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!