Happy New Year, friends~! The new year has well and truly started so we can say again that this is going to be “our year” — whatever that may mean! Let’s talk resolutions! Challenges! Thoughts for 2018 to get me (and maybe you?) on the right track for this new year of grand adventures, exciting opportunities and probably a fair share of bad days here and there. Life, eh?

Of course when I say resolutions, I mean none of the “lose 30 pounds in 3 weeks” bullshit, which, to be fair, wouldn’t hurt. But no. I mean the things that actually may possibly make my day-to-day life little more pleasurable. Challenge #01: I’m not a hedonist by heart, but I would like to try to become a little more hedonistic. I’d like to be adapting to new habits that are FUN and make you feel WHOLESOME. Hereby let’s use those two words as my keywords this year. Shoot for the moon, right? In 2017 I’ve been living my life according to way too rigid guidelines — which I put on myself, not going to lie. So it’s time to just focus on the happy, the truthful, the cute and not feel too guilty about it all.

I haven’t completely thought all of this through, but I got to start somewhere. And the start of a new year doesn’t last forever, so let’s get going… here’s my draft of challenges & resolutions for 2018.

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Hello~! Christmas is done, time for another yearly recap on those pesky resolutions! 2017! What a year! I’d say utter shite on both personal- as world-scale. But hey, this time I try to keep it short. I’ll only talk about the resolutions that succeeded. Still, I need to warn you: it’s still going to be a long one and it’s sort of sickeningly light-hearted.

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The end of the year draws near and I wanted to do a little, light-hearted reflection. Not going to lie, 2017 was a bitch. Therefore the light-heartedness was somewhat impossible to pull off. You know, something about a roller-coaster of emotions… So, as music is a real comfort to me, I’ve decided to do a bit of a compilation of the ‘background music’ of 2017. Light-hearted? Heck yes!

January | Someone You’d Admire by Fleet Foxes

February | Where We’re Going by Maxïmo Park & Open Book by José González

March | False Hope (live) by Laura Marling

April | Mad Sounds by Arctic Monkeys & Can’t Let Go, Juno by Kishi Bashi

May | Hallo, Maandag by Spinvis & Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man

June | Montage (feat. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe) by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell

July | Throw the Fear by Tom Rosenthal

August | In Cold Blood by Alt-J and Baauer & This Road is Long by Tom Rosenthal

September | Secret for the Mad by Dodie

October | Human by Rag’n’Bone Man

November | Come Together by Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL & La La Lie by Basia Bulat

December | Getting Older by Sam Fisher

You can click on each individual song to get to the right Spotify page. You can listen to the whole playlist. But I’m very interested to hear what your 2017 sounded like — and yes, I am always interested to discover new music.