How To Give Your Spectacles A Fresh Start

In with the new, out with the old. Everyone is looking to get a new start on something. I started off with 3 resolutions for 2018 and have already broken one.

After piling on the pounds over the festive period, I resolved to hitting the treadmill more often and start eating clean. Now, exercise is addictive so I have managed to keep a routine, sticking to a schedule. But I have had a disaster with my diet. I just love savoury snacks and lots of tasty (but fatty) foods.

Big Al's burger Kings Heath, Birmingham

It occurred to me that to succeed in keeping a New Years Resolution is to connect it with what I want out of life and to share that thought with others!

This brings me to my third resolution. If you recall, in November, I gave a brief speech on how Independent Opticians in the UK can embrace their independence. If you haven't seen the video, then click below (fast forward to the 20 minute mark):

I encouraged the delegation to make a New Years Resolution for 2018 and connect it with how they can change their, and their communities, view on eyewear. I encouraged them to bring in at least one new indie collection free from big brands and brash logos. I encouraged them to strip back all the noise and to focus on the uniqueness of indie eyewear.

I made that resolution too. And in keeping with that, me and my team shall be heading over to London and Milan over the coming weeks to get inspired by what's new out in the world of eyewear. The hope is to find something exciting and fresh and to bring that back home with me.

Kirk and Kirk Spectrum, Kings Heath in Birmingham

And I am excited!

Online eyewear mag,, have a preview of what to expect in 2018 and it looks a scorcher! Check it out:

I am excited because fresh new eyewear is exactly what I want in life. And it's also something that I want to share with the indie loving community of Birmingham.

This will probably be the easiest resolution I ever fulfil. How are you fairing and what's your best tip to keep your New Year's Resolution?

Comment below and together we can make 2018 a year to remember!