My advice on New Year’s Resolutions

Back to the Future… well 2014!

Firstly… Happy New Year to you all! Secondly…How the hell is it 2014 already?!! Is it just me, or do you too feel like time is going by too fast? I watched the film Back to the Future over Christmas, along with a whole host of seasonal favourites including Elf, Home Alone 1 AND 2 (not 3 obviously), Bad Santa, It’s A Wonderful Life. and it just hit me that when Michael J Fox goes into the future, it’s 2015. That’s next year!!!

I feel old.

Yes maybe 2014 doesn’t have flying cars but here we are in the New Year, a brand spanking new beginning, and a fresh start…



Well we have at least 3 more days of this mentality before most of us slip back into our old ways. I think our biggest failure is sometimes attempting to make too many resolutions. The best advice I was ever given when it came to resolutions were these two words … ‘Be Happy’. And that’s all we can strive to be.

Yes I will attempt the detox, to not drink so much, stop eating as much chocolate, do more exercise, work harder… BUT to appreciate ‘what’ we have, and ‘who’ we have in our lives, while still striving for our goals, is all we really need to do.

I rang in the New Year on a stage in Dublin screaming ‘5,4,3,2,1…” into a microphone with Suggs from Madness with my family and friends all there watching. It was a brilliant night. For one thing we were in Ireland and it DIDN’T rain (this is a VERY rare occurrence).  But to be able to have good people and friends around, even though I was working, was really special.

I was hosting the Countdown Concert in Central Dublin that saw music from the like of Walking On Cars, the original Sugababes ‘MKS’, Irish trad band Seo Linn, Ryan Sheridan and my personal favourite rock n’ rollers The Strypes.

Madness were the headliners. And we danced and sang our way into 2014. No better way to do it.


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