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Solihull mum made a New Year's Resolution with a difference; to fulfill a new challenge every month

MOST people making New Year’s resolutions have broken them all within days...

MOST people making New Year’s resolutions have broken them all within days... but Shelley Wilson is not most people.

The mum-of-three, from Hillfield, challenged herself to stick fastidiously to a new resolution every month for a year, while blogging about the results.

And aside from an accidental black eye while exercising for February’s get fit goal, Shelley says she’s enjoying every minute, and hasn’t broken a resolution yet.

“I have had moments of ‘what on earth am I doing’,” said the holistic therapist, who hopes to use her experience to help motivate her clients.

“But it’s been a great reason to do all those things I’ve been wanting to do for years.

“January and February’s goals were probably the same as everyone else’s; get fit and lose weight.

“But the next few months are going to be much more adventurous.”

Those adventures will see the 40-year-old try zip-lining in May, give up her car for a week in July and even attempt to write a 50,000 word novel within a month at the end of the year.

Her current March resolution, to stop procrastinating and do something creative, has sent Shelley back to college on a creative writing course and try a hand at ‘Zentangling’.

“I think the hardest will be October, to be happy and grateful,” she admitted.

“Obviously being grateful should come naturally.

“But being grateful for what’s going on in your life when you’re having a hard time will be difficult.

“Being a single mum to three teenagers, it’s going to be tough.”

Other resolutions will see Shelley off the “demon drink” in April, and give up TV, Facebook and wearing black for a week each in July.

But she is most looking forward to her August resolution. “It’s to get out and about more with the kids we’re all looking forward to.

“I’ll be taking them on a trip to Cornwall, down to Warwick Castle...

“They’ve been absolutely fantastic about it all.

“I just want to show them, if you put your mind to something, you can do it. You just have to believe.”

To see Shelley’s full list of resolutions, and follow her progress, visit her blog at



Cathrina Hulse
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