So it’s Autumn, season of mists and something somethings, as the poet says. (No, he doesn’t but that’s the best I can do).

It is therefore time for this creaky post 60 writer to think about drawing up my list of new year resolutions.

Some people make new year resolutions in January. I make Autumn ones. I think it’s because I used to work as a teacher and the new school year starts in September. So for me, Autumn is the “New Year”.

 
 

Also, I bring out my latest novel in Autumn (you can find it here), in time to hit the Christmas market. So here goes. My resolutions are:

Learn to Layer

I will resist spending my pension on a trans-seasonal wardrobe. Instead, I shall just put on an extra cardigan.

Ignore Trends

Ditto the latest “fragrance”. (As an aside, have you noticed how the word fragrance has replaced scent or perfume?) I actually saw an assistant in one of the big department stores wearing a badge with the title “Fragrance Consultant.” Madness.

Resist “Buy Me” Words

I will red-light all those subtle “buy me” words that sneak under our radar and make us long for stuff we really don’t need to have. In this category are words like: Wear a … Invest in a … Trade in your … Embrace your … Retire your…

Goodbye Good Housekeeping

I will cancel my subscription to Good Housekeeping. I am fed up with the way older women are photo-shopped in their fashion and feature shoots. Yes, I have complained. No, they didn’t take it on board. There is enough pressure on us to look young. Presenting us with totally wrinkle-free 60 and 70 year olds is just not helping.

Stand by My Social Media Friends

I will go on piling in on social media when I see someone I follow or who follows me being bullied. Troll me back? Yeah – bring it on, dude!

Stop Worrying

I will stop sweating the small stuff. If the bus doesn’t come, I can walk. Ditto if the car won’t start.

Say No to Superfoods

I will refuse to get sucked into the super foods shtick. Instead I will eat as healthily as I can, appreciating what is on my plate. I will remember that so many people in this world, and this country, go to bed hungry.

Hug My Virtual Friends

I will try to make sure all my friends KNOW how much I appreciate them by taking time in the next few months to send them a quick email, text or tweet to say so.

Give Thanks

I will “count my blessings.” This includes no return of my cancer and a lovely supportive husband – we have just celebrated forty-one years of marriage. A wonderful daughter, two gorgeous grandchildren and an acceptable level of sanity.

Live with Pride

I will resolve to wear my life proudly and be the best version of myself that I can reasonably manage.

What small things do you plan on doing this autumn to improve and renew your life? What do you like most about this season? Please join the conversation.

Carol HedgesCarol Hedges is the successful author of fifteen novels for teenagers and adults. Her books have been shortlisted for various prizes: her YA novel Jigsaw was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and her historical novel Diamonds & Dust was listed for the 2013 CWA Historical Dagger. She is a cancer survivor, a vintage car driver, a cat owner and a doting grandma. She is currently writing the fifth book in her Victorian Crime series. She blogs on her website and posts on Facebook and Twitter about her life, her writing and minding her small granddaughter.

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