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Are New Year’s resolutions dead or dying?

New Year’s resolutions are apparently so “yesteryear”, yet somehow I can’t help treating the start of a new year as an opportunity to clean the slate and start afresh.

new-years-resolutionsHonestly, despite getting re-married last year, 2012 was a tough year for me.  My emotional and mental disposition was taxed to its capacity and I fear I suffered much more than just a sense of humour failure.

Thankfully the year passed quickly and now I foster great hopes for the next twelve months. This year is going to be a good one – I can feel it in my bones.  Furthermore, given my daring frame of mind, I decided that setting some ambitious personal goals would kick my year off on the right footing.

Maybe I speak for myself, but the problem with setting goals and resolutions is that the temptation to backtrack or conveniently forget what I am striving for is all too easy. I want to make 100% positive that by the end of the year I am able to measure my progress; to do this I plan to document exactly what I want to achieve by sharing my goals with you.  Here goes:

Goal 1
Focus on my dream to have my poetry published one day
Measurement: Start my own dedicated poetry blog

Goal 2
I want to try to start a family this year.
Measurement:  Er … this would go without saying LOL

Goal 3
I want to focus more time on my writing:  this blog, poetry and short stories. 
Measurement:  I need to have entered at least one writing competition by the end of the year.

Goal 4
Get fit and eat healthier.
Measurement:  Join a gym, gym at least four times a month and map out an eating plan. I have set the target weight of 69 kg by mid-year as my first major measurement point.

Goal 5
Spend more quality time with my husband.
Measurement:  At least once a month, participate in one activity/pastime/hobby that my husband wants to do.

new-years-resolutionI’m so pleased that already I’ve made great progress on my goals.  On my first goal, my new poetry blog (http://poetizing.com) is now up and running. Please check it out and let me know what you think.  On my second goal, we’ve actively started trying (big smile).  Lastly, by joining our local Virgin Active gym, I’m making steady progress on my fourth goal and at the same time I am doing something my husband loves to do with me.  So my fifth goal gets a tick in the progress check box there too!

I would love to know if I’m the only old-fashioned person who has set New Year’s goals?  Hopefully not! :)

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Addictions can be good

I’m tickled pink! My fellow blogger, Being a Beautiful Mess, nominated me this week for “The Addictive Blog Award”.  I’m even more humbled by the fact that little Teatart could be nominated by such a thought-provoking blogger such as Beautifulmess.

The Addictive Blog AwardThe rules of the “The Addictive Blog Award” require that I thank the person awarding me and share my story on why and how I started blogging. Beautifulmess, you are truly extraordinary.  Thank you for sharing your intimate experiences with such honestly and wit.  You continue to inspire me.

As to why I blog, I can only say that writing has always been my first love. From an early age I have written stories and expressed my emotional trials and tribulations through poetry. Without writing, I would be incomplete.  Blogging is simply an extension of my writing.  It provides me with an outlet to share my life in the hope that others will be able to relate to my story and be encouraged (as I am by other bloggers).

Truth be told, when I started blogging only recently, I had a concrete plan on what I would be writing about and who I would be communicating with.  Plans are good, but I’ve quickly learnt that blogging is somewhat of a painter’s canvas – the picture changes as the artist continues painting.  My blog, Teatart, is exactly that:  my own ever-developing artwork.

Since I started Teatart, I’ve had the honour of interacting with so many motivating bloggers.  Whereas I felt alone as a former cheater, a divorcee, an insecure thirty-something woman and a sex-starved wife, I now feel part of a larger community of caring writers, poets and photographers who aim to make a difference, no matter how small, to other people’s lives.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The following bloggers, in no specific order, are my nominees for “The Addictive Blog Award”:

  1. Recovering Wayward Spouse’s “And you may ask yourself … well … how did I get here?”
  2. Chris Martin Writes
  3. Find fabulous
  4. Rgonaut’s “I whatever”
  5. The drunken cyclist
  6. A dog with Fleas
  7. Deep Fried Yankee
  8. Project: Expansion
  9. Daddy Drinks
  10. Matt on Not-WordPress
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