I have always believed in the power of Monday. Yes, I am that person who starts a diet on a Monday after months of binging. I am also that person who promises themselves that they will start running again on the most promising day of any week. Monday.
But the first day of the new year is undoubtedly the mother of all Mondays. It gives out the magical feeling that we can leave the mistakes we made behind and move forward with our best selves.
However, I must admit that I, alongside many other hopeful believers, abuse the power of New Year’s every year. I expect too much out of it, only to end up failing. I set myself tasks that are too much to handle or aim for goals so high that they are obviously unachievable in just one year.
This year I decided to use the power of New Year’s more responsibly and to improve some things rather than trying to make too many big changes at the same time.
Last year, with the help of Goodreads I challenged myself to read 30 books. And mid-year it loooked like I wasn’t going to be able to successful. I was buried too deep in my efforts to graduate and get a visa for The Netherlands. But after graduation, I had a lot of free time. So I was able to finish even a few more books than I aimed for. I really enjoyed reading consistently and I made a habit of reading every night. In 2016, I want to strengthen that habit and complete atleast 40 books.
Watch more films
As someone who wants to work in the film industry, I always try to keep up with news about cinema. I can easily tell you all the names and plots of all the top films in 2015. Though it is very hard to admit, sometimes I am not the best at actually getting around to watching them. When I am watching a film, I want to be completely aware and notice the small details instead of going along with the plot. As you can imagine, that is not the most relaxing experience when you just want to sit down and chill. Even though some “Bob’s Burgers” is necessary sometimes, I want to watch more movies this year.
Cut down on sugar
I have been struggling with sugar for a long time. There has been instances where I was able to cut it out completely. And even though it felt satisfying, it wasn’t fun never being able to to enjoy something sweet. Finding the right balance is what makes my relationship with sugar so difficult. As a vegetarian, it is easy for me to completely cut meat out, because there is never a question if I want to eat it or not. But minimizing the use of someting is more difficult for me than cutting it out completely. This year, I want to try to stick with 1-2 sweet things a month. I think this will allow me to make decisions easier. But it still is a toughie. Wish me luck.
Be able to speak Dutch
I have moved to The Netherlands a couple months ago. Even though everyone keeps telling me that there are many expats in The Netherlands that live here for years without learning the language, I really want to be able to start communicating with it. Dutch will both make me feel more at home because I will be able to understanding the conversations going on around me and it increase the chances of me getting a job I love. For the last year or so, I have been studying online, but on January I am starting a real course and I am hoping to become fluent sometime around this year.
Feel more at home
I moved to The Netherlands just a couple of months ago. So far, I have not been very enthused about meeting new people. I have just been settling in, I wasn’t really ready to push myself further. But now I feel better prepared for creating new friendships and building a life here. Because I have been moving around a lot last year, I had the habit of being comfortable somewhere without completely settling in. I certainly don’t want that to be the case here. In 2016, I want to be able to say The Netherlands is my home and start creating some roots here.
Ofcourse, there are many other things I want to achieve this year. I want to get a job, travel more again and learn more skills. But I don’t want to abuse the power of this fresh start like I have done many years in the past. Thi year I just want to make resolutions that are already within reach and will have bigger outcomes for me. Let’s see how I do with them.
What are your goals for the year ahead? Do you think you made good resolutions in the past year? Or did you try to bite more than you can chew?