New Year’s Resolutions

Around this time last year I did a post in which I stated that one of my new year’s resolutions was to give away 365 items throughout 2013.

At the time I had every intention of fulfilling this aim, indeed I felt utterly determined to achieve it.

However, as is the norm with resolutions, it started off well and then tailed off after a while.

I didn’t manage to record the expulsion of 365 items, but I did make it to 111, a mere 254 short of my target.


Funky necklace with matching bracelet – two of the items I managed to put someone else’s way in 2013.

This year I am again contemplating resolutions, although I have no reason to believe that I’ll be any more successful with them than I’ve been in the past.

For a period of about three months in 2013 I made a concerted effort to note down the books I read in that time, including the title, author and a short review of each one. Despite only doing it for three months I found it quite an effort, which makes me seriously question the advisability of making a resolution along these lines.


If books aren’t your thing, perhaps you could master a new skill in 2014 (you might need to click on the picture to read the quote on the bookshelf).

Despite already having more blogs than I can keep up with, I’ve created another new one, Lorna’s Books, where I hope to record every book I read in 2014. (You can get to it by clicking on the blog name, but there’s not much there yet.)

Although choice of reading material is a very personal thing and what I say about a book might be of no value to another reader, I quite enjoy reading other people’s book reviews and so I suppose there might be the odd blogger who would be prepared to read mine.

This project is mainly a test for myself, to see if I have the self-discipline to achieve something I’ve tried and failed to do on several occasions in the past. At the moment I wouldn’t bet on success, but you never know.

In order to avoid feeling depressed if my resolution fails, I should perhaps also set myself an easier challenge, such as eating a scone and drinking at least a pint of tea every day.

The only problem is it would lack any real challenge.


A stollen scone: one of the delights of the festive season.


37 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Hi Lorna, You are very honest to admit to not getting rid of the 365 items – I would certainly have forgotten! πŸ™‚ It was a hard task you set yourself, but I guess you’re not counting tea bags (used ones?) These could well make up the shortfall. I can only bow down to your latest resolution, that of listing and reviewing the books you’ll read in the coming year. I ought to do the same myself, having been given several books for Christmas. I look forward to reading your new blog! PS I hope you’ve had a good Christmas and haven’t been battered too much by this awful weather.

    • Thank you, Jo, I did forget about getting rid of things as the year wore on, but I’m quite amazed that I remembered to do it for a few months. If used teabags counted I would have had no problems at all. I really don’t hold out much hope for the book listing, but it would be great if keeping a blog about it made me finally achieve it after previous failed attempts. Thank you for following, I hope it doesn’t turn out to be too mind-numbingly dull. The weather’s been stormy here but not too bad, all things considered. The wind’s getting up again now. I hope you still have all your roof tiles!

  2. The resolution to eat a scone a day was appealing at first sight but I’ve pigged out so much over the last four days that some strict abstinence is now called for. I haven’t decided yet what form this should take but scones aren’t likely to feature in my daily allowance. I’ll keep them as an occasional treat or reward though! All the very best for 2014 Lorna and keep on writing!

    • Surely a scone counts as part of a balanced diet? They’re much lower in fat than most cakes and if you stick fruit in them they count as part of your five a day. Thanks for your encouragement on the writing front, I’m hoping to complete a novel this year, if I can keep at it.

  3. If scones and tea (might) be a NY resolution, I would gladly add myself to that list! It’s quite chilly in sweet tassie and I see a pot of cream & jam somewhere in the fridge…hopefully to be accompanied by a scone or two layer πŸ˜‰

  4. I tried to follow your lead and give away 365 things but also fell short. I diid give away some Christmas ornaments to the grandchildren so that will count. Good luck on your new book blog. I will check it out! Happy New Year.

