New Year’s Resolutions 2017

Happy New Year! 2016 was not the best one for me and I was so glad to start 2017. This year I’ll try to run a half marathon (again) and try to get that PhD I’ve been working on for so long. Here’s my overview of last year’s goals and my plans for the new one that just began.

Last Year’s Resolutions

Find my signature dishes.
Meat and spinach or butternut squah lazagna, fennel seed and parmezan chichen breasts with a light salad, pasta with basil homemade tomato sauce or pesto, omellette, apple/fruit crisp, fruit salad and chocolate brownies. Success.

Be present.
I was present, but not always. I still spend way too much time not being present. Fail.

Work smarter, not harder.
Actually the secret is to have a specific task list of what needs to be done when and follow it through. Also, I figured out that when I’m less productive, I should stop working alltogether and spend some time meditating or doing something else. It’s my brain’s way of telling me I need a break. Success.

Be punctual.
I was punctual 50% of the time. Need to try more, so fail.

Have (a moderate amount of) fun.
I had a more than moderate amount of fun and I’m quite happy about it. Success.

Be kind and gentle to myself. Accept myself.
In 2016, I went from my 2015 bossy self to someone who is “not sweet enough”. Then I stopped caring alltogether. It became a bit too much to become who others wanted me to be, so I stopped trying an I began accepting. I’ve been much better at it. I notice that I’m not justifying my choices anymore and I don’t feel the need to be accepted by anyone. Success (but don’t be surprised if you see this reappearing in next year’s resolutions).

This year’s resolutions

Become better in small talk. Beat the awkward silence. And for the love of Gods, become better at flirting.Finish that PhD. Keep working smarter, not harder. No comments.

Be present and spend quality time with myself. I need more structure in my me-time. There are many things I like to do when I’m on my own and the first one seems to be waste time. But I’m much happier when I meditate, read a book, take a walk or take some good care of myself (I mean putting on body lotion and making my hair look nice, people).

Read 17 in 2017. I read 16 in 2016 and one of my goals for 2017 is to read through the books I own, donate the books I don’t want to read again or that I don’t like*

Be kind and gentle to myself. Accept myself. There’s still a lot of work to be done. Even though I’m doing a good job in general, sometimes I’m beating myself over things. As part of this resolution, I also want to not let myself get affect by other people’s mood or struggles. It’s great to be compassionate and understading, but it’s another thing to take someone else’s struggle and make it your own. That goes as well with other people’s stress. People feel better when they convey their own stress to others (somehow this is very applicable to bosses), but it is our own choice to accept it or be unaffected by it (and still do what we have to do but remain calm).Be punctual. Is this the year I beat this beast?

Have fun. Or keep having fun, as much as needed and whenever needed.


  • I tend to steal books from other people’s bookcases, especially people I get romantically involved with. I’ve been also known to successfully flirt by giving one of the 16 books of 2016 to a guy I really liked instead of asking for his phone.
  • hope you accomplish all of them! happy 2017!

  • Haha, I can be so terrible at awkward silences. Usually (in a group setting) I just pretend I’m not there until someone else says something. Good luck this year :))