And another year has started. I am finally back in Denmark where I have started a wonderful job with an amazing sustainable company and I am also currently preparing the presentation of my final project for uni. Nevertheless, I wanted to take a few minutes to write down my New Year’s resolutions, which I have done religiously ever since I can remember.
I usually step into the new year with the following rituals.
I pick my song of the year. I don’t know why but I have always done this to -quite literally- set the tone for the year. This year I picked Lionhearted by Billie Marten, who just breaks my heart with every song she writes…..in a good way.
I kiss my man. Yes, I am one of those cheesy girls that need to be kissed on new years eve. I have nothing to say for myself except “ah well”.
Get a new calendar insert. When I was 16 my mom gave me a Filofax and taught me the basics of getting my year organised at the beginning of the year. Ever since then I have made it a habit to get new inserts within the first week of the new year along with a new pen. This year I ditched the new pen as I switched to my beloved reusable fountain pen a while ago and only went for the inserts. ( I don’t buy Filofax inserts…why are they so expensive?!)
I write my resolutions.
I am pretty good with following through on my new year’s resolutions and I love looking back on the past year and being able to measure personal success with the goals I have set for myself in the past year.
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These are my new year’s resolutions for this year:
- Learn to play the guitar. This Christmas, I got a second- hand guitar, which might just have been the most incredible gift ever. Naturally, I had to set myself some kind of a goal to keep me motivated to actually practice on a regular basis during this year, so I set myself the goal of learning to play 10 songs this year.
- See someone about my anxiety. I suffer from severe anxiety, especially when travelling. Last year around that time I actually made the effort to see someone about it and it instantly got better. With moving to a new country and focusing on learning the language and making friends, I neglected taking care of my health which I want to get on top of this year.
- Embrace more Zero Waste. With starting a new education I lost track of shopping consciously more often than I wanted to. I am just as prone to convenience as the next person and living Zero Waste is about planning ahead, which did less of in the end of the year. I love going to the farmers market this year I am choosing to vote for more sustainable business practices by supporting local farmers as much as I can.
- Focus more on sustainable fashion on my blog. With all these amazing brands that try to make a difference in this fast fashion nightmare, I find it important to highlight and celebrate them. The reason I haven’t done so in a great manner before is because of my own insecurity to pose. But in 2018 there is no time to be scared. So expect fashion posts and poses to come your way left and right.
- Spend more meaningful time with meaningful people. In past times, I used to prefer harmony over everything. In the past year, however, I was fortunate enough to surround myself with kind people that owned their opinion and let me have mine. I value honesty within a friendship like nothing else and consider myself very lucky to have friends that share this value. This year I want to continue giving time to those meaningful friendships without feeling the pressure to hold onto friendships that have long past their “expiration date”.