10 things we should all aim for this year

January has been and gone and we’re now in the full throes of 2016. Last month we published an article about why we’re not making any New Year’s resolutions and instead but instead set ourselves a handful of goals we’d like to try and live by.

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t represent modern love

I’m a hopeless romantic. I tell my boyfriend that I love him every day. We have pet names. I love, love; I adore it. And I truly believe that without love this world would be a pretty miserable place. So you may be surprised to hear that I actually think Valentine’s Day – or at least our Western, commercialised version – is vacuous, self-indulgent and materialistic. As well as being a self-confessed romantic, I also like to think of myself as a modern woman – independent, career driven and moral. For me Valentine’s Day is the antithesis of all these things, so much so that Valentine’s Day is as much about anti-love as it is about those hideous Clinton’s Tatty teddy bears, sickly chocolates and petrol station flowers.

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These 4 words are sabotaging your diet

We all have our own health and fitness goals, from losing weight to toning up, exercising more to eating less junk food, however the majority of us find it hard to stick to them. You know what I’m talking about – you’re doing great, working out regularly, eating healthily, then you have a small slip up and use it as an excuse to ‘screw the diet’ for the rest of the week. I can put every single one of my past diet failures down to four little words: “The diet starts Monday”.

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