The new year should be a time to enjoy, not endure - so here are five resolutions you can MAC-tually keep...
1. Don't eat too healthily
By which we mean: come along to our Dirty Vegan Dessert Night on Friday 8 Feb and treat yourself to some indulgent desserts. They’re 'good' in that they’re 100% vegan, although we can’t promise they will be 100% calorie-free! Come and be amazed by just how tasty vegan puddings can be. Tickets are £12 and that includes a trio of delicious desserts, a drink and entry to our live music event.
2. Don't go to the gym
It will be really busy at the gym. Don't do it. We all know January is the worst time of year to go, as hordes of hopefuls slog it out on the treadmill, trying to stick to their resolutions for a week or so. Why not make exercise fun, instead? Dancing burns hundreds of calories an hour and you might just love it! We’ve got classes in Tap Dance, Flamenco, Contemporary Dance and Dance for Wellbeing – see more here and see you on the dancefloor!
3. Don't deprive yourself...
…of culture. January and February are months where we all need a little lift. It’s the worst time to deprive yourself of ANYTHING. Find something you really want to see – incredible dance like Medusa from Jasmin Vardimon Company, hilarious comedy like Rob Newman's Total Eclipse of Descartes, or must-see cinema like They Shall Not Grow Old with director Q&A from Peter Jackson. Maybe you'll fancy coming to our 'Love Sucks' Anti-Valentine's party with a screening of Fatal Attraction or watching Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots followed by afternoon tea! You'll be embracing culture, having fun and supporting a charity - win, win!
4. Don't be selfless
Make some time for yourself and stick to it by booking onto a wellbeing course. Maybe you could take an hour or two out every week where you dedicate time to Ashtanga, Hatha or Iyengar Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, the Alexander Technique or Drama for Wellbeing. Or you could experiment with learning a new skill like sculpture, playing the guitar, songwriting, digital music or art appreciation. We've got £5 Taster Sessions in January to make it even easier to find something you love - see the range of £5 Taster Sessions and get inspired here!
5. Don't stay in to save money
Did you know that our art exhibitions are free? It won’t cost you anything to come along and feast your eyes on the dreamlike paintings of Bangladesh by Matthew Krishanu in The Sun Never Sets, admire some of the best photos from around the world in the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition, explore ideas of community with local artists in Ways of Belonging or see powerful photography of girls' everyday lives in the world’s newest country in Kate Holt’s Brave: The Girls of South Sudan. We also have special opening events where you can meet the artists and hear them talk about their work – once again, free – and very enriching!
Image: Kashmir, 2014, oil on canvas, 125 x 175cm © Matthew Krishanu Photo: Peter Mallet