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Roll on 2017 – 5 dazzling ways to welcome the new year


How are you feeling about the new year? For lots of people I know – and for me – it’s roll on 2017 after a year that could best be described as absolute pants… (ahem) mixed.

For the last decade, I’ve spent a few hours at ‘Twixtmas’ reviewing my year, and making plans for the new one. I love the ritual, but this year I’ve had mixed feelings. Like many people, I reckon I’ve had my fill on 2016. Yet as I got stuck in, I realised even my regrets – I’ve had a few – help me see what I want more on in the new year.

Get those fireworks ready… Here’s how to shake off the bad times, and let the good times roll…

Was it time with friends, birdsong, a moment when you felt you made a difference at work or in your community? Remember the highlights from 2016, however fleeting. This summer, I signed up to Instagram, and I love how it encourages you to capture great views, glorious sunsets, simple pleasures. How can you build more of those into your new year?

Your disappointments and regrets can show you what matters most, and where you’re unwilling to compromise: your core values.  If it’s political or humanitarian events that have made you despair, use that as an inspiration to take action, whether it’s by campaigning or fund-raising. If it’s a personal thing, what can you change to live by what you believe in?

So many people I looked up to died this year. Alongside the sadness, can you turn the loss on its head and incorporate the values you admired in your legends into your own life? Create a playlist or watch their shows to inspire you and remind you of their contribution to the world. Can you add more music, comedy or kindness to your life, as your own tribute?

Modern life can be full of negativity – and I’ve realised this year I want to focus on what I can change, not complain about what I can’t. You could mute negative voices on social media, or start new conversations about influencing the future. Move away from the passive towards the active.

As much as I love sparkly lights and cards from friends, my heart soars when it’s time to take down the decorations and start a decluttered new year. Resolve to cut out the crap clutter – physical and mental – to help clear the view to a better 2017. What can you ditch? – is it old newspapers you’ll never read, the clothes you no longer love, the past regrets you can’t change… free yourself, for a crud-free 2017.

Good luck…

And if you want to use the same five-step plan I do each year, I’ve designed a free, 24-page ebook, with worksheets, to help you. Sign up to download it for free now.

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Make 2017 your best year ever – free 24-page book


How would you like to make this coming year your best ever? 
I have a free 24-page UPDATED guide to help you, whether you want to write, create, travel or realise your dreams…

I’m a huge fan of taking time each year to look at the high – and low – points of the previous year, and to plan for lots of great times in the coming year… it’s not about resolutions you’ll break in week 1, but about allowing yourself to dream about what will make you and those close to you happy…


For the last few years, I’ve had a short guide to what I do on my 5:2 website, but for 2017, I’ve added lots of new inspiring material, including my own goals, plus 6 new worksheets. And it’s free to download. I’ve used this approach to help me write books, lose weight, move to a new country and much more besides…

For your FREE copy, all you need to do is to sign up for my twice-yearly newsletter, which I’m relaunching for 2017 – full of news about creativity and developing your ideas. Just sign up below and confirm your email – I’ll send you the link to get the book AND a free fiction special too.

PS: I do the 5-steps in the quiet time after Christmas, but you can start at ANY time of year.

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