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    • belfastgirl23
    • By belfastgirl23 19th Dec 16, 9:23 PM
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    Resolutions: Return to this thread December 2017
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    • 19th Dec 16, 9:23 PM
    Resolutions: Return to this thread December 2017 19th Dec 16 at 9:23 PM
    Following on from our December 2016 resolutions thread this is your chance to set your intentions for 2017.

    Well done to everyone who achieved some of their goals in 2016 - remember if you don't fail occasionally you aren't reaching high enough!

    I will come back and post mine when I've had a chance to think but I know some people are better organised than me. I've signed up for a bootcamp course to run from the end of January to Easter so that's going to be my first one anyway



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    Last edited by Former MSE Andrea; 13-12-2017 at 9:55 AM.

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    • Proxima Centauri
    • By Proxima Centauri 20th Dec 16, 4:47 PM
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    • 20th Dec 16, 4:47 PM
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    • 20th Dec 16, 4:47 PM
    I want to have a spend-free month (yes, month ) so that my account can replenish itself. Currently planning to have the NSM in February, as there are no birthdays, etc then.

    Also planning on severely curbing my internet use in the New Year.

    Other than that I would love to get my room decorated, and to take up some hobbies again.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 20th Dec 16, 4:55 PM
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    • 20th Dec 16, 4:55 PM
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    • 20th Dec 16, 4:55 PM
    Piano lessons is the plan. Was going to start in November this year, but that never happened.
    INTP, nerd, libertarian and scifi geek. Home is where my books are.

    5.2kWp system, SE facing, >1% shading, installed March 2019.
    • Picky Pickle
    • By Picky Pickle 20th Dec 16, 7:48 PM
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    • 20th Dec 16, 7:48 PM
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    • 20th Dec 16, 7:48 PM
    A spend free month sounds like a good idea, I'll try that also.
    • Amara
    • By Amara 21st Dec 16, 9:02 PM
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    Amara
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    • 21st Dec 16, 9:02 PM
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    • 21st Dec 16, 9:02 PM
    Hi!
    I want to;
    -loose two stones
    -double my business profit , or/and
    -start new line , or/and
    -find a new job in accounts
    -run in 5 km Done
    That's good enough for me
    Last edited by Amara; 27-02-2017 at 7:55 PM.
    1 debt vs 100 days challenge part 33 515/500
    Gaining assets
    • Gingernutty
    • By Gingernutty 21st Dec 16, 10:06 PM
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    • #6
    • 21st Dec 16, 10:06 PM
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    • 21st Dec 16, 10:06 PM
    Lose three stones

    Complete my GCSE Mathematics with a 9, 8 or a 7 (yes, they've changed the marking system again)

    Move into my newly refurbished house - five to six month conpletion schedule, they start in the New Year.

    Decide what I want to do with the rest of my life - I'm 49 next month, I need to get a move on

    Perhaps, have a proper, bone fide holiday for more than a weekend.

    Start to learn to drive
    Don't know what I'm doing, but doing it anyway...
    • AlwaysWorking
    • By AlwaysWorking 22nd Dec 16, 1:24 PM
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    • #7
    • 22nd Dec 16, 1:24 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 16, 1:24 PM
    I'd like to lose at least two stone and generally give myself an image overhaul...learn how to do makeup, buy a new wardrobe of clothes etc. I have zero self confidence in how I look and need to do something about it before I turn 40 in January 2018 as it's really impacting on my life.
    "I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." Marilyn Monroe
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 22nd Dec 16, 2:02 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 16, 2:02 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 16, 2:02 PM
    Aims for 2017:
    - Cut down my drinking of alcohol
    - Cut down my drinking of Coke Zero/Pepsi Max
    - Try to get to near 50 Parkruns, currently on 4
    - Do a Half-marathon!!!
    2013 - 313 AFDs, 2014 - 289 AFDs, 2015 - 321 AFDs, 2016 - 276 AFDs, 2017 - 276 AFDs, 2018 - 240 AFDs 2019 - 263 AFDs up to end of November
    MFW Challenge 2019 - £1809/£1809
    • charlie3090
    • By charlie3090 22nd Dec 16, 2:45 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 16, 2:45 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 16, 2:45 PM
    For 2017,
    I want to lose 3 stone,
    try to find joy in simple things as I have been a miserable moo this year,
    aim to reduce my debt by half.
    merry christmas and a happy new year to you all and may all your
    hope and wishes come true.
    • freyasmum
    • By freyasmum 22nd Dec 16, 3:49 PM
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    freyasmum
    My last resolution was New Years Eve 2014. I decided that, rather than focusing on the negatives, I'd prefer to be positive; so my one and only resolution was to be happy.

