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My goals for 2016

January 2, 2016

I wasn’t going to make a list. Mainly because I don’t believe in New Year resolutions. Perhaps it’s because I always seem to fail mine, but I guess also because it stresses me out thinking about how I ‘have to’ do something. I don’t think that’s a great way to do things.

In saying that though, there are certain things I want to aim for. I don’t want them to be resolutions as such, more like goals to work towards. I don’t want them to be too specific either, just things that will make me happier in general. So without further ado, here are the things I’ve thought of so far.


I’m quite the introvert, and lately I’ve realised that most people I’ve considered friends in the past are more like acquaintances now, which is a bit sad.

This year I’d love to spend more time with people I enjoy being around to strengthen those relationships a bit. Easier said than done though as some of them are overseas or in other cities, but these days Skype makes things a lot easier.

I also want to make new friends. Again, this one is quite tricky because Jeremy and I are planning on moving overseas, so I’d basically be creating friendships that I then have to work really hard to keep from the other side of the world. But I reckon it’s worth it.


This one is quite a tricky one. Mainly because I blog, and I also watch a lot of TV shows. But I’m confident that I’ll be able to cut down on the time I normally spend doing those things. Blogging is a hobby of mine, so I’m not giving it up, but I’m going to try to schedule posts this year so that I free up some of my evenings while the blog does its thing.

I usually make my posts quite long too, so maybe it’s about time to think about making them short and sweet rather than long and tiring to read (like this one – oops).


Rather than ‘losing weight’ or ‘exercise X amount of times per week’, I think a looser goal is better. I will be focusing on living a healthier lifestyle, so this includes going to the gym, eating good foods and staying away from unhealthiness in general. But rather than setting exact targets, I will simply asked myself throughout the year ‘Is this in line with my goal to be a healthier?’

I will definitely try to eat less take-out, and focus a lot on cooking at home. Not only will that make sure that I stay healthy, I will likely also learn how to cook new things, which is always a big plus!

Positive thinking

I started focusing a lot on this during 2015 and it’s really changed the way I feel about a lot of things. I’ve felt less stressed, and happier in general. So this one is a super important one for me.

It’s definitely a challenging one, but certainly doable. I’d really recommend this one for others too. Give it a go for a month and I promise you you’ll feel the difference. I’ve had much less mood swings and have felt much more motivated to do things I normally wouldn’t.


This one is actually really important because of the plans Jeremy and I have for this year. Moving overseas is not a cheap affair. The flights alone are so pricy (we are looking at flying business class too, haha!) So I need to make sure I don’t spend money on unnecessary things this year.

I think the thing I spend the most money on usually is lunch. Every now and again I’ll have leftovers to eat, but I’ve spent a lot of money on sushi and other meals when I probably should have just made a sandwich. This year I’ll try my best to improve that.

There you have it, five fairly easy goals to stick to. Wish me luck and I wish you all the best with your new year resolutions!

What is your main resolution this year?


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  • nexi

    Good question, and I like the approach; but would probably need to set a marker (a specific time each week) to review goals – or journal. Checking out the long term effects of exposure to screens is enough to put anyone off TV reruns!

    January 2, 2016 at 6:11 pm Reply
  • Thistles and Kiwis

    Still working on mine but think you have a good list.

    January 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks! I’d be keen to see your list when you’ve got it finished! 🙂

      January 2, 2016 at 10:58 pm Reply
  • Eric Klingenberg

    These sound very great goals. Mine are simple be healthier, stop wasting time, pay some debts off and finish my book!

    Good luck with yours.

    January 2, 2016 at 11:20 pm Reply
  • Les

    Don’t have any New Year Resolutions, because I never seem to keep them going for the rest of the year. I learned that a long time ago. However, what I should do is do more walking, since I am not getting any younger. I would like to take out my Nikon camera and shoot more pictures, but with better quality and more imagination. Saving more money would be nice, but it’s tough to do, since prices of everything never seems to keep increasing. Have a great New Year, Sophie, and try to be well.

    January 3, 2016 at 3:39 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      You could totally combine your walking with taking pictures. Why not schedule in a weekly walk somewhere where you’ve never been? Happy new year!

      January 3, 2016 at 10:27 am Reply
  • petra08

    It sounds like great ideas and very doable! It sounds like 2016 will be exciting for you and I hope it all works out as planned 🙂 Happy New Year! 🙂

    January 3, 2016 at 8:07 am Reply
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