  5. I think you can manage the pint of tea daily…but the scone challenge might be a bit more daunting, unless you make a small batch of your own daily. A scone a day with tea and a book to read sounds like the kind of resolution that deserves sticking to!!! Happy New Year

    • You’re right, Linda, the pint of tea is a breeze, and I admit that the daily scone isn’t quite so easy, However, I do bake my own scones several times a week and I eat at least one most days so it wouldn’t be too big a challenge for me. There are occasions when I swap a scone for a bit of fruit loaf but if I were really determined I’m sure I could manage both. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  6. New Year’s resolutions are tricky things…but it’s always useful to have goals, even if we fall short of some of them. I don’t know where I got this idea (reading something on the internet, no doubt), but last year I started a “happiness jar.” In it are small strips of paper describing particularly happy days/events/accomplishments that happened throughout 2013. On New Year’s Day, I’ll sit down with Dan and give them a read through. I’m really looking forward to it as it will give us the chance to reflect on the year we left behind, and look forward to the year ahead of us. I guess my New Year’s resolution is to keep the “happiness jar” going for 2014. I’m wishing you and your family much happiness in 2014, as well! :0) xo

    • What a brilliant idea! I think I might get myself a happiness jar for 2014. It’s so easy to forget the many happy things that happen over the course of a year, and a great idea to have a way of remembering them and reliving those joys. The more I think about it the more I like the sound of that jar. I’m going to do that this year. Thank you, Lucinda, and here’s to a full jar of happiness in 2014 for you and Dan! Enjoy your memories on New Year’s Day. πŸ™‚

  7. Happy Twixtmas Lorna! That’s a new word I learnt recently…and have been making free with it ever since. Good luck with your resolutions for 2014. Giving away 111 items (the triple nelson as I’ve been informed by cricketing man) is pretty impressive though. I gave up buying clothes in 2013, at first it was a saving thing, but then it took on a much more significant power…I felt liberated! So might carry on with that. I’m definitely with you on a pint of tea everyday. I recently discovered the lemon verbena tea you can buy in massive bags from the monk shop in Buckfast Abbey. A few leaves of that in a cup, boiling water and bliss! Though some would argue hotly that it is not really tea…. πŸ˜‰

    • Twixtmas? That’s a new one on me, Happy Twixtmas to you too! I had a feeling that 111 was a number that had some kind of meaning, thank you for mentioning the triple nelson. Well done with your clothes shopping resolution, it is indeed liberating when you don’t feel compelled to buy things. The Buckfast Abbey lemon verbena tea sounds wonderful. If only it wasn’t so far away I’d be hot-footing it to their shop.

  8. Lorna, you and I are both blog addicts! I recently created another one and dedicated myself to its development – for about 3 days – when I had to admit to myself that I just don’t have the time. However, I fully support you and your latest blog/resolution!!

  9. I shall be on your book site, because although I love your landscapes and yummy photos (and food generally), I eat a scone or cake only a few times a year, whereas I read countless books. I keep a simple excel sheet for books (and operas/plays/films) and found I could not keep up reviewing everything, so have a simple star system to remind myself. Since starting my blog last February, I have reviewed books that made an impact on me. The others just stay on the sheet. Anyway, go for it, I shall be reading.

    • That sounds very well organised with the Excel spreadsheet, I didn’t think of doing that but I think it’s a really good idea. I hadn’t thought of giving books stars either, or rating them in any way. Have you ever re-read a book that you had already rated and wanted to give it a different rating on a second read? I’m just thinking about how books sometimes have a particular impact at a certain stage in life, although perhaps a really good book is good whenever you read it. Thank you for your support, I wonder if we’ll have any books in common.

    • An interesting idea, Meg, and definitely a challenge. I feel quite overcome by the very notion of 365 different varieties of scone. I like the idea of hot chocolate, although I don’t drink it every day, or even every week. That would be a big challenge for me and one I’d have to work up to. Thank you for the suggestion and a Happy New Year to you!

  10. Dear Lorna, as always you make me laugh and feel so much better! Good for you to have given away 111 things. My one and only resolution last year at this time was to do my back exercises every day and I failed, about the time of our house move, not that that’s an excuse. But I think I will re-resolve the same this year and see if I get a bit further.

    I’m looking forward to reading about your reading. I never blog about my own reading because I am SO eccentric in my reading I’m afraid I would alienate people!

    • Thank you Christine, you’re most kind. I hope your back exercise regime benefits from a new burst of enthusiasm this year, but I sympathise with the difficulty of keeping it up because I’ve often fallen by the wayside with such things myself. I hadn’t thought of the possibility of alienating people with my reading material but I can imagine it could easily happen. I’ll just have to hope for the best.

  11. I loved this post Lorna and am thrilled that you now have a Lorna’s Books blog. I laughed out loud at your comment on perhaps not succeeding in your challenge and then setting yourself and easier one. Thank you for giving me a laugh.
    I’m sure you will succeed with your Book challenge.

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