    Rather than telling myself I would lose x stones, go to the gym and get fit, etc, etc, I decided to ask myself 'does it make me happy?' before I did/didnt do anything.

    My job was making me miserable (rather, the person I worked most closely with was a cretin), so I left it. Took a temp job that was for two weeks till I sorted something else out and ended up there for 18 months till I moved. My colleagues were lovely and I learned so much as i worked in finance for a time.

    Since then, I have also lost quite a bit of weight, moved 400 miles away and my OH and I are having a baby. I have genuinely never been so happy in my life

    This year, I want to concentrate on building up my business. It's doing really well, im getting rave reviews and plenty of returning customers, and I want to keep this momentum going.

    And I want to spend our free time enjoying our family. Going for days out here and there. Not necessarily spending a fortune, but just having fun.

    Obviously I will also get back to my pre baby weight too (can't be perfect all the time! )

    Good luck, lovelies
    • princess loki
    • By princess loki 22nd Dec 16, 4:34 PM
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    princess loki
    Hmmmmm so many things I SHOULD be doing but what do I WANT to do!?!


    Want to do and should be possible
    1. Go to the seaside for a week
    2. Get front room re-plastered (do need to cut unnecessary spending to achieve this though)
    3. Sort out garden fence with neighbour (as above)
    4. Hopefully do National Trust Volunteer Leader Training - if I am selected
    5. Help to run a NT holiday
    6. Do my best to keep my mental health stable without taking medication


    Now for the ones I need to address but won't definitely succeed at so they should be classed as NY hopes


    1. Get fitter and drop a few dress sizes
    2. Stop using credit card for silly things and aim to halve balance by Sept 2017
    3. Cut down on alcohol consumption
    4. Join a yoga class or similar AND go regularly
    5. Stop buying Chinese when I am depressed! I AM A GOOD COOK!


    I might think of some more and add them
    it's nice to be important but more important to be nice!!
    • lulu 92
    • By lulu 92 22nd Dec 16, 7:28 PM
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    lulu 92
    1. Get to target. I've already lost 5st 8lb on Slimming World but I feel I could do with losing another two or three.
    2. Replenish my joint account. Having twins is expensive! I go back to work next month so this one should tick itself off.
    3. Start taking care of myself. It's probably because I'm so busy with the girls, but I don't really follow a skincare or haircare routine. I'd like to change this.
    Our Rainbow Twins born 17th April 2016
    02.06.2015
    29.12.2018



    • pinkduvetdiva
    • By pinkduvetdiva 27th Dec 16, 12:12 PM
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    pinkduvetdiva
    My goals for 2017:
    Reduce my overdraft (or better yet, pay the thing off!)
    Finish my course.
    Settle into my new job.
    Socialise a bit more.
    Finish the song I've been trying to write for the past 2 years!
    • Knightsuntold
    • By Knightsuntold 28th Dec 16, 12:59 AM
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    Knightsuntold
    So much inspiration on this thread!

