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    Doodah
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    Hi guys.

    Firstly, Happy New Year to you all!

    How did the festive season go for you? I hope you all had a wonderful time.

    So, here we are again – a new year and a nice clean slate to start again or, for the first time.

    I don’t make resolutions as I think they can put too much pressure on me. Instead, I set small goals for myself throughout the year. Having said that, last year’s goal was not to buy any shoes for a YEAR! Yep, you heard it, a whole year. Well, I did it. And the funny thing is, that, even though the self-imposed, shoe-buying ban is over, I don’t feel the need to buy them anymore.

    The year before that, I gave up sugar in my tea. I’m not going to lie folks, that was HARD. I longed for a nice, strong, hot sweet cup of tea every single morning for months and months. Then on Christmas Day, my brother in law made me a brew and forgot I don’t have sugar anymore (after 56 years of having it) so I took a nice big sip – it was foul. It really surprised the heck out of me.

    What I am trying to say, is that small goals are every bit as valid as the more important ones. I wasn’t going to die if I gave up buying shoes yet the satisfaction I got from it was immense. I had tried to give up sugar in my tea every year since I became an adult with no success. BUT, this last time, I took it one day at a time. I told myself that if I failed again, I would simply start over. I quietly congratulated myself at the end of every day that I managed to keep away from sweet tea. I tried different beverages and have found a new love for coffee and herbal teas.

    Anyway, I just want you all to know that you can do anything if you give yourself realistic expectations, ask for help and just keep podding away at it. I never, ever thought in a million years that I would give up sugar in my tea. It took me the best part of my life (I have been drinking it since I was one year old) to finally realise that almost every success takes time – sometimes lots of it.

    Whatever it is you want to change this year, I will be right here cheering you on. There is nothing as fulfilling in life as seeing someone fight for something and winning!

    Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2017!

    Doodah x

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