Another Year

Hello you, we’re back for another year!! We’re nearing the end of January and I am… confused? I know that with the changing of another year, in reality nothing really changes. I’m not sure what I exactly expected at New Years Eve, but I guess subconsciously maybe I hoped for a grand awakening of sorts. Needless to say, everything is the same (if not worse), and I am not sure if I’m taking it very well.

I really don’t want to talk about all the real-life events that are tormenting our every waking moment, so I thought why not share some good hopes and dreams for the new year. Plans, resolutions, whatever you want to call them. Mostly because yes, all I’ve been doing on this blog last year was making lists of things I’m grateful for. So I’m sticking to lists!

  1. I started this year, at around 1.30am shopping online for some wool. I’ve decided to take up some new hobbies, or revisit some old ones at least. So I’m knitting again this year which is going pretty good. Next month I think I’ll try candle-making. Of course I would love to try pottery again, but with the lockdown and all I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon. I guess I’ll be picking up an abandoned cross-stitch project up again in a few months from now, maybe even try my hand at macramé… I think it’s nice to try out new things, away from a screen, challenge myself with new fun things in my free time — where I won’t be judged for my skill. If you have any recommendations for hobbies to pick up, hit me up!
  2. I’ve started logging what I’m eating for the first time in my life. I didn’t want to do this from dieting-point of view (though it probably wouldn’t hurt :(( ), I’m using it to get more insights in what I’m eating, how balanced my diet actually is, my sodium intake etc, etc. To be able get more awareness about it all, and maybe tweak some things to see if it makes a difference in my skin, my moodswings, etc.
  3. Dry January. Yeah, I’ve committed and I don’t feel like it’s actually a challenge, which is a relief! One of my biggest fears in life is to become an alcoholic, so it’s nice to feel perfectly capable of not touching the liquor (or craving it) for a month. I’ve got to be honest though, I don’t want to never-drink-anymore, but I do want to be very conscious of it when I drink. It’s a bit like creating the awareness of point 2.
  4. Get organised. I’ve started with my Spotify playlists — so at least there’s a start. I’m thinking of finally organising my pictures of the last 2-3 years as well… which brings me to my next point:
  5. Go through all those pictures, finally share some of my favourite places and trips of the last 2-3 years… maybe especially as we’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
  6. Start a new photography project, make a series, tell a story — and then share it.
  7. Pick up studying French and Japanese again.

I’m well aware that there isn’t this much time in a year/month/week/day… but I want to give myself some space to feel able to do these things. To allow myself some playtime. Who knows, I’ve probably forgotten about this list mid-April, but that’s not the point.

We’ve basically made it through January (don’t ask me how) — a month that usually contains some of my worst seasonal affective mental health issues and yet I still feel hopeful for this year (also, don’t ask me how). And here you are too! I’m proper proud of us.

Have a good… day, evening, weekend(?) – whenever you read this! See you soon! :)