years to change my lifestyle and buy only what I need. This has not worked and causes stress at home because I haven't been able to convince the rest of the household to do the same. I tried: bought my husband a copy of Stuffocation: Living more with Less for his birthday. He hasn't read it: I have. And he continues to buy endless gadgets, cycling gear, musical instruments.. I am now learning to accept this rather than getting annoyed. And I enjoy shopping for clothes with my daughter (for the first couple of hours anyway) so I'm not going to feel guilty about treating myself to the occasional frivolous purchase.
2. Extreme decluttering
Bought the Marie Kondo book 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up' and tried her method (Do you need/love this item? If not bin it!) I gave a really warm comfy, good quality Celtic Collection grey wool cardigan to the charity shop. More fool me, as I want it now. Our house is still relatively untidy. This doesn't matter much.
3. Excessive Worry about Work
I've been working a lot more this year and have surprised myself as I've coped well, not getting as stressed as I have done in the past. It's getting older I reckon: I don't worry so much about what others think about me.
And looking to the future...
Well I'm going to do the conventional New Year thing and improve my fitness. I've been inspired by another self-help book, a Christmas present from my sister who has recently discovered yoga and has an inspirational teacher, Nicola Jane Hobbs. She has just published this book - it features my sister's friend Carol, who is my age, as one of the success stories. (Regular readers of this blog may note that I've said before I'm giving up self-help books. This one is different - I didn't buy it myself..)
I've let my exercise habit slip since the summer when I was hitting my activity goal every day according to my Polar Loop monitor. Davina Fit in 15 minutes hasn't been working for me recently as my knees aren't up to the jumping involved. The Yoga Gym is a good alternative and combined with regular dog-walking should help me feel better and maintain flexibility. I'll track my progress on here.
Happy New Year to you all!