Return to my New Year’s Resolutions

We’re almost in month four of 2015 now (where has the time gone?!) and I thought it’d be a good time to see how I’m getting on with my New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t usually make them, but I decided this was the year to make some commitments and stick to them (for once).

So, here we go…

1. Start a blog

Well obviously I have done that (and technically had done when I made the resolution) but part of that was to keep going with it, which I have done really well (if I do say so myself!) I’ve managed to post regularly with reviews and other posts, and I’ve enjoyed the effect it’s had on my life. I’ve made a lot of online friends, even met some of them at the wonderful UKYA Extravaganza event. I’ve done my first author interview and have another coming up soon, and I’ve widened my reading and read some amazing books as a result.

2. Complete the British Books Challenge

It’s month three of the challenge and 21 of the books I’ve read this year have been by British authors, which I think is pretty good going. I want to make it to the end of the year and read at least 5 books by British authors each month.

3. Finish my second draft

After finishing the first draft of my first novel last year, I wanted to finish polishing it off this year. Have to say I’m stood still a little on this one at the moment. But I have taken a first step: my partner is now reading it (and is about half way through) which is a big step for me and massively scary, but also great to be able to share it with someone and discuss it (as if it’s a real book!) But while the editing isn’t happening at the moment, I am over half way through the sequel, which is progressing nicely.

4. Get fit

The classic New Year’s Resolution which I imagine a ton of people make every year. I’m not sure how to measure this one, but one of the main goals was to complete the NHS Couch to 5K running challenge, which I successfully completed this week. It did take me a little longer than the 9 weeks it should have, due to illness and other things (like going away for a few weeks and not taking trainers with me), but I can now run for at least 30 minutes without dying, which I think is pretty good work. I just need to try and keep it up now the programme is over!

So those are my resolutions, which I think are all progressing quite nicely. It does feel good to have some long term goals for the year, and I think writing them down and sharing them has made want to stick to them even more!

I hope anyone else who made resolutions is managing to stick to/make progress with them 🙂

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