I'm not usually one for making New Years Resolutions, but I've decided this year I want to. The past couple of weeks I've been so busy I haven't really been out much, I've been holed up at home with the family, and I've loved it. So apologies for the lack of restaurant and event reviews, but I promise I'll be back on it in the next couple of weeks!
There are a number of things I want to do in 2014, but the main one is travel related. Every year I aim to visit a new country, in 2013 I did pretty well, I visited three new countries, so I'm looking forward to adding to it in 2014!
Visit Cuba. Cuba is a country I've been wanting to visit since as long as I can remember, so this year I'm doing it. The girls and I are planning to go in May, when it's slightly cooler, and I'm so excited even though it's five months away! We met up for dinner last night to plan it all, and we're going to spend a few days in Havana before jetting over to Cayo Largo for some beach fun. Deciding what to pack was the highlight of the conversation, and I've decided to just take a light over-sized bag that I can take on as hand luggage, as I've heard Air France have a nice habit of losing your luggage on the London-Havana flight :/
Learn how to bake. I'm notoriously bad at baking, I can cook (sort of)...but I can't bake. It always goes terribly wrong...unless I do what I did with my Easy Lamington Recipe. So to encourage me to do this, I'm going to be doing a blog post every so often (probably once a month), with various recipes. There will be no sugar-coating (har-dee-har) my attempts...if they go awfully wrong, I'll document this with full honesty and photos.
I want to be more spontaneous and adventurous. I have this awful habit of planning everything really far in advance and not doing things in the spare of the moment. Hopefully this year I'll be a bit more chilled out, and ready to take on the world at the drop of a hat!
Follow my heart. Like with the whole spontaneous thing, I always think with my head and plan things based on what would be the 'smart' and sensible move to make. I feel like I've made mistakes in the past because I've always made decisions with my head...and you know what, it's made me pretty unhappy. The sensible way isn't always the right way, or the one that will make you happy. Well no more. From now on I'm following my heart. And one of the first ones is...I'm going to stop looking at flats in London. I hated living in the city for 3 weeks, so I'm clearly going to hate it if I move in permanently. Yes, it's a smart move to buy in London right now...but it's not for me. I'm a suburban/country girl, and always will be.
So that's it, I think these are do-able New Years Resolutions!
What are your New Years Resolutions?