Thursday, January 10, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Hey! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. I was in Birmingham for Christmas with the family and then in Lagos from the 27th for a two week holiday … I’m having an amazing time!

For the first time this year, it actually hit me just how much can happen in a year. I have friends who weren’t even engaged this time last year, and got married at the end of the year. I know other people who were with the person we all thought they would spend their lives with and they’d broken up by the end of the year. And I have a friend whose huge dream I was discussing with her at the beginning of last year and she was well on her way to achieving it mid way through the year and she’s now running her own very successful business. Basically, while a year might fly by, so much can happen and I’m really looking forward to it. For the first time, the significance of a new year hit me and the beginning of this year just feels for me like it is so full of potential and all I have to do is live it, and grab the many opportunities with both hands.

I’m excited about all the unexpected stuff that’ll happen to me this year but there are also some things I want to achieve this year!



  • This is the year that I’m getting my dream body. I want to lose about 25 pounds and this is the year I’m going to do it. I’m happy with what I look like at the moment (though I have put on a couple of pounds over Christmas and in Lagos) but it’s about having the best body I possibly can. Something I can look back on when I’m old and wrinkly and say to my grandchildren, ‘granny used to be H.O.T.T. HOT back in the day’. I joined weight watchers just before Christmas and I’ll take running even more seriously. I’m considering maybe giving a briefly weekly report on my blog after weigh-in every Wednesday. Anybody else feel like joining WW so we can do it together?



  • Blog a bit more regularly, and by regularly I mean at least once a month. Yeah yeah, I can hear the moans but that’s a start and I said AT LEAST that much so it could be more. Those of you that make it your life’s mission to inform me how long it’s been since I blogged last (ahem Buki, Noni), you officially have a case if I haven’t blogged in a month.



  • I want to give more to people less fortunate than I am. I want to give more time, more money, more thought, just more of everything I have to give. Some things really strike a cord with me like the Tsunami a few years ago or the article I wrote about in my last post, and for a few days I’m indignant and determined to do something because it reminds me how fortunate I am in comparison to a lot of others and for me, being so blessed comes with an obligation to help others. Over time though, I forget those feelings and don't do as much as I intended to so basically, I want to do more this year.



  • I need to find a way to organise my personal life better. I need time for myself but I know the time I should give to the people I care about suffers. I also have some people in my life who take up more time than they give back to me or anyone else and I feel I need to limit the time and effort I spend on these people – nothing drastic like cutting them out but just treating people according to the level of priority they hold in my life. I find the people that love me the most are often the people I don’t treat as well because I can get away with it because they’ll always love me but that’s just taking advantage of them and it’s stopping now!! They’re the people I should invest my time in because they’re the people I’ll still love a hundred years from now.



  • Read my bible more and get to know God better.



  • I’m already planning a few trips this year; Dublin, Paris, (Jamaica, Atlanta, Philadelphia, maybe San Fran all in one trip) and probably Lagos again at the end of the year so while I don’t think my holiday allowance and wallet will let me do much more this year, I want to start looking ahead to next years holidays too. I’m back on track with my mission to visit a new country every year!



  • Generally, I want to be better with money, specifically, I want to save £500. It’s not a lot but I have no savings at the moment and I think it’ll be a good start.



  • I want to be a bit naughtier in 2008 … not go crazy or anything but I’m so damn sensible! Chances are I won’t make any big mistakes – due to aforementioned sensibleness – but I want to be a bit crazier this year, maybe go skinny dipping, get really drunk, go away for a spontaneous weekend … that kind of thing.



  • I’d like to be consciously happier this year. When things are going well and I’m happy, I am going to stop and appreciate it and recognise how good it is. And when they’re not so good, I don’t want to just accept it. I will try to figure out what is wrong and what I can do to fix it.

So I think that's it ... I might add to this list throughout the year and maybe I'll do a review at the end of the year to see how much I achieved. Is there anything you want to acheive in 2008?

11 comments:

Uzo said...

Gasp! An update and a fab one too...

I love all these especially bing naughtier and saving more and reading your bible more...

Here's to a fabulous year filled with all you wish for yourself and some suprises thrown in...

LondonBuki said...

Happy New Year Vickii!!!

Update at least once a month... I'll believe it when I see it jare...

I love the way you write, I just love this post... everything about it (I'll stop there before I sound like I want to marry you)

Come back quick quick... although I am not 100% well to start running yet, I want us to make plans... real plans with running and exercise... I am fully charged o! Guess who has a TaeBo DVD?

About saving, like we did with our 'no sweet things' challenge, we can keep each other updated? I have reactivated my ING account so I am serious.

Weightwatchers... weightwatchers... Would you believe me if I said... I am in! Okay, I don't wanna lose 25 pounds o... I think I'll say 15. Someone needs my help with weightwatchers(cos of my stale weight loss gist... lol) so joining will remind me of everything again!

See you when you get back... Have a safe flight back :-)

Suby said...

Cough cough COUGH... Keskese?

"I want to be a bit crazier this year, maybe go skinny dipping, get really drunk, go away for a spontaneous weekend" (You know thats the one that will attract the most eyes, lol) what is my "baby" cousin saying? Please please I do not see that ever happening, as you said, you are just way to sensible to do any of this. (Okay I DARE YOU)

I say go for it love, live a little girl. So make sure you DO GO skinny dipping (somewhere safe preferably), don't get way too drunk, and do definitely go on a spontaneous weekend, preferably with a member of the opposite sex :), maybe you will even shock this cuz of yours and Sinem & YOU Will introduce US to a BOYFRIEND (we are not holding our breaths on that one though) :)

Love ma favouritest coolest cuz in the world :) (at least till the next favouritest cuz comes along) :)

Onada said...

YAY at your goals! i'm sure you can achieve them all and you seem pretty determined so you will!!!

come back quick i miss you!

Calabar Gal said...

Happy New Year Vickii. Hope you'll be ticking off all you've written down at the end of the year gleefully and telling us you did indeed achieve what you set out to.

I hope to get some wonderful stamps in my passport too this year. Would really like to see the rest of the world. (smile)

@LB: U've joined the Taebo group to?!?!?!? Got to google that and see what its all about. Abimars has been singing Taebo's praises out loud. LOL!!

Ugo Daniels said...

500 pounds every month or every year? lol! just curious! Happy New Year

truth said...

Good to have you back. That means I have also resumed blog-reading. When bloggers like you vanish (as frequently as you do), i practically cling to one main frequent blogger and the heck you bet it's not BN.

I've been thinking about having that 'bikini-worthy' body too ...just in time for summer. i am a purrfect 130 (at least last time i checked)but i can see traces of the holiday wear and tear on me. time to address those slack body parts sharp.

take care ok.

Uzo said...

Hey Miss V...I lost your number..i think i deleted it by mistake...m so so sorry.....

azuka said...

A happy new year to you. May you successfully keep all these resolutions.

CONSCIOUSNESS said...

yes Ms. Vickii,

...salutations sista!!...pleasant wishes for a healthy and prosperous '08 !!...good to know you had a wicked time on your travels...impressive and interesting declarations for the new year...seems you may just require the services of a P.A with such a schedule...may I humbly offer my services; resume available on request...

...the monster of procrastination which crept into my life during my college days and has refused to depart is definitely getting slain in '08...!!whilst holding you to your predictions to blog more often...

peeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaacccccceee!!
C!!

Pink-satin said...

i am getting my dream body too this year!