Happy New Year to everyone! And Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! I hope this finds you feeling good and healthy.

Also, I AM BACK.

After four festive and great weeks in Switzerland we had to go back to Boston. This time around, I enjoyed and savoured every moment with the friends and family (aka the f&f) even more, because I knew I wouldn’t be seeing them again in a while. Btw I have the BEST friends (and family). They are all smart, talented, caring and beautiful people. Already miss them. You should always appreciate the time you have with them, is what I am trying to tell you here.

Let’s talk New Year’s Resolutions.

When the end of December gets closer, I will usually get nostalgic (can’t really describe it) and will look back on the year, trying to reflect and gain a bit of perspective. And, while I totally think that New Year’s resolutions are a bit cliché (why would set yourself goals only once a year? Also, they’ll fail most probably within the first two weeks), I still fall for them EVERY year. First, I’ll go ‘nah, I don’t make any resolutions’, when people ask me, followed by talks to friends and family where I’ll think ‘ah, interesting resolution, I’ll do that too‘ until I’ll end up with my own list of resolutions. Care to know them? Probably not, but as I’m trying to follow through with them, I thought there’d be no better motivation *pressure* than to make them public. So there you go. Maybe they’ll serve you as a little inspiration, maybe not.

#1 Get STROOONGG *insert biceps emoji here* (and fit and healthy and stuff)

A boring but important one. Also, now that I have time, there literally are NO excuses to not stick to a daily work out routine. Also, I’ll have three weddings to attend this year. Not that I would normally specially care about how I look for those, except that one of them is mine. Yep.

#2 Judge less

This resolution falls into the category of ‘stolen from a friend’. It was my very wise and beautiful friend Eliane who told me about it. And I find that so important. If you screen yourself everyday you’ll be surprised at how often you’ll value or rate something. And I guess it’s normal, it’s how your brain works in assessing your surroundings and the things you experience and see. However, I set myself the resolution to do that less or at least be more aware of it. Of course I will tell everyone how bad and awful the mass incarceration situation is in the US (just as a random example. A Netflix tip is coming your way on that topic soon. It’s a good one), I’m thinking more about social situations where I don’t want to say negative things about other people.

#3 Read more

I want to scroll less and turn pages more. I used to read and write so SO much when I was young (fun fact about me, I wanted to become a writer. Nerd kid, I know. I really took it very seriously. If only I could show you all the manuscripts I have back home, you would laugh a lot. Maybe I should find them for my own fun). Then came YouTube and Netflix and everything went downhill from there. Ahaha. I’m hereby committing to reading at least one book a month. I’ll report back on that soon.

#4 Consume less, create more

Generally, I want to start consuming less (be it Social Media, YouTube but also in terms of a more minimalist lifestyle with less possessions, clothes etc.), and create more (overall be a more creative person). Whether this be to finally commit to that ceramics class I have been thinking about for ages, learn how to properly use Indesign and Photoshop, my camera or think about new ideas, travel plans or finally learn how to cook or at least attempt to do something like cooking.

#5 Make new friends (it’s a lot like dating)

Being away from my friends makes it even more important for me not to forget about important dates or to always check in with them. As we are now living in a new country with no one we know, what do you do? You try and make new friends. As an adult. When was the last time you had to make friends? I find this quite an interesting one and I will get back to you about it this week. Look out for it, it’s about to get deep.

#6 Learn Dutch (forreal this time)

That might be the most specific one. Again, as applies for #1, now that I have time there are NO excuses. Also, I have always wanted to learn it (bought books, started once taking it very seriously, the second time less seriously). Now is the time. I set myself the goal to be able to speak basic Dutch by July 2017. I’ll deliver an audio proof by then.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still sticking to them? If yes, good for you and congrats! If not, this is an intervention. About your failed New Year’s resolutions. Just kidding, you’re fine.

Happy to be talking to you again and wishing you a great day!


