New Year’s Resolutions: I’m doing them all!

I’m disregarding all those people who advise: “Don’t do too many New Year’s resolutions, you’ll never stick to them all.” This year I’m taking the bull by the horns and doing them all. I’m the type of person who doesn’t do things by halves – if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it properly – including my resolutions for 2012.

According to ‘’ (yes, this is where I find all the important facts and information) these are the Top 10 New Year’s resolutions of 2012:

1. Spend more time with family and friends

2. Get fit

3. Lose weight

4. Quit Smoking

5. Enjoy life more

6. Drink less

7. Get out of debt

8. Learn something new

9. Help others

10. Get organised

Here’s how I’ll be achieving this nice little list:

1. Spend more time with family and friends

The first one is easy, if anything I should spend less time with my friends and family as they tend to congregate in the pub which makes the rest of these resolutions tough.

2. Get fit

Getting fit this year isn’t exactly an optional resolution. I already have a snowboarding holiday booked for next month and I’m planning on trekking to Everest Base Camp towards the end of the year. If I want to enjoy these things I know I need to be fit.

After-work runs and lunch time yoga sessions are at the top of my to-to list this month.

3. Lose Weight

The festive food seems to be sticking around my middle for longer than I hoped this year but getting fit and losing weight should go hand in hand so I’m hoping it will budge pretty quickly. I’ll also be heading to the south of France and Greece in the summer so I don’t want to be looking like a beached whale.

4. Quit Smoking

The 16 year old inside of me still thinks smoking is cool – particularly when that 16 year old has been fed Tequila shots. Smoking is not cool.

5. Enjoy life more

This is definitely my favourite resolution. Not only to enjoy life more but also to appreciate life more. Beverley  (the lovely lady behind Pack Your Passport) recently wrote that one of her resolutions is to be more grateful and I totally agree. Life is good and we should take the time to enjoy it more.

6. Drink Less

Saving money for my big trip is my main motivation behind drinking less – if I want to save the amount of money I need, I simply can’t afford to be out on the piss every night. This will also tie in with getting fit and losing the Christmas podge.

7. Get out of debt

I have absolutely no intention of paying off my student loan. In fact, I’m doing the opposite. It’s a ridiculous amount that I’m going to ignore for as long as possible.

So I’m changing this resolution to ‘Pass my Exams’. Yep, I have exams scattered throughout the year and, after getting myself into even more debt for them, I think I better pass!

8. Learn something new

Snowboarding! On February 5th I’m heading to Andorra for my first snowboarding holiday. I’m both terrified and excited about learning but this its something I’ve wanted to learn to do for so long.

9. Help others

Another revelation here – at the end of the year I’m heading to India. I have no plans finalised just yet but I know I’d like to spend some time volunteering with children.

10. Get organised

I am officially the least organised person in the world but I was bought a diary for Christmas and I’ve started using my iPad as an organiser so let’s hope 2012 is slightly more organised than the last 23 years of my life!

 Has anyone else got a bit overexcited with the New Year and decided to take on a fair few resolutions?



Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of affordable luxury travel experiences.Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

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  1. I’d doing almost exactly the same list of resolutions sans the smoking one (sorry… I just don’t get why you’d fork out $20 a packet……. and I’m not a cool kid and when given the opportunity I just don’t get HOW people inhale the smoke (I’m weird, hush. =P)

    I’m also adding a travel clause to mine though yours is scattered throughout. I MUST visit 3 new countries. If not I shall be punished by… uhrm, travelling more next year? 🙂

    Good luck with your resolutions lovely!!

  2. These are all great resolutions! I am with you; all or nothing…I have about 50 resolutions for 2012 (no exaggeration) and am determined to tick them all off this year. Everest Base Camp will be a fab goal to keep in your sights when you don’t feel like going for a run! All the best – hope you can tick all the boxes!

  3. Hope you have an amazing time snowboarding in Andora. I loved it when I first went and cant wait to go again. Cant wait to hear what Andora’s like either.

    Best of luck with the smoking thing too! I’m quite anti smoking to be honest, so love to see people succeed when trying their best to give up. I’ve got the girlfriend down from 5 a day to 1 or 2 a week. Giving up could also help you with numero 7 on your list. Save all the money you would have spent on fags? … bet it adds!

    Cool list! I shall try follow suit.

    1. Thanks Neil. So excited for Andorra, pretty scared as well though.

      I barely ever smoke any more – it’s just when I’ve had a drink it seems like the best idea ever. Very silly.

    1. I’m very lucky to have the most organised boyfriend in the whole world who loves planning and organising things! If I were left to my own devices I’d still be aimlessly wandering around Cambodia.

  4. Best of luck with all of these! Your adventures sound wonderful, and your resolutions all tie in with each other, so I’m sure you’ll be successful. Happy 2012!

  5. It may look like a lot hun but they’re all ‘doable’ and you have plenty of goals to give you incentive for keeping fit etc
    Looking forward to the next time we go out and drink…orange juice =)

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