Happy New Year! It’s February and for me the beginning of my ‘new you’ with the resolutions, denying myself and misery that new year entails. I can’t be doing with all that hair shirt wearing in January. January is miserable enough as it is without lobbing in diet, exercise and no booze. So I wait until February. All the Christmas chocolate has been eaten, the festive cheese just hard rinds at the back of the fridge and the bottles of port and baileys have been reduced to a few splashes lurking at the bottom of the bottle.
Despite having had a whole extra month to consider how I am going to transform my life in the new year and make it so much better than the year before, sadly my resolutions tend to veer towards the eat less exercise more variety as my clothes are still a little snug. However this year I have decided to take a new approach. Here is my one and only resolution:
Not be so hard on myself
This year I will improve my life by being proud of what I have done and who I am rather than being slightly disappointed and feel that I have to change things in order for everything to be fine.
I have written two books for heaven’s sake – OK they are still to be discovered by the book buying masses. But that’s quite a feat to have even completed them. And I have ideas for lots more. Through Twitter and blogging I have connected with lots of inspirational people and opportunities which make me want to write more. I have learnt that every time I write I learn something, even if it is only during my half hour slot on the train into work. And even if agents and publishers have yet to be persuaded of my literary talent I have discovered that I really enjoy writing. It makes me happy and that is perhaps more important.
So I am approaching 2016 with excitement and anticipation. Think about how much new stuff I will have written, how many new friendships I will have made and how much more I will have learnt and improved in the coming year. I spend my working days chasing targets and KPIs so I am not going to give myself goals and milestones. My resolution is to enjoy everything that happens, to keep on with what I am doing to make even more things happen and be proud of all the things I do. Happy 2016!