Resolutions and how to stick to them

The New Year often inspires us to be better people and do the things we’ve always wanted to do.

Therefore, we make ourselves New Year’s Resolutions, and try to stick to them as best we can. However, we often end up not bothering with them any more after a few weeks, and we go back to being the way we used to be.
Try joining a gym with a friend - it's hard on your own!

Try joining a gym with a friend – it’s hard on your own!

I haven’t bothered making any this year, but the resolutions we make are often similar, with losing weight definitely being in the top ten. Losing weight is difficult, and it requires a lot of hard work. It sounds easy – just don’t eat the bad stuff. But the bad stuff tastes great, and it’s what we crave most when we’re trying to stay away from it.

You could always try pole dancing?

You could always try pole dancing?

Try joining a weight loss club or a gym with a friend. That way, you’ll be more inclined to stick to it rather than leaving it to will power alone.

Quitting smoking is often another common one. With the smoking ban having been in place for over five years, people have got used to going outside to smoke. This is fine in the summer, but in the winter with harsh rain, it’s no so much fun anymore! I know, having been known to indulge on the odd cigarette now and then …

*Ssh, don’t tell anyone!*

cymraegEveryone wants to learn something new. It’s always good to better yourself and achieve a new skill, which can become a hobby. Many people make resolutions to learn a new instrument or language.
The best way to do this is to join a class. You can do this either online or within the community There are some great Welsh language courses around Wales that you can join, and using your new skill with other people can help it develop, so go along with a friend or family member.
Three Little Pigs, or as I like to call it, Y Tri Mochyn Bach!

Three Little Pigs, or as I like to call it, Y Tri Mochyn Bach!

If you’re a parent, it might be an idea to buy some bilingual children’s books. They often come with both English and Welsh (or another language, if you prefer), so you can read the English to find the correct inflection, then read aloud.I did this with Esme, and bought the Welsh versions of the books ‘Three Little Pigs’, ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’

If you can’t read the language very well, don’t worry. It’s likely that your child can’t read English very well, so you’ll be fine. It’s tough reading in a language you’re not familiar with, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you stumble and stutter.
Me playing my guitar on stage, aged 15!

Me playing my guitar on stage, aged 15!

If you’re wanting to learn a new instrument like guitar, start by buying yourself a classical acoustic guitar with nylon strings to it’s easier on your fingers when you play. Regular strings can often hurt your fingertips too much starting off, so you need to condition them first.

Buy yourself a book of chords, and get yourself along to some lessons!
Another resolution that people often make is to clear their debts and save money. If you’re a smoker and you want to give up, too, try putting the money you would have sent on cigarettes in a jar. Eventually, you’ll have racked up hundreds of pounds.
Otherwise, work out home much you can afford to spare each month, and open a bank account, into which you will put that money. After a year, see how much you have!
Pic: Courtesy of

Pic: Courtesy of

What may go hand in hand with that resolution is another of wanting to travel. You need money to start off, so if you’re planning on saving money, you could spend it on this!

Travelling is a brilliant experience, and it can help you learn about the history of different places and learn about their culture. It will give you a different perspective on life, and you will be able to understnand how other people live.
You may also be surprised at how lucky you really are.
And lastly, many people find they want to make a resolution to do more volunteer work. There are many people out there who need help, from people living on the streets to adopting an animal in need of a home, you can help in any way you can.
Whatever you decide to do in 2016, have a happy, healthy, fun-filled new year.

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