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Day 16: Festive Guest Post: New Year New You by Carol Wyer

by Carol Wyer

Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Elaine for inviting me to her super blog. It’s a privilege to be here and meet you all.   

I was delighted when she invited me to write a post for today, because I love the start to a brand-new year. This year in particular seems extra special. I love the sense of numerical order to it – 2020. For me, it’s as special as those people who lived in 1919 or 1818… you get the idea. It is also a year in which I celebrate a big birthday. (Please feel free to yell out that I don’t look old enough to be ‘that’ age!)

Seriously though, I’ve always felt the start of a new year is like a brand-new exercise book, all clean and sparkly and ready for you to use. Just like an exercise book, you start off in your best handwriting, keeping it neat but at some point, a few ink blotches and numerous crossings out appear, and your writing goes back to its usual hasty scrawl, so the book looks as messy as the last one you owned.

Like many, I used to write out a list of new year resolutions: give up something – sweets/cigarettes/alcohol; try to lose weight; take up more exercise; learn to speak a new language; write a book; blah-blah-blah, and every year, I’d start off with the same enthusiasm I had when I opened a new notebook and every year, I’d fail to meet my any of targets.

In 2010, I changed tack. Instead of making the usual list, I chose a word… one that I would abide by for the entire year. My first word was ‘aspiration’. I used it as a mantra, one that finally saw me write and publish my first book, and take up a variety of challenges like learning to fly a helicopter and ride a quad bike up a mountain side in South Africa. (Got to aim high, people!) That year, I stuck to my goals, and even added to them. The more I aspired, the more I achieved.

Since then, every year I choose a new word and stick to it. It’s much easier to adhere to a word that has meaning for you than a list of little goals. For 2020, I am choosing ‘gratitude’. I’ve got to the point in my life where I really am incredibly grateful, especially for all the good times, the people I have met, the doors that have been opened for me thanks to writing. Had I not chosen my first word and stuck to it, I wouldn’t be doing what I love so much. I wouldn’t have written 23 books and I wouldn’t have had the experiences that have arisen as a consequence of writing and moreover, I wouldn’t have enjoyed my life half as much. That first word, ‘aspiration’, placed me on the path to a journey I never imagined would be so rewarding.

Try it yourself and see where your word will take you. You might be surprised by the result.

Oh, and by the way, I still mess up notebooks. Last year’s looks like a 5-year-old had a go at it.

Although I’m best known for my crime novels, if you’d like a fun read (and some great ideas for a bucket list or a resolution list) then maybe you’d like to read my comedy, Take A Chance on Me, which should start your 2020 off with a lot of laughs.



Thank you so much for your Festive Guest Post, Carol, I find it inspirational and am seriously considering a word for me to use in a similar manner….. though I don’t think I would risk some of the activities you aspired to as my husband would say I’m too accident prone to risk it! 

If you’d like to read about some of the activities Carol aspired to try, check out Take a Chance on Me – a fun and inspirational read that I loved and must be great as I read and reviewed it back in 2016 and remembering it still brings a smile to my face. Read my review of it here – or be more sensible and read the book for yourself!  

This book is available from a variety of sources including

Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

One comment on “Day 16: Festive Guest Post: New Year New You by Carol Wyer

  1. Pingback: Just saying thank you! | splashesintobooks

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