Sunday, 20 January 2013

New Year, New You...

If you're anything like me, you jump at the chance to make the start of a New Year work for you...any excuse to wipe the slate clean!

Recently, while rummaging through my old cupboards at home, I stumbled upon a few of my old diaries and Nath and I had quite the laugh as I shared a selection of my New Year's resolutions from the last few years....I must admit, if I had achieved even half of them I'd be some kind of superwoman!

So it left me thinking, while I have always believed in the power of positive thinking, and I truly believe that setting goals can help keep you on track - does it really matter if at the end of the year/month/week/day you don't achieve everything you set out to do??  At one time I would definitely had thought that anything less than perfection was unacceptable....but as time's gone on and my life has been turned upside down by things like earthquakes, jobs, love, moving cities, new friends, old friends and everything in between, I've begun to think that in today's world we tend to give ourselves too much of a hard time, most of the time.  

This year I've decided that while my usual January goal-setting ritual can continue...I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't learn French, learn to play the guitar, get a new job or drop five kilos in the space of 12 months - instead, this year is going to be determined by one single resolution....BE HAPPY.  It may sound simple, but I, like many of you I'm sure, tend to sweat the small stuff - despite always preaching otherwise.  So while work might be tough, working out might be even tougher and making new friends in a new city is going to be toughest of all - I am going to ensure that everyday I sit back and take a look at all the great things in my life, that I maintain my BE HAPPY attitude and that I show gratitude for every precious moment...x

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