HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I for one am glad to see the back of 2016, but to be honest I’m wasn’t that keen on looking forward to 2017, in a post BREXIT and orange potato-head man era.
Then I had a thought – why should I let BREXIT or orange potato-head decide my future? I don’t want to leave Europe, and no one can physically, legally or morally make me leave. So I’m still calling myself European and proudly waving the blue flag with the gold stars. Yes the EU has some serious faults, but I’m all for unity and fixing things from within, rather than standing on the outside looking like a lost lemming or lonesome Prime Minister.
As for the US – well with less than 3 weeks until the orange potato-head takes over, I’m hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. I made sure that I had the best Christmas and New Year possible, ensuring that my loved ones were safe and happy. Then I stated planning.
New Year Resolutions? Bah Humbug!
The latter half of 2016 drifted away into a mass of political chaos, death and destruction. And I felt helpless, so utterly helpless and sad for all those people who suffered, and will suffer. I thought long and hard as to how I can help make a change for the better, and while I am no world leader or major celebrity, I do have a voice. I’m going to make sure as many people as possible hear my voice.
But how to do this and stick to it? My New Year Resolutions history is at best met with middling success. I can last out to about June in a good year – I once managed to stop eating chocolate for most of Lent, till I forgot when I passed by a cake shop.
New Monthly Resolutions, 2017
On New Year’s Eve I published a YouTube video, with a preview of my monthly plans for 2017, as an alternative to the usual list of resolutions. Being in smaller, more manageable chunks. I hope to be more successful in my goals. Here is the list of topics I plan to cover over the next 12 months.
- January – Health and Well Being
- February – Design
- March – Spring Clean
- April – Gardening
- May – Craft and DIY
- June – Food and Drink
- July – Natural Beauty
- August – Mind, Body and Soul
- September – Media
- October – Autumn Watch
- November – Preparing for Christmas
- December – Preparing for New Year
On the face of it, these may seem like trivial topics, but don’t be fooled. There will be in-depth editorials, videos, recipes and tutorials – and a few surprises, all related to how we can improve ourselves, help our loved ones and protect our general environment. If we all play our part, share our ideas and try to make every moment a positive one, surely this is a step forward towards positive progress. If we stand by and do nothing feeling sorry for ourselves, it is in effect taking several backward steps, which can only lead to the events which so marred 2016.
Isn’t it better to try to achieve our goals, than to sit down and cry in a corner? I can’t do that, and further more, I won’t.
When they go low, we go high
I’m in no way advocating civil unrest or mob rule. To be honest, I’m much too busy and a tad too lazy to do any of that. Besides it often becomes counter-productive, the story centres around the protest rather than the reasons behind the protest. I do have at the back of my mind the words of, who I consider, the greatest FLOTUS of all time, Mrs Michelle Obama … “when they go low, we go high”.
I want a media that speaks the truth, without bowing to commercialism. I want girls to have equal and fair access to education. I want to see people of all races, colours, creeds, nationalities, ages, genders, abilities – both physical and mental, to have equal rights and equal access to media platforms so they can tell their stories, in an environment that is safe, caring and nurturing. I want our beautiful planet to stay beautiful. I want all of these things and more, and I know that in order to achieve these huge goals, I have to make a start with me.
Tomorrow, I will publish a video detailing my plans for January 2017, so please stay tuned and join me in making a better 2017 for everyone.
Thanks for reading and again, Happy New Year.