New Years Eve always makes me very emotional, I’m not really sure why because I have never been one to set myself strict resolutions. But I always sit there as I clink my glass with G and think this year will be better; we will have more money, I will get rid of my anxiety completely, I will look like a super model and I will drive a Range Rover Evoque. By the 2nd January, I’m spending money, feeling nervous, I’ve put my pjs back on and I’m quite happy with my Seat Ibiza. That is usually it for me.
This morning I looked at the beautiful bunch of daffodils on my kitchen windowsill and felt a nice little happy, positive feeling. Spring is on its way, my favourite season. The evenings get lighter, the days feel longer and sometimes the sun even shines. We see baby animals everywhere, beautiful flowers and I don’t have to layer Little Man up in a million jumpers, coats, scarves and gloves to go into the garden for 10 minutes. This is the time of year that we should be setting our resolutions surely? In spring we are surrounded by new beginnings, in January we are cold, skint and if you’re me, feel the need to eat your body weight in comfort food just because it is winter.
I am always at my best in the spring and summer months, I love the freedom it brings of spending time outside, picnics even if they are just in my back garden and the most important thing; everyone else seems in a better mood. Us Brits cannot resist just feeling a bit more happy and positive when the sun comes out. When the rain, ice and snow hits in January why on earth would this be seen as a good time to start afresh?
From now on, my resolutions will now be Spring Resolutions and I reckon I might have more of a chance of actually seeing them through. Maybe, this is why so many people are successful when they give things up for Lent, it’s a much more positive time of year. That and the fact that now an excessive amount of pancakes and chocolate spread have been consumed, giving up chocolate for a few weeks doesn’t seem as hard to do.
So, what are my Spring Resolutions? The first one is to eat well, that old favourite that will never work in January – I like carbs too much. However, in spring and summer I will happily eat salad till the cows come home and the time when I have to get out of the baggy jumpers and into the vest tops is coming too so time to get rid of the jelly belly. My second one is to go on more family adventures. Don’t worry I’m not planning on taking Little Man for a 5 day hike across the Himalayas but Little Man does like being outdoors and over the winter months it is so easy to stay in watching a Disney film or two. We have already started to go out into the garden more and he is loving it. This brings me onto my next Spring Resolution – I want to learn how to be a gardener. Not as a job you understand, just in our own little garden. I haven’t quite got to grips with annuals and perennials yet or how to keep my 2nd hydrangea bush alive. By learning these new skills I can make us an even lovelier area to spend our summer months.
There we go, my Spring Resolutions. Are you with me? I’d love to hear what you might decide for yours. Lets be honest, no one can resist being cheered up by the cute little chicks and lambs when you visit the farm with your kids? Go Spring I say – lets kick Winters ass! And if all else fails, there is always Easter to look forward to!
Happy Spring Time.