2016 New Years Resolutions, Should We Bother?!

The answer is yes.

Granted, the ‘new year, new me’ attitude sounds stupid because numbers on a calendar do not instantly change us. Every second, every minute of every day changes us because we are constantly learning. If anything, I feel that marking the first date in a fresh year is just a ‘Hallmark’ way of kicking ourselves up the universal arse to have a fresh start, and a genius way at that.

Having an annum is just like having various different photo albums of our life, now the 2015 album is tightly tucked away in our memory and we are given the opportunity to reflect. 

Reflecting is what makes us grow and become better people. Being given the opportunity to pause and replay out previous life:- the actions we took, the words we spoke, the feelings we hurt… Starting a new year is like pressing play on ourselves and trying to move forward. For me, 2015 was a particularly difficult year and at 00:01 this morning, I felt a heavy weight lift away and I know that I am going into a new chapter in my life.

My New Years resolutions are:

  • Do one thing every day that scares me
  • Travel more
  • Smile more
  • Worry less

What’s yours?

Alone at Christmas…

Alone at Christmas…

If you are on a long term trip or temporarily living abroad, one of the hardest times is being separated from loved ones during the festive period.

Christmas, for most, is a time to spend with those nearest and dearest and share – love!!!

For me, it’s important to spend it with family. My family are very spread out and not particularly close. But, at Christmas, we all stop for a day and spend it with each other. I normally adore Christmas.

This is going to be my first Christmas alone. I am sadly not travelling, I am working. I chose a career in healthcare which does not stop when Santa visits. I have also just experienced a relationship break up and am now living alone again. This got me thinking about people all over the world who, for whatever reason, cannot spend Christmas with their loved ones.

There has been a lot of press about people who are alone this Christmas and it encouraged me to look into it. It breaks my heart to think of elderly, homeless or lonely people who have nobody or nothing over Christmas. Loneliness and depression increases. It’s no wonder that January has the highest suicide rate of any month.

Let’s all take a minute to think of those less fortunate than ourselves over Christmas, or even donate your time or a small amount of money to a local homeless shelter. Check on your elderly neighbours who live alone or even better, invite them for dinner.