My 2019 manifesto

My 2019 manifesto

Here we are on the cusp of another new year. I can’t believe it’s 2019. It doesn’t seen a minute since we celebrated a new millennium. Back then, I think we all thought life would be a little different by now. But instead of riding around on hover boards, we mostly just spend our time squabbling about Brexit. Anyway, here’s my ten-point manifesto for 2019…

To be more sociable. Since moving, it’s so much easier to entertain. Sunday lunches, dinner parties, cocktail parties – I want to do the lot.

I will remain strong and not give in to Brexit-induced despair. While there’s still a glimmer of hope that we can forget all about it, then I will remain optimistic. Delusional? Probably. But it’s the only way to keep things bearable.

To cut down on my catastrophising. A made up word, which basically means always thinking the worst in any situation. Closely linked to hypochondria, anxiety and, well, just being a bit bleak. I’ll probably never eliminate it completely, but I certainly want to curb these tendencies.

To knit more. So soothing, and it’ll probably help with the above. I haven’t picked up my needles in the last year, and I’ve missed it!

To read more non-fiction. I read stacks and stacks of fiction but hardly ever anything else. I’d love to kick things off with a biography of Mary Queen of Scots.

Back up my ambition with productivity. I do a lot of dreaming about what I can achieve work-wise, but get bogged down by my own lack of productivity. Once the kids are back at school I need to start prioritising and stop prevaricating.

To write shorter to-do lists. I never tick everything off mine. Which either means I’m chronically lazy or that they were too long in the first place. I’m hoping it’s the latter.

To lose a stone. It’s not cool to say this, but I would be thrilled to lose a stone. It’s got nothing to do with low self-love and everything to do with the fact that my trousers are too tight.

To consume less. Fast fashion, plastics, everything. 2019 is the year to be strong and really put it into practise. Not easy, especially when my inbox is currently bursting with tempting sales offers.

To eat less meat. This year I’d like the whole family to be about 80% vegetarian and only eat meat a couple of times a week. We already do this most of the time, but I’d like to make it more official. The challenge is finding vegetarian food that appeals to adults and children. Expect to hear more on this subject throughout the year!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!


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