The Re:Mark: Start Small
Last year I celebrated New Year’s Eve in Thailand (Phuket, to be exact). The mood was amazing and worry-free, and the responsibilities of home felt like a world away. I wrote this time last year about my resolutions for the year ahead. But this year's going to be different... To achieve great things, we have to start off small.
Last December I documented the good, the bad and the ugly from 2016 to celebrate and commiserate, before looking forward and setting new goals. I had such huge plans to regularly check on my resolution list, I even stored it on my phone, to make sure I kept on track and checked off the goals.
So: how much have I looked at that list this year? About three times! Each time I smile at how important they seemed when I wrote it, and how I remember feeling so optimistic about the year ahead. While mentally cursing myself for actually achieving very little!
And that, in a nutshell, is what's wrong with resolution lists: They bring you down. This year there will be no long checklist. No record of wannabe achievements – because ultimately, I’m just setting myself up for a fall.
In a recent interview with Alice Liveing – fitness blogger, personal trainer and our UK Workout Ambassador – she listed her top hacks for kickstarting 2018. She reminded me that small goals can bring just as much happiness and sense of achievement as bigger, more time-consuming ones.
Setting smaller, more reachable goals is the way to go. Do things you love, escape everyday stress by reading more, look up from your phone and take in your surroundings, and don’t be scared to try new things. So this year, just like Alice, I’m starting small.
As we kick off 2018 at Primark, Workout is our first campaign, but this January we’re also looking at our mental health and well-being. Because, healthy body = healthy mind, right? Struggling to bring clarity into your new year? Then check out our Wellness section, where we look at detoxing your wardrobe, getting the perfect night’s sleep, and minimizing your home. All small, reachable goals to bring you a sense of calm every day!
We’ve also invited lots of movers, shakers and changemakers to teach us about being mindful: we'll talk with Emma Gannon about being open about money, Erica Davies talks us through her morning routine, and makeup artist Lucy Bridge tells us how to add confidence with our makeup.
So... Hello, 2018! Buh-bye, long list-making – here’s to building ourselves realistic goals. Start small, think "bijou", talk tiny and embrace the calm.