I love looking through Twitter at the end of the year and seeing all the idealists, the dreamers, the (mostly) young people tweeting their new year's resolutions and linking to excited blog posts of all the things they want to achieve. Whereas older Tweeters will be much more jaded and sarcastic about it all - I've seen many a "no, really, tell me how 2016 is going to be your year" type memes. I'm such a foregone conclusion when it comes to health resolutions, you'll find me in the gym and on some ridiculously strict diet in January, and by February it's been sacked off and I'll meet you at the bar (the salad bar in Pizza Hut, which we'll ignore and just eat pizza). I'm a terrible yo-yo dieter, and have been pretty much my whole adult life. Come to think of it, I'm not terrible at yo-yo dieting at all, it's something I achieve quite well. I am absolutely done with making diet resolutions, I'm moving into the jaded camp on that one. My only food-related promise is to do Veganuary, and that's already half-easy for me as I've been a vegetarian for a long time. Because I don't want to be a crisp-munching, Oreo-scoffing kind of vegan, I will attempt a proper plant-based diet, and who knows what will become of that - a life without cheese and Ben & Jerry's is not something I am resolving to abandon forever. I'm just saying in a mum kind of tone "we'll see."
To be honest, I'm more into possibilities than resolutions - the latter being a promise, something you're determined to do, and will no doubt either get upset about or laugh like a drain over when you remember that broken promise towards the end of each year. I'm envious of all the people who resolve to change themselves or their lives in January, stick to it, and show off the results in December. But I also heartily believe in dreaming all year round, and working hard to make possibilities become achievements. I wouldn't be an entrepreneur or freelancer if I didn't believe in dreaming, and couldn't stomach pitching and hustling. Why wait until the start of each year to dare to dream? Each week I'm proposing something or other and trying to make something exciting happen. Granted, these are things connected to my career, and I'm always prioritising that over my health. This is something I need to work on, and Veganuary is a step in this direction. It's me saying "I could be vegan" (in a tone like Mr Heckles in Friends), but not declaring from the highest mountain "I resolve to never eat dirty dairy EVER again" when the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December.
In summary, don't resolve to do anything out loud, set yourself challenges rather than resolutions, think about all the possibilities of things you could achieve in 2016, and draw up some plans to make your dreams reality. But not whilst eating Oreos. Or cheese. Hmmm.... cheese.