My new year’s resolution is to be a little bit selfish this year.

Most years I’ve tried the typical save money/lose weight/do things you’ve never done before resolutions and quite often they’ve never really lasted.

This year I want to try something different. A lot of people may say all resolutions are selfish, but I’m resolving to be a little more selfish in all aspects of life.

In 2012, although I achieved a lot for myself, I found myself constantly bending over backwards for other people (and places of work) who were unwilling to do the same for me. I know it’s not always a tit for tat situation but by giving myself a little more me-time and asking others for advice on my problems, I think 2013 could be pretty damn good!

Kimberley Manderson

The past few years, my resolutions have always been the same – to become a better person.

I aim to think more about others in the world, especially those less fortunate than myself. It’s too easy to get caught up in the small, less important things in life without thinking about the bigger picture!

Tess Rose Askew

There are two things that I would like to achieve by the end of 2013.

The first is to learn to play the piano, I was fortunate enough to get a keybooard for Christmas with a starter manual and I intend to start lessons as soon as possible. I’ve always loved the piano and is one of my favourite instruments. I already play the violin and guitar but the piano has always been the instrument I want to master.

I’d also like to finish my novel in 2013. Now, before you do your best Stewie Griffin “how’s your novel going?” impersonation, writing a novel has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

It takes a lot of planning and a lot of time and I’m very proud of myself for getting as far as I have. I began writing it in November as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is an online event that challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.

This is the second year I have took part and I highly recommend it to anyone  who has ever considered writing a book but feels they need an extra push to get started!

2013 will be spent editing my novel before unleashing it onto the public; it will take a lot of time but if the Mayans have taught us anything, it’s that just because something isn’t finished, doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.

Dean Walsh

I’m not sure why I bother to make resolutions as I’m terrible at breaking them, usually by 1st January!

However, in 2013, I’m aiming to not sweat the small stuff. I am guilty of getting stressed out really easily so I’d like to make a concious effort to avoid getting myself worked up over things that are unimportant and try and focus on what really matters.

2013 will see me become an even more avid gig-goer than I already am! Due to work commitments, I haven’t always been able to see the gigs I really want to in 2012 but I’m putting an end to that next year.

The day job will no longer be interfering with the dream job!

And, lastly, small but simple, I plan to make good use of my digital camera and take a lot more photos; nights out, gigs, festivals NEED to be documented!

Siobhanne Beattie