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.
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?
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