Gott Nytt År! We decided to end 2013 by celebrating with a candlelit homemade meal, wine, a movie, chocolate cake, champagne, and then watching fireworks over the river.
How will we start 2014? With a New Years Resolution, of course.
Last year a few of us decided to have a one word New Years resolution – mine was “success.” Did I fulfill my goal? In many ways, I suppose I did. Did I think about it and strive after it the whole year? Unfortunately not.
This year there will be no typical throw away resolution easily forgotten after a few weeks. This is a year-long project designed to take it one month at a time: 28-31 days dedicated to something different.
Goal: For me to find new ways to enjoy and improve my life through these monthly challenges and to hopefully incorporate some of them into my life.
Why: I want to experience new things, find new hobbies, change my habits, broaden my horizons, try new foods, do things I’ve been meaning to, reach more goals, make a difference and see a difference in myself.
2014 New Years Resolution:
Improve/change/develop in 12 different ways
JANUARY: Be a vegetarian
How: Avoid eating meat, eat protein substitutes and take vitamins.
Why: Even though I love meat, and have nothing ethical against eating it – I am curious about how it is to be a vegetarian.
Goal: Eat healthier, be more aware of what I eat, eat less, eat different types of food, form the habit of taking daily vitamins.
FEBRUARY: Be fit
How: Exercise everyday – Push myself to start running again, go to the gym, learn yoga, work out at home.
Why: I need better self discipline.
Goal: Get back in shape and back in the habit of working out with a touch of meditation.
MARCH: Be a dancer
How: Take dancing lessons. “Bugg” to be precise – a Swedish style of dancing similar to swing.
Why: I’ve always wanted to take dancing lessons, it seems like a fun way to gain confidence and coordination, and continue working out.
Goal: To finally learn how to dance.
APRIL: Be musical
How: Pick an instrument, take lessons, practice and learn!
Why: I played saxophone in band when I was 15 and have wanted to continue playing ever since.
Goal: Reconnect with an old passion, pick up a new hobby/skill
MAY: Be more fluent
How: Speak only Swedish for a month. No English TV shows/movies/music, conversations, texting, writing or reading.
Why: Because it’s the best way to learn and I use too much English at home.
Goal: Become completely immersed, improve my Swedish skills and lengthen my minds stamina.
JUNE: Be more Swedish
How: Become more Swedish through meeting certain stereotypes and realities of being a Swede. Taking suggestions and listing the ways I have (imo) already transformed.
Why: 2014 is the year I become a Swede with dual citizenship and a Swedish passport – I want to fit the part (at least for this month, to try it out!)
JULY: Be more giving
How: Volunteer, give donations/raise money, participate in fundraisers
Why: I think it’s important
Goal: To help as much as possible
AUGUST: Be a traveler
How: Visit as much of Sweden as possible via day/weekend trips.
Why: I’ve never been much of a traveler and think that being a “get up and go” type would be fun.
Goal: To see more of Sweden, to get a better understanding of Swedish geography.
SEPTEMBER: Be more IRL
How: Disconnect to reconnect. No social media, minimize time on computer, gaming and TV, don’t constantly check phone, don’t take pictures of everything.
Why: I hate how much time I spend in front of the PC -doing nothing- and how people, including myself, can’t go 5 minutes without looking at their phone.
Goal: More face to face time with friends, more concentration, be more productive, find other ways of spending time.
OCTOBER: Be more literary
Why: I have always loved to read but haven’t prioritized it lately.
Goal: To read as much as possible and to remember how fun it is to slow down and read as a pass time and get lost in a book.
NOVEMBER: Become an author
How: Participate in Nanowrimo – National Novel writing month (Write everyday – goal 50,000 words)
Why: I love writing and have book ideas that are rattling around in my head that I need to focus on getting down on paper.
Goal: Dedicate all the time, focus and creativity needed to finally write a book I’ve always wanted to.
DECEMBER: To Be Announced
How: This month is dedicated to my readers who I hope will give suggestions and make this month as memorable and worthwhile as the others. There will be a page dedicated to suggestions, ideas, and voting.
Happy New Year!!! And good luck on any New Years Resolutions you have!