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.
- To try and read the Bible at least twice a week, no matter how much I don't feel like it.
- To get back into the habit of praying every night, even if it's just to say 'thank you' or 'sorry'.
- To help my friends when they're mourning or upset about something, without being cheesy or clichéd, or 'religious'.
- To work out properly what I believe and stick to it.
- To not be ashamed of what I believe in!
- To go through the entire year without (serious) dance-related injuries / To not have to take time off dance for injuries.
- To move up into Intermediate in my Reel and my Hop Jig (my only two dances left in Primary).
- To move up to Open in at least three of my dances.
- To compete at the Great Britain Championships, even if it's just for fun, for a taste of what it's like.
- To practice properly for at least fifteen minutes a day, with a warm up and a cool down, instead of just dancing around.
- To upload a new dance (choreographed by me) onto YouTube, at least once a month.
- 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.
- To achieve the front splits
- To be able to put my hands flat on the ground with my legs straight
- To be able to jog on the spot for five minutes without collapsing afterwards
- To be able to balance on one leg with my hands on my head without wobbling
Writing / Protagonize:
- To finish the second draft of 'Beneath the Branches', preferably by February.
- To work on a third and fourth draft of said novel, before giving it to my dad to read and critique
- To perfect 'Beneath the Branches' until it is the best it can possibly be.
- To post at least two chapters of prose (poetry doesn't count) on Protagonize every day, without fail, unless I am on holiday
- To post at least one poem every week on Protagonize
- 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.
- To comment on and rate at least three chapters every week.
- To pluck up the courage to get my sister to read through my novel (since she's terrifying and not very supportive).
- To help my friends from school have the courage to write without worrying what people will think, and to give them honest critique.
- To practice giving feedback as well as writing myself.
- To practice the piano regularly even when Dad can't give me lessons
- To pass my grade three piano with a Merit or more.
- To practice the flute at least four times a week.
- To pass my grade seven flute with full marks in my scales and a Merit or more overall.
- To practice the violin at least four times a week.
- To pass my grade seven violin with a Merit or more.
- 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.
- To balance school work with my hobbies and if necessary, give it priority over them.
- To achieve at least an A in each of my science modules (to be taken in January)
- To concentrate in Maths and French instead of messing around.
- To achieve at least an A in every exam I take before the end of this year, including my Maths and French GCSEs.
- To do all my Maths homework instead of saying I didn't have time.
- To do all short homeworks the night they're set, and to give longer ones priority at the weekend
- To try new foods.
- To go to bed earlier every night, even in the holidays or on weekends.
- To use my time wisely instead of wasting it on YouTube.
- To not annoy my parents but do what they tell me, instead of spending all my time reading in the bathroom!
- 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 :'(
- 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!