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Half past 2020

Welcome back to my blog. This time I wanted to talk to you about something new I've been doing over the last few years. Bi-annual resolutions. Everybody sets themselves some good old fashioned New Year's Resolutions, but how many of you think to refresh them around the time of your birthday? 

This was something I thought about a few years ago when approaching a birthday and contemplating what it was that I had actually achieved in the 12 months prior. I'm sad to say that at the time, I didn't feel as though I had achieved anything and decided to try and change that, so my Bi-annual resolutions were born.

I'm lucky that my birthday (which happened to be Wednesday just gone) is in the middle of the year, so as I'm already half way through the calendar year, it seems fitting to refresh my resolutions now. I know people who's birthdays fall on New Year's day so this idea won't work for them as such, but this is what I do.

I set myself New Year Resolutions for the calendar year, January to December. I look at the kinds of things that I would like to do during that 12 month period of time. Now this could be read more books, write memoirs, lose weight and so on. For me, mine for the calendar year included completing a new homecourse and I'm doing just that at the moment, having completed one diploma course and now working on a second. Then as my birthday approaches, I begin to think about the Birthday Year (June to June for me) and what it is that I want to feel like I have achieved before my age goes up a number. Sometimes these resolutions may be similar to the New Year's ones, especially if I feel like I'm not perhaps making the progress I wanted to. Mostly though I set myself life goals that I want to have done something by the time I reach X age.

Yes, I might include losing a stone or two, or getting a dog, or starting a family. The resolutions I make for my Birthday Year are a lot more personal to me as a person and not so general as the calendar year goals. The Birthday Year resolutions are much more life affirming to me and what I want to get out of my life. I want to be able to say that I have really achieved something. I plan to make my move to London and the South of England permanent in the coming weeks and this has been not only a New Year Resolution but a Birthday one too as I know that this will be achieved. I also plan to set a new exercise regime, I plan to lose weight not just for health but for me. I want to get a new pet, I'm craving a furbaby (cat or dog or rabbit) so I hope to make that happen - though the other half isn't sure.

I also plan to be brave in the coming months. I plan to be brave enough to put my work out there, whether into Publishers or KDP - I'm a writer and I want the world to know it!

I'm at the age now when things can change for the better and I am determined to make that happen. I don't want to spend time stuck in the past, and spend my future thinking what if or if only. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but has a habit of booting your butt when you least expect it. So keep your eyes peeled ladies and gents, Emma James is coming!

2020 has not started how I thought it would, all these weeks in lockdown have changed an awful lot, how we all shop, how we all interact with each other, how we do just about everything. We have all taken so much for granted without seeming to realise it until we can no longer do what we wanted to do as easily as before. Adjusting has been hard for everyone, but we're British, resilient and determined to not let things beat us.

So tell me, If you were going to make a Birthday Year Resolution (or two), what would they be? I'll leave you to think on it.

Take care, stay safe, look after each other, and as always, Keep Reading x  

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