Don’t Give Up – Take Up For January 2019

By Viv Onslow

Approximately a third of the UK give something up for New Year and most don’t succeed for very long, according to statistics.  In 2007, a study from Bristol University found that 88 per cent of New Year’s resolutions fail.  The NHS suggests on one in ten will have success and Bupa found from their research that 80 per cent will have lost their willpower within three months of January 1st.

With these gloomy stats in mind, at The Oracle Group, we have decided to try to take something up rather than give something up for 2019.  We will be reporting back later in the year to let you know how we are getting on with mission ‘take up’.

As the author of this blog, I will kick off with mine.  I am going to sort out my finances this year!  Horrible job – been avoiding this one for way too long, so it’s time to take up the challenge and see one of those dull financial advisor people.  To be more reasonable, it’s not the IFA’s that are boring – it’s the topic that leaves me cold.

Digital Marketing Director, Tara says she is going to do more relaxing next year – after a year of chaos having most of her house rebuilt, every waking hour that she is not at work has involved cleaning, sanding, painting and sorting.  Time for Tara to put her feet up.

For Vicki, it’s all about music in 2019.  She is on a mission to go to more live gigs and wants to try out some singing lessons.  The latter might just improve the quality of the ‘humming along’ to the radio that goes on in the Oracle office on a daily basis.

I like Shannen’s very much – she plans to give at least one compliment a day to people that cross her path.  That is very thoughtful and kind.  We did decide she probably does this already – but now it will be a conscious daily thought.

Our lovely apprentice, Ellie has opted for the hardest challenge out of all of us!  She is going to progress learning sign language well enough to have a proper conversation.  Ellie is involved with a charity that works with deaf and dumb children and currently, she can manage a simple hello, goodbye and happy Christmas, but by this time next year, she will be able to have a real ‘chat’ with the little children.

I haven’t had the chance to get the boss’s ‘take up’ but I am quite confident that it will be – to get more sleep.  Caroline’s twins are now 20 weeks and their sleep is improving but from experience, I know she would desperately like more hours of unbroken sleep.  My twins have just turned 21 and they still keep me awake at night – but not because they are crying, hungry or need changing!

We would love to know what you are planning for 2019 if you feel like sharing your goals.