Diary of a Yummy Mummy: Why I'm not making any New Year's resolutions
COLUMNIST and Purley mum-of-four Veronica Madden looks at her new year's resolutions...
IT'S a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me and I'm feeling… smug. Welcome to January everyone. You know how I feel.
After reading through numerous new year's resolution posts via social networking sites, I have made a decision. This year I am choosing to save myself (and my friends) from false public promises that I know by this time next year even with the best intentions I will not have kept.
I don't need to make 2013 'count'. Nope. In fact by the time my birthday rolls around (November if anyone's interested) the number will still change to 32 – regardless of what actions I take or who's counting.
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Instead, my list of resolutions will be blank. I will attempt to avoid spending another minute, hour or day chasing perfection. I will embrace all the imperfections that I have been blessed with.
I have no doubt The Husband would suggest there could be room for improvement. His wife's mood swings and occasional object throwing habit during a pre-menstrual week? Yes they could go, but there have also been a few pretty good moves in the kitchen and the odd holding hand moment to his advantage. Plus, it keeps him on his toes.
Maybe as a mummy I have rolled my eyes and brushed off playground woe from time to time, preoccupied with a good old gossip instead. But I have managed to kiss, smother and hug my offspring a fair bit more in compensation. Let alone the amount of love I have bought in the form of sweeties (any parent who says they haven't are lying).
All right, what I am saying might come across as exactly the kind of self indulgence that I am trying to avoid but in all seriousness if I manage to get through 2013 without having even more resolutions to improve on, it's got to be a bonus.
I've mostly bitten my tongue to anyone else where I should, laughed only sometimes where I shouldn't. Most of us are guilty of a chuckle at someone else's misfortune at some point. Let's be honest.
I accept these flaws in my otherwise spotless personality, it's better to regret something that you've done than something you haven't. Especially as avoiding regrets is near impossible when you have a Diet Coke addiction like mine.
So, on that note, I'm off to drink some caffeine, have a mood swing, partake in a cheeky chinwag and buy some sweets.