Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Every January, I make the same two resolutions: Quit biting my nails, and stop eating so much cheese FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY. And they’ve never worked. All year, I keep biting those nails and eating that delicious cheese. (Side note: For six glorious months, I actually quit biting my nails this year, but then started up again on election night. It could not be helped.)
* Always carry a book in your bag. Trains will be delayed, post office queues will be long; you’ll be able to rattle through a book a week if you fill dead time with reading rather than scrolling through Instagram.
* If you hate the gym, give up your membership. Download a podcast, forgo buses and walk for 13,000 steps a day. It’s the same amount of time you’d spend in the gym, but it’s a method of transportation! And free!
* Invest in a good, easy-to-empty bin for your kitchen. A bad bin makes life difficult at least three times a week. And life is too short to be muttering and spluttering to yourself in anger three times a week. [Ed note: Yes to solving random problems at home! Like this.]
* Switch from black to navy. Black is chic, but navy is soft.
* Send your best friend a bunch of flowers to celebrate her achievements, from as big as getting a promotion to as small as standing up to a difficult boss. We owe moments of excitement and surprise to our dearest and oldest friends as much as we do to our partners and lovers.
* Continue to do as much good as you can.
Thoughts? What large or small changes will you be making in 2017? What are you looking forward to?