New Year, Same You?

Happy new year everyone!

It’s time to reflect on the year that has passed; the start of a new year is a natural time to look forward to what lies ahead. There’s a sense of optimism in the air.

For the last couple of days, I’ve scrolled through social media to see timelines full of promises and declarations for the coming year. People have shared philosophical quotes and some have posted memes about their intentions for imminent transformation. Others have posted nutritional ideas or gym pages as well as personal declarations about “new year, new me” goals. I’m sure your timeline looks exactly the same.

I’m nostalgic by nature and I like to look back on memories of the year(s) gone by to reminisce and see how things have changed. I love to look back at old photographs and relive special moments and memories (Remember that outfit? Did I really do that?) But what about the notion of reinvention? Are we in danger of questioning ourselves or feeling as if we’re not good enough? Are we danger of feeling like a failure if we don’t stick to the goals we set annually at the beginning of January?

Personally, I think goals and aspirations are healthy – to set ourselves something challenging but not beyond reach; I’m in favour of healthier and kinder versions of ourselves without having to be too drastic or unrealistic. I think that small changes can add up to a big change in the long run and, however subtle or major, can be achieved by the changes you make mentally. Because you posted your intention on social media, doesn’t make it so. We all know it’s not real. We all know that’s not Ordinary Life.

Today, when you outline your intentions about the coming year, I hope that you’re aspiring to be an improved version of yourself but I’d also like you to remember the qualities you already possess and the things you have already achieved in your life so far.

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I’m sending you lots of love, luck and happiness for 2017. Here’s to a happier, healthier you – but I hope it’s not too dissimilar from the real you- who is already more than good enough.

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