Resolutions for 2011

Pretty clichéd in a way, I guess, and pretty idealistic ... but I do think if I'm focused and if I concentrate I could probably achieve all of these.

I resolve...

Faith

  1. To try and read the Bible at least twice a week, no matter how much I don't feel like it.
  2. To get back into the habit of praying every night, even if it's just to say 'thank you' or 'sorry'.
  3. To help my friends when they're mourning or upset about something, without being cheesy or clichéd, or 'religious'.
  4. To work out properly what I believe and stick to it.
  5. To not be ashamed of what I believe in!

Dance:

  1. To go through the entire year without (serious) dance-related injuries / To not have to take time off dance for injuries.
  2. To move up into Intermediate in my Reel and my Hop Jig (my only two dances left in Primary).
  3. To move up to Open in at least three of my dances.
  4. To compete at the Great Britain Championships, even if it's just for fun, for a taste of what it's like.
  5. To practice properly for at least fifteen minutes a day, with a warm up and a cool down, instead of just dancing around.
  6. To upload a new dance (choreographed by me) onto YouTube, at least once a month.
  7. To practice ballet exercises as well as Irish dance steps to give myself strength, and to move on to more advanced ballet from videos and from what friends can teach me.

General Fitness:

  1. To achieve the front splits
  2. To be able to put my hands flat on the ground with my legs straight
  3. To be able to jog on the spot for five minutes without collapsing afterwards
  4. To be able to balance on one leg with my hands on my head without wobbling

Writing / Protagonize:

  1. To finish the second draft of 'Beneath the Branches', preferably by February.
  2. To work on a third and fourth draft of said novel, before giving it to my dad to read and critique
  3. To perfect 'Beneath the Branches' until it is the best it can possibly be.
  4. To post at least two chapters of prose (poetry doesn't count) on Protagonize every day, without fail, unless I am on holiday
  5. To post at least one poem every week on Protagonize
  6. To read at least five chapters (of one work or of several different works) on Protagonize, preferably by an author that I don't often talk to.
  7. To comment on and rate at least three chapters every week.
  8. To pluck up the courage to get my sister to read through my novel (since she's terrifying and not very supportive).
  9. To help my friends from school have the courage to write without worrying what people will think, and to give them honest critique.
  10. To practice giving feedback as well as writing myself.

Music:

  1. To practice the piano regularly even when Dad can't give me lessons
  2. To pass my grade three piano with a Merit or more.
  3. To practice the flute at least four times a week.
  4. To pass my grade seven flute with full marks in my scales and a Merit or more overall.
  5. To practice the violin at least four times a week.
  6. To pass my grade seven violin with a Merit or more.
  7. To be a committed member of every music group I'm in and attend every rehearsal properly and to practice my music at home so that I am not struggling in rehearsals.

School:

  1. To balance school work with my hobbies and if necessary, give it priority over them.
  2. To achieve at least an A in each of my science modules (to be taken in January)
  3. To concentrate in Maths and French instead of messing around.
  4. To achieve at least an A in every exam I take before the end of this year, including my Maths and French GCSEs.
  5. To do all my Maths homework instead of saying I didn't have time.
  6. To do all short homeworks the night they're set, and to give longer ones priority at the weekend

General life:

  1. To try new foods.
  2. To go to bed earlier every night, even in the holidays or on weekends.
  3. To use my time wisely instead of wasting it on YouTube.
  4. To not annoy my parents but do what they tell me, instead of spending all my time reading in the bathroom!
  5. To save enough money to make a good contribution to my new flute, while leaving enough to buy myself a new phone and MP3 player, since they're coming to the end of their lives :'(
  6. To not lose my temper and be a less selfish person.

Well, that's a lot of resolutions! I wonder how many of them I can keep? I'll let you know in a few months time how I'm getting on! 

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