New Year’s: Goals in a jar

Happy New Year, dear reader!

It’s that time a year again. New year’s… This year, it marks a new beginning to me, as I’ve just moved abroad permanently to start my post-graduate life as a grown-up (…ish) with a 9-5 job. I cannot wait for this next chapter of my life to begin! It’s been a long time coming, and I’m more than ready for this next adventure in Amsterdam to take off.

With new year’s and new beginnings, though, comes new resolutions. I’m not one to set myself unreachable goals – I like to keep it realistic: What changes in my life are important for me to make, and what can I actually work on within a time frame of a year? As such, I’ve set myself three goals for the upcoming year of 2016: 1) Eat more organic and cut back on my meat consumption, 2) become increasingly economic responsible and 3) acquire insight into and understanding for the Dutch culture and its history.

Goals jar

Besides these three resolutions, however, I have made what I call a five year goals jar. In this jar, I have put multiple goals written on small notes for me to reach within the next five years. And over the next year, I plan to not only follow up on these goals in order to ensure that I’m right on track on reaching these, I also want to add further goals during the period.
For me, it’s important to set myself certain goals to reach. Then, I have something to work towards – things I can accomplish, which have been carefully selected. It’s not necessarily important per se if I reach these goals within the next five years. What’s important is to work towards reaching them. As such, if I don’t reach them, it’s not a failure but a learning process – maybe I’ll even change my mind along the way on some of these goals…

These are my plans for the following year of 2016. Do you set yourself certain resolutions and/or goals? Why/why not? If yes, what resolutions do you have for 2016?

xo P!


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17 thoughts on “New Year’s: Goals in a jar

  1. Liked your post! I want to visit Amsterdam. I’d also like to go to Efteling while in the Netherlands. Best wishes for your new chapter in life.

    One of my resolutions for 2016 and beyond is to live in the moment instead of worrying about the future all the time. Happy New Year! 🙂

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  2. This is such an awesome idea! I would love to have a little jar like that. Though, I’m not sure now is an appropriate time to have something like in my life since my life may, or may not, be going through a ton of changes come this year, but I love your idea! I wish you the best of luck with your 2016 goals and your jar goals. ^.^

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  3. I love the 5 Year goals rule in jar. It instantly made me think of the interview question I used to get at job interviews. I have never thought about making a 5 year plan, but your awesome little post has inspired me! 🙂 What a great idea ❤

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  4. Happy 2016 to you to!

    As for goals for the year :
    – Travel to 3 countries I’ve never been
    – Running to get fit again (run 5km in less than 20min!)
    – Start to learn Finnish!
    – meet co-travellers!

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  5. Sounds great! I usually set new years goals and resolutions. I try to make them specific and measurable. For example, some of my goals include:
    1. Work overseas
    2 .Write at least 4 new songs
    3.Reach 100 followers on my blog

    Good Luck reaching your goals!!!

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  6. It will be a brave New Year for you!!! You will LOVE Amsterdam. We lived there .. just off Beethovenstraat in an area know as “the gold coast”. Bicycles rule the road and the best cheese shop in Holland is located on Beethovenstraat. Enjoy your new life. Virginia

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  7. I love the idea of a five year goal jar! It’s kind of like my vision boards, where I put up pictures, quotes, goals, etc. that I want to reach within a somewhat close future 🙂 My goals for 2016 are all about my writing, and truly establishing myself as a writer. It’s started out well so far, I think!
    Good luck to you in Amsterdam! I hope it’s everything you wish for it to be!

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