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I don’t want to make you jealous so early in the New Year, but check out my fantastic bum! Oh alright, this is actually my behind in about 20,000 squat thrusts time but *sigh* isn’t it a work of art?

You’re either a New Year’s resolutionist or not. I am one. I like resolutions. They frame the year, encourage perspective, empower with new goals (to fail miserably at, I grant you, but still).

If you’ve made some resolutions already, they’re probably loosely along the lines of mine (if I’ve got you all wrong, feel free to tell me!). I’m gunning for:

Better health and fitness and I’ll be enlisting the help of these two amazing women from my Little Black Book:

1) Sarah Maxwell, awesome award-winning Personal Trainer who runs body conditioning Barre classes in her new studio between Goudhurst and Cranbrook. This woman has a reputation for giving you an amazing bum (hence the photo above and my overactive optimism!)

2) Jaime Cooke, super cool Canadian, who runs Popcycle classes in Bayham Hall (yup, in part of the beautiful Bayham Abbey building!!). I’ve done this class before and you almost (almost) forget the pain and actually enjoy yourself thanks to the stunning surroundings.

A more sane work/life balance to achieve this I’ve recently enlisted the help of Organised You who offer affordable assistance to small businesses in any area from help with admin to accountancy (you can just pay by the hour). It’s run by the very approachable Karlene Rivers, who loves nothing more than creating order out of chaos – so, Boy, did she like meeting me! Her motto is: ‘You can do ANYTHING, but not EVERYTHING’. Don’t we all need a little reminder of that, sometimes?

Oh, and a promise to cook more food from scratch, have more dinner parties and be smart with my free time (which is what Muddy’s for, right?) Oh and to elope with one of the Hemsworth brothers.

It’s the first year I’ve really felt like this and I’m pretty excited because frankly it just feels a lot more sane and measured and grown up and do-able (well, most of it does). So watch this space. If I’m still rolling round Kent in March, without the pert posterior, feel free to gloat.

But I’m adding another resolution this year and it’s top of the Muddy List. I’m resolving to max out on happiness. It’s quite a simple resolution isn’t it, but honestly I think it’s quite a skill. Ask me in 2017 how I’m feeling and I won’t say ‘not too bad’ – such a depressing phrase! I’m going to be ‘really well thanks’. Plus, I’m going to perform an act of kindness every day (no Mr Muddy, this does not include your Celebrity Free Pass for Jennifer Lawrence). I’m going to enjoy the moment more too – think about the Champagne rather than the hangover.

And on that cheery note, I’m ready to the pop the cork on 2017. Pass the glass, and let’s have some fun!

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