New Year’s resolutions are rubbish aren’t they? They’re a silly construct, probably thought up by a certain Mr. Gym Fitness, so you sign up to his health centre, buy a load of self-help books and stop eating anything that has a fat content of more than 0.1%. Last week, when I was contemplating what I should improve on/give up/try harder at this year, I fantasised about trying a juice diet, wearing less make up or (my all-time favourite) ‘getting fit’ (let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen).
So I’ve decided that this year, my New Year’s resolution is going to be: ‘to not make any New Year’s resolutions’. I don’t really want to feel disappointed in myself at the end of 2014 because I haven’t run a marathon, I haven’t got my own show on Radio 1, or I haven’t stopped eating hash browns every day. I know for some people it’s good to have aims but in order for me to have a ‘I-haven’t-got-a-job-or-a-flat-or-any-money-yet’ panic-free year, I’m going to ditch the targets.
Instead, I am going to live by this mantra:
Stupid as it may sound, Beyoncé has got a damn good work ethic. In 2013 alone Beyoncé performed the National Anthem in front of hundreds of people at Obama’s second inauguration, she performed at the Super Bowl Half Time show (the second most-tweeted about moment in history), she directed and produced a documentary about herself which aired for the first time in February last year, she embarked on The Mrs Carter Show World Tour which includes 123 live performances, she recorded a whole load of music with Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland and André 3000, she released a secret fifth album which sold 828, 773 copied in 3 days and got to number 1, AND she has a 2 year-old baby to look after. I would say that’s pretty impressive.
So although I’m no Beyoncé, I’m going to try and live by her rules. Forget the New Year’s resolutions. This year is going to be spent reminding myself that you can achieve a lot in a short amount of time if you have enough passion and determination.