    1) Lose a stone - not a massive amount, but it's been a nightmare to try and shift. Hopefully, it will be easier now I'm happier in myself.
    2) Take some time for myself - it's too easy to get bogged down in everything, and forget that I need to do things for me.
    3) Start swimming again, which ties in with one and two - I used to love swimming, and I haven't done it properly for more than 20 years. Time to get back out there.
    • goodwithsaving
    • By goodwithsaving 28th Dec 16, 12:22 PM
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    goodwithsaving
    2016 has been a tough year for me so I want to:

    - Learn to be happy on my own and not put myself down so much
    - Have the confidence to join clubs and make friends
    - Learn to leave work at work
    - Travel the West Coast of the USA
    - See my friends, even if alone go on daytrips - do something with my life for positivity without being held back by wanting to save £5 here and there but then being miserable

    I'm 30 next year and just want to be happy. I've been messed about by so many people (men) and had my heart damaged, I just want to learn to love life on my own.

    Fingers crossed
    Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self. –Nathan W. Morris
    • Starchaser
    • By Starchaser 28th Dec 16, 2:02 PM
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    Starchaser
    In 2017 I aim to:

    -lose 2 stone, having eaten terribly over the last 12 months and gotten into the worst shape of my life,
    -finish decorating my house,
    -get out more generally (I've become a little too reclusive lately),
    -read more and
    -generally cram more in.

    Oh - and perhaps I should try a bit harder to meet someone too.

    Good luck to us all in 2017!
    Last edited by Starchaser; 30-12-2016 at 2:53 PM.
    • sparkychris
    • By sparkychris 28th Dec 16, 2:37 PM
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    sparkychris
    In 2017 I aim to withdraw 150 quid every Friday morning, and make it last the week and only use my debit card for dire emergencies....

    And drink much less....
    lurker
    • LannieDuck
    • By LannieDuck 28th Dec 16, 3:30 PM
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    LannieDuck
    By December 2017, I want to:

    * Have a new job

    * Be doing some regular form of exercise

    * Have got the remaining bookshelf and all my OH's books out of the garage and organised.

    * Have formed a new habit of getting to sleep at 10-10.30 every night.

    * Go on a nice family holiday somewhere in the UK with the kids.

    * Still be doing swimming lessons with my 2 yo (may be tricky if new job is full-time - that would need us to resume Sat lessons). Possibly have re-started 5 yo on swimming lessons.
    Mortgage when started: £330,995

    “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
    Arthur C. Clarke
    • Dolly Rocker
    • By Dolly Rocker 28th Dec 16, 5:10 PM
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    Dolly Rocker
    In December 2017 I will.........

    1 - weigh 10st 7lbs - currently 16st 7lbs

    2 - be debt free - currently owe around 9k

    3 - have savings - want to buy a house in the next few years

    4 - increase fitness levels - currently a lazy sod

    5 - more quality time with husband, friends and family - do alright at this but sometimes it's struggle trying to fit them all in!

    Dxxx
    DF 2018 £12,754.09 - PIF 30.11.18
    My Home Fund £2,400.00
    Goal Weight by 2020 14lbs/91lbs
    I have 4 Nationwide Referrals left, PM me for £100 to switch accounts, link in 1-2 working days
    • groovy_chick
    • By groovy_chick 28th Dec 16, 6:10 PM
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    groovy_chick
    Thank you for starting this thread - I feel like making my resolutions 'public' might give me more incentive to stick to them.

    I shouldn't need an incentive though, considering these resolutions are to improve my quality of life, but we all know how easy it is to be complacent :/

    1) I need to lose 3 stones; my weight has crept up over the last 5 years and now it is holding me back from socialising
    2) Cut down on drinking. I am downing an obscene amount of wine and this is contributing to my weight gain and stops me from making good use of my evenings
    3) I need to save as much as I can this year, as I want to buy a house in early 2018
    4) I want to declutter as much as I can, for my house move and to maximise savings by ebaying

    I will start with Dry January - if I can do this then I will prove to myaelf that I can banish the booze and I will save over £100.

    Good luck everybody!!

    GC x
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