Why I’m Making My New Year’s Resolutions All About My Partner

Because what’s more important than your relationship, really?

December 22, 2016

How To Supercharge Your Life In 2015

Time moves quickly and before you know it another year will have passed. So, if you’re looking to seize each day and supercharge your life in 2015, here are some top tips:

Make a career change

Bored of your new job? Fancy a bigger and better challenge? Then why not make that much-needed career change? With recruiters such as Call Centre Jobs in Manchester and companies looking for talented individuals to fill top positions you can land the job of your dreams, so it’s well worth seeing what’s out there. And don’t forget, you don’t always have to change companies to enjoy a more fulfilling occupation.

Applying internally for any exciting opportunities that crop up could be the right option for you, so keep an ear to the ground for information. If you’re really keen you could even shadow a different department, take work-based training courses to improve your knowledge or head back to university/college for additional qualifications.

Travel the world

We all need a break from time-to-time, so how about leaving the 9-5 for a week or two and going on holiday? Either that or taking a career break and exploring the globe one country at a time. Travelling is one of the best forms of education, so whether you’ve always wanted to learn more about the pyramids of Egypt or the ancient ruins of Thailand – it’s never too late to do it. Moreover, if it’s all-year-round sunshine you’re looking for, many parts of the world can offer you just that! From the Caribbean island of Barbados to the sandy desserts of Dubai you won’t be short of sensational destinations that are worthy of a place on your travel bucket list.

Spend more time with your family

With so much to do on a daily basis, it can be easy to lose track of the things that really matter such as spending time with your family. So, if you have that nagging sense of guilt that you’re away from home too much or are missing out on your kid’s childhood, try to prioritise your loved ones a little more. Of course, we all have to work and run errands but how about checking out cool places to visit during the weekend or making time in the evenings to spend with your family? Eating dinner together, for instance, is a great opportunity to catch up on each other’s news or you might decide to dine out at a restaurant once a week or go on a family swimming outing. The options are endless.

Get fit and healthy

If you overindulged during the festive period, you might be looking to lose weight and get fitter this year, but it’s important to set long-term goals rather than quick fixes. Yo-yo dieting and getting so stiff at the gym that you never want to go again isn’t good for anyone, so set yourself realistic targets and battle the bulge steadily. To keep your mind focussed it might also be worth embarking on a particular challenge such as a 10K run as this should help motivate you to succeed. Sign up to different runs and events throughout the year and you’ll be in tip-top shape before you know it.

With a new year just begun, now is the perfect time to make exciting changes in your life and enjoy every second.

January 22, 2015

Weekend Wit: The Bizarre Reality Of Resolutions

New year resolutions are a bizarre phenomenon aren’t they? Millions of people wait until the dawn of a new year and resolve to change something about their lives. In theory, it sounds like a great idea. But reality and theory can often be a bit of a mismatch!

First, the global party which happens New Years Eve doesn’t exactly set people up for success. Most of us stay up late, drink alcohol (yes, sometimes too much) and for many it’s the best night out of the year.

Do people really expect to get up the next day and change who they are and what they do? Ah, yeah. That’s what New Years resolutions are supposed to be all about aren’t they, or am I missing something? Plus, some of us resolve to make not only one change, but a whole heap! Seriously how wasted were they? You have to ask the question; if it were that easy why haven’t they done it before?

Anyway, instead of bouncing out of bed at the crack of dawn with vigor and vitality ready to confront the challenge ahead, most of us would be quite content to sleep until noon. When we get up at such a leisurely hour, what time do you think we’ll even be out of our PJs?

Some of us might also be experiencing a bit of a hangover. Others are totally worn out from staying up till the wee hours after the insane rush of the past few weeks. In reality New Years Day is usually spent hanging out with family and friends or kicking back for solid day of r and r in front of a screen.

Plus, I don’t know about you, but how many people do you see pounding the pavement, jogging past your home New Years Day? I often see people walking, jogging, cycling and even skateboarding past my home, but New Years Day it’s like a ghost town. There’s no-one around doing much of anything.

