New Year, New You?

With the ringing in of a new year, I always pause and reflect on my life. Even though really, there's not much difference between January 1st and December 31st, for some reason, it always feels like a chance to start over, live my dreams and make more out of life.

This year is already setting up to be a big year of change for me as I'm starting a new job. I'm scared to leave what I know, but I'm also excited to try something new and get closer to my dream of writing a novel.

For my resolutions, I always try to set resolutions that aren't huge, life-changing ones because I strongly believe that if you are going to lose weight, start exercising or change something fundamental about your life, that you don't need a New Year to do it.

Everyday is a chance to change the big things. So for New Year's I don't focus on my LIFE goals, instead I focus on small things that might get me closer to being a better person and living a happier life.

My first one is to improve my posture. I know this seems small, but sitting at desk all day makes me slouch. I've tried to fix this over and over but have not had any luck. So this year, I'm adding an activity to the goal - yoga. I'm going to take up yoga to help improve my posture and if I get other health benefits out of it (less stress, less anxiety, etc.) then that's just a bonus!

My second resolution (the superficial one), but the one that I think is just as important, is to wear more colour. I have a wardrobe full of black, with the odd splash of colour here and there. No one can deny that when you wear a rich jewel tone or add a brightly coloured scarf to your outfit that you feel happier, brighter and more alive.

Can clothes change your life? I think they can, even if only by changing your outlook on it.


  1. I like your take on small changes. The losing weight metaphor really makes sense.

    Good luck with the colours

  2. Thanks Oskar! The colours is still a work in progress! Did you make any New Year's resolutions this year? If so, how are they coming along?

  3. Nice blog! I like your resolutions. Let me know if you need a yoga partner. We'll wear pants that aren't black :)

  4. @Michelle

    Thanks Michelle! I'd love a yoga partner. Let's talk!

  5. Small changes? How about really small: We switched to whole wheat pasta. Does that count?


  6. Hi Mel,

    I agree that smaller resolutions are more manageable. On the list for this year for me is getting healthier and of course, trying to cultivate a bit more style. I'm looking to you for help on this last resolution :)
    Can't wait for your next post!


  7. @Anonymous

    Whole wheat pasta is a big change - at least by my standards! ;)

    Thanks for weighing in Liza!

  8. @Samantha

    Sam - I think those are great resolutions.

    Re: Style - let me know what you're looking for in terms of tips and I'll try to work it into an upcoming post!

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