New Year, new beginning, new you – finding a fresh start

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It’s a brand-new year bringing with it a new beginning for any area of your life you’re looking to improve, develop or expand. Perhaps you’re looking to propose to your partner, buy a new car or house, or make an effort to get involved with cultural events in venues across the region.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to popping that all important questions. The only real advice would be to follow your instinct and make it memorable and that will mean something different from couple to couple. One would-be groom might think proposing during a walk through the winter woods is perfect, while another might think that going down on one knee after a romantic meal is the way to go. Or break with tradition entirely and have the woman propose. In any case, there’s no shortage of inspiration to be found across our county with stunning views, venues, restaurants and sights to get stuck into. And after the big day, there’s plenty of exciting developments and handy schemes to help buy your own house and begin a new life together.

It’s no secret that Lincolnshire is a wonderful place to live with its beautiful scenery and charming towns, villages and cities. No wonder people are so keen to set down roots in the area, with homemakers moving in from outside of the counties, and yellowbellies themselves moving into bigger and better homes all the time. With so much open space, there’s plenty of room for new housing developments that can provide two-,three-, four-bedroom or more houses with modern amenities whilst also still enjoying the scenery. At present, there’s a whole host of exciting developments taking place right across the county, many of the very best featured in this month’s issue. So if you’re a prospective home buyer, looking for a first time home, that forever home, or looking for a new beginning, be sure and check out all those developments.

Of course, not every first-time buyer has the means or funds at hand to buy a new house outright. That’s where the government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme comes in. First announced in the March 2013 Budget, the scheme is designed to help anyone struggling to save a deposit for their first home or move up the property ladder. Thousands of buyers can attest to the success of this scheme and cite how much easier and attainable buying a house became.

What we get up to in those homes is another matter entirely. Too many of us spend our nights staring at the TV or into our phones, mindlessly scrolling through a social media feed, but there’s so much more to life than this. Use the excuse of the New Year to get your life in gear and embrace new things. There’s no shortage of excellent venues across the county, from arts centres, museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants, bars, hotels and more. If you don’t know where to start, why not just take a plunge? Our What’s On pages feature a broad section of events taking place in the county with family entertainment right through to those aimed at older folks. It doesn’t even need to cost you anything, as there’s plenty of walks, events and exhibitions that are completely free of charge to attend.

Whatever you’re wants, needs or interests, make 2020 a new beginning.