Now, when you consider the amount of resolutions which center around weight loss and getting fit, shouldn’t we expect to see them all out there? In theory New Years Day should be the most active day of the year but in reality it’s the total opposite. See where I’m heading with this bizarre tradition?

So day two of the new year lots of people are still in holiday mode. Maybe New Year isn’t the best time to initiate a vital life change? People who vow to give up smoking, drinking or other drugs, who did start on the intended day of change are now beginning to climb the walls, argue with their loved ones and generally become a huge pain in the butt! Oh the joy of addiction! Someone hand them over a fix so we can get back to  reality.

This is when some will give in and others remain staunch in their resolve to quit. There maybe some people beginning to getting active and the traffic of joggers, walkers and skateboarders resumes. It seems resolutions aren’t a total loss after all! Maybe there’s some hope?

When you look at little closer, you’ll notice these active people are the regulars who are out there day after day anyway. Look at them. They don’t need to drop 20kg. So, where are all the people who do? Maybe they’re exercising their right to get to it later?

Day 3 to 30: By now almost all resolutions are being realised as the fantasy they are and have been tossed where they belong – in the too hard basket. Unless something immediate is threatening life like a dinosaur chasing after them to gobble them up, how many people are really going to change on January 1?

We all know we shouldn’t smoke, eat crap, drink too much, take drugs, blah, blah, blah, but people who are serious about change just do it. New Years resolutions are like many other bizarre outdated traditions. We have no idea why we do it, but we do. We kid ourselves into thinking we can achieve something life changing before the strike of midnight and then annually set ourselves up to fail. It confirms the fact that if aliens are watching us, no wonder they haven’t announced their arrival!

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January 10, 2015

Scrap Those Resolutions: 4 ‘Better You’ Goals for 2014

With it being halfway through January, most of us have already made our New Year’s resolutions – and promptly started to neglect them. So rather than sweating over the guilt from breaking our own half-hearted promises to look like Lara Bingle by March, why not use this year to improve yourself in a less predictable fashion. Here are my top suggestions for self development – no diet required.

Read more
From making you more empathetic to staving off Alzheimer’s disease, regular reading does wonders for your brain and state of mind. Studies have shown that reading can be therapeutic by assisting in the reduction of stress, while improving your mood; so rather than trying to switch off after a big day by watching telly, curl up with a good book – evidence suggests you’ll sleep better for it too. And it’s not all rest and relaxation, despite being a super soothing pastime, your brain is actually hard at work. Reading improves your memory, expands your vocabulary and builds your analytical skills – all while you’re chilling out. So for a brain boosting resolution, get between the covers.

Learn to cook
For me, learning to cook not only established my independence once I had moved out, but also became a creative outlet. Learning new dishes expands your knowledge of cultures and tastes, but is also a great way of gaining an understanding of nutrition and health. Nurturing yourself and the people around you with home cooking is a wonderful way to bring people together, but also expand your skills. Currently I’m loving When French Women Cook, a gastro-memoir by Madeleine Kamman.

Create a savings plan
Savings is an essential element of a working life. Whether it’s about putting pennies aside for a dream holiday, or starting your own nest egg, savings can make a huge difference. As a general rule, putting ten per cent of every paycheck aside is a perfect start; it’s too little to feel you’re depriving yourself of your hard earned funds, but enough to build upon. It’s a fact of life that there will be unexpected costs, having savings works as a security net to save you from hitting the credit cards too hard if things do go belly up, and are a brilliant motivator to help you achieve your goals. Try setting up an automatic transfer every time you get paid, then before you know it you’ll have a reserve.

Learn a language
Besides being somewhat sexy and exotic, a new language can give you an all-round better brain. Studying a language means you’re better able to understand the subtle nuances of words that can sway our feelings. This means you’ll be able to make more rational choices and, as studies have shown, build more sophisticated decision-making skills. Bilingual people have been shown to be superior at multitasking and focusing too, so odds are you’ll be better and more effective at work (and play). You’ll have a sharpened grasp of your first language too and significantly reduce your likelihood of dementia. Organised and sexy? Can’t wait.

What new goals have you set for yourself this year?

Kate Jones blogs about writing and pop culture at Calvicle Capitalism.

January 16, 2014