Last year instead of making some New Year Resolutions, I decided to write myself a list of things I would like to try and achieve during last year. I achieved 22 out of the 30 and enjoyed the challenge so I am doing another one this year.

I have decided 30 things to achieve is quite a high number so I have toned it down a bit for 2023 and I have listed 20 things I would like to achieve instead.

Here’s my list for 2023…

  1. Write two small storybooks for my 1-year-old granddaughter. I wrote two for my eldest granddaughter during the lockdown and even managed to sketch all the images in it, so that is a must for 2023.
  2. With another grandchild only weeks old at the moment I know if I feel inspired then I should continue and also write her two storybooks.
  3. Write my Dad’s life story for his grandchildren but it will take some time so I am not going to try and finish it by the end of 2023 but at least start it.
  4. I am seriously thinking of selling my Afternoon Tea4Two Blog so rewriting my first book about this blog is not on my list for 2023.
  5. Start on a unique range of handmade cards for next Christmas. Watch this space for some images of the ideas I have had on the theme for some handmade cards.
  6. Watch a movie outside. I didn’t manage it in 2022 so I hope to enjoy one in 2023.
  7. See another show in London as I enjoyed it so much last year when we went to see Phantom of the Opera.
  8. Write a lot more letters to old friends this year. A few of my friends have not sent Christmas cards this year which I am sure is partly due to the strikes and also the cost of post, but I would hate to lose touch with some of my oldest friends. One of which is 95 and used to babysit for me when my children were young.
  9. It’s a big birthday for me next year so I plan to celebrate it in style.
  10. Start a home study course. I keep looking at photography courses but then I change my mind and look at complementary therapy courses so I will just have to make a decision and start one.
  11. Increase my daily steps and be more active.
  12. Do something for a charity.
  13. Plan Christmas early again like I did this year so I do not end up wearing myself out just before the big day.
  14. Bake some new recipes. I love baking cakes but I tend to bake loaf cakes and need a bit of inspiration to try something unique and new.
  15. Focus more on me – some days I get overwhelmed with doing jobs for others instead of myself.
  16. Visit somewhere new in Sussex.
  17. Enjoy a walk on a sandy beach ( they are all pebble beaches here).
  18. Learn a new creative skill – I love knitting and would love to learn how to crochet.
  19. Shop locally as much as I can.
  20. Upgrade something in my life.

What are your plans for 2023?

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