The decorations have been packed away for another year and I love the fact that once again my house looks uncluttered and sparkling after a much-needed deep clean.

All too often the conversation in January turns to either new year’s resolutions or dry January.  I for one never participate in dry January. Firstly, I don’t think that I drink enough to worry about having to give it up for a month.  Secondly January can be a cold miserable month and if I fancy a glass of wine at the end of the day I’m not going to deprive myself.

So what about new year’s resolutions?

I can honestly say, I don’t think I’ve made any resolutions since I was in my early twenties.  I never really understood the point of deciding to do something if I won’t see it through.  Why would I want to make myself feel like a failure, if after a month off sugar I slipped and had a large piece of cake!

I like to see January as a chance to set new intentions, goals and desires.  To me it feels like a clean slate, the chance to create our own reality.  Anything is possible with focus and determination.

I spent December creating my vision board for 2017.  For me it had to be visual, as I’m not an artist.  So I spent time searching for images that depicted my goals and aspirations.  It sits in a beautiful white frame on my desk and it’s the first thing I see when I come into the office.

My vision board is about all the things I want to achieve this year on a personal, business and career level.  It’s what’s going to keep me focused as I go through the year.  It will be a constant reminder that if I want to achieve things, it’s me that has to make them happen.

So when I hear about New Year resolutions of new grueling gym regimes I wonder for how many months they will last.  Why not be kinder to yourself and take on something that will make you feel good all year?

Take time out for a walk, it can be just as beneficial as pounding the treadmill and being in nature can have such a calming effect on mind, body and spirit.

Small changes can make a big impact on your lifestyle and won’t leave you with feelings of guilt about how much money you are wasting on a monthly gym membership.

Why not commit to taking a little bit of time out of your busy schedule once a month to do something just for yourself.  It’s not selfish, and I can promise you that you’ll reap the benefit all year.

If you need any more encouragement to take some time out, see my January offer and don’t hesitate to get in touch.