I'm not usually a great believer in New Year's resolutions - generally they're doomed to failure, with most statistically falling by the wayside before the end of February. But the bright, shiny new year does seem to bring a feeling of optimism about the fresh year ahead, a feeling that we can achieve anything, so this year I'm breaking the habit of a lifetime and making some actual resolutions. In additon to this year's sewing list, which I'll post next week.
1. Get out more
One thing I'm especially determined to do (and doesn't even require discipline) is to get out more and make the most of what London has to offer - which I've been shamefully remiss in doing over the last year. There are so many amazing free museums that there's really no excuse not to. Plus it will mean some more interesting posts for you to read, so everyone's a winner.
2. Routine skincare
I've been really bad at taking care of my face and it's not thanking me for it, so my second resolution is to make a habit of taking five-ten minutes morning and night to properly cleanse, tone and moisturise. I've read that doing something for a month is enough to form a habit, so by February I won't even have to think about it.
3. Get active
Despite being a regular gym-goer for a lot of last year, it tailed off after they cancelled my hula hooping class (boo!). I want to get back into it though, except I hate this as a resolution because the gym is always so crowded in January! At least I can go during the day. But what I also really want to do is (as previously mentioned) take up ice skating. I'm thinking about taking the "coffee morning" classes up at Ally Pally - anyone care to join me?
4. Make new friends
Simple fact, I don't have many friends - at least not that live near me. But it would be quite nice to have a bit more social life, so I'd love to do maybe a monthly vintage lunch or afternoon tea. So, any vintage lovers in London want to hang out, get in touch!
5. Tidy house, tidy mind
Organisation skills have long been my downfall, and I'd be the first to admit that I'm not good at keeping tidy. But our little apartment is making me more houseproud as I gradually decorate it with things I love. I tidied the bookcase the other day, which doesn't sound much but actually it makes a real difference to the room. In tandem with a tidy home, I also need to get my head in order a little better and organise my life more efficiently, cos that's kind of key to achieving anything. As part of this I vow to put more effort into a proper blogging schedule to minimise the effect of my inspiration cycle (you may have noticed I tend to get bursts of creativity followed by long lulls).
6. Learn new stuff
Besides learning how to ice skate (see above), I'm super determined to learn how to dance - I've wanted to dance for the longest time, but this will be the year. At the end of last year I invested in a knitting machine, so this year I'll learn how to use it and - if all goes according to plan - produce some nice retro knitwear. I also hope to learn more about millinery, and thanks to my bro-in-law's thoughtful gift of Claire Schaeffer's "Couture Sewing Techniques" book for Christmas, I'll be trying to shift my sewing skills up a gear this year.
7. Cook up a storm
I used to quite enjoy cooking, but I've gotten a bit lazy about making real food except stir-fry and baking. So I'm going to make an effort to put the recipes in my collection of vintage magazines to good use, and I'm instituting a cookery-related blog post every week to document my efforts. Should be fun, no?