Did you make any New Year Resolutions on January 1 this year? If so, how did you go with them?
I made a few Un-Resolutions – things I determined NOT to do in 2012. Let’s see how I went as we count down to 2013.
I will not buy an iPhone or an iPad. – FAIL.
I did resist the iPhone urge when it came to getting my first smartphone – I bought a Sony-Ericsson Xperia instead. BUT…… I have to confess that I did buy an iPad through the year.
In my defence, there was a genuine need for one as Mrs Swade and I had a project planned, one that would be published on iPad. Therefore we need one of these trendy machines to test the book once it’s ready.
As it happens, that project’s on the backburner and the iPad is only used as an e-reader.
I will not compromise on the car I buy this year – PASS
I bought my Alfa Romeo GTV6 earlier in the year and in doing so, fulfilled one of my many automotive dreams. It’s been fantastic fun. I know I haven’t written about it much on this site, but last week I took possession of a box full of new video equipment…….
I intend to avoid compromise when I replace it, too, hopefully towards the later part of 2013.
I will not submit to the scourge of internet snark – PASS
I’m pretty pleased with the way this website has turned out during 2012. It’s been a trying year in many ways, one that’s involved plenty of forced adjustment in a post-Saab era. I’m pleased to say that I’ve done my best to keep things interesting without pouring snark on anything or anyone and the discussion component of this site has been similarly respectful, even in times when you and I might disagree.
That’s not to say it’s been completely smooth sailing.
I was severely disappointed with the reception my NEVS interview received in certain corners of the internets. It was an honest effort and an honest appraisal and I don’t think it deserved the scorn it received from some. On the other hand, whilst I disagree with many on this site about the value of US gun culture, we still managed a pretty respectful – if occasionally heated – discussion on the issue.
I will not neglect my family anymore – (Comparative) PASS
I’ve certainly had more family time this year, which has been great. I’m sure that I can still use it better in the future, however.
Maybe it’s an indication of just how absorbed I was in that Saab world that there’s still room for improvement. Or maybe there’s simply always room for improvement.
One to keep working on.
I will not die – PASS
Well, you’re reading this, right? The Mayans tried, but failed, and I managed to hang around long enough for another circling of the sun.
Actually, there’s more to tell on this one. More time for non-Saaby things has meant I’ve had time to join a gym – an excellent 24-hour gym that’s both reasonably priced and very well equipped. I’m feeling better than I have felt for 5 years or more and am closing in on 10 kilos lost, with a goal for losing at least 10 kilos more.
I’ve still got plenty to do on the health front, but 2012 was a good start.
So that’s how I did. There’s a lot more to life than that and over all, 2012 has been a year of transition for me. I know it’s been a bit of weird year for others, too, but hopefully it’s been a successful one for you.
How did you go with your goals for 2012 and will you be setting new ones for 2013?