It’s almost that time of year again when we take a moment to look back at the year that’s just passed, and think ahead to what a new year might bring.

Many of us will share in the long-standing tradition of making a New Year’s resolution; a promise to improve something in our lives. It’s often a sign of hope and positivity for the year ahead, something to work on, and something to achieve. Although there’s no doubt that 2020 has been a terrible year for many, there’s a glimmer of hope that 2021 will be better for us all.

To help you feel inspired, we asked our fabulously creative business development team to let us in on a secret. Here’s a sneak peek at their 2021 resolutions (it also means we can look back next year to see who’s kept up the good work!).

Eilidh – Marketing & Communications Manager

Well, 2021 is going to be my year of health and wellbeing. I’ve never really made a resolution before, so I’m excited to see how it goes. This year has truly taught me that nothing is more important that health, wellbeing, and family. I’m starting 2021 with a positive attitude, a fab new job, brilliant colleagues, and a wish that this year works out better than last.

Ewan – Projects Officer

2021 has taught me so much, for me going into the new year there is going to be real focus on starting the year well. A dry January is something I have never done, this paired with some other healthier life options should help me feel healthy on both the inside and outside.  

Bonita – Marketing Officer

My new year's resolution is to find a new hobby or get into running. If we’re going to be spending more time inside then I might run out of things to watch on Netflix!

I'll take it a day at a time, and focus on both my mental and physical health. I'm planning go to the gym regularly, eat healthily, and spend time with family and friends. 

Did you know?

The tradition of making New Year's resolutions goes back over 4,000 years, to the ancient Babylonian festival of Akitu. During this 12-day celebration, the Babylonians would celebrate the "rebirth of the natural world." They would plant crops, crown a new king (or reaffirm the power of the reigning king), make promises to their gods, and pay back their debts.

Get inspired

Why not make a fundraising pledge for 2021? If you’re looking to try something new, improve your health, or simply be a part of our mission to reduce loneliness and isolation across Scotland, take a look at how you can fundraise for us: