6 Tips for setting New Year Resolutions, and Why Western Australia is such a great place for New Beginnings.

Things to do in Western Australia

New Year Resolutions for me include getting out and about in Western Australia lots more in 2013. Do you like this poster of things to do in Bunbury that He Himself created for a Photo Book we compiled last year?

New Beginnings in Western Australia

We’ve survived the Mayan New Year, so the world isn’t going to end just yet. Don’t know about you, but I’m pretty glad about that.  There are still so many places I want to discover in Western Australia … places just too beautiful to be relegated to dust.

The great thing about this part of the world is that it’s such an inspiring place for new starts. The landscapes are huge, the adventures can be adrenalin pumping, there are quiet spaces and secret places far from the madding crowds, and it’s the sort of place where you can just ‘have a go’ and try out new things – with not too many people watching you!

Surfing Western Australia

Surfing in Western Australia is amazing. Not that it’s one of my new year resolutions! Crikey, look at the size of those breaks! I love these photos Dave took of the surfer being towed to a wave by a surf skier on the South West Coast.

My new year resolutions

The Year 2000 and all the baggage which went with that is now just a memory, so hopefully we can expect some wordly longevity.

But wait, isn’t there a meteor hurtling towards earth at lightning speed which could point to the futility of making any sort of new year’s resolution? You know the type of resolution that might cause this sad carcass either pain or hardship?

Ho Hum. Don’t know about you but new resolutions and me mix together like oil and water. They don’t stick. I remember back to all those crazy new year diets which lasted just a few days, not realising that to keep weight off the healthy way it was the lifestyle changes which would ultimately help me lose weight. Things like healthy eating and lots of walking, which we managed to accomplish last year, because Western Australia has some amazing coastal and forest trails.

But the weight has crept back on over the festive season.

Yep, I do need to make some resolutions, especially to get fit and trim down again, but mostly to become a better person.

Things to do in Western Australia

Walking, thinking beautiful thoughts and keeping active are all part of the 2013 plan. These are some scenes along the Cape to Cape trail in South Western Australia, and some of these walks will definitely feature again on this year’s ‘to-do’ list of activities.

So if that meteor is going to render us as dead as dinosaurs, I need to make a few fast and life changing decisions for the short term and FAST.

In no particular order – here they are.

  • Get off my butt, get out and discover as much of Western Australia as I possibly can. The Coral Coast is calling, so too is a Kimberley Cruise.
  • Lose 5kgs – it is important after all to have a beautiful corpse, especially if the earth and all of us are splatted around the universe after the meteor strikes.
  • Go and do some good. Anything. Specifically, visit my local volunteering centre.
  • Exercise every day – and that doesn’t include typing. One hour a day, walking or cycling and thinking beautiful thoughts is the plan.
  • Be nicer to my hubby. (Hmm need I be more specific?!)
  • Make ZigaZag an awesome bedtime read for all of you. (Ok, I still, and continuously, need your help in the comments sections to do this)
Things to do in Western Australia

This year I want to take more of the  Road less Travelled and take notice of the tiny things around me too. Hands up who else loves wild flowers and deserted trails?

Tips for setting New Year Resolutions

  • Know the reason ‘Why’  you’re setting a resolution
  • Be Specific
  • Write it down, don’t just think about it
  • Take baby steps … set yourself up for success and don’t try to achieve too much
  • Focus on the process, and be persistent. The initial enthusiasm Will Wear Off. So keep at it.
  • Slipping and tripping is human. Don’t beat yourself up if you fail. Just get back in the saddle and start again.

Wake up my lovelies! Did you think you’d get away scott free? Not likely! Now it’s over to you.

What are your New Year Resolutions?

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Comments

  1. It’s that time of year, isn’t it? We are all evaluating what went right, and what went wrong in the year past.. and what we want to achieve in 2013. I agree with taking the time out to think about what you want out of the year… how to make it the best one yet. I look forward to reading more about your WA adventures. I’m taking several myself.
    Ian [EagerExistence] recently posted..New Years ResolutionsMy Profile

  2. Yes, it does take a measured step to the left to think about how to move forward and looking backwards is such a good way to setting new goals. Thanks for commenting Ian and look forward to reading about your WA adventures – or even perchance seeing you on the road less travelled :)

  3. Happy New Year!! I read somewhere the problem isn’t actually making resolutions, it’s making them on NEW YEAR’S DAY!! Meaning a couple of weeks down the track, the impetus for change dissipates. Solution? Your ‘resolutions’ should be a simple daily mantra of things you can actually do TODAY (ie every day)!

    That said, here’s what I’ll be doing! Today I will: Write something; take two positive actions to progress my blog; make someone happier than they were before they bumped into me!
    Red Nomad OZ recently posted..12 Killer Australian Sunsets of 2012!My Profile

  4. hmm – New Year resolutions – in truth I don’t make them, because I probably will beak them. I am a procrastinator I think! Lots of big ideas zooming around my head, but do I actually do any of them, or do I shy away – too insecure to think I am good enough to give a new project a go – to put myself out there?? Yes I have something that I want to start in 2013, but will I tell, not likely! I’ll let you know if it happens! hint – it has something to do with photography!
    Thanks Jo for another fabulous post! Onwards and upwards for Zigazag I think. The skies the limit! Wishing you a wonderful 2013.
    Life Images by Jill recently posted..2012 – a year in picturesMy Profile

  5. Happy New Year to you too Red! I like your ‘today’ resolutions. And the third one consider done – you’ve made me happier today by commenting on my post!

  6. I am very interested in your new project, and (whisper) wonder if I do have an inkling as to what it might be?! I hope it’s what I’m thinking because you are such a very talented photographer. Thanks for your kind words, Jill and here’s to 2013 coming up trumps for Life Images in more ways than one :)

  7. I am eating healthier and walking every day (so far) in 2013. I need to lose at least 5 kg just to feel fitter and healthier. That is a start! I love the way you insert the smaller photos into the larger one.
    budget jan recently posted..From Marrakech to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.My Profile

  8. Good on you, Jan! Keep going. Me too, 5kgs would be great. Thanks for your kind words :)

  9. Happy New Year, Jo!
    I’m with you on the exercise/lose 5kgs thing. But I’ve been talking about doing that for months, so not entirely sure it’s a ‘new’ resolution. Still, I’m going to try :)
    We should start a lose 5kg support group ;).
    Linda McCormick recently posted..Why 2012 Should Be My Annus HorribilisMy Profile

  10. Hay Linda, Happy New Year to you too! I know it’s the same old same old. I did lose 5 kgs and kept it off for two years, but need to go back on the band waggon. Ok support group is on. Blog on Tuesday, watch this space and let’s #DoItlose5. Are you game?

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