I feel like the beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your life – Did you achieve what you’ve planned for this year? Are you going in the right direction to get where you want to be? If you’re only at the beginning of the road, it is perfectly fine. Everyone needs to start somewhere. Why not kick off the New Year with an epic plan and an incredible amount of motivation? Let’s do this! Let’s make 2017 the best it can possibly be! Here are 3 of my new year’s resolutions to help you and give you some inspiration to design a life that you love living.
1. Travel alone!
In 2016 I started buying postcards in every city or town that I went to so I have a small but gradually increasing collection: Amsterdam, Paris, Budapest, The Hague, Rouen, Split, London… My plan for 2017 is to extend it as much as I can. But I feel like it’s time for me to be more independent when I travel. Sometimes when you travel with other people you need to compromise and you might miss out on certain opportunities. You need to be completely alone to be able to really get to know a place and the people who live there, and this is definitely something I will keep in mind in 2017. I want to see more of the world this year, I want to immerse myself more in other cultures, I want to get to know people and learn about history. Let’s be open to the world in 2017, let’s work hard and make all the travel plans come true!
2. Make time for the things that make you happy!
Sometimes it’s difficult to find time for the things you love doing while you’re busy running around campus the whole day, writing all the assignments and also doing a part-time job. In 2016 I realised that I’d really missed reading books and getting completely immersed in stories, so I decided to start reading every single day before going to sleep – whether it’s just one page or a two hour reading session to finish a novel. I made it a habit and I absolutely loved it, it was so good to switch off my phone every evening and go to bed feeling relaxed and calm. I want to keep this habit for the new year, and also make time for other things that I’ve missed doing and that make me happy – I want to be able to sit down and create something regularly: write, draw or paint. Life can be so much more than working all day and watching TV in the evening. So let’s do the things that make you happy, let’s create and inspire!
3. Don’t compare yourself to others!
It is such a bad habit to let other people’s success make you feel like you’re worth less than them. If you keep looking at others instead of concentrating on yourself, the negativity caused by the thought that you’re less successful will drag you down. I always knew that I should only focus on my own journey because everyone’s different, but it is easier said than done. In 2017 I want to be more positive and believe that I can achieve anything. I want to stop comparing myself to others and concentrate on my own improvement. I don’t need to be where the others are. I just need to be always better than yesterday, always go one step forward on my own path. So believe that you can do it too! Believe in yourself.
I really hope that sharing my resolutions gave you some inspiration. I wish all of you a very successful and happy new year! I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be awesome, so I hope you are all just as excited as I am! It’s time to create a life that you love.