New Year, New Me?

by - January 11, 2016

Every year we all vow to do a series of 'resolutions' that probably 99% of people have neglected by January 5th. Why is it that a new number at the end of the calender creates a new sense of enthusiasm in thousands of people to do things that they vowed to do last year?

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Most people's new years resolutions go something like: get fitter, eat healthier and manage finances etc. All pretty standard. In my opinion, you can do these things at any point, why do we all seem to wait until 1st January to actually begin to change ourselves?

There's a number 1 in all 12 months of the year, what makes January so special? Maybe because it can be referred to as JanYOUary so that businesses can capitalise on the fact that you've probably eaten slightly too much in the Christmas season and slash gym memberships for a month.

I am definitely a victim of new years resolutions; I always used to make a list of things I was actually going to stick to, however, I don't think I've kept a single one of them. Quite sad really.

Surely new years resolutions can make you more depressed? It's a cold January night and after a long day at work or school, you've come home and scoffed that box of leftover chocolates from Christmas. What's more you realise that you haven't been to the gym for a week. New years resolutions failed. Better luck next year.

I really don't understand why we make these broken promises to ourselves year upon year. Have we not realised that we've failed 7 years in a row now, maybe we ought to accept that they're not for us? Nope. We'll try again next year.

You can change yourself at any point in your life. The beginning of new year does not signify that you have to do anything, other then enjoy it. There's such a huge pressure on people nowadays to conform to the norm, to look their best and be their best. All. The. Time.

Next time you think about making some new years resolutions think about whether they're necessary. Are you actually going to stick to them? If yes, then go for it. Good luck. If not, scrap them and just enjoy yourself.

Tash xx

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  1. I loved this post Tash! I think making achievable resolutions that are really important to you are the ones that are most useful to make. x


  2. January is actually seen as the month to better yourself due to the etymology of the word itself. The word January comes from the Roman Gods name Janus, this God had two faces- one that looked back and one that looked forward. So ultimately he had a face to look back on all his achievements and the other to look to the future and reflect on what he done in the past etc. That's why January is seen as a month of change :) I do get your point though, it's better to make achievable goals than ones you know you won't achieve

  3. Lovely post Tags, and so well written, I completely understand your point aswell. Katie x

  4. I feel like people (including myself) fall off the wagon when it comes to resolutions because they don't hold themselves 100% accountable. I love this post tash it's very well written. xx

  5. Great post and so true!! I've definitely fallen off the wagon on a few of mine :(

    Katie xo | KTMY

  6. I do really agree with you on all of this. I think sometimes NYR can be a good thing because it can be a kinda motivation factor, sorta like 'we're all in this together'. But at the same time, you're right, why can't we just do things whenever, and like you said there is a day 1 in every month. I don't know.