Happy New Year 2014!
I know we don’t like waking up to a brand new day in a brand new year and have people ask “What are your resolutions for this year?” I used to make them and break them all the time. And then what I did was just pick one. One thing I wanted to do in a year that would make myself better, one way or another.
This was my pick in 2013 and I must say that for the most part, I kept it up as best as I could. I know some of you shared your one resolution in 2013 you hoped to keep and if you did, I’d love to know if you managed to stick to it. Remind yourself if you’ve forgotten.
But for 2014, I’d like to not call it a resolution. I’d like to call it self-improvement. How are you looking to improve on yourself in 2014?
As much as we think we’re perfect (heh!) we all could probably do with one or two areas of improvement. I most certainly do and there are in fact 2 things I want to challenge myself to keep to this year.
How about you? Did you manage to keep to your 2013 resolutions and are you ready to take my 2014 challenge? Come on – give it a go!
The 2 things I want to improve on myself this year are:-
- To take better care of my oral hygiene
- To waste less
Embarrassingly enough, I hadn’t gone to the dentist in about 2 years. I didn’t even realise it until towards the end of the year when my teeth started feeling very sensitive and uncomfortable. I was worried it might be a cavity or a worse problem and finally went to the dentist.
Fortunately, there were no cavities but it turned out that I’d been unconsciously grinding my teeth and wearing out the enamel which explains the sensitivity. If I had been visiting the dentist regularly enough perhaps he might have caught it and I could have done something about it. But for this year, I’m resolving to take better care of my teeth, floss more regularly and I’ve already keyed in a reminder for my half yearly dental visit so I don’t forget this time.
The second thing I want to do is to waste less. Not of just one thing, but for everything.
Locally, prices of many essentials are going up but that wasn’t really my impetus although it is as good as any. While we can’t help inflation, we can help ourselves waste less, be it money, food, beauty products etc.
So here’s what I’m doing:-
- I’m cutting back on buying stuff unless I absolutely need something
- No more hoarding
- No more “back ups” because realistically I never get round to them unless they’re essentials like cotton pads
- No more buying too much perishable food that I can’t get finish before they go bad
- No more buying food items that I “may” want to eat but live in my fridge for months
- Clear out the fridge more regularly
Mostly, I’m aiming at having less food wastage because I often feel awful when I have to throw out expired food or wilted vegetables and fruit that I forget to eat. But as I’m intending to have more homecooked dinners next year I think it’ll be easier to control.
Plus I’m also going to look for some sort of phone app that helps me take control of my pantry. If you do know of a good one, please share!
So that’s what I want to improve on this year. I’ve already started actually so I’m just keeping the momentum going through the new year
How are you looking to improve on yourself in 2014? Did you manage to keep your 2013 resolutions?
If you weren’t sure what you resolved to do in 2013, refresh yourself here. Hopefully you managed to stick to your promise and turned out to be a better you. If you didn’t take my 2013 challenge, take my 2014 one. We’ll revisit this at the end of the year – good luck, peeps!