Forget New Year’s Resolutions – Try This Instead…

It’s almost 2015 and I usually always have a few New Year’s Resolutions but not this year…

Why spend the time setting them and preparing for them when, let’s face it – I fail! Perhaps not initially but always eventually.

Thanks to a post by that I stumbled across my whole attitude towards New Year has now changed. Please do read the full article on Cauldrons and Cupcakes but the headlines are this…

“2015 is almost upon us, and already I can feel the opportunity and potential transformation that this new year brings.

Choosing a power word will help me to focus, and make the most of 2015’s energy.

Why a power word?

I long ago gave away the practice of multiple New Years Resolutions. Just the thought of it is overwhelming. You know; all the things you are going to do, all the things you are no longer going to do – and then dividing those up into areas for finances, family, health, spirituality, matters of the heart, interests and hobbies, professional and personal development, global domination and so on.

For the past few years I’ve gone with a far simpler system. I’ve narrowed my resolutions down to one word. My power word for the year.

Every time I think of that word I will be reminded of my intentions for 2015. I can hold that word up and use it to evaluate my thoughts and my actions, so that I can determine if I am moving towards or away from the energy of this word, this quality I want more of in my life.”

The Power Word – I think this is amazing, so simple but I can imagine it being so effective.

The word I have chosen is DRIVE


Without having the drive I wouldn’t be able to keep any resolutions anyway. Give up smoking, eat more healthily, get more exercise. They will all follow once I have the drive for it!

I’m finally at the stage of learning to drive a car that I have actually applied for a test date. 2015 is going to be the year I can physically drive. Maybe then I can finally put in place my nodding cat that my mum bought for me 10 years ago when I first started taking lessons (I did only do it for a year at that point – I’ve not been taking lessons for a full ten years, I’m not that bad)…

I Miss Woolworths
I Miss Woolworths…

I’ve never been the most ambitious person when it comes to my career but this year, after some great feedback this year, I feel driven to do even better in 2015.

I’ve never had a hobby or pastime that I have been so passionate about until I discovered blogging and I want to continue to drive this forward.

I also would like to try being paperless and have all my files on OneDrive.

What about a Power Tune to accompany my Power Word? I’ve chosen two “I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper and “Drive By” from Train


I was torn between two Power Words – coming a close second place was Stretch.

I pondered over this word because getting through 2015 to make it to 2016 is a long time. We need to make sure we can stretch to the other end comfortably and all in one piece. Also, I love the song/speech “Sunscreen” and one of my favourite lines is…

“Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.”

More recently, I can’t stop dancing to the song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and I love the part when Bruno Mars says “Julio – get the stretch”…


That’s my word (s) – what would yours be?


OMG – Pft me…






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