2013 New Year Personal Goals

I blogged about my writing goals for 2013 here, this post will be dedicated to the personal things I’m resolving to do this year. So far, I’m doing well!

2013 is the year of no new clothes

This statement has already horrified a few women, but when I think about it, the majority of the time I  buy clothes because I think I need them or to make myself feel better. I’ve had a long, hard think about this reasoning and I’ve decided that 1) I have plenty of work & play clothes in my wardrobe already and 2) I don’t want my clothes to define me. I am going to see if I can get through a whole year without needing to buy anything (underwear, socks etc exempt of course, I’m not that hard core!).

If I need something I will buy it Preloved (lol, in seriousness I do mean second hand).

Or I will recycle what I have – that burgundy bridesmaid gown from my beta’s wedding is going to get shortened and I will wear it to another wedding (as a guest) in April 2013.

If I hit a snag, I’ll decide what to to do then – but the important thing is I will think about it, my consumption and the footprint I’m leaving on this world. I have a beautiful wardrobe of lovely threads and in 2013, I will cherish each and every one of them and think how lucky I am to own them.

2013 is the year of simplicity

When did life become so… complicated? This year, I promise to live simply, sustainably and be happy with the world. I will not beat myself over what I don’t have, what I want and what I think I need. I am going to focus on what is on the inside.

2013 is the year of de-clutter

This will be one big year-long spring clean! I know I will feel so much better once I get rid of the things that have been sitting in my cupboards, wardrobe and house forever. I have CDs I seriously haven’t listened to for 10 years. I have gifts people I have given me (hello fondue sets. Yes, I mean the three of you) that I have never touched. The aim is to either Use, Sell or Give Away. Someone else can get use out of them! After taking four bootloads of donatables to the Salvos, I feel so much better. And I’ll donate a percentage of the rest which I plan to eBay, to charity.

2013 is the year of kindness

As a former vegetarian, I recently went back to eating vegetarian 5 times a week and I feel so good about it. I will continue to support cruelty-free products & brands and I will keep feeding the ginger secret cat that visits me every night at 10pm (the one that used to cry all night and day because he was hungry). Maybe this year he will formally become my un-secret cat. I will be kind to the world, to strangers and to animals. I will be kind to myself!

How are your personal 2013 New Year Resolutions going?



Love this post Shirley! Very inspiring 🙂 I definitely need to de-clutter and simplify this year.. it’s ridiculous how stressful just having “stuff” can be. All the best for 2013!

shirley marr
shirley marr

Thanks Rey and good luck! Feel free to drop me a line anytime and let me know how you do simplifying your life:) x


Very inspiring, Shirley. My closets are full, I have too much stuff in my house. I keep hoping my kids will move out and I can donate some stuff to them but so far it hasn’t happened. But you’ve inspired me to at least look at my closets with the notion of cleaning them out a bit.

shirley marr
shirley marr

Good luck Tracy, I hope you have a fun and cleansing experience!


This is so lovely, Shirley. I love the idea of 2013 being the year of simplicity, Things got really complicated for me, too, last year, so, personally, I would love to have a year of simplicity for a change.

I hope you get to live up to your personal goals. Have a good year :)|

PS. I love this new layout. It’s so pretty.

shirley marr
shirley marr

Thanks Bee! I hope things turn out simple and perfect for you this year, beautiful girl! xxx

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