Tuesday, 4 January 2011

2011 resolutions

In previous years, I have made long lists of resolutions - all inevitably unachievable and many that probably weren't very good for me anyway. (Do more! Go faster!) So this year I am making just two resolutions, but they are ones which I feel are completely positive and that I'm actually looking forward to trying to achieve.

Firstly, I will "be kind and gentle to myself". I actually read this in a book about mindful knitting a while ago and it really struck a chord with me. How often do we not let ourselves rest, not nourish our poor little bodies properly or just try and push it that little bit further even though we know it's going to hurt afterwards? So little body and mind, I promise to be kind and gentle to you this year and hope that you will play nicely too :-)

Secondly, I am not going to spend any money on clothes for a year! There are several reasons behind this one, predominantly the fact that my budget to live on this year is going to be tiny as I try and live on my PhD studentship and stopping spending on clothes might help my piggly bank look a bit more healthy. However, more than that, the whole ethics of 'fast fashion' bothers me more and more and whilst I try to buy as much as I can that is fair trade or second hand, I am as guilty as anyone of nipping into Primark for a quick fix of something pretty to wear.

So if anyone wants to send any clothes my way, whether you're just having a clear out yourself or you're a lovely ethical company who takes pity on me (You never know, People Tree or Purity might be reading!), I would be more than grateful!

Happy new year everybody and wish me luck with my resolutions!x


  1. Here's wishing you luck with your resolutions! The first is so important... So often, we push our bodies, and condemn them when they fail to live up to our completely unreasonable expectations. When you think about it... simply getting around AT ALL with a condition like ME/CFS is a major accomplishment, and our bodies should be congratulated for that achievement!

    Wishing you all the best!!

  2. Wow my new years resolutions are basically identical to yours! Good luck with them, lets hope we can do it!

  3. good luck. I think mindful anything is a good thing. We often take for granted the quiet times in mind without all the chatter of the day to day everyday.