Greetings 2018! I basically spend the whole holiday reading, and watching all the Harry Potter films (is it really a Christmas holiday if you don’t do that?), and I must say that I enjoyed this time of the year tremendously.
Another year is yet again over, but to me this feels more like just any other new day. The reason might be that I didn’t create any unnecessary hype over new years resolutions or tight schedules for the month of January, instead I just let the year change without any expectations. Even though I don’t bother with resolutions anymore, I like to set few intentions or continue carrying out my intentions from the previous year. Here’s just a few intentions that I’ve set for myself during the end of last year:
I did complete my Goodreads reading goal before midnight yesterday which I’m thrilled about. Overall I read 50 books last year, and some books I read twice so technically the number is a bit higher, but that isn’t really important. I discovered so many new books and authors that I fell in love with straight away, so I consider last year an excellent year for me personally.
My intention for this year reading-wise is to enjoy the process more rather than rushing through the books in order to complete my goal. Towards the end of last year, I rushed through a few books because I was behind on my goal, and that hurrying made me enjoy the books less, which I definitely don’t want to experience while reading. This year I intend to read because I enjoy it, not because I have to do it.
I don’t believe in diets and I’ve never been on one, and I don’t plan on doing so in the future either. I just want to get back to cooking more and eating food that truly is nourishing. I absolutely love cooking (and baking), but towards the end of last year I became really unbothered about it which led me to eat so much worse than I’m used to, and I could tell it easily from my mood and energy levels.
This year I intend to get back on track and start cooking again, especially because I know how much I love making dishes from scratch, I feel I can get back on it easily. I also want to do more research about the food I consume and eat more sustainably, and also make sure that I get all the nutrients that my body needs in order to function properly
I’ve never been one to waste money on something I don’t need, but I’ve noticed that I could still change my habits and live with less. This is actually an intention that I want to keep possibly for the rest of my life. I want to live more minimally and focus on consuming more sustainable goods and services.
Overall I think I’d like to make more conscious choices and really challenge myself to think what is truly something, that I need in my life and what I could do without. I feel passionate about this, and I want to adjust my lifestyle so that I can sense it making a difference in the world.
Because I started making these little changes throughout December already, or whenever they popped into my head, I now feel less pressure to turn my life completely around in January. I still think that we should start small whenever we are in need for a change, rather than trying to go big only once a year.