Today marks my 25th birthday.
That means I’m not only celebrating the start of the new year with this post, but that I’m also looking ahead to where I want my life to be headed in my next quarter of a century.
Starting with 2017…
Resolution #1: Travel a lot
2016 was probably my busiest year ever in terms of work.
And it showed…
Besides a two-week vacation in the Provence, France, I only went on a couple of city trips. Three to be precise, to Dublin, Riga, and Rotterdam. Which is less than my usual amount of trips and way less than I had hoped to do.
2017 is going to different.
Already on the radar are a trip to Italy, where I’ll be spending a couple of days in Rome and a couple of days in Bardolino (Lago di Garda) for my dad’s 50th birthday, and a visit to Ireland for my very first TBEX travel blogging conference.
Besides that, I would love to go to South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Thailand, Iceland, and any other place that I start dreaming about. I probably won’t end up going to all of these countries – but one can dream, right?
Resolution #2: Practice self-care
2017 is going to be all about self-care.
This includes, but isn’t limited to: getting fit, eating healthier, worrying less about things I can’t change, getting enough sleep, decluttering my life (I have waaaay too much stuff), and taking the time to do the things I love in life.
Resolution #3: Redesign my blog
I’m not going to give away what exactly I’m planning, but let me tell you this: it’s gonna be epic! Ok, I may have exaggerated that, but I’m just excited about what’s to come.
And I hope you’ll be too.
Resolution #4: Find my writing voice & photography style
As of this day, I’m still in search of my voice and style, both in writing and in photography. And I plan on finding that voice in 2017.
It’s going to be one big experiment!
Resolution #5: Read more books
I love reading.
I have always loved reading.
So much even that I studied literature at university.
Looking back on the previous year, however, I have come to realize that I probably read less books in 2016 than I had ever done so in any other year. Minus my not-being-able-to-read child years, of course.
That’s not going to be the case in 2017.
Currently, I’m already reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and Playing Big by Tara Mohr. And I plan on adding a lot of other books, both fiction and non-fiction, to that list.
And my final resolution? Make 2017 a kick-ass year!
What are your goals for 2017? I’m curious to find out.