So here we are. 2013 is almost over and we’re rushing into a brand new year. As the past twelve months flash before our eyes and the air fills with promise, fireworks and general merriment, I often find myself thinking about that little word that has hit most of our minds in the past month or so: resolutions.
I don’t know about you, but my resolutions tend to be either rather simple and straightforward (this year’s was, “find a new flat”. Did I find one? Let’s just say I hope for better luck in 2014) or daydreamy and high-flying (“find my true calling”. Did I find it? You’re reading it). The funny thing about resolutions is that while they’re nothing but a fluffy, Champagne-fuelled flight of fancy on the night of 31st December, they also hold the power to inspire small to significant life changes throughout the year that once was new.
Many of us vow to better ourselves: hit the gym, eat healthier (going vegan was my 2012 resolution and one of the best ones I’ve ever kept), learn a language or change our wardrobe. Others chase their goals: a new job, a new house, a promotion, a move to a new city. And then there are those of us that follow a lifelong dream: to travel, to start a business or embark on the journey of parenthood. Some will stick their resolution onto their everyday life like a bright yellow Post-It while others will forget they ever promised as soon as the bubbly haze wears off around midday 1st January. Resolutions come in every shape and shade, with as much of an alluring excitement as a glittery New Year’s Eve dress (by the way – if you still don’t know what to wear on The Night, check out fashion writer Giulia’s Sparkly Seven edit).
My 2014 resolution will be about one word: sparkle. Through the new year, I’ll try to add as much sparkle to my life as humanly possible. It can be about appreciating the beauty in the little everyday things, like a caramel soy cappuccino or a brand-new glossy magazine. It can be about putting my best dress on and going out on a night when I’m feeling depressed and too lazy to move. It can be about doing good deeds: sign a petition, donate to charity, volunteer. Last but definitely not least, it can be about things that might seem small but are huge to me. Like this magazine.
In 2014, Vilda will boldly and bravely take on the challenge of bringing you the most gorgeous fashion, the best beauty products, the most mouthwatering recipes, the coolest travel destinations, the most interesting interviews and, quite simply, the vegan fashion magazine you’ll love. We’ll make every page sparkle.
I hope you have an absolutely fantastic New Year’s Eve. I hope you spend it with people you love, wearing clothes that make you feel fabulous, eating amazing food and feeling excited about the year to come. I hope you start your year with a light heart and curious eyes. I hope your 2014 sparkles. Let’s toast to that!