The thing is, there will never be a new me. I can't replace myself because I don't think I'm good enough, thin enough, happy enough, wealthy enough. I can certainly improve my existing life and work on all of those things if I want to but it won't change the person that I am.
I am still Mum of Five whether I am pre Slimming World or post Slimming World! Whether I am happy, sad, rich, poor, fat, thin, tall, short (you know that new years resolution where you say you will be taller for 2016!!!).
I am still the mum on the school run who looks like she has been dragged through a hedge backwards, the one with a gaggle of children following behind her whilst she looks like a pack horse carrying the school bags. I am still a wife, mum, daughter and friend and do my best in all of those things. Sorry to everyone but there will be no 'new me'! I can't go into a store and buy a new me, I'm not Harrods stock material!
Here's the thing, as the clock strikes midnight nothing changes. You may be more drunk than you were 5 minutes ago in 2015 but those 'new year, new me' statements don't mean you suddenly change, like Cinderella's coach turning back into a pumpkin but a change for the better like when the Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand and made it into a beautiful coach in the first place. Life isn't a Disney film, unfortunately.
However, we can certainly reflect on the year that has gone by. A lot of friends have commented saying 2015 has been a corker and they hope 2016 will continue to be just as awesome and we all hope that is the case. Others have said that they enjoyed 2015 but can see improvements on the horizon for 2016, change is good no matter how big or small.
Improvements in your life is something only you can do, whether it takes just a few weeks of 2016 to change certain aspects of your life or the whole year to make it happen, life isn't a race. Don't feel like you've failed if you reach the end of 2016 and you haven't completed your goals or improved your life or aspects of it as much as you wanted to. Any small changes, new adventures, unexpected events and longer life journeys are all part of what life throws at us but don't wish for a 'new year, new me', be who you always are.
I can improve my life, I can lose weight if I want to. I can change things if I think they will make me more happy and less stressed. I can do home improvements and change our home for the better but none of that will mean there is a new me. I'm still the same person inside and always will be. The same person who makes people happy and annoys the hell out of others!
Be who you always are complete with a side salad of awesomeness and a dessert sprinkled with happiness.
So farewell 2015, whether you were good, bad, awesome, fun, sad or all of those combined. 2016 may not be bigger and better but it can be what you make of it.