I am not big on resolutions or hanging my hopes on something new when the calendar flips from one year to another.
Like many other people out there, I feel the upcoming year is just another year - plain and simple a new 365 days.
It used to be a time to learn to put a new date on the top line of a cheque, but with debit cards a whole generation of consumers has no idea what I'm talking about.
However, each day of a new year does bring new challenges and opportunities. It has always been in how prepared we are for these new opportunities, and how we deal with challenges that defines our lives.
While many people take the start of a new year as a chance to make a resolution and change something in their lifestyle, I don't think a date on the calendar should define when you want to make a change.
If you have a goal, go for it. If you want to get more exercise, go for a walk today. If you want to be kinder, shovel your neighbours walk the next time it snows. If you have lit a cigarette after vowing not to in 2013, why wait for 2014 to tackle that goal.
If you made a resolution and have laughingly left it behind you, take a deep breath and start again.
Nobody said change could only begin on January 1.