2020: NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGS

‘We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them’ ~ Unknown

2020 is waiting in the wings.  In a few weeks’ time, we will stand at the threshold of another year.  The old saying of “Time flies while you’re having fun”, seems to be more prominent the older we get.  Some of us love the idea of a new beginning.  There are others though who dread the idea of another year filled with fear of the unknown.  Life does not come with instructions; we need a plan of action stepping into the New Year.

PLAN YOUR JOURNEY

Take time and decide what is important to you; what is it you’d like to achieve in 2020?  Making a vision board helps and looking at it every day is a constant, subconscious reminder of where you’re heading and what your end-goal is.  Remember, you can revise your ideas/goals at any time.

LIVE HEALTHIER

All of us, women especially, always undertake to lose the extra weight added over the festive season.  There are so many diets and eating plans on the market and the choices make it almost impossible to make a choice.  Do your research; ask the questions.  Choose something that suits your lifestyle and your pocket.  Start by drinking less sugar in your tea/coffee.  Drink more water and wean yourself off sugary soft drinks; your body will thank you.  If the thought of joining the gym is a challenge, start by climbing stairs at work instead of using the elevator.  Park your car far from the mall entrance and walk.  Go for late afternoon evening walks; alone or with your family. 

REINVENT YOURSELF

Reinventing yourself doesn’t necessary cost a lot of money.  Perhaps you have given thought to study further or do a course or two in your line of work.  The most important thing to remember is that it will take dedication and time to succeed.  Do it for the right reasons.  Perhaps there is a promotion at work you’d like to be considered for or you simply want to do something stimulating.  Whatever your reasons, make sure that you put time aside in order to achieve your goal.  You will be amazed at how much you can learn and retain, even at an older age.

YOU AND YOUR FINANCES

Keeping a careful eye on the growth of your investments.  Update last will and testament and have savings for a rainy day.  Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit Paris in spring, visit the ruins of Machu Picchu or walk the Camino de Santiago.   Open a separate savings account and contribute monthly by means of debit order, for this purpose.  This way you will not be tempted to spend the money on something unnecessary.

BEWARE THE CONSUMER SPENDING TRAP

With the digital age in full swing, stores make it so easy to buy goods online.  Before you enter your credit card details and press the pay-button, take a moment to think if you really need the item in question.  Become aware of the so-called discounted prices and sales.  Is it still a bargain if you buy something at less than the original price asked that you don’t really need or want? 

BECOME MORE AWARE

We live in an age where everyone is rushing off somewhere.  There seems to be no more time to do things that really matter or set your soul on fire.  Make time!  Become aware of what’s happening around you.  Notice the beauty around you, even in the concrete jungle.  When you talk to someone, look them in the eye.  This gesture instantly connects you with one another and shows respect.  Take time to listen when someone speaks to you.  Be aware of the unspoken nuances of the unspoken words and feelings not voiced aloud. 

PAY IT FORWARD

There are unknown individuals who are intent to spread love and goodwill to those who least expect it.  What can you do I hear you ask?  You could pay for someone’s coffee in a restaurant.  You could offer to push an elderly person’s trolley in the mall.  Engage in a conversation with a cashier the next time you visit a grocery store.  Smile at a random stranger.  Buy fruit in season and hand out to the beggar at the traffic light instead of soothing your conscious with a few coins.  Use your discarded plastic bottles, fill them with water and freeze overnight.  You can hand out these to the many street vendors on a hot, sunny day.  It’s the little things that count.

At the end of the day, you need to do the things that make your heart happy. Be authentically you and don’t apologise for being weird, wacky or refreshingly different!