Five New Year's Resolutions You Should Keep (or at least try to!)
PUBLISHED: 12:27 02 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 02 January 2014
90% of New Year's Resolutions are broken by the end of February which is why this year I am making five small changes for long term benefit that I can stick to!
2014 is almost upon us and it’s the time for making New Year’s Resolutions. Every year I say I will go to the gym for three hours every day and eat nothing that is bad for me and I’m lucky to last until the 2nd January! So this year I am making resolutions I can stick to and that I will benefit from long past the end of February when 90% of traditional resolutions will be broken. If you’re looking for ideas, here are five of my New Year Resolutions and the reasons why I intend to keep them.
• Shop Local: The success of Small Business Saturday in the UK was much talked about and there are plans to make it an annual event but your local independent shops, cafes, & restaurants need your support all year round. My day job means I travel a lot around the Midlands and London so my simple resolution is to use local cafes and bakeries for my pit stop sandwich and coffee on the run. You may decide to buy your meat from a local butcher or support local Farmers Markets. It’s easy to make a simple change to support independent businesses in your area.
• Eat healthier: This one is on most people’s lists but busy lifestyles often see us reaching for the junk. I have joined the South Warwickshire Vegetable Co-Op to help with this resolution to ensure I always have fresh fruit & veg in the house every week. They are much cheaper than the supermarket and everything is in season in the UK. Their weekly bags also include some great recipes! Check out their website at www.dmac.co.uk/food
• Spend 20 minutes every day doing something I enjoy: With my own business and a two year old this is easier said than done but I waste too much of my evening exhausted watching rubbish on TV. I love to read so my resolution is to get back into the habit of using my local library and spend at least 20 minutes each day with a good book! For information on your local library go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries
• Get more active: Again, one for most lists but I have never been a gym bunny and I want to do something I can enjoy with my daughter too. We are going to start swimming lessons but my first resolution is to attend the free Kids Run Free Event with her on 4th January at Newbold Comyn in Leamington. They organise events for children and adults of all ages across the UK and you can find more information at www.kidsrunfree.co.uk
• Volunteer: You might think this is a difficult one to fit with the rest of your busy life but there are so many volunteering opportunities that require anything from a little to a lot of commitment so you can easily choose what suits you. I have always wanted to work with young people so I have volunteered to help at our local community’s International Women’s Day event helping to organise a talk on women working in technology and a discussion around young people safeguarding themselves on social media. It’s a one off event so doesn’t require an ongoing regular commitment. If you’re interested in volunteering but don’t know where to start, take a look at www.wcava.org.uk
There you have it - five simple New Year’s Resolutions that will have long term benefit and that I intend to keep! Hope you all have a wonderful New Year and a happy and healthy 2014!