New Year New Me Bollocks

 

This probably won’t be a long post, but I saw the hashtag #NewYearNewMe trending on Twitter as it does every New Year and it just irked me.

A week into the New Year and I’m already getting irked (so much for my new year new me ‘don’t get irked’ resolution!).

The reason it did was because for YEARS I’ve been saying how much this phrase has annoyed me. Whilst I’m an advocate for people growing and becoming better people (not changing as people don’t really change). I have to question them when they say ‘new me’ because why do you want a ‘new you’, you should love the you that you are! I’m learning this more and more as I get older.

Resolutions in January are made that won’t be kept. Things like ‘go on a diet’ ‘start exercising’ ‘get thin’ ‘dry January’ ‘Veganary’etc. I don’t believe you need it to be the 1st January to make these ‘lifestyle’ changes as that’s what they should be. If you really want to improve yourself, in terms of fitness or a healthier lifestyle it needs to become a way of life and not a fad for a month.

I speak from experience as it’s something I did in May a few years ago and now it’s part of who I am. I, the lazy girl who didn’t like to exercise, made getting a gym membership and personal trainer her number 1 priority when moving to a new city. I, who hated getting out of breath and sweating and loves to lift weights, push my body further and ironically I sweat less now than I did before I exercised! (I, the douche who just referred to herself in the third person for a whole paragraph….gods sake!).

What I’m getting at is that I believe people should make goals to help improve their lives, IF they need improving. It’s been a week into the New Year and as much as I was going to start eating better and drink more water, the week got away from me and I ate junk food all week as I hadn’t gone shopping! But I know that most of the year I will do, what I haven’t done in my first week as I’ve made it part of my general lifestyle. I’m allowed to keep having a ‘cheat week’ even in the first week of the New Year!

I understand that starting in a New Year on the 1st January is maybe psychologically better than say 27th March,  but if you really want to improve then start when you’re ready don’t use excuses like waiting until the New Year to do so!

Sorry about the post sounding a bit preachy but I’m sure I’m not the only one that gets ‘irked’ by this phrase. People don’t change we grow and with growth, we become better versions of ourselves!

NB…Here’s to an unpredictable 2018 – may it be a good one!

Have a good day xo

1 Comment

  1. Nina
    February 22, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this Mani, I am positive 2018 is going to be a great year for you, look forward to reading more of your blogs.

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