I am off work and able to spend time with those I love at home, or out with friends and family. No one bats an eye if you have mince pies with chocolate chaser for breakfast or a glass of wine at 2 pm,and then another one :-)
It is a time of excess, but also of simple pleasures. It is fun to stay in your PJ's and watch old movies and build Lego castles, it's something we don't do enough of. We spend our time "doing stuff" and not just "being". There is something else though about this time of year, the excess, the expense, the calories the claustrophobia of staying in while the wind and rain batter the windows that makes me crave the new year. The new life in the spring, the longer, brighter days, the promise of bright evenings, sunshine, the future.
The new year often encourages us to de-clutter, start a diet, take up a hobby, vocation or sport, or to give up one of our many vices. I have been there too many times to mention. Tried to give up this that or the other or to go from sloth to athlete in weeks with limited (no) success and in the long run, ending up feeling worse than before you started.
Clearing out is something I do enjoy, but as a naturally lazy lion I need to be in the "zone". This morning I tackled some of the girl's old toys, all those McDonalds plastic toys, all the bits of things that don't seem to belong to anything. tens of plastic hair bobbles, ripped books, broken pencils,baby books and puzzles that are no longer a challenge. It felt so good to pack them into the back of the car to get them out of the house.
My resolution this year is to carry on being a bit more me. Sure I could lose weight, I could be fitter, I could watch less TV and be more disciplined etc etc. At the turn of this new year I am happier with myself than I have been for some time. I like me a bit better than last new year. I am easier to be around and I'm not broke, so don't need fixing. If I decide to try the Couch-to-5K challenge I'll let you know!
Happy New Year all- are you planning to change anything this year?