1) Improve diet
2) Get fit
3) Deepen spiritual walk
4) Discover my destiny
5) Become more caring and sharing
- Joined Pilates, Zumba and Salsa classes
- Joined a “New Year – New You” meet-up group
- Purchased a moleskin journal to record thoughts and gratitude daily.
- Put journal away – turns out have nothing meaningful to say
- Resolved to quit judging, criticizing and fault-finding
- Visited charismatic church and joined in with the “happy clappy” brigade, despite feeling lippy and iffy.
- Went on 7-day detox diet. Resolved to drink plenty of water and eat more fruit and veg
- Donated all worldly goods to charity
- Took back worldly goods after reading an adverse report about this charity. Decided charity begins at home.
- Got into arguments with best friend, family member and next-door-neighbour.
- Retrieved journal from my “unused items” draw – now have plenty to say about those so-and-so’s!
- Regaled the whole sorry saga to my new friends at the Meet-up group.
- Realised have not only defeated purpose of personal development journal but have also broken resolution to stop judging etc.
- Repented and called in at local Catholic Church to confess and light some candles. No way am I going to admit this spiritual blip to the “happy clappy” bunch!
- Left Meet-up group. Did not find them very supportive.
- Read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Realised already am one. Yay! Have spent more than 10,000 hours eating the wrong foods, having the wrong attitude and saying the wrong things. Celebrated with a tofu and beansprout salad washed down with a kale and cod-liver oil smoothie.
- Listened to motivational messages on YouTube and followed Lady Cee’s two blogs – A Purpose-driven achiever and Women of Warfare!
- Resolved to read entire Bible this year in the Amplified version.
- Hit incredibly tedious section during a Bible-reading session about the Amorites, Canaanites and Jebusites. Realised have become a Bored-Until-I-Scream-ite and so give up Bible-reading plan and return to previous custom of only reading Psalm 23 now and again.
- Read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert to compensate, which stirs an overwhelming desire to eat, eat, eat.
- Gave up diet.
- Consoled self by jumping onto that new “see-food” programme which allows one to eat as much as you can of whatever you fancy. Bliss!
- Bought new clothes as old ones no longer fit.
- Donated old clothes to the Salvation Army
- Hurt back lifting self out of the doldrums, so quit Pilates, Zumba and Salsa classes.
- Volunteered for mission trip abroad. Fundraising attempts for trip distinctly discouraging. Friends won’t take me seriously and pastor of charismatic church says he can’t support initiative to “save endangered hedonists”.
- Took exception to pastor’s stance: (Jesus loved and spent most of his time with sinners), so left the “happy clappy” church.
- Journaled about my deep disappointment. It sure is lonely on the high road!
- Joined Salvation Army on the streets at weekends hoping to meet Mr Right (who doesn’t love a guy in uniform?).
- Got roped into serving soup to homeless down-and-outs
- Shook dust from feet when an old drunk spat on me (what do you mean – turn the other cheek?)
- Thanked God for common sense (My mother didn’t raise a fool!) and made sure incident recorded in journal.
- Cancelled mission trip.
- Booked all-inclusive luxury holiday to Barbados. After all I’ve been through, I deserve it!
- Attended New Year Eve’s party and commiserated with fellow failures
- Resolved to do better next year.
3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!
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