I don't usually "do" new year's resolutions. I tend to feel that self-improvement is a gradual process, better approached as an ongoing goal rather than by setting artificial targets at the beginning of the year. Besides, I've watched too many people set ambitious and well-meaning resolutions, and spectacularly fail to keep them within the first few days.
But this year, for some reason, I really wanted to do something. Maybe I was in a goal-setting mood, since I was also busy making my Before 30 list (look out for an update on that in January). I decided there were a number of things that I wanted to aim to do every month: to cook something I hadn't made before, to do something crafty, and to have a weekend away.
One advantage of doing it this way was that, even if I failed at one of my goals during one month, the slate would automatically be wiped clean again the next month.
|Jan||London||Embroidery: first few stitches||Chocolate & marmalade cake (not blogged)|
|Feb||Warwickshire; London||Embroidery kits||Veggie omlette|
|Apr||Faroe Islands||More embroidery||Beanburgers|
|May||Lancaster||More embroidery||Apple & raisin flapjacks|
|Jul||Preston||Flags embroidery||Danish rum truffles|
|Aug||Lancaster||Embroidering more flags||Winberry pie|
|Sep||Cornwall; Amsterdam||More embroidery||Lemon drizzle cake|
|Oct||Leeds; Oxford||Baby gift||Mincemeat|
|Dec||Bath||Felt decorations||Mini florentines|
Obviously, there are a couple of months where I didn't achieve many of these goals: June, due to being in Greenland for almost the entire month, and November, mostly due to NaNoWriMo (and a conference paper that happened to have the same deadline). Both of these seem like pretty solid "excuses" so I don't feel at all bad that other things fell by the wayside.
I really liked this way of doing resolutions, and they were good things to resolve, so I think I'll stick with more or less the same idea for 2011.
How about you...?