Don’t Get Hung Up on New Year’s Resolutions: Try This Instead

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas. This year was very different for me as I volunteered for the Kids Company at their Christmas Party at The Oval in London. Wow! A party like you’ve never seen for thousands of vulnerable children and their families. I was in the arts and crafts room creating Christmas cards, letters to Santa and puppets. We made a mean Batman and Robin. It was an eye-opener. It made more sense to me and gave Christmas a deeper meaning.

Now that Christmas is over, what’s your plan for 2015?

Have you started to think about what you want in 2015?  Maybe, like me, you’ve been mulling it over for a while?  If you don’t have a plan or are feeling a bit flat after the festivities, I want to inspire you with a tale about a very special lady, in her nineties who in who paid me a visit this Christmas.

Miles of inspiration from The Valley to Costa Blanca

Meet Ruth.  Ruth is my Grandad’s sister and she is quite frankly, in my opinion, the Bionic Woman.  My cousins are sooo lucky to have a rocking Nana like her.  Not only does she look amazing, but she is all about….together….with it…..whatever you want to call it.  She can still hear and see clearly.  You and I may take this for granted, however  did I mention that this lady is 93?!  God love her even though, she beat me at cards.  My lame excuse is that she’s had half a century’s more practise than me.  Yeah it’s pretty lame but I’m sticking to it.

What is the secret to a long, carefree and happy life?

Nana Ruth or Nana Spain  (as she is affectionately known) moved to Calpe in Spain and reduced the stress in her life.  She’s retired to the Med after years of successfully running her own fish and chip shop.  Today, her life is very different.  She loves the Spanish way of life – sunshine, fresh produce, no alcohol, no smoking, large circle of friends and a big social life.  She told me about her walking, her wins at Bingo and her all night prayer sessions at church.

She loves life. She loves people. She loves food. She loves laughter.

She has a fantastic sense of fun and cheeky playfulness. She laughs often.  She laughs often and loud.  I thought that was her secret when I asked her how she had got to 91 being as fit, healthy and happy as she is.  She knows that happiness is an inside job and she makes sure she gets her daily dose of the good life.

Mind over matter!

It’s more about attitude than anything else.  It’s more about where your head’s at and how you chose to view life than anything else.  Nana Ruth has a sparkly twinkle in her eye; one of mischief and determination.  She has steely grit and gumption.  She told me that when she sets her mind to anything, she is committed to doing it.  I love her strong will and single-mindedness.  Definitely more of that for me in 2015 please.

Nana Ruth told me that her life is worry-free as she knows that there are things she could worry about. Although she makes a conscious choice not to as it’s a waste of time.  She is fearless.  Come on, how many people can say that at all?  Let alone when they are her age?!

This gorgeous Senorita enjoys what she has and is grateful for that.  She is lucky and blessed by her family, her friends, her health – the simplicity of all that her life is today.

Love your life

Who needs new year’s resolutions when you can do something that takes minimum effort, maximum effect?  When the clock strikes twelve, start your New Year by changing your attitude to life.  Love your life.  Love what you have.  Live, love, eat, enjoy or whatever it is that makes you happy.  Oh and more importantly don’t forget to laugh often.

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Happy New Year!

Love Smiley x

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  1. Lisa, this is so lovely !! Nanna is so chuffed by the way. News of your blog has already reached the Calpe massive! She is indeed an inspiration but it’s extra lovely when it’s recognised by others. Love you! xxxx

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