I had a look at last year's entries, and I don't seem to have written down any New Year's Resolutions. I know though that my main aim was to finish my Master's, come hell or high water. Last December I moved in with my boyfriend. Here I am one year later, plus one MA, minus one shitty ex.
I'm not celebrating tonight. Until Wednesday I'm in my hometown where nothing happens, and I didn't feel like travelling anywhere. My nan also died last night, and although it was expected as she was in her 80s and had been seriously ill for most of the year, it doesn't make you feel festive. I've never been big on NYE anyway. A quiet drink with friends or a gig or something keeps me happy. I don't like it when there is a scheduled time that you're supposed to have enormous amounts of fun. I guess I'm just awkward.
Here are the resolutions for 2013.
1) Get a long term job
Doing temp work becomes very annoying after a while. I can't move anywhere or commit to anything much, because I never know what I'm doing or where I am more than a couple of weeks ahead. Signing on the dole for only one week or 10 days or whatever is incredibly tedious.
2) Try to get some steady illustration work
I have a certificate that says I'm officially allowed to draw now.
3) Sew more clothes
Use the patterns from my Burda style & Golden Hands magazines
4) Read an average of 2-3 books per week
I only managed an average of 1.3 this year
5) Catch up on some classic films and books I've never got round to
6) Do more musical things
That's ground to a halt for the past 2 years, for various reasons.
7) Draw for at least 30 minutes every day
8) Get better at making pastry
9) Keep more money in my savings account for a rainy day
Current total £20. That's not going to cover much of a rainy day. It's not because I'm profligate, it's just that I've been so broke for so long.
10) Write letters more regularly
And when I get a permanent address, get a PO Box.
11) Go to life drawing class regularly
The gym for the eye and the pencil
12) Make a zine every month
This was one of my aims for 2009, and I managed it.
Also, travel with nice people, not whiners
14) Get a new laptop
The circa 2004 Powermac just isn't cutting it any more
15) Keep better track of what new music, books, tv shows etc are around
Things tend to pass me by
16) Get my bike fixed and use it again
For the past 2-3 years I've ended up writing things like "worry less", "have more fun" every year. I don't know if resolving to do something so vague really works.