5 Things I’m Doing More Of In 2023

This time last year, I wrote about the 5 things that I wanted to stop doing in 2022. So this year, I have decided to flip that and think and write about the 5 things that I want to do more of in 2023.

1. Reread some favourite books
I have read some very thought provoking books over the past 2 years and would love to reread them. I get onto this treadmill of needing to read more and read widely but it sometimes feels like a never ending and not fulfilling way to go about reading. I would love to revisit some ideas and perhaps with time, these lessons and words that I once were attracted by will have a new meaning or give me a new perspective.

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2. Spending more time learning
I think I spend a lot of time getting ready to learn or preparing myself mentally to do something without doing it. This feels like wasted time and knowing me, a little procrastinating. I need to dive into my activities more and quicker than constantly slowly preparing myself for it. This feeds into this endless cycle of me thinking I don’t have enough time. I think I would feel like I do have time, if I become more absorbed quicker. I also want to make better use of ‘dead time’- all those waiting or travelling times. I usually listen to music but lately have been trying to read more in these times as well.

3. Being more social
I am a huge introvert and can happily spend days on end alone. At times, I do get the feeling that I would love to be connected more with a wider range of people and stop feeling so awkward in groups of people (maybe it’s just me and I am not that awkward). Although some people have mistaken me as an extrovert, I get the feeling that it’s important that I pay more attention to socialising this coming year. I think being away from home and having to try and make new friends abroad has made me realise how important having a social support network is. I would like to strengthen existing friendships and try to make more. As I always think about the future, there are people to meet and places to go.

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4. Being More Intentional
This is something that I’ve been focusing on in my life in the past few years if you have been following here. Being abroad has really helped me further this and given me more experience and practise. This is something I hope to keep refining and learning about over time to help me live more intentionally. This includes the things I own, the things that I do and the time I spend on something.

5. Eating More Wholegrain
Before you scroll to the bottom, hear me out. With trying to be healthier so that I can live a more health problem free life for longer, it is imperative that I also make small changes that I want to my diet. This involves eating more wholegrains. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan. While I do always try to get bread using other flours apart from white flour, I think I can try to incorporate small amounts of wholegrains regularly. Chickpeas in curries, lentils mixed into my rice or salads, other types of rice mixed into my white rice…..I think I can do it!

Maybe this list gave you inspiration or got you thinking about things you want to do more of in 2023, please let me know!

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12 thoughts on “5 Things I’m Doing More Of In 2023

  1. These are great goals! #3 is especially something I’ve been working on for yourself for as long as I can remember, as I am extremely introverted and at times feel that I could have a stronger social circle if I just put myself out there. I’ve definitely gotten better as I’ve gotten older, but of course, there’s always room to improve! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

  2. I used to be a rice-ist. Only white rice for me. Bread too. But then I ate more whole grains with the idea of just increasing my daily fibre intake. Now I actually enjoy brown rice and whole wheat bread. I try to avoid grains in general though. They make me super sleepy. Happy New Year!

  3. Great goals! I think you’ll find once you start incorporating more whole grains into your diet, you’ll probably prefer eating that way. I find whole grains have more flavor and keep me more full.

  4. Great goals! 2 and 4 could have been written by me for sure ahah! I am exactly the same when it comes to learning: I always feel like I should have the perfect learning plan, be in the perfect learning mood, etc. and then I end up not doing anything because all the planning and getting ready was exhausting… so I definitely feel you!
    As a fellow introvert, I also realised the importance of socialising on my first year abroad, and since then I feel like it has been easier for me as I came to realise the benefits of it.
    For wholegrains, you can also try mixing red lentils in your soups! It just adds a bit of texture (and nutrients), but it doesn’t really change its taste!
    Have a wonderful year, and I’m sure you’ll manage to work on your goals!

    1. Sometimes I feel like I need to strap myself to the chair so I sit and not leave to clean something! That’s a great tip! I usually have the brown lentils which are too obvious, the red ones might do the trick.

  5. Reading, learning, socializing, sure I should do more of them too. I’m becoming more aware of this by reading your thoughts, I hadn’t formulated it so clearly.

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