Photo: Michael Barry

Revolutionise Your Resolutions

Written by: Violet Myers

It happens every time. The last night of the year ends in a flurry of tequila slammers, body glitter and utter hedonism. You scrape yourself from under the kitchen table, look into your glazed red eyes and make a promise to yourself to ‘be better this year’. Weeks later and your promises to improve yourself are nothing but a hazy memory. But perhaps these resolutions don’t stick because consistently looking in on ourselves is much too private an affair, maybe if we were to decide to change something that both benefits ourselves, the environment and our communities we’d have an easier time making the change for good.

So, don’t be a cliche, revolutionise your resolutions and be the change you want to see.

 

 

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Photo: Efren

Everyone wants to: Get fit
But why not: Take up a new sport

Who hasn’t visited a church and left feeling envious of Jesus’ abs? Dayumm that guy was lean. 
But a constant focus on wanting to change your body can actually have a negative effect on your fitness and your self esteem. Instead why not pick a sport or physical activity that genuinely interests you, then any resulting physical changes will be an added bonus.

Try:
 
Aerial hoop @ The Factory
Rock climbing @ The Castle
Squash @ The Sobell Centre

 

 

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Photo: Claire Davies

Everyone wants to: Save money
But why not: Volunteer / donate

Christmas has a way of putting our bank accounts and digestive systems into a state of disrepair. So come January and everyone is desperately trying to save whatever they have left, after spending a small fortune on novelty stocking fillers. But why not use this money to sponsor a charity who’s work you really believe in? Or better yet give up an evening a week to volunteer at a local branch of that charity? It’s always a wise idea to start a new year with good karma.

Try:
Action for Kids @ Tottenham Lane
All Dogs Matter @ Aylmer Parade
Sane @ Holloway N7 8QJ

 

 

New Years Revolutions 2016 North London, finsbury park, islington, haringey, hackney, magazine

Photo: Mike Ashdown

Everyone wants to: Lose weight
But why not: Eat local

Every year the desire to drop a few pounds is the nation’s most popular resolution. Then, three weeks later, as the nation remembers that in fact mashed potato does taste better than skinny feels, it takes the top spot for the most broken resolution. But why not change your diet in a way that impacts your body and your community by eating more mindfully, buying local produce and supporting small businesses?

Try: 
Farmers Market @ Islington + Parliament Hill
The Food Assembly @ Haringey
Use The Olio Food Waste App @ Haringey

 

 

New Years Revolutions 2016 North London, finsbury park, islington, haringey, hackney, magazine

Photo: Michael Barry

Everyone wants to: Drink less coffee
But why not: Get your fix at independent coffee houses

Everyone loves a skinny mocha latte with extra foam, so much so that caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed drug…suck it nicotine! But coffee, in moderation, can in fact be very good for us as it’s chock full of antioxidants and other nutrients. What isn’t so healthy is our dependence on huge chains that are dominating the coffee market. Why not dampen your reliance on the big four and instead make a habit to visit smaller, local independents?

Try: 
Vagabond @ Stroud Green + Holloway
Blighty Coffee @ Finsbury Park
The Front Room Cafe @ Finsbury Park

 

 

New Years Revolutions 2016 North London, finsbury park, islington, haringey, hackney, magazine

Photo: Claire Davies

Everyone wants to: Get rid of old clothes
But why not: Invest in quality sustainable clothing and homeware

Whether you’re making room for a fierce new look, or sick of not being able to open your wardrobe without causing a denim avalanche, clearing the old to make way for the new can feel like a refreshing way to enter a new year. But instead of repeating old habits, why not shun cheaper disposable clothing and spend your money on well made clothes that are built to last?

Try:

Style with Heart @ www.stylewithheart.com
Fashion Compassion @ www.fashioncompassion.co.uk
Cosi Homewares @ Muswell Hill

 

 

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