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After bitterly neglecting my blog for so long I have decide to end the year the way I want to start the next: write more!

December has been a stressful, busy month, not only was it filled with parcel packing, card writing, baking and tree decorating but teaching took it’s toll and piles of correcting, extra work hours and difficult chats filled my time, hands and my mind.

But with the new year just one wakeful night away I am putting it all behind me and coming up with a plan for 2013.

My biggest challenge will be “the follow through”:I am really good with coming up with ideas but I am very bad at actually making them happen. It’s not all procrastination sometimes its a lack of priorities, not knowing where or how to start and sometimes it is really bad time planning on my part. So for 2013 I will attempt to be more organised, structured and realistic about my time and simply follow through with my big thoughts.

The second challenge is “more steam”: My next big issue is my lack of steam, I more often than not start something, get all excited about it work really hard and then I get distracted, lose interest, run out of time or life just gets in the way. So to counteract this I need to be more consistent, try and be more like a long distant runner and not like a sprinter. And oddly enough it also means “get off my butt”. Have you ever heard the expression: “If you want something done, ask a busy person. The more things you do, the more you can do” The wonderful Lucille Ball may have been known for her flaming red hair and wonderful comedic timing but this quote shows how smart she was too (after all she was the first woman to be head of a TV production company). So my attempt to get more steam will be paired with doing more stuff and snapping my lazy bone in two.

My third and final challenge is to “think Positive”: Now I do not believe in Karma nor do I think by being a good person, good will automatically happen to you (just look at Sophie Scholl, Mahatma Gandi, Dian Fossy). However maybe by thinking more positively about possible outcomes of endeavours I would be more motivated and less likely to give up when it all seems to go wrong. I am not a negative person, but my logic and realistic view on things may at times stand in my way and keep me from seeing the positive possibilities especially when they are only small. So my challenge to myself is to try, even when I think I’ll fail, and let the hope in my heart win.

So goodbye 2013 and welcome 2013, I am excited to see what you’ll bring and I hope you won’t disappoint me.  So with the words of the wonderful Tennyson

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…