A fireworks display at Epcot Center

100 new year’s resolutions for 2023 (or not quite a hundred)

Or #NewYear2023

Every year I wonder why people punish themselves with their resolutions and then, because they are too tough, they break them by the eighth day of the year.

I always try and get as close to a hundred as I can so if I don’t manage to succeed in all of them then it doesn’t matter.

A fireworks display at Epcot Center
There will be a lot of celebrations if I manage to complete everything I resolve to do (“Epcot – New Year’s Eve 2014” by Jeff Krause Photography is licenced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

One of my new year’s resolutions should be to fill in all the gaps in Fiskal Policy from last year. You might find out one day about why there are so many posts missing.

For now, what I have for you is the start of my list of resolutions. Hopefully one day there will be 100 of them, but there is no sense when that will be nor whether I will manage to do all of them.

I’m always looking for suggestions so get in touch if you have any good ones.

Here’s the list so far:

10 park runs
Last year I aimed to do 12 park runs but only managed two. This year I’ve bought some new trainers so anything is possible.

Steak free Saturday
This might be the closest I get to doing veganuary.

Buy running shoes
If my running goes to plan then I’ll need to buy some new shoes in June or July.

Eat a cheeseburger
There’s usually an option to ‘add bacon’ and if it exists I take it. This year occasionally I’m going to just have cheese.

Not be in the “and everyone else” group
When separating out the starters in a 10k race there is usually a group of people who can run the distance under 35 minutes and then groups for every ten minutes up until 55 minutes, then there are the under an hour group. After that there is the “and everyone else” group. This year, at least once, I want to be fast enough to line up with some of the under an hour folk.

Make miracles and dreams come true
Anything could happen.

Go in the park in the dark to see badgers
A badger occasionally scuttles past me when I’m on my way home. The theory is that he loves hanging out near my car park but may actually live in the nearby park/ woods.

Buy the X-Factor format and bring it back
I miss the X-Factor and think life would be better if it was back.

Climb Northern Ireland’s highest mountain
This year I will probably go to Northern Ireland more than I’ve ever been before so this might happen.

Find someone where you don’t want to fuck their friend
There’s a new year’s eve story that goes with this one.

Take a photo of Robin with the guitarist
I did this.

Approach fried chicken like Beyoncé
Supposedly she only has it once a month. If I’m more like her maybe someone will put a ring on it.

Two bottomless brunches
I do love a bit of prosecco with food at 11am.

Make a cake
I didn’t do any baking during lockdown but maybe 2023 is the year for a sponge or two.

Write a vegan version of Old Macdonald had a Farm
Some parents tell me it will be a tough job. I think I can handle it.

Get a better skincare regime/ routine
So I don’t look so old

Make sure I fill in my gratitude journal
Hopefully this will make me happier in life

Drink more cocktails
No-one knows for sure how much ‘more’ is so this is always a winner.

Do at least three 10k races
I’ve booked two so far so this might be possible.

Weigh less on December 31 than I do on January 4
Keep your fingers crossed that this year is the one where I’m happier about how I look.

Be myself and be happy
I’m going to try

Design a new kit for Watford FC
I’m not a fan of the black and white ‘third’ kit so it’s time they have a better one. 

Print my mugs
Over a couple of years I came up with some sayings I think would be good on mugs. This year is the one where I’ll find out if that is the case.

I don’t see borders I see opportunities 
Maybe this will be something relevant this year.

Buy Eat Your Mind – the Kathy Acker story
I read about this on a plane and it seems like something I should read, or at least have it on my bookshelf.

Read two fiction books
The closest I’ve got to reading anything close to two books was when I was in hospital last year but a lot was going on and I couldn’t concentrate. This year I’m hoping to get closer to finishing some books.

Look into interesting bedside tables
I’ve never had a bedside table and think it might be a bitter step into suburban dullness if I buy some. That is unless I find an interesting one.

Try and write a feature about what happened 
I’m not sure if I’ll ever be allowed to say but maybe one day I will.

Judge people for their life choices
True dat.

There are also some resolutions from last year I didn’t manage to do but will try and do in 2023:

Learn some DIY skills
There’s nothing quite like living in a rented room for years to show just how little DIY I can do. I’d like to learn how to rewire a light and to be able to be amazing at plumbing.

Cook better food
I haven’t mastered the timings for cheap rolls at my local Co-Op and, as a result, am usually eating better than I did in my old place. But I’d like some more variety (feel free to share any favourite recipes you have).

Make a plan for the year
It would be good to know what direction life is going.

Join an internet dating site
When I’ve lost some weight I might give this a go because swiping hasn’t been successful so far.

Go and see more bands play
Over the past few years (apart from 2020) I’ve begun to see more plays than bands. This makes me sad because there’s nothing better than live music.

Learn a language
I’m one of those people who only knows how to order a select few dishes in the languages we learned at school. I’m supposed to be in Denmark in September for a half marathon and by then I’d like to be able to ask a shopkeeper about their pastries.

Get up earlier at the weekend
Would being up by 11am on Saturdays and Sundays (unless I’m exhausted) fill me with joy?

Try not to compare myself negatively to others
If you’re reading this I’m probably envious of what you have managed to achieve in life.

Go outside at least once a day
Living alone, working from home, it’s sometimes too easy to not leave my place all day, especially because I only like to walk if there is a purpose.

Speak to people on the phone more often
Messaging is fine but sometimes I forget what voices are like.

Learn to love the sound of my feet walking away from things that aren’t meant for me
I need to move on from things much more quickly than I do at the moment.

Realise that I bring a lot to the table and it’s okay to act like it.
I need to realise that other people like me (not all of them but some).

Work out what doesn’t make me happy and change it

Find a new TV show to watch
Every year I will always be thankful for Community. If you have any recommendations for other things I should watch then I’d be grateful.

Go to the cinema three times
In 2021 and 2022 I didn’t manage to go to the cinema at all. This year I’d like to be sat in the darkness with strangers a few times.

Be tidier
This is a tricky one for so many reasons but I’m trying.

Write two chapters of a novel
I only have two sentences so far

Only sleep when it is acceptable to do so
I spent too much time sleeping at the weekend

Watch better TV shows
There is only so much Flog It! and Bargain Hunt someone can watch when they should actually be watching a great drama.

Visualise my goals
Once I have worked out what they are

Discover why WH Smiths sells chocolate and soft drinks for so much more money than other shops
I just cannot understand why they price the items so highly.

Lose at least two stone

Run a 5k in under half an hour
My fastest time for this distance is 23 minutes but haven’t run anywhere near this pace for years. I hope to be able to do it this year – and hope I’m not too old.

Join a running club
Part of the reason why I moved to the place I am now is because it’s close to a running club. Hopefully I’ll join earlyish this year.

Go to see more circus performances
Hopefully this will include Katharine Arnold and also Aircraft Circus