New Years resolutions are funny old things. It’s only half way through January and already I haven’t been very good at keeping mine. The kitchen is already messy and chocolate is still as prominent in my life as ever. Although, this is an improvement on other years when, at this point, I can’t even remember what they were, let alone keep them. I don’t know about yours but mine usually range from the sublime (I must watch every ‘best movie’ Oscar winner ever), to the absurd (from now on, I’m watching every single episode of EastEnders whilst balancing a pineapple on my head). FYI, both of these resolutions actually happened, albeit minus the pineapple. And so thus comes the inevitable terrible moment that you break the resolution, tumble back in to old habits and miss episodes of EastEnders. Never a nice feeling!
So why is it that we continue to make them when so many of us (and don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not tarring the successful few with the same brush) end up disappointed because we can’t quite keep them? Is it because we want that feeling of elation that comes when we achieve something difficult? For me, yes! I want to improve and challenge myself, whilst giving myself a big old pat on the back.
So I’m proposing something a little bit different to you. A small jiggling with the wording if you will. Instead of a New Years resolution, how about a New Years challenge?!
If you are currently struggling with your resolutions and you want to do something different this year, why not set yourself one challenge to learn something new rather than give something up. One thing that will make you feel on top of the world when you complete it.
This is mine: This year, I’m running the London Marathon. For me, a momentous challenge that I’m very scared but also very excited about and, when I look back at the end of 2016, I won’t be thinking about the resolutions that I didn’t manage to keep, but the challenge that I did manage to complete.
So here’s where it gets back to first dances: I would love to be a part of your challenge this year and help you to do something new and exciting that you never thought you would achieve. If you feel like dancing is a far off goal that you’ll never reach, let me help. Learn to dance in 2016, challenge yourself, and even better than all of that, do it on your wedding day with somebody that you love!
In the meantime, here’s a little inspiration for you, provided by some of my gorgeous previous wedding couples!
Thanks for reading, Victoria x
(Photograph’s courtesy Acorn Studio’s and Richard Stevenson)