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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Resolutions... with cats

Welcome to 2012!
I was thinking of doing a 2011 round up, and I also thought about some chrissy pics, but both seem already out of date. So instead I just have a little brainstorm to share, I hope that is ok. I have resorted to the fun cat pics of icanhascheezburger.com to liven this post up - please excuse that, but I do love a kitty pic!
I don't know about you but with the start of a new year everything seems a bit dull. I don't just mean that the Christmas lights, parties and presents have all dried up, but that somehow the continuous every-day-ness of a new year doesn't live up to expectation. A new anything, even a new year, should be bright and shiny and smell of promise shouldn't it? 
funny pictures of cats with captions

We do tend to build New Years up so that it feels as if something wonderful and unexpected should happen. The sky could be pink, or the Queen could give out free chocolate, or someone could come and match all your socks, that at least would be a good start. Instead, it is just the same sort of day as yesterday. What's that all about?
funny pictures - DEPRESSION...
Methinks we put a little bit too much store in the calendar to make us feel better, and we put too high an expectation on our ability to make well meaning resolutions come true as if by magic. 
funny pictures - must .. resist .. cant .. resist .. must .. resist ..
The result is, within a week or so we are back at work and feeling more miserable than ever. I have had years when I made a list of resolutions and that didn't really end well. In fact I couldn't even remember them all. I have had other years when I chose just one, and that was not much better. And then I had years when I didn't have any at all, and that was ok, if a little disappointing in itself.
funny pictures - aawww. . . look at you trying                             too hard again.
But this year I think I have come up with the best resolution ever. EVER!
funny pictures - Zen
That is, to believe in me. Three little words that, despite trying, I still find really hard to do. If I can master that, then I can do ANYTHING I choose -  any resolution, goal or new feel-good habit is possible. The very nature of it allows for changing conditions, changing preferences and for real limitations that are out of my control. So it is a lovely, friendly, accommodating kind of a resolution.
funny pictures of cats with captions
If I have a moment when I am wondering if I can do something or feeling at a low ebb, or frustrated with my progress, then simply recognising that it is time to practise believing more should be enough to rectify any desire to beat myself up (something I am surprisingly good at). The lovely rounding off of this resolution is that by practicing believing in me I am fulfilling my resolution! Result!
I hope you don't mind me sharing this with you, this being a vintage clothes blog and all. I might be a little bit enthusiastic, but wouldn't the world be an amazing place if we all believed in ourselves?
funny pictures - You da cat!
I hope you have a good start to the year, please throw some swaggers out there for me and more importantly, for you. Smooch!


  1. It would indeed! Happy New Year, Shona!xxx

  2. A-freakin-MEN to that! I do not make resolutions - because I always break them and then I feel like pap. And there are enough people out there that will happily make me feel like pap. So - i refuse to do it to myself.

    But - believing in ME would eliminate all that tosh! So - sign me up!

    Happy NY to you me love :)

  3. LOL!
    That was great!
    My daughter has a cat exactly like the "Zen" cat!
    He's even crosseyed and has a smirk on his face!
    Happy New Year!

  4. I agree! That's a great resolution to have :). We could all do with a little faith in ourselves, methinks.

  5. Totally agree! Loving the Zen cat. In fact my beautiful cat has just posed for my last post and his ginger fur goes incredibly well with my rust dress. A wonderful accessory - shame he can't accompany me everywhere - I know he'd like to!

  6. I agree, I find the new year very hard..... it's kind of & here we go again!! Everyone making you feel bad about eating too much, not exercising blah, blah. I never give anything up in January as it's the most depressing month of them all. September is a good time for change :) Thanks for making me smile with the cat pictures :)

  7. That's a good resolution! Self-belief is a great thing to have.

    You can never put up too many cat pictures...

  8. Happy New Year Shona! and I'm so resolutionfee, like the zen cat, he/she wouldn't have any. :-)

  9. I got me some swagger ;o)

    I do make resolutions, not to beat myself up but just to have some goals for the year


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