2014, resolutions and things.

And here we are, 2014: a brand new, magical year with at least 365 more opportunities to seize. Last year I compiled a little list of rules for 2013, while the year had tested me thoroughly and made me stronger in a lot of ways I wanted to compile a good ol’ list of resolutions for the new year. No matter how bad I seem to be at keeping resolutions. They will be a little continuation of the rules.

Also I want to add a tiny little rule to this list: be more positive. Inside my head things can get pretty doom and gloom, but I want to keep myself more positive. Here’s where my blog comes in, I want to use this little place to put all things happy and inspiring in one place. A place for me to look back to certain moments in time and deal with myself. In a completely positive and non-judgemental way. I’m done judging myself harshly, those things belong to the past. New mantra: work hard, play hard. I may be a bit too optimistic, but whatever. 2014, let’s do this!


#01: improve writing skills. Now this is seems like a boring one, but it’s a bit of a tough one for me since I’m not much of a writer. My sister always need to check any ‘official’ documents like final papers, motivation letters for job interviews, etcetera, before I send anything out. My Dutch writing skills are rubbish, just because I tend to write just like the way I talk. My English writing skills are slightly better since I’m not native so I actually think about what I like to convey to my reader. Either way, I like to share things and go on with blogging and I think this is important. So yes, better myself by improving my writing skills.

#02: watch all Wes Anderson films. His films have been surprising me ever since I first watched my first film of his: The Darjeeling Limited. I was stunned and in love. But it wasn’t until I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox until I realised this man was a genius and made more masterpieces. By the end of this year this has changed! A fun little resolution, en’it?

#03: visit more museums and exhibitions. I’m doing a degree in cultural heritage, heck I’m even done next year! Museums are a big part of my studies and I’ve learned to form my opinion about a lot of the things going on in museum-world but I like to see more. And maybe share more of it with the interwebs. And not just for research but for self-development and relaxation too.

#04: use my cookbooks more. Self explanatory.

#05: be better at staying in touch with friends. I’ve never been good at keeping in touch with people. And while I don’t really care so much to keep in touch with just ‘people’, I think it’s superduper important to keep in touch with the near and dear to one’s heart. While I’m still a bit in denial that I’m a ‘twenty something’ (oh just the word!), friends and family are getting their life together themselves too. Facebook and WhatsApp are all very fine, but at the end of the day, I have to put in the effort. I hope to be better at keeping in touch with people I care about.

#06: deal with stress instead of going on autopilot. This is the real challenge for the year. This was even a challenge to write. I don’t quite know how to deal with stress, or… I think I do but I won’t give myself the time to actually deal with it. I usually go on, take some meds or whatever to combat any headaches, but I’ve come to the conclusion this isn’t the way I like things to be.

#07: (re)watch all Studio Ghibli / Miyazaki / Takahata movies. Self explantory.

#08: find a good internship/placement. Coming September will be the start of the last year of my studies. That’s when I need to have fixed myself a placement at a culture-related company/institution. A place where I can learn and grow and put my professional skills into work and contribute to something amazing. That’s what I like to achieve. To make it just a bit more of a challenge, I really would love to go abroad… be it the UK, Belgium, or somewhere more far like the US or Hong Kong. It’s good to challenge yourself sometime right?

#09: read more. Books, papers, magazines… I’ve come to the conclusion that just finishing three books in one year is a bit sad. So yes, I’ll compile a bit of a reading list for the year, any recommendations are more than welcome!

#10: do things out of my comfort zone, without compromising my integrity. I’m constantly people watching and imagining what their lives are like. I’m inside my own head way too often, but at the same time I’m at the point in my life where I get to really experience life and enjoy the moments of self discovery. At the end of the day, I want to look back at my accomplishments and feel proud of myself.
I think a good conclusion of all the above can be ‘live more positively in the present’. And make more fond memories!
  • that sounds like a good list. the inside of my head can be doom and gloom too. what I’ve learned is that it all comes down to judging yourself and everything you do. if you can manage to let go, you are already halfway where you want to be. things just are what they are.

    happy new year. and good luck with all your resolutions xoxo

    • I completely agree, it’s all in the mind. And we’re our own worst enemy…or so they say right? Thanks for your kind message, hope you have a wonderful new year too!

