That’s the response I got from my OH when I announced that I would be going ‘dry’ for January. And that is where my New Year Goals (Resolutions are soooo last year, darling) began.
Ok I did opt for rather more than my fair share of ‘goals’ but I also admitted to being passionate about starting a new year off with a determination to change. Here’s how I’ve got on….
Dry January – 13 days down and ‘the shakes’ have finally subsided. Only joking! Seriously it has been
boring difficult at times but mainly due to habit. You know, Sunday nights when Monday is looming and a cheeky glass of vino takes the edge off it or Saturday night when you’ve been invited round to friends’ for dinner and everyone else is relaxing with their favourite tipple – so far, Shloer is not doing it for me!
|I can almost smell it!|
But I’m determined to stick with it, mainly cos I’m
stubborn as a mule very determined and know that I would be disappointed in myself if I gave in. I will admit to having to resist wrestling my husband for his glass of wine as he sat sipping it whilst watching TV yesterday evening (how selfish!)….cup of tea and a biscuit doesn’t have quite the same affect.
Less Waste – We are notorious for creating enormous amounts of rubbish and choosing not to recycle out of laziness. No more! Due to us running out of the special blue bags that our local council insist that we use for waste but only provide 40 for the entire year, we were forced into changing our habits.
When people in our local town are sending their children to school without breakfast as they can’t afford it, we simply must not be throwing away perfectly good food at the end of a week. I am on my second week of meal planning and strangely enough, this new-found routine has left me feeling quite liberated. I think it’s being in control and seeing the £30 saving on my shopping bill this week (a vast chunk *may* have been due to no wine being added to the trolley!).
More Time Outdoors – Can you cut me some slack on this one? It’s been raining incessantly for 13 days, so despite taking the dog for his daily walk, we have done very little so far. I have however, persuaded my family to opt into a ‘screen free day’ next Sunday 19th January, an initiative set up by Let Kids be Kids, I am planning to get them out and about. Watch this space!
More Photography – 2 weeks in to Project 365 and I’m loving it! The idea that I will have a record for every single day this year, right here on the blog, is really motivating. If you fancy joining in, it’s not too late. I have yet to look into a photography course or research digital SLR cameras (the fancy ones with all the different lenses, that take fabulous photographs that I am jealous of) but it’s on my list.
Less Ironing – This is going well so far…..mainly cos the OH is doing it instead. I never said *how* I would achieve this one, did I?
More Reading – I’ve started Daring Greatly by Brene Brown but I’m still not disciplining myself to read instead of spend time on screens. I reckon a whole evening of no screens next Sunday evening might help.
And the last one….More Adventures….we’re only 13 days in, give me a chance!
How are you getting on with your
Got any non-alcoholic drink suggestions for me? It’s going to be a loooong month!