  1. Laia January 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Love your resolutions! Very inspiring, thank you Sandi! I also find it important to set yourself some goals.. Good intentions have never done any harm even if you might not achieve all the goals you’ve set… but at least you know where you are heading.. Funny enough, most of your resolutions are similar to mines (I usually write them down but haven’t had a chance yet! This year I am way behind my schedule with these things! But I’ve them all in my head)

  2. Laia January 16, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Oh and I couldn’t agree more with your resolutions! Top top! Fitness, read more and consume less, so right! Lets be more creative, yayy!! You are going to master your Dutch just as you master your Spanish and all the languages you speak my dear! And the judge less I also like, the older I get, the less I judge people around.. you never know.. you might be one day in their shoes.. Also there is nothing more satisfying than ticking out a new year’s resolutions from the year before.. such a satisfaction to see it accomplished..

  3. Laia January 16, 2017 at 9:28 am

    oh and funny enough, I also wanted to become a writer!! Please find your manuscripts, I collected mines and read them from time to time, you will have a good laugh! Dam it with Netflix and YouTube, aint no good for our creative purposes! Lets keep strong and turn off the computer!

  4. Laia January 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

    omg sandi sorry for too many comments today!! love your photo!! mmm from Eivissa maybe? Nice shoot!

    1. sandra.zottl - Site Author January 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

      noooo, me encanta!!!! and yes, totally forgot about the credits for the photo (a great photographer took it:-)) An unforgettable memory (jeje), a great holiday in Ibiza with the best sisters! mua!

  5. Deana January 16, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Yay, my favorite work distraction is back onliiiiine!

    I join in on the Indesign and Photography (Lightroom) one! Maybe we can come up with a common plan, goals that we share? That could make it somewhat more fun…

    Most of my other resolutions are food and beverage related (learn about Beer, do more Beer pairings with food, get into that baking game, create more using my existing and full stocked pantry instead of buying new ingredients (you already know those from my instagram i guess) and also: learn how to properly prepare meats, get some knife skills and learn those froufrou french classics once and for all (i.e. get more chef-y)- feel free to join in as you want to cook more: I am very rocking the “baking” resolution so far (who am I??). Again, we can help us out giving each others “homework” which I could present as a proof on Instagram and you on your blog and instagram. Let me know if you’re interested, could be fun.

    Also I realized that I tend to forget a lot of resolutions if I don’t have them right in front of me every day and I realize that resolutions constantly pop up in my head (mostly at work or in random places) and I forget about them again and again. So I stuck Post-It notes into the last page of my Moleskine I use at work. So I can add new resolutions and also eliminate others, when I feel like I’m done with them. I have one Post-It for COOKING, one for ACTIVITY (yeah..get strong, no excuse) but also a treat-yo-selfy BUY list (that’s how resolutions become fun, ha!), a LEARN and a IMPROVE list. I also created a INVEST list for organizations and projects I want to put my money on (as soon as I quit the church and have tax-money to use for other good causes). I’m very excited for the INVEST list. Last but not least I have a GET THINGS DONE list for all unpleasant but necessary administrative or health check stuff. I think breaking resolutions into different pieces helps me to find everything a little less overwhelming. Also it forces me to make small and specific resolutions in one category. OH – I realize I need a TRAVEL Post-it!

    And also: please find a good trick for the “scroll less-read more” resolution. I gave up on that one for this year because it just frustrates me too much to see how I don’t even get close to reaching that 1 book /month goal….good luck!!

    1. sandra.zottl - Site Author January 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Didi, I LOVE this! ALL of it. What you’re saying! I see you’re very specific and way more organized about your resolutions than I am. I just scribbled them down, in no order/categories whatsoever. I’ll try to reflect at the end of each month on how things are going. By then I’ll hopefully be able to tell you about how I tackle the ‘scroll-problematic’. What I love is the homework idea, which would definitely make me commit more I think. Let’s talk about that!! Sending lots of love your way! Miss you!

  6. Janine January 19, 2017 at 5:30 am

    About that #1 …. where you mention in passing that you will get married…..(yes I read what you’re up to every now and then) WOW, this is great news! Congrats! Can you elaborate a tiny little bit? xx

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