  • #4 and 9 are totally on my list. I love reading but I never get around to doing it. Have a happy New Year and I hope you get everything accomplished on your list!!

  • This is such a wonderful list of resolutions. I too am working on being more positive and dealing with stress better. Also, as for a book recommendation, ‘Kafka on the Shore’ by Haruki Murakami is one of my absolute favorites :-)

    • High five, Murakami is a utter genius. I’d love to know more of your favourites! :D

  • #1 en #5 vooral… ik wens je veel geluk toe in 2014 c: Xx

  • #9 is my only resolution this year! happy new year to you!

  • these are really great, well thought-out resolutions and i really hope that by the end of the year you can look back at this list and feel like you’ve made progress with all of the points. and i could do with taking a few of these on as goals for the year as well!

    little henry lee

  • Dat zijn een paar hele goeie punten! Ik kan me zelf wel vinden in #3, #5 en #09! Ik wil echt vooral meer boeken lezen, ik heb hier nog een hele stapel liggen maar afgelopen jaar kwam ik er gewon steeds niet aan toe. Best wel een haalbaar doel voor 2014 ;)

  • I would definitely go for 1, 2 (Fantastic Mr. Fox is like my favorite movie ever) 3, and 5. I think it’s so important to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. Happy New Year to you! Hope everything goes well with the internship. Cheers for 2014 :)

    • Oh heck yes! Fantastic Mr. Fox doesn’t get as much love as it deserves in my opinion… but then I think Wes Anderson’s films don’t get as much love as they deserve… in my country at least. Cheers for 2014 !!

  • Be Positive, seriously, best one! I am always trying to think of happy thoughts, be thankful, and stay on a bright track, sometimes we all lose sight of whats right and good. I hope you find a new internship soon, no, I KNOW you will! The right one will come to you. Your list is great and you will get to all of it. Happy New Year Louise!

  • Being too optimistic is better than being too much of a pessimist! I’m trying to have a better outlook on life too, so far so good! Hope 2014 brings you much joy :)

    • Agreed! And same for you of course, I hope 2014 will bring you many, many good things :)

  • great blog :) kisses and happy new year

  • Happy new year! I completely understand how you feel with a lot of these resolutions – I’m in the middle of compiling my own list and I definitely want to read more, be better at keeping in touch with friends, deal with stress better and do more things out of my comfort zone! Here’s hoping we manage to achieve all of that this year! Also, good luck with finding a placement – fingers crossed!

    Best wishes for 2014!

  • Happy New year Louise! That’s a good list you compiled! I feel the same in so much points, for instance on trying to stay postive (and unashamedly using our blog as a reminder of the cute things in our life :P).

    We are also big Wes Anderson fans, we should be seeing Rushmore and Bottle rocket this year but of course the excitement of seeing Budapest Hotel will be enough to look up the other two, that’s for sure :)

    Your intention of doing an internship abroad is so great news! Can’t wait to see your news about it.

    • Thanks you for your encouraging message. I feel like I can actually do everything that I put on this list and that it’s even a sensible thing to actually put my mind to it because I would be and feel so much happier (less stressed) if I actually did. I still haven’t seen Rushmore and Bottle Rocket, those are on my list too! – I love that you guys post so many happy/fun/cute/awesome stuff on your blog and you kind of inspired me to do so as well :)

  • Happy new year! And I like your very specific resolutions, haha. I definitely need to keep in touch with people more as well, especially as, like you say, everyone’s lives are becoming more and more different.

  • be positive!
    best choice…

    happy new year!

  • Amy

    Your resolutions are beautiful.
    Instead of the typical or superficial goals,
    you are moving towards inner peace and that is very inspiring!

    My favorite of your list is “do things out of my comfort zone without compromising integrity.”
    I think I need to pursue this one too!

    I hope 2014 is all that you’ve wished for.

    ♥ Amy

    • Thanks, and yes I am trying to get inner peace more this year. I’ve come to realise it’s so much more important and great to have than all the things materialism and modernity brings.