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We all have the New Year Bug – this year is going to be fantastic, the best year yet! We set resolutions that are great in theoryBy the middle of the month, however, most people have already started the slide back to their regular existence, overcome by trying to reach lofty, unclear goals with the same mindset from the previous year.

Why does this happen?

It is because the resolutions and goals are completely unrealistic and really just a dream. In the ideal world, yes, they would probably work out. Sorry to say this but the ‘ideal world’ does not exist.

Here are some tips to help you set goals or resolutions that you will accomplish:

1. Keep it simple: The goal does not have to be elaborate. A novel seldom has a long title but yet can have a very complicated plot. Keep your ‘title’ simple. Read point 2 as a follow up to this.

2. Have a plan. This is probably the most important aspect to a resolution and accomplishing them. It is all very nice for me ( as a cyclist) to say ‘I want to cycle 6000 km in 2012’ but have no real plan to get  to that goal. It is the same with any goal you set. This is where it can get as complicated as it needs to. Daily / weekly and monthly goals are a good start.

Back to the cycling goal – 6000km is 500 km a month and 125km a week (on average). If I plan to do 2 rides during the week and one long ride on the weekend – the goal is attainable.

The plan has to involve the ‘down times’ during the year. These are the times when you go away on holiday or (if exercise related) during the colder winter months, when you do not keep the pace up to what is should be. Rest periods if you will. These are very important to factor into you plan to achieve you goal. back to the cycling example: if during the year i take off 1 month from training – the monthly average jumps closer to 600km per month and so on. This is a big factor to play into the plan.

3. Keep it real! Most often, goals and resolutions are unrealistic. This can either be the time frame that is set or what is wanting to be achieved.

a) Time frame: “I want to lose 10kg” seems fine as a goal over 3 or 4 months but “I want to lose 10kg by the end of January” is unrealistic (and unhealthy).

b) Actual goal. Take the above weight loss example. I should never lose 10kg. I am 6 foot 2 inches (192 cm) tall and weigh 93kg. If I was to lose 10kg – I would be sickly thin and probably very unhealthy.

Have  a look at your resolutions in light of these points and see how you can adjust them to make them more realistic. DO NOT remove them – just CHANGE them.

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The finest things in life should remain potent.

1.The f-word. When you overuse it, you dilute its punch. But when the time is right, just see how far “Forget you, man! Forget you!” will take you.

2 Sorrows. They won’t drown. Trust us.

3 Your desires. If you keep to yourself how badly you want a raise, oral sex or a biscuit, you’ll score none of them. Nobody can read your mind.

4 Her T-shirt. Unless she says, “Please, please, pretty please!”

5 Likes and dislikes. You don’t have to dig The Office. You don’t have to hate He’s Just Not That Into You. Enjoy what you enjoy and make no apologies. But you can, if you so choose, decide who to tell these things to. Which brings us to…

6 The truth. Dirty laundry, rattling skeletons, hidden histories: that is the truth. It’s so rare and valuable that people hoard it, bury it and pay huge sums to keep it secret. The truth equals your true worth. That’s why it’s so powerful when you speak it in full. Which you should, when you speak it at all.

7 Your gaze. Focused eyes speak. They are passionate. They tell a woman that she’s meaningful and a man that you mean business. Don’t look away until they know it.

8 Your reaction to someone’s deliberate disrespect.

9 Family time. When you are with the people that matter, leave your phone alone and appreciate what’s really important.

10 Time for yourself. You’re not alone if your cellphone is on. Or if you’re checking email. Or if – hey, what’s your girlfriend doing here? Tell her to go home. It’s okay, really. People may always be looking for you, but they’ll understand if you’re not always available.

11 Your praise. Two things enrich a compliment: earnestness and a heartfelt grin. One thing makes your compliment worthless: the word “but”.

12 Chillies. Water won’t help you a damn bit. Milk, my friend, milk.

13 Pancake mix. Leave it goopy and you’ll get flapjacks like soft couch cushions.

14 Effort. It’s easy to say you’ll give it your all. But if that were easy to actually do, wouldn’t you be done by now?

15 Your other five senses: humour, style, direction, honour and wonder.

16 Your manners. Ladies will appreciate it – and other men will respect it.

17 Your brain. Do you have any idea how much more satisfying Chandler, Hemingway, Capote and other writers are than reality TV? Any idea?

18 Anything you create. Whether you’re building a brick braai or writing a novel, if there’s a certain way you want it, you damn well better make it that way. Compromise with women and neighbours, not yourself.

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Have fun!

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”- Theodore Roosevelt

Money is tight for most people at the moment. The economy is down. The stock markets are very fragile currently. The real estate market is very low (at least in South Africa) and has been for a while now. People are spending less on ‘the extras’ in life. Less meals out. Less holidays. Conversely, everybody is working more and harder to earn enough to ‘get by’.

all these factors are leading to an increase of complaining and moaning from people in general about not being able to ‘live life’ like they used to. Facebook and twitter updates are filled with dread and sadness and moaning about bills or month end coming up or ‘too much work’ etc. People seem to be having less fun! This to me is very sad. I can understand how the current situation can bring people down and its very easy to start moaning about your current situation.


That statement might seem complete garbage to you but it’s TRUE! It does depend on your definition of fun and that is the crucial aspect of this post. If your fun involves going to the local mall or pub / restaurant and nothing else, then I do agree fun does cost money. Read no more and close the blog post.  If not, read on.

If you are willing to explore the concept of fun being free or inexpensive then here are some tips from personal experience.

1. Go for a walk. We are blessed to be able to do this in Durban, SA. We are also blessed with the health to do this. This can be done around the neighborhood or the local park etc. We live within about 2 km of the nearest beach so from time to time we go down to the beach and walk along for a bit and turn around and return home. These walk do not have to be long but can be a lot of fun.

2. Go exploring with your camera. I was given a very nice camera last year for my birthday from my family – this has led to many photo explorations around Durban. Take your camera and go looking for an interesting place / item to photograph. You do not need to have a very fancy camera. “Point and shoots” are capable of taking some awesome shots! play with funny angles and perspectives. We have 100’s of self portraits from various places – they are very good fun to play with.

3. Turn off your TV! We, by choice, do not have TV coming into our house. We have a TV (actually borrowed from a friend) to watch DVD’s on but no live TV. It is awesome to sit around and talk to each other without the distraction of the TV. Ask yourself this: How many times do I watch TV a week? How much of that TV actually adds meaning to your life? How much of it do actually enjoy watching? How many times have you fallen asleep watching TV? How much does the 700 channels cost you monthly? Turn it off! Try it! It may be hard at first but it is well worth it!

4. Meet friends for coffee. Ah, it will cost you! NO, IT WILL NOT! Meet them at their house or have them come to you. Do not have any special extras and it will cost you nothing. Meeting friends is great fun and it can only be good. not so long ago, we met friends at the local botanic gardens for Sunday afternoon tea. The kids ran around chasing and feeding birds while we sat and chatted. The entrance was free and the cost involved was the petrol to get there and some food. Nothing special to eat, so it was mostly inexpensive. It was a great time and a repeat performance is needed!

Fun does not have to cost anything. everybody needs to have fun and it is becoming more and more necessary in today’s society. Try it! You will not regret it!

Let me know how it goes and add some of your own suggestions!

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