And so we arrive in 2019, perhaps a little bleary and puffy from the tail-end of 2018 but otherwise intact. At this point on the calendar, with the year ahead stretching out as crisp and inviting as a new £20 note, much advice on how to make this Your Best Year Ever! is proffered.
We are quite happy to hop on this particular band-wagon. Within these pages you will find sound and sensible tips on how to be the very best you can and it starts right here, right now, with my seven-point Norfolk wellness guide.
1. It’s about yew
It really is.
2. Make a list
You know how busy life is. There are so many things that need to be done, even if you’ve a few summers under your belt and don’t have the humdrum business of earning a crust to worry about. One of the hardest things is remembering to do it all so grab a pen and a notepad – or use a smartphone if you really must – and get it all down and tick it off as you go along.
Of course you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got the essentials down like ‘Remember to read list!’ or ‘Find list!’ or ‘Buy notepad for list!’
Eventually you’ll give up and revert to type, walking into rooms and saying out loud ‘What have I come in here for?’ But at least you tried.
3. Get out there
There’s so much to see and do in Norfolk – just look at this month’s ‘101 things to see’ guide. Put your coat and wellies on – especially for those June events – and do something. Anything involving performance art earns double points; triple if it’s mime.
4. Make time for gorming
Essential – gorming is the ying to the yang of going out and doing something. It is the art of doing nothing, but with purpose. It must not be confused with doing nothing unintentionally and is best done in comfy dressing gown or onesie (winter) or shorts and flip-flops (summer). Gorming may well have originated in the Far East, but with a cooler name, like Zlee Ping or Nap Taim.
5. Feed your soul
How do you feed your soul? Why through the stomach, of course. Norfolk has many fine people doing their level best to help your soul, so respect them and yourselves by going out and eating the good things. Maybe not kale, so much.
6. Work your body
The yang to the ying of feeding your soul. Just be careful – we’re not as agile as we think and while pole-dancing may be a great way to get fit always keep in mind that scenario where you have to explain to the nice nurse in A&E exactly what went wrong.
7. Subscribe to EDP Norfolk
You knew this was coming. But we’re all about the wonderful wellness that this lovely county brings, so you know it makes sense. You’re welcome and happy New Year!
The dawn of a new you. Or whatever.