Happy 2015!

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We’re now half­way through the decade, imag­ine that. Does this in­spire you to make big­ger, more sig­nif­i­cant New Year’s res­o­lu­tions than usual? Or are you quite happy with just a few sim­ple goals?

I be­long to the lat­ter cat­e­gory. It’s been years since I made any “of­fi­cial” res­o­lu­tions. I have a ten­dency to for­get I made them, or de­clare such unattain­able ones that they in­evitably die a nat­u­ral death.

In place of stat­ing my “new year, new me” in­ten­tions to the world, I now choose just one small fix-it that would make me a bet­ter per­son. It’s usu­ally the kind of thing I need to prac­tise get­ting right, day af­ter day.

One year, it dawned on me how much debt I had chalked up, sim­ply from ow­ing col­leagues for drinks and treats they’d buy in for me while I worked through lunch, or plain for­get­ting to fork out my share of the meal at gath­er­ings with friends. No one ever ac­cused me of be­ing a free­loader, but I felt ter­ri­ble for be­ing so in­con­sid­er­ate.

I be­gan mak­ing it a point to al­ways have enough cash with me – in my wal­let and at home. I started car­ry­ing my cheque­book in my hand­bag. I try to pay up right away, or at group meals, I set­tle the bill first so ev­ery­one owes me money in­stead.

Whether you’re a tra­di­tion­al­ist who must have a list of res­o­lu­tions for the year, or a modernist like me, you’ll find there’s some­thing in our Jan­uary is­sue for ev­ery­one.

Turn to page 44 for our Change It Up pack­age: There’s great ex­pert ad­vice on how to change the way you think, how to live health­ier, how to change your job at­ti­tude and how to im­prove your re­la­tion­ships.

A new year also calls for new clothes (yes, I’ll take any ex­cuse to shop), and we’ve lined up five work wardrobe clas­sics to take you through 2015 and be­yond (pg 18). Look­ing for a new hair­style? We con­vinced seven read­ers to take the plunge with a hair makeover (pg 32).

For a lit­tle fun, turn to page 52 for our work­ing mum’s horo­scope guide for an out­look on your well-be­ing, mar­riage, work and fi­nances. You may also want to take ad­van­tage of the many long week­ends this year – see where the new It fam­ily des­ti­na­tions are (pg 90). The Sim­ply Her team wishes one and all a fab­u­lous new year!

PENE­LOPE CHAN, EDI­TOR

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