I know, I still haven’t properly wrapped up and made peace with 2017, and yet, I am already making a New Year’s Resolutions list for 2018. My self-reflection day is yet to come, and with it a new post on the blog, but in the meantime, here are my resolutions/recommendations for the next 365 days.
1. Let go of fear
This past year, fear has been the main antagonist on my hero’s journey. The hard way, I learned that hate is not opposite of love, but that fear is. Fear is what is keeping us from finding what makes us happy; fear of quitting, of uncertainty, of failing, of being ridiculed, changing, losing. This year, I will not give in to that fear that disables me from making the tough but necessary decisions. Neither should you.
2. Quit my job
“I’ll get through it somehow.”
“I am living for the weekend.”
“It’s fine, I guess, it could always be worse.”
“Do you know how hard it is to find a new job these days?”
In the past few months, I have been guilty of speaking these words more times than I can count. Like many people, I keep complaining and not acting. I talk to others and myself about it for too long because words give me confidence to face the fear I talked about in my 1st New Year’s resolution. The simple truth for me is that I like my current job, but that I love something else more. I am fully aware that blogging and writing will not get me a steady salary at the end of every month. I also know that on those days when the bills come pouring in I will feel sad and defeated. The silver lining, however, is that all of the other days of the month, I will be in love with what I do.
3. Make time for myself
As soon as I quit my job, this will finally be possible. The hard realization of the past few months has been that the most valuable commodity in today’s world is time, and that everything seems to be made to take it away from us. Not allow us to think, to spread our minds and question our beliefs, and be better. I refuse to be the part of the machine when others are the owners of my time. I refuse to drive faster, to live in a hurry, to set aside things most important to me. This year, I will make time for myself.
4. Take down the Christmas decorations before May
Hi future me. Please do this. Thank you.
5. Buy more furniture
Trust me, this is not me encouraging myself to spend more money in the New Year. I promise. This is me telling all of us that we are inspired and influenced by our environments. The shelfs, the books on them, the fresh flowers in the new vases, the perfect painting and those damn Christmas lights, still on the wall in September, make for a positive environment in which I can thrive. This is particularly important for freelancers, self-employed writers, translators, programmers. My home is most usually my office, and it needs to be a place of positive vibes and scented candles. We should all try to invest a bit more in what surrounds us every day.
6. Learn to play the ukulele
Is an instrument truly an instrument if it is not played?
I bought it last year. Now it sits as a beautiful decoration and a sad conversation starter. This might be my most ambitions, hopefully not rubbish, New Year’s resolution of all. This year, I will (try to) learn to play Trapeze Swinger by Iron and Wine. Keep an eye on my Instagram for the next few months and you just might hear some out-of-tune playing.
7. Travel to 5 new countries
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Every year, I set a similar goal, and fail miserably. I mostly blame it on the lack of money, but sometimes it is also lack of perseverance. This year, I will not wait for opportunities to happen, but will create my own. I will travel, grow, see, learn and write all about it for you lovely people. Don’t worry, I plan on taking you with me every step of the way. Stay tuned to see where the road takes us.
8. Read at least 25 books
I’ve read all of Jane Austen’s novel (too) many times. In the end, I always envied those girls, their free time and calling walking around with a book in hand ‘work’. Being a girl in the 21st century, with barely enough time to wash my hair, occasionally, I decided to be practical. This year I will attempt to schedule book reading into my busy work schedule. My goal? To read at least 25 books of all shapes, sizes, formats, languages, genres, etc. I start the important work today with a trip to my favourite land, Middle Earth with Christopher Snyder’s The Making of Middle Earth.
What are your New Year’s resolution? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!