Oh hi there 2018! You sneaky little devil creeping up on us all like that and forcing us to realise time stands still for no one.
A new year and new hopes and dreams of decluttering the home and losing weight that will probably never come to fruition.
Recycled plans to wipe my credit card debt are a distant long shot at best!
But one thing I can promise I’ll be doing is watching movies. I always think this special week of Christmas ending and the New Year unfurling smacks of movie time.
Council has put on free outdoor movies on Mooloolaba Beach again this year. Life does not get much better than lying on the white sand as the sun sets while you munch on popcorn and escape to the big screen.
Councillor John Connolly says Cinema in the Sand’s line-up will include Moana, Finding Dory and Back to the Future.
“There is no doubt communities thrive when people are able to come together in a safe and inviting environment and Mooloolaba is definitely the place to be these summer holidays,” Cr Connolly says.
“Simply BYO blanket, towel, bean bag or beach chair and grab some delicious takeaway from one of the nearby restaurants.”
We will also be seeing some new movies in air-conditioned comfort. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman and Star Wars: The Last Jedi are all on our must-watch list.
But I also urge you to take your child to see Wonder. It is the story of a young boy who was born with facial differences and his battle to find friendship and acceptance.
It’s a movie you really should take your child to as it shows how one simple gesture of kindness can change a person’s day, week or even life.
It would be lovely to have high-achieving kids, but raising children who have empathy and compassion is one of our main goals as parents.
I am no expert but I think some of those traits are genetic and some are learned.
Two of our three kids are kind. I think. But our three-year-old is just a boofhead.
We have to put extra effort into teaching him that not everything is a competition and you cannot just take what you want in life.
He is also a gorgeous soul and very young so we have time to hopefully lead him down a path of kindness.
So our serious New Year’s resolution is to ask our children every day after school or kindy, “Who were you kind to today?”
I am going to try to lead by example as well and do one act of kindness a day.
It might be getting someone a cup of tea at work or ringing a friend I have not spoken to forever. I will keep you posted on how we go.
Happy 2018 everyone. May it be full of peace, health and kindness for each of you.
Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.