A New Year’s resolution is a tradition that we are all aware of, whether it is positive or negative. I only say that they could be negative because (I am not pointing fingers here) many people do not stand by them. Some of the common New Year resolutions may be to cut down, or quit drinking: but really, who is going to put down their celebratory glass of wine when the clock strikes 12am? Boom! 1st resolution has been broken only a short minute into the New Year.
The common resolutions that you often hear your friends rattle off every New Year are:
- Lose weight & get fit – this is widely (no pun intended) common after the Christmas indulgence.
- Eat healthier & diet.
……all sounding familiar?
- Cut back on alcohol – after cutting down on alcohol comes the next resolution, always!
- Quit smoking.
- Get out of debt & save money.
- Travel to new places.
- Be less stressed.
- Learn more.
- Spend more time with family.
The girls from WordStorm have made some original New Years resolutions to stick by in 2014.
- To spend the money I normally spend and waste on a gym membership that I never use on a new wardrobe instead – ha!
- To get eight hours of sleep every night
- To embrace turning 25, grow up and finally learn to cook
- To challenge myself with a range of clients in differing industries and strengthen all journalist relationships
- Live in the moment as much as possible
- Bring my own lunch to work at least 4 days a week
- Save more money
- Read & learn more from books
- Spend more time to myself
- Attract positive things/people
As a team we are all planning on reading more and sharing our good reads along the way.
If you are looking for a good book to read this summer, check out our favourite reads that we found over the Christmas break:
- Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone by Gemma Crisp – a great holiday read! I devoured this one on the plane to Hong Kong and it made the time fly by. Gemma’s extensive experience in mags makes it a very interesting, insightful read for anyone working in media or PR.
- The Rumour Mill by Roxy Jacenko – similarly, this insight into the world of fashion and beauty PR is fascinating for anyone in the industry. For those in the know, the book is surprisingly close to reality and it’s good fun picking fact from fiction!
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Do not start reading this book if your life is busy. You will not want to put it down so might be best to wait for a time when you have a few hours to lie by a pool or at the beach and indulge in some reading pleasure. A fabulously gripping psychological thriller. Loved it!
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – Winner of the Nebula Award for best novel in 1966. It is about a simpleton who undergoes an operation that makes him the smartest man alive. It follows his struggles of fitting in and documents how he was treated as a simpleton and then compares to how he is treated as a genius. I usually get books for Christmas and this one and The Book Thief are by far my favourites. I was captivated from the first page.
If your New Year’s resolutions are common or original, stick by them. YOU CAN DO IT!