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New Resolutions

January 1, 2015

Well, now that the holidays have passed and the New Year is here, it is that time when we start thinking about our resolutions for the upcoming 12 months. I always make a ton of these, and end up fulfilling  about one third. On 2014 I accomplished plenty from what I had originally planned; I got to a level I feel comfortable and safe in the language of the city I live in, I got a great upgrade on my job situation, I finally quit smoking and I got myself on a good routine, much needed after a crazy year in 2013.

For 2015 I’m making new resolutions and I found a great questionnaire to help me go about it, I’ll write mine here, and how about you leave some of yours bellow as well? a bit of peer pressure to get things done. Here we go:

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A bad habit I’m going to break:

 This is one of the hardest resolutions to make, I already kicked a really bad habit, so thinking of more seems exhausting. However there is one thing I can easily correct, I will break the habit of skipping meals, I will have three full healthy meals a day.

A new skill I’m going to learn:

 I will learn to taste wine, to chose the right ones and really appreciate them. I will go to wine tastings and learn to tell a merlot from a tempranillo and which one works better with a nice steak.

A good deed I’m going to do:

This year I will go back to volunteering, I will find the time in my schedule to dedicate to helping out around my city and my community.

A Book I’m going to read:

I’m going to read Haruki Murakami’s “colorless tsukuru tazaki and his years of pilgrimage” this is the latest book of one of my favourite authors, so  I will get down to it this year.

A destination I’d like to visit:

Narrowing down my travelling bucket list to only one is almost impossible, so one destination in Colombia and one outside will have to do:

For national travel my destination is Providencia, the peaceful sunny Caribbean island sounds like the ideal paradise where I want to spend a few lazy days this year. My international destination is Croatia, it has been at the top of my bucket list for years and this is the year it finally happens. Maybe I’m a little obsessed with sea side destinations since I moved away from a coastal city.

 A project I’d like to finish:

I’d love to finish decorating and finishing up my flat. I have a long shopping list for the DIY market of smaller things I want to do by myself (some paint touch ups, some drilling and nailing here and there) and a whole other list for professionals to deal with. (Yes I’m talking to you, water stain in the wooden floor that I’ve hidden with a sofa for the time being)

A class I’d like to take:

 I love studying so if it were up to me I’d take a million classes and never leave school. This year I will take one course, and out of pragmatism I will choose the most needed one at the moment, a language course. I’m currently halfway into fluency at my third language, so I’d love to do some classes and informal exchanges and tandems.

A food I want to eat more of:

Healthier food made with quality, organic ingredients. I will make the effort to go for the organic products, to get quality ingredients, to prepare more home cooked meals, and go to restaurants with better standards.

I want to wear more:

I want to wear more vintage clothes and accessories, and more independent designers. My goal for 2015 will be to replace the bulk of my wardrobe with unique some killer basics from the tried and tested stores I like so much, and complement it with pieces with charm and character.

I’m going to work harder at:

I’m going to work harder at getting fit. I keep postponing the gym and any form of exercise but this year I will work hard and get back in shape. I will take the stairs instead of the elevator I will walk more and drive less.

I’d like to spend more time doing:

Outdoor Activities: I keep thinking about how I used to have all this time on my hands to go out and spend some time in nature, and complaining about how I have no time any more. I think I never had too much time, I just made sure I made time for the things that matter, so this year I want to spend more time biking, rock climbing, rafting, hiking and in open air concerts and festivals.

So there you have it, these are my resolutions for 2015 and some tools to help me get there. What are yours?

by AI_Bogota. Find out more about AI_Bogota here.