2013 is approaching and as I look back on the past year I find myself reflecting on what went well and what did not. So the done thing is to make some new year’s resolutions. The same time last year I promised myself I would start running, eat healthily, find my degree interesting and stop biting my finger nails. By the 5th January I was sat in front of the TV in my newly purchased running gear, eating a 1 kilogram bar of dairy milk chocolate, in a deep state of denial about the large pile of books on the French Revolution lying on my desk, whilst intermittently biting my finger nails in a state of panic about my other three resolutions. It is safe to say that this trend continued well into 2012.
It’s safe to say this was not me!
This year I’m not going to set myself resolutions in the traditional sense, I’m going to make a promise to myself about what I am NOT going to do! I see it as channelling my inner whiner! But these are definitely my top three.
Number 1 – I refuse to be inspired!
A hasty statement perhaps but I will explain. I watched the Olympics, I enjoyed the Olympics, I believed with no training or commitment I could become the next Jess Ennis. In short it is fair to say I felt the Olympics was inspiring, but my inspiration only went as far as buying some trainers! So when I say I refuse to be inspired. What I actually mean is I refuse to be inspired, spend money on my new inspiration and fail to commit to the cause.
Number 2 – I will NOT think up ridiculous money making schemes!
I say this as I have a penchant for believing, as exhibited by my Olympics example that I do not need to plan things. In my wisdom I thought I could write a book in 2 weeks, send it to a publisher and be a millionaire before returning to university in October. One small problem was that I didn’t actually have an idea for a story; but knew that 50 shades of Grey had been a big seller, so set about writing my own version. It is safe to say that 50 shades of brown remains in a state of permanent incompleteness!
Number 3 – I will not embark upon DIY skin care projects!
Now when I say DIY skin care I mean, in essence homemade face masks. Lidl at some point in 2012 had avocados for sale at about 30p each. I thought ‘bargain!’ so bought 5. Of course having not thought the process through I couldn’t think of anything to make with avocado except guacamole. So they stayed in my fridge for 2 weeks before I hit upon the idea of making a facemask. The face mask was a combination of avocado, natural yoghurt and honey – a recipe I wish I had never found on the internet. I mixed up as it said to do and applied to my face. Unfortunately the avocado pieces were too heavy and gravity came into play. I had pieces of avocado falling into my eyes, mouth, lap and covering the table I was working at with a thick unpleasant, lumpy, green paste. And to top it all off when it was removed – my face was just sticky – Not a success!
Face mask take 2: the turmeric disaster! This one was truly the worst of all, I forget the other ingredients but I know there was turmeric. I mixed it all together, applied to the face and left for 30 minutes. Unfortunately upon removing the facemask I was made aware of the fact that turmeric stains. I was yellow for a week!
Happy New Year Everyone!
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