Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year's Resolutions: 2016 | The Small Desk

Reviewing 2015 New Year's Resolutions

1. Get a pension
I got one! Huzzah! I save a very small amount a month, but at least I have one set up!

2. Save for a flat
I have started saving for a flat, but only started in June of this year... and I haven't saved very much, but it's a start!

3. Write in a diary everyday for 2015
I pretty much kept this up for the whole of January, and then life got in the way! I wrote in it once a month until June, and then once in October. I hope to write in it a bit in 2016, but I'm not going to make it a resolution.

4. Read more
I did this! I read so much more that it warranted a Book Review section on my blog! I've read 8 books this year, and hope to finish my ninth by the end of the year. Considering I don't think I read one single non-academic book for the past two years, I think I can definitely say I stuck to this New Year's Resolution! And I've asked for lots of books for Christmas. I'm enjoying reading again! So happy!

5. Get fit
Well, yeah... I did go swimming once a week for a while, but no, I really can't say I 'got fit'. I like exercising, I am just terrible for finding the time.

6. Go on a Scandinavian holiday
This happened! We went for two weeks inter-railing across Denmark and Sweden. It was amazing! I blogged about Copenhagen, Stockholm and Gothenburg, we also stayed in a little town called Linkoping. We had amazing food in CopenhagenStockholm and Gothenburg. And I also blogged about the houses in the Gothenburg archipelago. Basically that trip gave me content for 7 blog posts! Well worth it, hehe!

7. Go to Billingsgate Fish Market
I managed to get the photography consent form to go there, but I have still not been able to force myself out of bed before 6am... It also doesn't appeal to me to go there so much anymore. I'm not sure I could handle it! Maybe one day!

8. Write on my blog more
I did the opposite of this! In 2014 I wrote 134 posts and so far in 2015 I have only written 82. I have really tried for quality over quantity this year, so hopefully it has showed!

9. Socialise more
I think I have definitely done more of this in 2015 than in 2014. Well, for one I spent a whole week in Cornwall with friends!

10. Save for 2016 to go to California and Yosemite
Yeah, no... This did not happen. I do not earn nearly enough to save for this and for a flat! One day I'll go there!

2016 New Year's Resolutions

1. Only eat one sweet thing a day
I eat way, way, way too much chocolate. I can often have chocolate at lunch and dinner, and sometimes even have a sweat treat before lunch! I know I need to cut down for my health! I'm not overweight, but I am addicted to sugar.

2. Get a bike
This is basically the same as that 'Get fit' goal. Although I figured it might be more achievable for me to get a bike than get fit... We'll see!

3. See more of the UK
I've been to New Zealand, New York, Australia, Bermuda, yet I've still not been to places like Bath, Glasgow, or Norfolk. I would love to explore more of the UK in 2016, as it's also a much cheaper place to visit for me!

4. Earn more
Isn't this everyone's resolution!?

5. Buy a house
Fingers crossed! I say house, it might be a flat!

6. Experiment with new recipes
I don't know about you, but I get stuck eating the same old recipes. I learnt some new recipes at the beginning of this year, and have basically eaten the same few dishes every week since! I want to try more new recipes in 2016, and in return hopefully improve my diet.

7. Go to more shows, exhibitions, talks, gigs, etc.
I honestly believe that one of the best ways to get perspective in life is to go to arts events. Whether this is a gig, an art exhibition or a lecture, I think they are invaluable experiences that feed your creative juices. Luckily, I've already got tickets for one gig... Macklemore 2016 here I come!

8. Learn a new skill
As I wrote in my recent post about my pottery course, I am obsessed with learning new things. I don't know what new skill I will learn in 2016, but I'm sure there will be something!

What are your New Year's Resolutions? Have you blogged about them?

Related posts: New Year's Resolutions: 2015

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