My Plans for 2012
There’s a lot of uncertainty in my life at the moment, but I won’t let that stop me from thinking about what I’d like to achieve and from setting some broad goals for the coming year. I don’t know the detail of what job I’ll be doing or how our family dynamic will end up, but my hopes and values will, I think, remain constant. So, for 2012…
I will run another race. Without the fixed target of the Great North Run last year I’d never have managed to get as fit or run as far as I did. So many times I could have taken the easy option and stayed indoors, but I got out and ran because I knew that those 13 miles were getting ever-closer. I got an email today about registration for GNR 2012. It costs £48, so it’s totally off the agenda for now. But there are lots of races out there that are cheaper (and shorter, hurrah!). I’ll be doing at least one of those.
There was a time, a long time ago, when I considered myself well read. At 15 I’d read more books than most other 15 year olds. Now, at 28, I don’t think I’ve read more than most other 28 year olds. I’ve read hardly anything that’s popular and current, and haven’t read a classic for ages. I have a Kindle, it shouldn’t be hard. When I do make time to read I really enjoy it, and I need opportunities to think and develop ideas. I think these days I spend too much time reading the news, worrying about massive problems that I can’t change*. This year I want to get back to the philosophical ideas, the feelings that underpin the big questions and decisions. in 2012 I will read more books.
I live in a beautiful area. My village has a lot of history. Just today in the library (at the Church-run cream tea afternoon – it’s very cheap and their scones are very generous) I learned that until the 1960′s, my street had four other streets at the end of it, where there’s now a forest. Fascinating. I’m not expecting it to be a massive project (although never say never!) but this will be the year I learn more about local history.
Whatever happens job-wise, I’m certain that I want to grow my Phoenix Trading business. I already have one team member, and I’d like to add three more this year. To make sure I reap the benefits of that, and to ensure I have a strong business for the festive season next year, I also want to make my personal volume target every month. I’ve already received my advance copy of the new 2012 brochure and it looks great – the cards are organised really well and they’ve added some brilliant new designs to the range (a post on my favourites to follow as soon as the 2012 images are available!). I am really confident in the products, I just need to put in the work and I know I can succeed.
I feel I should also mention ethical shopping here, as although it isn’t a new goal it’s something that has influenced a lot of my decisions and I’m sure will continue to do so. I decided in March that I wouldn’t buy and more new clothes and I’ve stuck to it almost 100%. I have at least one post in mind about how it’s gone so far, and looking for ethical ways to consume has become such a central part of my life that I think the blog may go down an ethical shopping/ethical fashion route in 2012.
Which leads me to the blog. I’ve had ups and downs and had some big gaps with blogging at the end of the year. I have wondered over the last few weeks whether I should keep it up and I concluded that I am a blogger. This is me, this is what I do. I will be here (here at Imperfect Pages or maybe elsewhere on the Internet), thinking critically and sharing my life, in 2012.
* I appreciate that there are lots of amazing people out there challenging the government, challenging big business and standing up for what’s right on a grand scale. That’s not me, not this year.