I’ve worked with New Year’s resolutions for some years now, but starting a diet has never been one of them. I also don’t understand the concept of ‘Drynuary’ – not drinking alcohol in January. It’s the most miserable month of the year when we could all use a little pick-me-up now and then.
For me, New Year’s resolutions are about improving January. It’s the same with Mondays – you’ve got to be extra good to yourself. And in January you should drink champagne (unless you’re pregnant, of course).
Transitioning to a new year is a sort of reset period, and it’s actually really nice. We all know what it’s like to come back from a long vacation with tons of energy and good intentions about taking better care of ourselves – perhaps exercising more or taking control of your work-life balance. It’s kind of the same with January. My wishes for January involve what I want for my family and where and when our next vacation will be. It’s about focusing on the good – not just on kilograms and kale.
I don’t work with New Year’s resolutions – I have post-summer vacation resolutions instead. You return rested, tanned and happy, the weather is good, and you’re filled with energy. It’s the perfect time to start new projects. January is miserable, cold and dark and a time when bank accounts are overdrawn. For the last few years, my husband and I have agreed that January is just something to get through while relaxing as much as possible, so we just putter around, sleep, eat healthily, and exercise. I usually buy new leisure clothes and indulge in a facial and massage, and I do yoga regularly. This year I think we’ll also be going to VeVe, chef Henrik Yde’s new vegetarian restaurant, which just received a six-star review in Berlingske.
Sarah Skarum, journalist at Berlingske
Time, quality and engagement. That’s my headline for 2017. I will also make good on the trips I owe my husband (a trip to Cuba and to Reichenbach in Switzerland). I would much rather spend our money on travel and experiences than takeaway coffees and material things. Ideally, I’d like to sit with my family and just dig into the soil somewhere in southern France, and live on figs and almonds in a year – just to take a break from it all and do something radically different. Or bring everyone to a kibbutz in Israel. But it doesn’t have to be that far afield, so a walking tour of the Ancient Road here in Denmark is also one of my New Year’s resolutions.
Last but not least, my New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to have more time and more laughter. Life as an adult can be fun. Who says it has to be hard slog earning money for a mortgage, new roof and insulation? As for time, as we know, we can never get it back. So in general, I want to spend my time more consciously, take more walks in the forest and more swims in the sea – even in the winter. I want to cultivate everything that affirms and awakens the joy of living and big dreams.
Frederikke Lett, communication adviser
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