New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Happy New Year! I hope you partied big time last night and are ready today to kick off 2016 with a whole set of resolutions. For the past few year’s I’ve been very on point with my New Year’s Resolutions. I’d say there’s about a 50% success rate, which is better than nothing, right? Here’s an update on last year’s resolutions and my plan for this one. I’ll never be punctual, btw…

Last Year’s Resolutions

Find my signature dishes.
Interestingly enough, in 2015, I cooked more than I cooked my whole life. I’ve learned techniques (I can do a béchamel sauce with closed eyes), I’ve tested different cuisines and I realised that it takes way more than a year to figure out my signature dishes. I am a step closer and I am excited to continue looking for them. So, it’s a semi-fail.

Run a half marathon.
Fail. I may do it in the future though.

Work smarter, not harder.
I managed to go early to bed each night and wake up earlier in the morning, which is a major success. However, I’m not completely working smarter yet. I’ll keep that one for next year as well.

Find balance.
I struggled a lot with balance the first half of 2015, but everything fell into place during the second half of the year. I found balance in waking up a bit earlier in the morning to spend more quite time by myself. The days I manage to do that, which is almost every day, I feel way more balanced throughout the rest of the day as well. Success.

Have fun.
Success. Huge success. I could have had a bit less fun.

Be more social.
This year I realised that there is nothing wrong with that comfort zone. I like being by myself. This is what keeps me sane. I enjoy it. Therefore, I quit trying to become something I am not, social. Maybe this is a fail in your books, but for me, it is accepting who I am.


This Year’s Resolutions

Find my signature dishes.
I’m at this point where I know the dishes I like. Now, I need to test them with my friends and adjust accordingly.

Be present.
I want to live more in the moment and enjoy what I have now, as opposed to thinking what I used to have or what I’d like to have in the future. There is no way to turn the time back, but there is a way to live in the present, whatever that may be.

Work smarter, not harder.
Maybe the secret is not waking up early (which I totally like and will keep doing next year as well), but killing less time online and on social media. Will try that this year.

Be punctual.
Hahahahahaha. I predict a fail.

Have (a moderate amount of) fun.
Be (moderately) spontaneous and travel as much as possible.

Be kind and gentle to myself. Accept myself.
In 2015, everyone and my mother admitted I am too bossy. It took a lot of thought to understand how my behaviour can be interpreted as bossy from others, but eventually I realised how much more strict and bossy I am to myself. If I come to terms and accept myself, then I’ll be kinder and more gentle to myself and to others. This one came to replace my being more social resolution.