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New Year’s Resolutions

I know that lots of people hate new year’s resolutions, but personally I find them quite useful. I rarely actually stick to them, but writing a list makes me evaluate the year that has passed and think about what I’d like to change for the forthcoming one. So here we go – some of the highly personal ones have been left out for obvious reasons, but I’ll give you the first one, just for a laugh.

1) Stop examining my face in the mirror to check for signs of ageing. It’s not going to actually stop me from ageing, so it’s pointless. We all do it, surely? (Please tell me we all do?) But it is pointless. I mean, I slather on just about every cream known to man, I don’t smoke, I try not to smile during daylight hours, I spend much of the day not moving my face at all… What more can I do? Have myself cryongenically frozen?

2) Stop browsing the internet for bargains. I get utterly, utterly obsessed with things on the internet. Some of them are useful (investment pieces, marvellous beauty buys) but many are things that I never end up purchasing and have wasted hours researching. I suppose to a certain extent I could call this browsing ‘work’, but only to a certain extent…and my browsing definitely crosses the ‘work’ line!

3) Stop being so hard on myself. I am ultra-critical. About everything. I always have been, so I can’t imagine it changing now, but I feel I can make an effort to relax a little. Can’t I? I have a panic attack if I watch television (should be doing something constructive) and – crikey – you should see inside my brain if I meet a friend for lunch! All my mind is chanting is: “why are you relaxing? You can relax when you’re dead!” Not good.

4) Stop Grinding Teeth. OK, this is the kind of thing that Mr AMR will no doubt find too personal for me to be posting on t’internet, but hey-ho. Teeth-grinding. I have taken it up as a sport, non-intentionally. Probably because of the stress induced by my high standards (see resolution 3) but also because I have weird teeth positioning that means they are always rubbing together. Do not fear, for I have a mouthguard! I had a mould made and it fits perfectly – I have yet to wear it, however, because I don’t want to scare Mr AMR. I tend to chatter away right up until the moment I fall asleep, and I can’t talk with it in, so….. Suggestions?!

5) Write more words! I don’t mean on here (although you know how much I love writing for you!) I mean for my MA. Some of you may not know that I’m currently doing a Masters’ degree in English (Creative Writing), but I am! My routine, however, is shoddy at best. Because I have to film videos and do bits and bobs for A Model RecommendsI, I never seem to schedule in enough time for my fiction writing. This must change – I need to get more organised! I have purchased three wall calendars and am currently writing various schedules and lists onto each one – it’s a list-maker’s dream chez moi at the moment!

OK, those are the main ones. This is actually the same list that I have written in my personal diary, so I hope you feel privileged! Ha. I’m sure I’ll think of more things as the week goes by (don’t spend so much on clothes, get up before 1pm, yadda yadda yadda) but for now this is good enough for me.

I feel as though I’ve achieved quite a lot in 2011 – A Model Recommends gets something in the region of 15,000 views a day now, and I like to think that it’s hard work that has got me there! Obviously there’s also intense enjoyment – that helps. I love writing and getting feedback, it’s the most satisfying feeling. So thanks to you all for your wonderful feedback! Here’s to 2012 – it is going to be a great year for everyone, I can feel it in my bones!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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(P.S. I nicked the cartoon image from http://www.michellehenry.fr/newyear.htm – I do hope they don’t mind. A nice big link-back should soften the blow…)

31 comments

  1. Grazie per il 2011, auguri per il 2012!!!
    Ciao

  2. I just love you Ruth! I hope I get to come back as a model in my next life! And I hope you have a splendid 2012!

    XO!

  3. Happy new year AMR!! A toast to many more years to come!
    Xxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. my new years resolution:
    write (more) comments for your really really beautiful posts
    This is a lovely blog and I’ve been following it for a few months now and I really got remorses for leaving no feedback.
    xx

    • @Kathrina aw, I don’t mind – it’s pretty time-consuming, I hardly ever get a chance to leave comments on other people’s! xx

  5. I love your list! And they actually all apply to me, too (although I’m not doing an MA in creative writing but I do like writing and I really ought to do more! That sentence was very revealing to how far my writing skills have deteriorated… Ugh). Good luck and happy new year! Maybe you should consider posted a short story for us to read now and then? :D

  6. Happy New Year!!!
    Yes, I do the face thing! I’ve always done the face thing, and I don’t suppose I’ll stop now even if I “resolve” not to, unless marooned somewhere (the moon?… desert island? no, there’d be water… ) without any reflective surfaces at all… anyway… careful with the face immobilisation thing, as muscle looks waaay better than fillers… and if you didn’t spend time on the internets, by the way, I wouldn’t have discovered you, or Alpha-h, thanks so much for that!!! Or loads of other stuff! So thanks Ruth, for spending time on the internets, my skin is sooo much better for it!… and I also spend far too much time trawling through the internets, and e-bay at the mo’, “educating” myself about vintage and tribal jewellery and textiles, bargainous skin care sites, and forums for real life feedback on products… and where to source stuff like iso super e, etc… aaaagh! you can justify it cos you have AMR, what’s my excuse?… and my teeth grinding has converted to the clench… not sure if that’s an improvement, as I’m sure I’m developing hamster muscles…
    anyway, lots of love for 2012, apparently it IS going to be a great year for Sagittarius… I b****y hope so, as I am one, anyway, enough New Year ranting from me! xxx

  7. Happy New Year, Ruth! I’ve discovered you earlier last year (around Jan time) so it’s safe for me to say that I utterly enjoyed reading your blog and watching your videos! Your hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed and I really appreciate it when you do thorough reviews :) All the best this year xx

  8. Ha ha, this was actually very entertaining!(Reminded me Zoolander)

    “I try not to smile during daylight hours…” – You need some serious help girl!
    Just let it go and enjoy the ride.

    Happy New Year AMR!

  9. Happy New Year Ruth!

  10. I think the best new year resolution is to try and live better, and by better I mean a big “carpe diem” hosting our experiences.

    Great site, happy new year!

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