Six ways to kick start 2017

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Create a reading list

January is a great time to start a list of all the books that you would like to read in 2017. Ask friends and family for recommendations and research topics you’re interested in to compile the perfect list. Kindles can be a good investment, they make travelling so much easier, save on storage in your house and are cheaper than buying from book shops or Amazon. This year I’m setting myself a target of reading two books a month and so far i’m really enjoying it. Making time to read on the daily commute, during a lunch break or before bed is a good way to relax and a nice distraction from a busy day, even if for 5-10 minute!

Catch up with an old friend

Give an old friend a call or set a date to catch up. Our lives are so busy that it’s so easy to loose touch with people. Giving some of your time to replenish an old friendship will not only make you feel good but also show you’re making the effort to invest in them and that’s always appreciated.

Be a tourist in your own city

Spend a weekend enjoying the best your local town or city has to offer. It’s so easy to forget all the fun and enjoyable things right on your doorstep. Make a list of all things you would like to do – it might be going to one of the best restaurants, theatre, shopping, a spa or even exploring an area you haven’t had a chance to discover.

Get new photos developed

We’re all guilty of taking lots of great photo’s on our phone, posting them on various social media but never having them actually printed. Take some time this weekend to select some snaps of your closest friends and family, maybe invest in some new frames and enjoy reliving the special memories every day. It will definitely make you smile.

Get Hygge in your home (pronounced hue-gah)

I know this is a huge trend at the moment, but I definitely think there is something in creating a warm and relaxing environment in your home. Somewhere that you can totally switch off and that fully reflects your style will automatically make you feel good. Hygge describes a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special and I think there is a lot to be said for that. That doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money – the likes of H&M home, John Lewis and Anthropology have great bits and bobs to add character to any home. Researching colour palettes and gaining inspiration from pinterest can also help if you decide to start from scratch.

Buy a new calendar and fill it
Find a calendar that you’ll love to look at throughout 2017 – put it up somewhere you’ll see it every day, I suggest your bedroom or kitchen, then start making plans! Make lots of plans – activities, nights out, dinner parties, trips away, brunch, winter walks, holidays… Make it a year to remember!

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