Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Thoughts on the New Year - 2014

It's been four months since I last blogged. The end of the year is always a busy time but this year was particularly punishing. Something had to give and I'm afraid it was the blog (and my running which I'm annoyed at myself for letting slip, it's so hard starting over!). I'm working on how to get a better balance in 2014, how to have the time (and energy) to do all the things I need to do and still have time to do the things I want to do. 

Starting at home, I'll be doing the Apartment Therapy January Cure again because I believe happiness starts at home. I'm not entirely dissatisfied with my home, but there are some jobs to be done and I'm determined that this is the year they all get sorted! I've made a start already, the flat is clean & tidy and I can start the new year in a pleasing space, even if it's not completely organized. I thought I'd share with you my aims for 2014, they are not resolutions because although I'm going to try my damnedest to carry these put, I'm fully aware that some will take time, some will inevitably slip and I will have to start over, but you know what, number one aim is to not beat myself up about it! I do like a list and I find that setting out your aims helps you to make them happen and there's no time like a fresh shiny new year to put plans into action. During my sort out/cure this quote from William Morris will be at the forefront of my mind:

If something doesn't come under either of these headings, out it goes. By the way, the 'Acanthus' pattern here is my favourite Morris design. I recently visited the award winning and newly renovated William Morris Gallery here in E17 and I can't recommend it enough, the displays are stunning and inspirational and that's coming from a colour and pattern phobe! So anyway, in no particular order, this is what I will be doing this year.
  • Having a clear out. Our flat has so little storage and we really are at bursting point so this has to be addressed! The hardest thing will be letting go of some books. Let's be honest, a LOT of books. I've always found this hard but they are taking over and better that a friend or charity benefits from some of my collection than them gather dust on an overcrowded shelf. Beautiful they may be, but a lot are no longer useful to me, so time they moved on and made room for some new ones!
  • Finding a screen for the hallway to hide the hoover etc.
  • Finding a sideboard for the kitchen once the bookcases are gone.
  • Replacing the bedside drawers and finding a way to make the clothes storage in our bedroom work.
  • Persuading my landlord to let me re-paint and try to get the carpet replaced. This might just be the toughest thing on my list!
  • Unsubscribing from a lot of mailing lists. No more physical or e-mail junk.
  • Doing something with the unloved side return in the garden.
  • Re-start my running routine.
  • Carry on learning German.
  • Learn to say 'no' more often and really focus on what I want and what's important.
  • Get some (if not all) of the beautiful prints we have framed and on display.
  • Doing more 'slow' activities, cooking, reading, visiting places and exhibitions. These things are always the first to go when time is tight and I miss them!
  • Doing one thing at a time. I'm all for multitasking when absolutely necessary but when it's all you do it becomes stressful and you don't enjoy either activity. 
  • Last but by no means least, blog a bit more! I had such great plans and enthusiasm and it all abruptly stopped. It might be a bit sporadic but something is better than nothing.
How I'm going to slow down while getting more done is going to be tricky, but I need to try or 2014 will be a mad dash to the end just like 2013 turned out to be.

Whatever you're doing and wherever you're doing it, have a happy 2014!

Anni xx

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