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Fresh Start February

So it turns out that thinking of the 1st of January as the start of my new year has become more like a good suggestion and less something that actually happens. I realise that the 1st of January literally starts the new year but that’s about all it has come to mean to me over the last four years.

My youngest son celebrates his birthday right smack in the middle of January and for whatever reason I can’t seem to shake the feeling that having his birthday just weeks after the celebrations of Christmas and New Years makes it all one long continuous season of celebration. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy celebrating the Christmas season with friends and family and equally I enjoy sharing the excitement my son feels about his birthday; although at this point, it’s mostly about the birthday cakes he asks me to make.

To a certain extent I have come to accept that January isn’t a great time to have a fresh start or make resolutions for myself. It seems just a bit too hectic, in the best possible way, and I like focusing my time and energy on his birthday so he knows it is important and special to our family – and separate from the Christmas season.

So I find myself on the 1st of February celebrating my own kind of New Year’s Day. It’s time to focus on the areas of my life I want to see positive change and take on a few new challenges.

All boxed up!

I find that a good weed through our family’s clothes and the boy’s toys is a great place to start and can really motivate me to keep going with other tasks. But, I can also get distracted by other tasks and loose focus if I’m not careful. So this time, I am doing my sort with a list handy. Anytime I think of something else that needs attention I don’t move, I just write it down for later.

Nice and tidy

It took me two days to do a proper weed and be ready for trips to a few of my local Charity Shops this weekend. It’s easy for me to forget that it’s not just a one day activity. I have two young boys that like to distract me and sometimes a tough decision or two can cause me to take a pause.

My tidy-ish home is making my head space feel a little more tidy.

Finishing my clear out had the desired effect though; I felt great about having a clean slate to move forward from and I got motivation to tackle a few other projects that I have been feeling lacklustre about. My tidy-ish home is making my head space feel a little more tidy. Plus, now I can make some changes to my Charity Shop List, things to wish for and some things I need to learn to walk away from…

Happy “Fresh Start February” and treasure hunting everyone!

How to make a smart investment in your new years resolution

When we decide to make new resolutions for our lives (whether on January 1st or otherwise) there is naturally planning involved. Typically you are trying to find the time in your already busy schedule to fit a new activity or finding more time for emphasis on an existing activity you want to prioritise.
You are also likely to find that there is an investment in supplies necessary to make the most of this new resolution or activity.

A recent Washington Post article  suggested that January 3 may be one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, even named “holiday hangover day” by a sale-tracking website. This marks the first day that people are back to their usual schedule and typically back in the office in front of a computer.  Time to online shop for things Santa didn’t bring and those thing they need to help them tackle their new years resolutions.

What I would like to suggest is, before you hit your typical online retailers you consider that perhaps the best place to start your “resolution supply purchasing” is actually in your local charity shops.

I have listed below six of the more popular new years resolutions that people make and suggested how charity shop offerings might be the smart investment in your resolutions.  In fact, starting at the charity shop may even tick several of the boxes if you’ve made multiple resolutions for the year. So if you see any of your resolutions on this list have a quick read. You may find that this post gives you some inspiration and encouragement for your new year.

This year I want to…

get into shape

Getting into shape is rather generic and it’s likely that people have specific activities in mind when they say this. One person may say “this year I want to start running” and another may say “I want to work out from home”. Regardless of the activity there are likely purchases to make, sometimes necessary and other times they may just be a bonus to help us get excited about our new challenge.
How many people make this resolution and stick to it? I don’t want to be a pessimist but the reality is, not everyone will. Thanks to de-cluttering persons everywhere who have abandoned “getting fit” resolutions there are always pieces of practically new workout wear. In all honesty, I can’t remember I time I went into a shop and didn’t find workout gear on the racks in both men’s and women’s rails. There are also small pieces of fitness equipment in the shops all the time. Kettle bells, small weights, even new yoga mats appear frequently.

My splurge after finding bargains at the charity shops

I don’t want to suggest that you approach your resolution with a defeatist attitude or even start with little belief in yourself but, if it is a new activity for you and you really don’t know how it will pan out, wouldn’t you rather find out without the potential guilt associated with spending excessively to try something?
Starting to run was actually my resolution two years ago and the charity shops were the first place I started. I came away with three running tops (two of which I still have and use) and a great running jacket. I then was able to pick up a pair of new running shoes (not a place to buy used) and a pair of running tights without spending a fortune on something I wasn’t sure would be a forever thing. Two years later and I actually bought my first pair of “investment” runners to prepare for my first 10k run.

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