Making plans for the new year ahead

Do you need a little inspiration for your New Year resolutions? If so, see what some well-known people are planning

Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 01:00

It’s that time of year again. As the final bars of Auld Lang Syne fade into the distance, a list of New Year’s resolutions will be drawn up.

Some will be more ambitious than others, some will be achieved, while others won’t ever see beyond the 2nd of January, but year after year, we all make plans to better ourselves in the coming months.

To give you some inspiration, here’s what some other people are hoping to change about their health and wellbeing next year.


Julie Feeney

– singer, composer and songwriter

Feeney says she always takes the time to make goals for the year ahead and unless she is very busy, tries to adhere to her plans.

“Any opportunity to refresh our approach to life is good by me. I like to take stock at the end of every year and have usually learned a huge amount so I find it easy to make New Year’s resolutions.

“I tend to have some sort of goal every year because I always have a very quiet Christmas with family so have lots of time to take stock which means the making of resolutions happen naturally.

“And as long as I don’t hit the ground running in January, I will stick to what I have resolved to do. Otherwise, if I am very busy with work, I will forget all about any resolutions.

“My top resolutions for 2014 are to continue to appreciate every single golden moment that comes along and to continue to try to be as kind as I can even when hugely challenged.

“But I also want to learn how to drive a car and continue learning how to fly a plane and to finish my opera and get the fourth album composed and recorded.

“The most life-changing resolution I ever made was when I decided to stop assuming that others think the same way that I do. But I think regardless of making that resolution, it will take me a lifetime to fully realise it.”


Celebrity chef Neven Maguire of MacNean House and Restaurant, who recently launched his own cookery school in Blacklion
Maguire says he always makes resolutions as it’s important to make plans for the coming year.

“I think resolutions are definitely worth making because it’s a time of the year when you can reflect on the year gone by and think ahead, make some plans and sort out your priorities for the year ahead.

“I always make them and do my best to stick to them, but usually they are the sort of things where I resolve to make a change in some area of my life so they are not really ‘yes’ or ‘no’ type decisions.

“In 2014 I intend to spend more time at home with my family in Blacklion.

“Everyone tells me the children will grow up so fast so I will be doing less demos around the country and arriving home in the small hours from work and focusing instead on the Cookery School which is literally beside the restaurant.”

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