We had such a lovely New Year’s Eve! We celebrate the night with the same group of friends every year and we have a tradition of sharing our hopes and wishes for the new year before midnight.
That suits me perfectly because I already make New Year Resolutions every year. I write them down, typically on the blog, and I revisit them a few times during the year to see if they’re still relevant and if they are, to see if I’m getting any closer.
Often New Year Resolutions are about losing weight or going to the gym more and though these are completely valid wishes, I use my New Year Resolutions in a much broader perspective. Like last year, I had a New Year Resolution about wanting to distance myself from negativity and even though there are still room for improvement, I’m closer than I was a year ago.
Here are my wishes for 2016:
STEP OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE!
I often feel that the balance between work and play in my life is off and I want to change that. When you’re too busy (or the person you live with is too busy), it’s so easy to take away the fun things because you simply cannot find the time for them. But when you take away the fun stuff, you take away the things that are meant to give you energy and carry you through the tough times and that’s really just a recipe for disaster.
So I want to hang out with my friends more, party more, eat out more, travel more, meet new people, take more chances, do more things for the first time. Get out of the comfort zone! That’s my New Year Resolution no 1.
This is also a huge step outside of my comfort zone: I want to dress nicer or more feminin. I’m more your average jeans and oversized-sweater kind of girl, I rarely use makeup and I always wear sneakers. Always! That’s all nice and comfortable but I really want to embrace my femininity more.
So this year I would like to challenge the way I dress. Put on a pair of high heels, put on some makeup, do my hair, maybe even wear a dress or maybe put on something tight. I get sweaty palms just writing this but I guess that means I’m on to something.
I dressed up for New Year’s Eve and did my hair. More of that, please!
I’m soon an author of a book about healthy habits for kids and I think one important thing we can do for our kids is to teach them how to cook. I want to start that this year. Knowing how to cook a nice meal is a great gift as I see it and cooking together is a great chance to talk about the food and where it’s coming from and what it does to us.
I don’t normally make New Year Resolutions that have to do with food or diet but this year is an exception. I want to stay off sugar in 2016. Completely! I actually started this resolution 3 months ago but it has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a long time. Giving up sugar 100% can evoke some strong feelings. If you want to read about why I decided to do that, you can read the full story here: 100 % sugar free – my story.