I thought that on the first day back to ‘normal life’ everyone may be in need of a little distraction!

I hope that your hangover is gone and that you’re feeling optimistic about the 363 days of 2019.

This year, I have decided that I’m not completely on board with the idea of “reinvent myself.” To lose weight, change my diet, find new hobbies, and become brand spanking new like the presents I opened on Christmas Day.

I do however, LOVE a metaphorical new beginning. A significant end to a chapter. It makes me feel hopeful, reflective and motivated.

This year, I want to combine these two things. The feeling that I don’t want to put pressure on myself to ‘change’, in harmony with the idea that this is a blank page, a new chapter where the story line is yet to be written.

My friend Chloe posted a poem recently about the importance of recognising what you already have when you start reeling off New Years resolutions. I think too often we are quick to think of the opposite of ourselves and pledge to be that for our New Years resolution. But you’ve made it this far as yourself. Don’t get me wrong I recognise that there is always room to be a better person, but in my resolutions this year I’m looking to build, not to change.

For example, last year I started writing this blog. So rather than dismissing that by saying I want to get more readers or I want to start vlogging, I’m going to appreciate it for what it already is. So my New Years resolution is to keep working on and enjoying my blog. Because actually, as soon as I make it something taxing or something that isn’t quite good enough, I won’t enjoy it anymore and chances are neither will you.

What I’m trying to say is New Years resolutions are an amazing way to start the change that you want to see in your life, as long as you remember what you already have and what you’ve already achieved. If you don’t do this, you’re actually starting the year by highlighting everything that you’re doing wrong, haven’t achieved and aren’t very good at. That is no way to start the chapter of a new book.

By appreciating your achievements thus far, you’re telling yourself that improvement is possible. Look what you’ve already done! By all means set goals and aspirations, but make your starting point something that you’ve already achieved.

Maybe losing weight is on your agenda? That’s fine, we’ve all over indulged and been eating 24/7 for two weeks. But rather than saying you want to lose a certain amount or look like a certain person, remember a time last year when you enjoyed eating well or exercising lots and start from there. You’ve already started achieving it FABULOUS.

Happy New Year everyone. Let’s all try and make it a good one! xx

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