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Hopes and Aspirations for 2013

It is nearly the end of 2012 and I can honestly say I am glad the year is over.  Although the year has had some highlights for me such as two lovely holidays and a trip to the Olympics; for the most, it has been a year of unhappiness and disappointment for many reasons that I will not bore you with the details.

As always, I get quite reflective this time of year but also I start to look at my hopes and aspirations for the coming year.  I'm not one for resolutions (as I never really stick to things very easily) but I like to set myself some guidelines as a base line to begin the year with.

In no particular importance to me, they are as follows:

*  That I take the leap and start looking for a new job in the new year.  I believe this will be the catalyst to changing alot of things in my life that I am very unhappy with at the current time

*  Get healthy and more body aware.  I'm not going to say I am going on a diet to loose loads of weight.  I am just going to start eating more sensibly for health reasons.  I am determined to eat alot more fruit and vegetables, drink more water and start exercising, even if it is only more walking to begin with.  I need to do this as I am nearly forty and I am determined not to be fat and frump girl anymore.

*  Be more creative and willing to share what I do more, especially on this blog.  I love scrapbooking, card making and lately art but because of certain cirmunstances, I just don't feel I have dedicated any quality time at all to doing the things I love.  I want this to change in 2013.  I have a craft/art room full of wonderful products and I have been so inspired by so many people this year that I really do need for my own satisfation, create more and not be afraid.

*  Get out more and socialise.  This year I feel I have become quite insular and at times isolated from my friends and family.  Stupid shift patterns and hours have meant that I have been having my days off when my friends are at work and vise versa which means I have hardly seen people this year.  Whether I find a new job that has more sociable shift patterns or not, I am determined that I need to make time more for my friends and family in 2013.

*  Read more.  I love to read and used to devour books but I have found that I don't read half as much as I would like.  I have bookshelves of books that I have gotten over the years but haven't read.  I am determined that I am going to read them this year before I buy or download anymore on my Kindle.  I am not going to set a target of how many books I want to read but I am hoping it will be more that one book a month.

*  Be more positive about life in general.  Nothing serious has happened this year but I have found this year to be very unhappy for lots of reasons and I have concentrated on the negatives rather than looking for the postives.  Even if my circumstances remain the same in 2013, I hope that I will concentrate on the positives.

*  I hope that all my family and friends remain in good health in 2013

*  I am looking foward to meeting my future sister in law soon (she lives in Dubai at the moment and although I haven't met her in person we have skyped and she seems lovely).  I am also looking forward to my brother getting married in 2013 to said sister in law.  I wish them much happiness and that they will be soon able to be together and not living apart

*  Like every year, I want to be more tidy and organised.  I'm not a neat freak but I wish I was.  Maybe this year this will happen and I blitz the house and make it the show home I've always dreamed it could be.  (As I speak I am laughing and saying fat chance of that) but a girl can dream can't she???- ha ha )

we'll see how things go shall we??

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Wishing you much happiness for the New Year and hoping that 2013 is a good year

Love Lesley xx


  1. Good list, Lesley! I hope you manage to make the changes you need, so you can feel more happy and fulfilled. Nothing worse than being unhappy at work - you spend so much time there and it has a knock-on effect on every other part of your life (been there, have several t-shirts!).
    I wish you a happy and more relaxed yar for 2013. X

  2. I wish you the best of luck getting a great new job and I hope 2013 is a much better year. I'd still like us to get together maybe to do some crafting if you're up for it? Kinf regards, Mandy from the Sarah's cards retreat.


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