Every year we make new resolutions that, let’s face it, we hardly ever stick to. Gym memberships, Lose weight, drink less, these are the usual favourites. I have to admit that a couple of them have been on my list in the past. This year I just want to continue maintaining my healthy eating and tone up my body. As for real goals, I want to keep up with my blog and reach my personal targets in terms of views and followers. Reaching out to all the different media platforms has already exceeded my expectations of how many people would actually look at my blog since starting it 7 weeks ago, I’m so pleased and a little overwhelmed. Thank you.

Did I achieve my resolutions for last year? Well, Yes, I did and still am. Last year I wanted to become a better person overall, I wanted to learn not to let people get me down and affect me. If someone was rude or cussed me then I’d just let it go. I don’t know what’s happened in their day, or life even. They may simply just be having a bad day. It’s no big deal, we all have them. Dwelling on it isn’t good for you. I really feel it’s made me a more of a positive person. I’ve learnt to see the better in people. I used to stay awake all night getting wound up about people who’d said something out of turn or tried to involve themselves uninvited in my life, but only I could change that by not letting it affect me. Sometimes shutting people out of your life is the best way to deal with it but unfortunately, it’s not always possible so you have to deal with situations in a different way; you have to change your mindset as chances are, the other person won’t. I never hold a grudge, it’s pointless. I’ve fallen out of friendships in the past but forgiven and accepted that maybe other things were going on in that person’s life at that time and that they had their reasons. Besides, we were friends for a reason before. It’s easier to be at peace with people than it is to have an enemy. There is too much hate in the world as it is.

I’ve also found that being kind to someone, a stranger may be, can really make you feel a better person, Giving someone your parking ticket, let a car pull out before you, give unwanted clothes or household bits to a charity shop or donate to a food bank. What we think are little things make a huge difference to someone else.

One big thing that’s made me become a nicer person is being more grateful. I’m so fortunate compared to so many others. I have a roof over my head, warm clothes, a fridge full of food, I have my health, great people around me and I don’t have to really go without. I get disheartened when I hear people complain about how hard life is, it’s really not. People in third world countries who live without nothing have it hard! Refugees who’ve had their lives turn upside down have it hard. Even people with disabilities don’t moan about how bad they have it, they embrace it and make the most of life. Compare those lives to your own and you would probably feel ashamed. If you don’t like your job, change it, if you don’t like where you live, move. Only you have the power to change your life. I’ve never wanted to get to my deathbed and have regrets because I felt like I was owed something and didn’t change something that I had control over. I moan about the weather but other than that I don’t have anything to complain about. There is always someone worse off than yourself.

This year I also want to volunteer more. Give my time up for someone else and also donate at least one item a week to a food bank at the end of my supermarket shop. 

I strongly believe in the ‘Law of Attraction’ Positivity attracts positivity and negativity attracts negativity. Try it, you’ll be surprised.

What good things are you going to contribute this new year? One small thing from each and every one of you really could make such a difference to someone else.

But whatever your new year’s resolutions are or even if you don’t have any;  just be kind.

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