Happy New Year – let’s make it a good one

Happy New Year everyone! However you saw in 2014, whether it was at home, at a party, or huddled under an umbrella watching fireworks, I hope you had a great time and that the coming year is already proving to be a good one for you.

Personally, I’m looking at 2014 with a healthy degree of optimism. To be fair, I always approach the new year this way; when the clock strikes midnight I have a whole bunch of plans and ideas for the coming twelve months, most of which never end up seeing the light of day and are usually forgotten by the time I wake up on January 1st.

But not this year. I’ve got a good feeling about 2014, and have decided it’s going to be awesome. This is based on absolutely no evidence, besides the fact that I really want it to be, and will therefore go out of my way to make sure it is.

I’ve had some help too – for example, one of my friends gave me a notebook for Christmas with the instruction that I must carry it with me wherever I go and write down any ideas that come to me while I’m out and about. This is really useful, because I’m always having ideas while I’m on the train and by the time I get home I’ve forgotten them. But it’s also inspiring to know that she believes in me enough to encourage me to keep writing, and that in turn makes me want to do it. And not only because she’ll tell me off if I don’t.

And I think this blog has helped me too, firstly because it’s let me do a bit of writing (even if it is usually just random waffle), but also because it’s made me focus on what makes me happy. I’ve realised that life’s far too short to be miserable – in any area, no matter how big or small – and that if we’re in a position to make some changes, then we should do it.

I’m not going to list my plans here, but hope over the coming months to share with you when I’ve achieved them. In deference to the biscuit tin method, I’ve shared them with a few friends and family members, who have my full permission to bully me if I seem to be giving up.

Apologies if this post seems a bit cryptic and mysterious; that’s not my intention. I just wanted to keep it general and not only about me. January 1st is a great time to put new ideas and plans into action but there’s never a bad time, so if there’s something you want to do that will make you even just a fraction happier, go for it 🙂 The year will only be as good as we make it, and if we don’t try, we’ll never know.

Thank you to everyone who’s read this blog over the last few months. Have a great 2014!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” Edith Lovejoy Pierce


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