In the past, I’ve never really been into new year’s resolutions. When I gave up smoking and when I reached for new goals, they’ve usually happened at some time during the year – when I’ve felt like it. But this year feels different. Maybe because I had some time to think during my Christmas holiday in the Philippines or maybe because 2012 was quite an eventful year. Whatever the reason, here is what I’m thinking for 2013.
1. Bookshops. During university, I worked in a few bookshops: Book Etc. (which is not around anymore) and The Royal National Theatre’s bookshop, which I absolutely loved. I also worked at Waterstones Gower Street. So when I took a walk along Charing Cross Road last year to discover the changing landscape of a street that was once renowned for its variety of bookshops: big and small, the reality of the digital age hit me.
Of course, I love my iPad and the fact that I can carry a number of books on my Kindle but I also love books. I love holding them, flicking through the pages and putting the book on my shelf once I’ve finished with it – maybe even looking forward to picking it up again, once some time has passed. So, one of my new year’s resolutions is to make sure I purchase at least one book a month from a bookshop. (I’ve already bought two this month). I’m not trying to fight the digital age but with the largest online bookseller being scrutinised for paying little or no UK corporation tax whilst local bookshops disappear from our high streets, I want to do anything I can to make sure I support the book stores.
2. It’s What You Eat That Counts. I had a revelation whilst on holiday. I was practically horizontal for the entire two weeks and yet I lost a few pounds even though I exercise more when I am in London. The difference between here and there was that there, I ate fruit instead of cakes and I ate rice or noodles instead of fries and bread. I don’t believe in dieting because life isn’t fun when I’m hungry; I’m not fun when I’m hungry. So I didn’t skip on meals or restrict my food intake – and I had plenty of fish and meat. But the weight dropped off me and now, I’m determined to keep up the healthy eating.
3. Work Life/Balance. The whole of 2012 felt like I was on a high speed train racing towards each goal. But as each box was ticked, another deadline or two would spring up and so it was difficult to feel like there was time to get off a stop and enjoy the destination. So, this year is about work/life balance. It’s about having time to pamper myself; being organised with my blog (which is pretty much like a part-time job); and having quality offline time with my loved ones.
4. Writing. I finally finished Stephen King’s On Writing whilst on holiday. (If you are a budding writer or are looking for some writing inspiration, I wholly recommend you reading this book. It will get you going!)
And now I feel ready to write a novel this year.
I’ve written a novel once before and I’ve tried reading it a few times but I have to admit defeat on it. It is so bad, I can’t bear to read past the second page, so I’ve put it back in the drawer and this morning I started something new.
My aim for 2013 is to write for a couple of hours each morning before my day officially starts, which is something a lot of successful writers have managed to do. Anthony Trollope wrote for 2.5 hours before his day job at the Post Office. So let’s hope the same approach works for me. There’s no harm in trying and if that doesn’t work, trying again!
5. My Blog. I have new ideas for my blog, which I am looking forward to introducing in 2013. And my goal this year is to keep on improving King’s Road Rocks! – if only to keep my readers entertained and to show more of who I am. For the last couple of years, I’ve tried hard to not exploit the stereotype of a Chelsea Girl because as those who live in Chelsea know, there is no one type. Plus, throughout history the definition of Chelsea Girl has changed and if the truth be told, the Chelsea Girl was at its most distinctive in the 60s and 70s with the Sloane Rangers of the 80s taking over.
But I also want this blog to have a more personal feel, so it will mean showing a little bit more of who I am. And in turn, I’d love to get to know you a little bit more too. So do drop in and say hi when you’re passing by!
Here’s to 2013 and making it happen. I’d like to raise a glass and wish you a great year!