First off, Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a relaxing Christmas holiday period filled with love and good health.
I’m a New Years resolutions person. I love having a fresh page of goals that I want to work towards in that year or experiences I want to try and despite not always achieving my goals, I still like to have them to keep me steering in the life direction that I have (or had) in mind.
I thought it would be nice to reflect on things that I had started to do in 2021 or did better in 2021 and want to keep doing in 2022, so here they are.
I re-became a bookworm during lockdown. It’s been years since I read this much but somehow I found solace in books during these times. I had forgotten what it was like to be swept into another world, another time or someone else’s consciousness. They kept me entertained, growing, words gave me comfort, characters and stories captured my imagination. I even spent some money on books (gasp shock horror- see here).
I think 2021 was the fittest I had been in a while and I’d like to keep this momentum up as best as I can. Even if it’s just a walk or some at home strength exercises, it helped me sleep better, made me feel stronger and well. I’d also like to help my future self by doing the best I can at making myself mobile and nimble enough for more adventures in the future.
3. Keep exploring grocery stores
As we weren’t allowed to travel, staying within our city was the only thing to do. And so was exploring different types of foods in different grocery stores. Sydney is quite multicultural and there are many different grocery stores around, each stocking a variety of foods from their respective countries. It’s been great actively trying to mix up the home cooking, try out new receipes and try some different snacks and drinks regularly. It was almost like travelling.
4. Making mornings me time
I sometimes get so annoyed that by the end of the day, I want to focus on language learning or other hobbies but I am just too tired to process anything. I was thinking about how I could rearrange my day and decided that I should try and dedicate time in the mornings before work instead. It sounds great in theory but trying to shift my day and routine has been abit of work. Going through motivation slumps this year, I thought it might even get me out of bed rather than wanting to sleep in. It has worked to varying degrees but I could improve.
5. Keep minimising
These weird times have meant that I didn’t need new clothes and had more time to re-evaluate my existing wardrobe. I did one of those mandory lockdown wardrobe cleaning sessions and got to donate some unworn clothes that were from 10 years ago and also finally got rid of those items that really needed to be thrown out. I came to 2 conclusions: 1) Items are suppose to be worn until they wear out and not ‘saved’ for a better occasion and 2) I don’t need so many options.
What are some things that you will keep doing in 2022?