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Well, here we are, the start of another year - New beginnings, fresh starts. I’m not for making resolutions I prefer making lists of stuff I’d like to do, as opposed to stuff I should or have to do. Even the word ‘resolution’ sounds a bit depressing, something to be avoided. Apparently fewer than 10% of New Year resolutions are kept for the entire year. In fact, most are toast by Valentine’s Day.
But January certainly makes you think? It’s a time to reflect but also a time to look forward, maybe drawn a line if your year hasn’t been so great. There’s a whole 12 months of new possibilities stretching out before you, let go of last year and forge ahead with a new one (exciting isn’t it?).
Not sure about you, but I don’t have a big exciting, life changing, headline grabbing, bucket list of adventures I want to tackle. I’ve no plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (maybe next year), or bungee jump in New Zealand, but there are a couple of things on my list that’ll definitely push me out of my comfort zone - but that’s good. And I would like to get fit (I know I said it last year), but I’m taking a different approach this year.
But before I make plans for the New Year, I like to have a clear out (I blame my mum), ‘out with the old, in with the new’ she’d chant, as she and my dad threw open the doors and windows to welcome the New Year in, and send the old one out! Bins had to be emptied, no washing in the laundry baskets, no sweeping on New Years day, all of which, supposedly, helped avoid bad luck in the coming year (crackers I know) but I guess some of it’s rubbed off.
So last week I cleared the garage and next weekend I’ll tackle my closets (love doing that). It’s very cathartic getting rid of stuff as it helps to free your mind. I’m a bit OCD anyway, but my garage had been niggling me for the last few weeks (a bit like a headache coming on), then one day last week I decided I’d have a quick tidy up - 30 mins max I’d spend. Yeah right! It took a solid 3 hours but looked fantastic when I’d finished. I found loads of stuff I’d forgot about (and if you can’t see it, you most certainly can’t find it). I found two (yes two), crazy long extension blocks that stretched forever, so when I finished the garage I vacuumed the car (another job done – tick!). It actually looked so outrageously organised I kept popping in to gaze at the neatly lined shelves (worrying behaviour I know).
So now I’m ready to sort out my closets.I’ll dig for those skinny jeans lurking somewhere at the back, and I’m going to try them on knowing full well that of course they won’t fit. I’m going to hang my fashion favourite 7 For All Mankind edgy white jeans at the very front of my wardrobe (where I’ll see them everyday) and that! - Will be my motivation to get fit.
Four or five months is a fairly decent time frame time to get ready for summer. And for me, staring at those fashion forward jeans, and imagining them teamed with some nude towering heels, will be a much better motivator than ticking a box on some resolution list.
So there you have it, as I browse through the glossies for some white jean inspiration, I’m almost ready for the year ahead – I just have to take out the trash!
Happy 2015! Wishing you peace, love and laughter.