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Sunday, 3 January 2016

New Year, The Same Me

Along with the New Year comes the ‘new me’ admissions, whether it’s a health kick, learning a new skill or seeing more of the world. I set resolutions last year and hit the majority of them but this year I’m not. Well, I’m making one. Why? Because I’m blissfully happy with my life the way it is, the way it was in 2015 - so I don’t have any desires to change on it. Sure, I always want to improve and grow but I also want to CTL + C the past 12 months where possible.

January is always seen as a blue month. We’re going back to work, we’re starting a diet to rid the Christmas over-eating and are sad the festivities are over. But I say flip that coin. It’s the start of a new year for new chances, new dreams and new memories to be made. It’s a chance to build on the great life you have and spend even more time with the people you love. Make resolutions if you want but don’t beat yourself up about them because, guess what, you’re human.
So it’s with this mindset and many other reasons why my resolution is simple: to be happy. It worked for me last year so I’m doing it all over again. The minute any of my life changes to not make me happy, I’ll change it. I used to believe I’d only be truly happy once I’d met my career goal of heading to New York and landing a high flying journalism job. Heck that still may bring me happiness if and when it comes true. But happiness isn’t just in the big dreams but in the little moments, finding warmth and smiles in the mundane times.

John Lennon once recalled: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

So here’s to John Lennon for having the right frame of mind and here’s to 2016. I hope it brings you all the happiness and health you deserve.


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