I've had mixed success with my resolutions:
i) do everything I can to make sure I get to stay on in my job after my original two year contract expires in November.
I have a verbal "probably". The exact source of the funds is not decided yet, and the source will determine the job description, but I'm reasonably confident that I'll still be doing something very similar to my current job come December. I'm doing my best to keep on proving my usefulness, and hopefully I'll be considered indispensable by contract renewal time!
ii) stop procrastinating and develop my freelance writing
I did get the first royalties for the big group project I completed at the beginning of 2008. I thought I'd arranged a freebie gig for a local charity that funds biological research, but I seem to have fallen through the cracks due to maternity leave and workloads at the other end. They did like the sample research summary articles I sent them though, so maybe this will be resurrected. I hope so, their newsletter goes to tens of thousands of people and looks very professional!
I was supposed to be on a freelancing course yesterday and next Saturday, but it got cancelled due to under subscription. Boooo.
I do need to do better here. (And get my course refund too).
i) Exercise more
I'm doing pretty well, actually! A combination of the iPhone application and excellent advice from Mermaid has really helped with the running. I started about six weeks ago at 7 minutes 30 seconds total time, with 1:00+0:30 walk+run intervals, and today I did a total of 28 minutes with 1:00+6:00 walk + run intervals. Quite the improvement! I'm going running twice a week, and going swimming or doing circuits (occasionally both) once per week too. Plus of course cycling 12 km of hills most weekdays. I think this is the biggest success on the list. Not that I've seen any major improvements on my hips or on the scales... but I'm sure my cardiovascular system is thanking me!
ii) stretch more
A necessity when running, so I'm doing better here.
iii) improve my diet
FAIL! Running makes me hungry. Swimming makes me really, really hungry. My diet wasn't terrible to start with, but I do need to do better...
As for the late additions:
"Play my guitar more"
More, yes, but from a very infrequent
"Don't neglect the garden as much as last year"
SUCCESS! It's looking quite respectable. I've had an email request for photos, I will oblige soon I promise...