Ten positive New Year’s resolutions, because 2016 was gloomy enough

Another year, another broken list of promises.

I usually stay away from New Year’s resolutions as they usually end in failure and, consequently, shame and disappointment.

Part of the reason behind this is that most people’s New Year’s resolutions are negative – quit smoking, stop drinking, ban toxic people from my life, give up chocolate…

But 2016 was bad enough without depriving ourselves of the few joys we still have. So, instead of giving up things for the New Year, I am going to set myself some positive goals for my personal life.

1. Smile more, stress less

Because giving up chocolate in January is just cruel

It’s a standard act and sounds incredibly basic but putting your stress aside and smiling can make a lot of difference.

Dale Carnegie puts it better in ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’ (Read it, if you haven’t already):

The worried person must lose himself in action lest he wither in despair

His advice is: Smile, keep busy and compartmentalize everything you’re doing into that day – which is to say, only worry about it for that day.

2. Sleep for at least eight hours a night

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The view from my abode – may need to clean my windows!

Some incredibly blessed people can survive on four hours of sleep a night – Dickens, Thatcher, Churchill and Madonna, to name a few – but I, unfortunately, am not one of them. This year I will sleep my socks off: I have the gear to do it (read my piece on gadgets to get to sleep here) and, now I will be working night shifts and weekends, I will need to rest up.

3. Try to be a yes-man (but also learn how to say no)

You’ve had  a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is change clothes and explore the city. And on the weekends you want to spend the day in bed watching Netflix, leaving the house only for food.

But there’s so much more to life (allegedly) and this year I fully intend to say yes when somebody asks my to do something, be it a coffee or an art gallery.


However, this comes with a caveat that I must also learn to say no when I am tired (See Resolution 2), we don’t want burnout!

4. Eat, exercise and live healthily (without thinking I’m a fat, lazy lump)

In the past year – and this really hurts to admit – I have put on almost two stone, mainly it’s from eating too much, eating the wrong things, drinking too much and avoiding exercise like the plague.

So, although I say this every year, I will try to eat well and exercise. I won’t guilt trip myself if I have a packet of crisps, but I will work to be a healthier and happier person.

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Giving this a whirl – find out more here

5. Take my makeup off every evening


6. Be kinder to my face, nails and hair

Following on from Resolution 5, I will try to take better care of my face and hair. Years of bleaching has ruined the latter and a bad diet the latter, so I will apply a mask once a week and try to use beauty products that won’t destroy them.

Get it OFF

The same goes for my nails. I used to only wear acrylics, then shellac – and it has destroyed my nails. The issue is that I both bite my nails and am terrible and remembering to paint them so, unless I have them done professionally, they look tatty. Hopefully this year, I can learn to make them look fabulous, without the breakages.

7. Read at least one book a month, for fun

It used to be my way of switching off, or to be pretentious in public, but it has been a while since I read a book for pure enjoyment, no strings attached. Therefore, from January – December, I will read one book a month (but hopefully more) for fun.

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Two to start me off

8. Travel more – even if it’s in the UK

See the world as often as I can, wallet and job permitting. Just look how gorgeous the UK countryside can be:

Already missing home

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9. Take more baths

Because they’re the closest you can get to a sauna in your home…

(Here’s a video of a hedgehog in the bath, just for the awww factor)

10. Keep writing

The key behind achieving most of the above is time management and, with the help of my trusty Filofax I plan to plan well and be successful. Most importantly though, I hope to carry on blogging regularly!

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Written in shorthand

If you have any tips on how I can actually complete my resolutions this year please get in touch. Good luck with your own goals and Happy New Year!

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