Happy New Year, everyone!
I didn’t want to come out and do a ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ post, although that’s pretty much what the rest of this going to be, as I think you can be resolved to change at any time of the year. All you really need to ‘make a change’ (and no, I’m not deliberately quoting Michael Jackson there, although I’m aware that I have now) is a catalyst that spurs you into action.
For example, when I was 18 and in my first year at uni, a bit of heartbreak (and the sudden – thankfully temporary – withdrawal of the student radio station Burnfm.com spurred me onto go beyond Selly Oak and Edgebaston and get involved in the local music and creative communities, gaining a career in the process.
However, it doesn’t always have to be such a massive change – and this refers to both your motivation or your resolution. My move from Shoreditch to Willesden Green (a result of a job change from Channel 4 to BSkyB) meant that I spent more time inside so I used this as a source of self-encouragement to start exercising, which I’ve done fairly regularly for the past year with the help of Davina McCall’s excellent workout DVDs (I have the Superbody, Target and Intense videos – no gyms for me) and the intense street dancing undertaken whilst rehearsing for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. I’m not super-skinny, but I feel better (and even slightly proud) for it.
So without further ado, here’s what I’d like to attempt to achieve in 2013…
- Keep exercising
- Record some music, play gigs and be a more accomplished musician
- Independently produce a radio comedy or podcast
- Take more photos
- Get some artwork, photos (all framed) onto the walls of the ‘Get Flat’
- Create my own variations of cupcake recipes
- Keep my job (the perils of a fixed-term contract!)
- See friends more
So what about you – what’s inspired you to do a ‘Man in the Mirror’ and start something afresh? Have you got a 2013 to-do list?