The New year. I have to admit, I do love the cleanliness of it. They say that when a child is born, they are born with a clean slate, something to be painted on, to be moulded. For me, new years is somewhat of an extension of this. We can’t erase what has happened in the previous year, but we get a clean page to add to to the book we are writing with our everyday lives.
This year, after reading many an inspiring ‘2016 goals’ posts across various blogs, I have decided that instead of setting resolutions, I too am going to set goals. The word itself sounds less daunting than resolution. Perhaps it is the one syllabled component of the world that makes it so much more approachable when compared to the 4 syllabled resolutions. Either way, goals seem utterly more accomplishable to me, and that’s why this year I intend to set a manageable amount of goals to guide me through the new year of 2016.
- Continue to make my own happiness.
A continuing goal from last year that I discussed in my 2015 in Review post.Making my own happiness is still something I’m trying to work on, something that led to a life changing event last year, and if I didn’t continue this goal in 2016 I would be letting myself down.
- Complete the 12 book reading challenge .
I’m sure many of you have seen this across the internet as of late. Like many of you out there, I simply don’t read as much as I would like to. Last year I set the impossible task of reading 24 books, only managing to accomplish 3, so I’m hoping this interesting and well planned challenge will keep me motivated.
- Travel more.
Again, like many of you out there, I too suffer from the chronic sickness known as ‘wonderlust’. My goal this year is to travel to two new prefectures in Japan and at least two new countries. Wish me luck!
- Treat my body with respect.
As many of you know, in 2015 I had to have a very sudden operation, and since then my health has declined. On top of my now less than stellar imune system, being a vegitarian in Japan can be a little challenging. So, one of my goals this year is to eat better and to improve my health. Tied in with this of course, is self love, something I often struggle with. In 2016 I want to love my body and accept it just as it is and stop calling it ‘disgusting’ and ‘unworthy’ just because it differs from the bodies of woman I see plastered on magazines, the bodies of woman I see on screen.
- Say YES.
A few years ago, while on my year abroad in Japan, one of my resolutions was to say yes more, to do things I was afraid to do, and by the the time I returned to wales 8 months later, I had a plethora of experiences under my belt. I had been an extra in a Japanese movie, taken part in a live radio interview, attended a cooking class, made more friends than before. As someone who’s pretty anxious, saying yes to things outside of my comfort zone can be pretty difficult, but I’m determined to make this year even more memorable than the last.
- be more organised.
A simple goal, but one I really need to work on, both for professional and personal reasons. It would be nice to not lose things and to come home to a tidy apartment more than once a week.
- Give my blog/writing all I’ve got.
I want to be a writer. There are no two ways about it. I know no other job would give me as much pleasure, and for the first time in a long time I finally feel like I’m starting to gain the courage I need give this a real shot. So please guys, keep supporting my blog like you have been and help me nurture it into something really fantastic.
- Get N2 in Japanese.
Last year I managed to somehow pass N3 level Japanese, and in 2016 I am to add the N2 qualification to my list! It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to work really hard for this.
- Move House.
Having decided to stay another year in Japan, me and Chad would really like to get a house together. As it stands we live pretty far apart and with my house being a breeding ground for damp and mold, it only makes sense to find a fresher, bigger place where we could both inhabit side by side.
and number ten, perhaps the most important goal of all time, one that ties in all the others together, rendering them meaningless if it is not present:
10. Be happy
So guys, these are my 2016 resolutions. Sorry it’s so late getting here, but between visiting family and making the most of our three weeks off, I decided to take a little break from blogging, not wanting to miss out on what was right in front of me. That, however, does not mean that my blog was far from my mind. On the contrary, I spent most of my time snapping up cute places to show you guys. I have a whole stack of posts just waiting to be unleashed on you lovely readers, so stay tuned!
Thank you for reading.