I like to post a New Year’s Resolutions post every year, partly because I enjoy making lists, and partly because it gives me something to focus on. I never actually complete the list or stick to every single thing, but it’s still a fun thing to do. Last year I actually did quite well, as one of my main goals was to start taking driving lessons. Not only did I start, but I passed my test and bought a car! So 2016 was a good year for that. Hopefully 2017 turns out to be just as productive.
I did a tonne of travelling in 2016, and I visited some pretty wonderful places. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world, and I’m lucky enough to be in a situation where I can afford to. So this year I want to see some new places, go back to some old ones, and start planning future trips! I’ve already got a few places in mind. In April, my boyfriend and I are going to Carcasonne in the south of France for a long weekend. We’ll be visiting a few nearby places while we’re there. Then later on in the year I’m hopefully going back to Bavaria, Germany, and we’re also looking at Croatia. So that’s two new places, and one “old” one that we can explore.
2. Travel blog
This is obviously related to #1. I’ve been thinking about travel blogging for years, and I’ve just not made the time to sit down and do it. Considering how much travelling I did last year and how much I’m looking at doing in the future, I’ve got plenty of material to write about. I’m probably going to merge Books of Amber and travel blogging, maybe with some sort of monthly or bi-monthly feature. It depends how many ideas I have.
3. Save X amount of money each month
Since starting my job (four years ago… wow), I’ve been saving a decent amount of money each month. I really can’t complain. But the amount has varied, and I have sometimes skipped months, like December as I tend to splurge for Christmas and outings. This year I want to put away the same amount each month (or more, if possible!) so I can continue saving for a place to live. Now that I don’t have to spend a tonne of money on driving lessons each week, this should be doable.
4. Start Dutch and Spanish back up… again
Every year I give myself the goal of practising Dutch and/or Spanish every day, and every year I fail. This year I want to give it an actual go. Maybe not every day, because apparently I can’t stick to that, but I’d definitely like to finish my Duolingo trees by the end of the year. Then I’ll start on Russian, Greek, or German like I planned to ages ago. GOALS.
5. Read 10 books
A bit of an easy goal, really. I figure that since I’m reading less than I was this time last year, I should probably give myself a smaller goal. I wasn’t too sure what to aim for, so I went for a small number so I don’t get too stressed. I expect to read at least twenty though.
6. Decide on something to study
In 2015, I studied Classical Civilisations in my spare time and got an A level in the subject. I want to do the same thing next year or the year after, so I need to decide on something to study. There’s a bit of an issue with coursework when you’re teaching yourself, so I’m thinking I’ll do maths or something. Yeah, I question myself too.
7. Make an effort to finish series
This goes for books and for TV shows. I’m behind on so many series, and I own so many starter books, that I’m stressing myself out and I need to get a grip and try to focus on them instead of buying new starter books and starting new shows all the time. But there are just so many good ones. Wah. I guess I’ll be doing some marathons in the near future.