KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Making a change is up to you

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Happy New Year! I love this time of year, it’s full of fresh starts and big plans and everyone is buzzing about what 2016 is going to bring.

I just scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed this morning and it’s rammed with people writing long heart-felt statuses about how 2016 will be the best year. It will be THEIR year. It will be amazing ... and honestly I really hope it works out for everyone, but without sounding like a right negative Nora, there’s a canny big chance it won’t.

I bet that six weeks from now the same people will be back to whinging about the same things they did in 2015. They’ll be back to hating Mondays, dissing their job and wishing they were in better shape. Why? Because nothing changed. They expected new and exciting things to just happen, just because it’s a new year.

If you want 2016 to be different, you have to work at it and you have to make changes. You can’t wait for someone else to do it for you, it’s your own responsibility, and if nothing changes, then nothing changes!

If you don’t start doing things differently, then how can you expect to get a different outcome?

If you hate your job, if the people you work with make you miserable, then actively look for a new one. If you want to get in better shape then start working out and making better choices about what crosses your lips.

Take a different action, but then keep up the momentum too. If you don’t get the first job you apply for, or you don’t drop a clothes size in the first month, don’t give up, because as soon as you take your foot off the gas you’ll go right back to where you started.

For anyone who reads my column regularly you’ll know I totally love our city.

One of the main reasons I love it so much is because it’s full of opportunity and all we have to do is take full advantage of it.

There are people and organisations who can help you start your own business or find a new career.

There are stacks of fitness facilities, support systems, networking groups – whatever you want, it’s there for the taking, so let’s make the most of what our city has to offer.

Let’s make 2016 a rocking one, full of action and really making stuff happen.

Whatever your New Year’s resolution, I wish you the very best of luck.

And actually, while we are on the topic of resolutions, a shout out to all the smokers – please quit. It’s a terrible habit and it’s horrendous for your health.

I walked out of The Bridges car park onto the street next to TK Max last week and as I opened the door I walked into the biggest cloud of cigarette smoke from where people were standing in the doorway smoking ... it stinks!

I know it’s a huge challenge to stop and I know some people worry they will gain weight if they quit as they fear they will swap fags for food, but believe me it’s better to be a few pounds over weight initially (you can work that off later) than damage your body with smoking, and did I mention, it stinks?!

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I have. My resolution is to make sure that every time I go shopping I remember to take the 146 carrier bags I have in the bottom draw in the kitchen with me, so that I don’t have to keep paying 5p for them! I’m sure I’m not alone on this one.

Here’s to your health and happiness in 2016!