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High Resolutions: What does the New Year hold for you?




Embarking upon a new decade is the perfect chance to turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start. But whether it’s taking up a hobby or getting rid of a bad habit, you may need a bit of inspiration before you commit to this extra-special New Year’s resolution. Here are some locally sourced ideas

Tine Roche, Velvet columnist and owner, Cambridge Cookery School, Cafe and Bistro

Tine Roche, Cambridge Cookery (23722635)
Tine Roche, Cambridge Cookery (23722635)

“We are zero-food-waste here at the café and bistro but there is always room for improvement, so cutting down even further on waste is vital for the months ahead. On a personal level, my resolution for 2020 is to get back to more regular running, so I have more stamina for rowing on the Cam in a women’s eight!”

Vhari Russell, Velvet contributor and founder, Grub Club Cambridge

Vhari Russell, Grub Club Cambridge (23722636)
Vhari Russell, Grub Club Cambridge (23722636)

“I have made a few New Year’s resolutions for 2020: try to go for a walk every day, use less plastic and be kinder to the planet. I’m also determined to buy less stuff and have more family experiences, plus I’d like to see more of our friends and family and am planning to plant more trees to help climate change and make a difference.”

Katie Moore, Velvet columnist and owner, Allotment Café, Cambridge

Katie Moore, Allotment Cafe (23722699)
Katie Moore, Allotment Cafe (23722699)

“Rather than a resolution, I try to think of a word I would like each year to embody, and 2020 will be a year for kindness. Kindness to other people, being generous, taking time to listen and understand other points of view, but also kindness to myself through regular self-care and exercise. And, of course, kindness to the environment through making conscious lifestyle and business decisions. Kindness is courage.”

Robert Barker, Velvet columnist and owner, Robert Barker Design, Cambridge

Robert Barker, Robert Barker Design (23722634)
Robert Barker, Robert Barker Design (23722634)

“I am always slightly cynical about resolutions but, like so many of us, I make the odd one or two to try and stick to - usually for at least a few weeks! Over recent years I have replaced the tradition of making resolutions with creating a mantra; a short phrase to keep me on the right track. The added bonus of a mantra is that you aren’t left with that feeling of self-disappointment when a resolution is broken. . .”

Emily Martin, Velvet columnist and presenter, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s That Friday Feeling

“I make the same resolutions every year: read more books, do more exercise, drink less wine. But this year I’m adding have more fun. I talk about going out all the time on the show, and then personally spend 365 days a year sitting on my sofa watching TV and eating crisps. 2020 will see me venture outside at least once a month. And maybe eat less crisps.”

Nick Carter, presenter, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s That Friday Feeling

“My NYR is to stop endlessly scrolling through my phone. Checking emails and playing music is fine, but then I go to change a playlist, post a tweet, send a text and then 20 mins later I’m liking a post about a cat picture. I even drive myself mad with it, so I’m sure my family are ready to kill me. I pledge to be more phone efficient in 2020!”

Gina Long MBE, founder, GeeWizz Charitable Foundation, Bury St Edmunds

Gina Long MBE, Geewizz - CREDIT Lucy Taylor Photography (23722630)
Gina Long MBE, Geewizz - CREDIT Lucy Taylor Photography (23722630)

“I love notebooks: I use one every day and the New Year always marks the start of a blank notebook, in which I write my resolutions. I have been promising myself that I’d start pilates or yoga for the last 15 years and I am sadly yet to attend one class. There is also the resolution to eat less cake. . . does giving it up just for Lent count? Without exception, I set myself goals of what I hope can be raised throughout the coming year for my charity GeeWizz; this, I’m happy to share, is one resolution that is never ever broken.”

Paula Ahlberg, director, Wellbeing Warehouse, Newmarket

“Being the owner of a yoga and wellness centre, it can be challenging to find the discipline and time to practice what you preach: ‘Take time for yourself and learn to live mindfully, keeping up a self-practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness’; ‘Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what is to be.’ My New Year’s resolution is about giving back to myself and being comfortable within myself.”

Callum Wilkinson, champion race walker, Bury St Edmunds

Callum Wilkinson, Bury race walker (23722628)
Callum Wilkinson, Bury race walker (23722628)

“My New Year’s resolution is to be more patient. I believe 90% of problems will work themselves out if you can carry on working hard and trying out solutions in the face of challenges. I also want to celebrate achievements. It can be so easy to always be looking ahead to the next thing, without taking the time to celebrate the current achievement and thinking about how far you’ve come.”

The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely

Bishop of Ely, the Right Rev Stephen Conway (23722787)
Bishop of Ely, the Right Rev Stephen Conway (23722787)

“Like many people, I have been on courses about time management and the turn of the year invites us to reflect on time, and our priorities. I have been thinking a lot about who time belongs to, and what that means for how we spend it. The novelist Zadie Smith writes that “Time is how you spend your love.” As I look at my 2020 calendar, my resolution is to be prayerful and careful about how I use my time, not just productively but really well.”

David Robinson, manager, Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge

David Robinson, manager, Heffers Bookshop (23722629)
David Robinson, manager, Heffers Bookshop (23722629)

“I’ll be 53 in 2020 and so, in an act of full on midlife crisis, I asked Father Christmas to bring me an acoustic guitar. I have no musical ability whatsoever but my New Year’s resolution is to learn to play my own versions of some 80s synth pop classics. Think early Depeche Mode/ Human League. Maybe I’ll put them on YouTube. My wife’s resolution is to buy some noise cancelling headphones/leave home.”



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