Happy new year everyone! I can’t believe it’s 2017 already, 2016 flew by! I suppose that’s what happens when you spend a year planning an overseas move. Even though I felt there wasn’t enough time to get everything done, I also couldn’t wait for it all to be over so that I could find myself in Sweden with my family again.
I don’t usually set goals, mainly because I never seem to be able to reach them, but this year I’ve decided it’s time to set some. A new start in a new(ish) country requires some planning and some goal setting.
Visit at least 2 new countries
I would preferably like to visit way more, but the reality is that money might be quite tight this year, especially the first half. I would still like to be able to go on at least a couple of weekend trips, most likely somewhere close in Europe that I haven’t been before. Maybe even Denmark and Finland seeing as they’re our neighbours and I’ve still never been.
Create at least two things
This is pretty vague. When I say create, I’m referring to anything really. Last year I did quite a bit of crocheting, perhaps it’ll be the same this year, of maybe I’ll do something different such as cross-stitching, knitting or maybe scrapbooking. Anything will do, as long as I make sure I let my creative juices flow.
Read one book
This probably sounds ridiculous to those of you who read, but I really don’t read, ever. So reading one book is actually a stretch goal for me, as crazy as it may seem. I’ve decided that it doesn’t matter what kind of book it is or how long it is either, as long as I finish it. I actually read 2 books last year and I’m super proud of myself.
Find a job
This one’s a must really… I can’t live with my mum forever. But I’ve decided to include it as a goal anyway, because you know, then I’ll have one more to tick off at the end of the year. Hopefully.
Make tradition a priority
When living in New Zealand, I didn’t really celebrate any public holidays or keep up any traditions. I guess Christmas was one tradition we kept up most years, where we celebrated with Jeremy’s parents, but that’s about it. Actually I’m lying, we also went on a joined birthday trip once a year, which I’d love to keep up over here in Europe as well. Perhaps that will be one of the two countries I visit this year, or maybe even a third!
Drink less alcohol
There you go, one of the ones most people probably have on their list. Well, maybe not most people, but a lot at least. I’m not meaning that I’ll drink less often, because that’s not really a problem for me, but I want to drink less when I do. I know where my limits are, but I always seem to continue anyway, and that needs to stop. I’m confident I can nail this one this year!
Cook and bake more
I used to bake quite a bit, but for some reason I kind of stopped when we bought our house. Perhaps it was because the kitchen was quite small, or maybe because I didn’t have the right tools. Whatever it was, I’d like to get back into it this year. I’d also like to cook more dishes. I’ll likely get mum to teach me some of hers this year, because I love her cooking.
Well, I think that’s enough goals for this year. Fingers crossed I’ll nail them all, but I’m not going to get my hopes up!
What are your goals for 2017?