Happy New Year – A Progress Report

Mr Bear the British Shorthair

Happy New Year! Are you all nursing gigantic hangovers? I probably will be, but can’t say for sure because I’m writing this days in advance and am, with any luck, sat in the rooftop bar of my Miami hotel as this post publishes onto the world wide web. Your New Year has happened before mine if you’re in the UK – that’s novel for me, as I have never spent New Year away from home. I do hope that I’m having a wonderful time! Hello Me! Hello Mr Bear – are you being looked after? I do hope that my Mum isn’t throwing some enormous rave in my house – you can never be sure with her.

Right, I’m not going to hang about today, let’s get straight to the nitty gritty. New Year’s Resolutions. For most of you, these are a bit of a farce – you can make them, inside your head, and forget about them. Not so, for me, not so. Stupidly I wrote them down and published for all to see and they have been viewed almost a hundred thousand times over the past twelve months. I feel I need to give some kind of report on my progress, so here goes. (If you want to read the original resolutions then click here.)

1) Stop examining my face in the mirror to check for signs of ageing. NO PROGRESS. I do this religiously and obsessively.

2) Stop browsing the internet for bargains. HAHAHAHA! Enough said.

3) Stop being so hard on myself. Well. I haven’t done very well at all so far, have I? And this one? Stop being so critical? I’d have to say NO PROGRESS. I’m worse, if anything – but it’s the only way that I get anything done, so for the moment I can’t see it changing.

4) Stop Grinding Teeth. Yeah, still doing this one. And I had a mouth guard made and have worn it…oooohhhh…..twice?

5) Write more words! Yes! I managed this one! Though I’ve been rather slack for the past couple of months due to workload and potential brain shut-down. But I have definitely increased my output in terms of writing fiction (I do this “on the side”), helped enormously by the fact that I’m paying an arm and a leg to do an MA and I have to hand stuff in.

Well. Not a great progress report, admittedly, but I’m happy enough. Who the hell makes New Year’s Resolutions these days anyway? I need to get with it – move with the times! This is the age of self-congratulation and a ridiculous sense of entitlement – I should be blowing my own trumpet from the rooftops and patting myself on the back with one of those wooden-arm back-scratchers!

With that in mind – well done me. And you – let’s not forget you – well done to you all. Whatever you’re doing, keep on doing it and let’s make 2013 even better than 2012! The only resolution I’ll suggest (and sorry to get all “Nanny State” on you) is that if you smoke then give it up. Best thing that I ever did.

Toodle-pip my friends, enjoy the first day of your brand new year!

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  1. carmel
    January 1, 2013 / 7:34 am


  2. January 1, 2013 / 7:48 am

    Hope you are having a GREAT New Year (and are feeling better) and if you are still not well are able at least to have some fun (have a few shots that will help the cold! Lol) TBH I don’t think I would be able to manage the first 3 so I can appreciate you not being able too. As for the writing more words I think you do a very good job full stop and always have (I have NEVER had that problem and prob send people to sleep with my long posts (so at least I’m good for insomniacs! Lol)and prob have people saying SHUT UPPPPPPPP! Lol) Anyway have a great 2013 and hope all your dreams and wishes come true xxx

  3. Gaya
    January 1, 2013 / 12:05 pm

    Happy new year Ruth! Hope you’re having a great time in Miami. XX

  4. spoiledcat
    January 1, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    Happy New Year from Germany! Hee Mr. Bear doesn’t look too happy with his cute little hat :-)

  5. Jess
    January 1, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Happy New Year from the States! I haven’t done any resolutions yet- perhaps I should resolve to procrastinate less? Let’s hope 2013 kicks 2012’s butt.

  6. Jay
    January 1, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    Fiction? Oh my Ruth tell us more about what you have wrote so far. What sort of stuff is it? Have you been on a writers retreat like in Tamara Drewe yet ;)

  7. Yan
    January 1, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    Happy New Year Ruth(^V^)/ Let this New Year be one, where all your dreams come true. Wish you a blissful and prosperous New Year 2013XXX

  8. January 2, 2013 / 12:51 am

    What a priceless picture- too too handsome for these mere exposures here!! Thank you ever so much for this post, Ruth, all you do all year, and a happy healthy New Year to you and yours … xoxo Beth in Pgh ;-)

  9. Tracy Kay
    January 2, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    Happy New Year, Ruth! Being an American, I an quite churned that I knew what “Toodle Pip” meant. You see, I have read all of the Royal Spyness novels :)

    • Tracy Kay
      January 2, 2013 / 6:01 pm

      oops, meant to say “quite cuffed”.

      • Tracy Kay
        January 2, 2013 / 6:02 pm

        Darn that drunken typing….chuffed

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