Declaration of 2015

There are lots of things I love about this time of the year. Lots of things I really look forward to.

One thing that has hopped up on my nerves early this year though is the end of year countdown. We’re counting down 2014’s best music on MTV and celebrity stories on E! and My Year on Instagram et al. All this before Christmas has even happened let alone the final week of the year.  

We’re not there yet people: calm.down*.

To distract me from these final countdowns, I'm going to jump right over Christmas, skip looking back on the past twelve months, and just get down to the business of 2015.

Rebranding resolutions

When I was living in Australia with Fox and Willo, we often wrote down our New Year resolutions. I mostly rolled my resolutions over from one year to the next, never achieving any of them. Fox would do better than me by getting quite a few of hers done, but it was always Willo who would nail his every year; usually by March.

Because of my dismal effort and the fact I'm a slow learner, I’ve decided to rebrand my resolutions into declarations. Instead of being specific with a task like “save more” or “get fit” I’m going to theme the entire year with a couple of ideas with the intention that they will soak into my life and produce some kind of output.


I am declaring that 2015 for me will be the year of :


What on earth will that even mean, Michelle?

It means I want to:

  • be the subject of my life more often;
  • be more organised about nutrition during my workday;
  • have a better relationship with sleep.

Here would be a great opportunity to share a photo of me, making my lunch, in the morning - but I’m not going to do that - have to go watch MTV’s Wonderful Christmas Time! Top 40 countdown and wait for the first day of January 2015 to make it the best year yet.


*stop watching so much television, Michelle.


As is the season, there was smatterings of talk of resolutions during New Year's Eve festivities. I didn't really come up with much for myself except to steal Kelly's idea to be better with birthdays throughout 2012. Perfectly good resolution I thought - manageable, measurable and meaningful. Thinking of this in my head-throbbing daze, contemplating my mortality which, it seemed this New Year's Day morning, was pretty fragile under the circumstances, I could do something even better for those around me: get my affairs in order.

I realised that it would be really awkward for my friends and family if I died with the way things are at the moment.

This revelation came slow and low as I lay in my bed, eyes closed concentrating hard to convince my body not to throw-up my celebrations from the night before. Yes, the night before was fantastic, sponsored almost entirely by Captain Canon's Drink of Awesomeness. And while at times since waking up I felt like dying might be a better option than the after effects of my over-indulgence, I was not actually ready to shuck my mortal coil just yet. I was suffering one of the most spectacular handovers I've had in a long, long while - one that might prompt someone to vow never to drink again if those Capt. Canons weren't just so darn delicious! and I realised what a disorganised mess my life was.

Lying there I imagined what I'd be like for my friends to find me dead.

State of Affairs

First of all I wondered how long it would take them to realise I'd been in my room longer than normal, I mean, I spend a lot of time in there. Once they figured out that I had been missing for days, and they found my putrifying body rotting in my summer-hot bedroom, I'd be hard to move. I'm not small, nor am I light, so it would take more than one of them to get me out of the house and onto the compost heap, or wherever it is they decide to dump me.

After that, someone'd have to go through and box up all my stuff - even if it's just to take it to the tip. They'd need to find my important documents (in case I'd left them anything in my Will), pack up all my books (total fire bans through Summer means they couldn't burn them until later in the year), find my important passwords, close up my online life and deal with my dirty-laundry hamper. They'd need to box up all my junk, basically, so they could turn my room into a gym, or sewing room or some other useful space.

Right now, with my current state of affairs, that would be a really shitty job for anyone - let alone for people who actually like me.

Getting my shit together: 2012

My resolution for 2012, therefore, is to develop a plan of attack to improve my organisation, activity and a sence of legacy then set those plans into action with the deadline of 24 December 2012.

The job of making it easier for those who have to deal with my 'aftermath' has begun.


Did you make any resolutions for 2012?