I’m looking forward to 2017. Having notched up a significant birthday in December, I’m now into my 61st year on this wonderful planet and I intend to enjoy every moment.
I never, ever, thought of what life would be like for me at 60, but having reached this milestone I am happy to report that nothing is any different. In fact, if anything, everything is a little clearer in my mind.
My New Year resolutions for 2017 reflect this. Like many, I plan to make the coming year more enjoyable, balanced and hopefully more profitable!
MY NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
REDUCE MY COSTS
It’s really annoying to see hard-earned money ‘disappear’. I need to review all my outgoings to ensure that I am getting the best deals. It’s the big boys that take the lion’s share; bank charges, gas and electricity, phone and broadband and booking agents. (Probably many of the usual suspects in most people’s lives.) Perhaps, naively, I thought that some of these companies might offer assistance to a small businesses such as mine.
In 2017, I’m going to make companies work harder for my business. (After all, I have to work extremely hard to make my businesses a success.) This is number 1 in my New Year resolutions.
I think I am a bit of a hoarder by nature, (only in my personal space, the bed and breakfast is immaculate!). I have a tendency to keep hold of some things for too long. This covers a multitude of sins, so this year I intend to clear out all the unwanted and unneeded ‘stuff’ in my life.
Running a B&B can be very physically demanding. Whilst I am fairly fit, I need to continue to work at this (especially now I am out of my 50s). I suppose top of this has to be my diet which needs to include lots more fruit and vegetables. I always try to have my five a day, but my grapes need to come in a natural form rather than liquid…
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
I am always thinking about new ways to promote and enhance my business. Getting the name of The Cross out in the marketplace has always been incredibly important and hopefully I can build on the success of events such as my pop-up restaurant. In the coming year, I plan to host many different events and forge new partnerships in an effort to attract even more customers to The Cross.
MORE FUN TIME
Getting the work/life balance has always eluded me (and many others I’m sure). This balance has proved even more difficult to achieve when setting up and establishing The Cross bed and breakfast. I think I need to build on my (very small) existing team. I require assistance not just when business is booming – we all need to escape sometimes for a few days of rest and relaxation.
If you’ve made some New Year resolutions the best of luck with keeping them.