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Anatomy of a #HappyYouYear: Winter

We went off on one at the beginning of the month about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. In the last few weeks she’s given us examples of what a Happy You Spring, a Happy You Summer, and a Happy You Autumn might involve, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Winter might look:

Unpopular opinion: Winter is great. I always dread it coming around, but once it does I quite enjoy all of the jumpers, and frosts, and putting-of-cinnamon-into-everything. Now, if the winter of 2016 (by which I mean the other end of the year) is as rainy and gross as the one we’ve just had, I might have to do some re-evaluating, but for now I’m optimistic. After all, this is my own personal envisaging of the year, so I have envisaged something nice. You’re welcome.

One of the main things about winter is that once it starts to get dark early and be cold all the time it’s very difficult to summon the will to get out and actually do stuff. And I’m not mental. I’m not about to be chasing super-hardcore workouts where there’s loads of changing room admin because it’s so cold outside that I’m wearing ten layers that I then have to un-layer, and where I might sort of end up feeling a bit sick because I ate four mince pies (What? Christmas begins in October.) at the office and then jumped straight into an Insanity class. On top of my lack of motivation I daresay I’ll be feeling more than a little bit of Christmas stress.

What I’m trying to say is that as winter gets going I’ll probably be looking for calming things to do that’ll help me to chill out. I’m thinking yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to begin with. I would also possibly add wine tasting to that category, but that’s really just an indication that I have a problem.

On top of wanting to be relaxed, my inner show-off is about to come out to play in a big way during the party season. I want to be on the dancefloor at every opportunity, but it’s more than that. I want people to be super-impressed by my skills. I want them to ask me if I’ve ever considered it as a career. Basically, I want to be like Amanda from Friends. And so, I fully intend to hit up every dance class I can find in the run up to the festive season – we’re talking everything from Tango to ballet. Because you just never know what you’ll need.

I’m a huge Christmas fan, and so the final thing I’ll be looking for in the winter is Christmas-specific events. Those might be parties (even more opportunity to show off my kick-ass dance skills) or they might be film screenings, theatre, or Christmas craft workshops. Basically, if you put ‘Christmas’ in front of the name of something you’ll probably find me there.

… And that’s the last instalment of our #HappyYouYear. We already covered SpringSummer, and Autumn, so our imaginary year has come to an end. We’ve obviously left out a few crucial features such as lottery wins, unicorn ownership, and expensive holidays, but we’re not 100% sure about the timeline for those. In the meantime, though, if you fancy making the most of your time and having your own #HappyYouYear don’t forget to visit and browse all of the things you could be trying!


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