happy new year!

I’m sure you’ve all heard it a million times already, but just for good measure — happy 2016 everybody! Hopefully you had a well-rested break and rang in the new year in a way that makes you happy, whether that means partying the night away or bingeing on candy and watching the countdown in your PJs. I can’t have been the only homebody that went for for the latter option, right?

Anyway, love ’em or hate ’em, new year’s resolutions are always on everyone’s lips once January rolls around. And while I try not to be sucked in, the idea of a clean slate is always too good to pass up! I was never a firm believer in resolutions myself, but lately I’ve been thinking that having a few goals to aim for isn’t such a bad idea. Plus, I truly believe there’s something about writing things down that makes them more likely to happen. This year’s set to be a big one for me, so here’s some stuff I want to achieve in 2016:

1. Take better care of my stuff
It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’m notoriously bad at taking care of my things. I can’t keep spending money on stuff that barely lasts, so from now on I’ll be making an effort to be more careful (and not drop things all the damn time)!

2. Stress less
I’m a total overthinker, which tends to waste a whole lot of time and energy that could be used on other things. While I don’t expect 2016 to be completely stress-free, learning to not sweat the small stuff is something I definitely need to do more of.

3. Improve my Japanese
This one’s more of an ongoing thing, but I hope to see an improvement in my Japanese by the end of the year. Whether it’s by talking to more native speakers or self-studying, I really need to make an effort to make sure I don’t forget anything.

4. Be more proactive
Looking back on last year, the best experiences came out saying yes to things way outside my comfort zone. This time around, I hope to start taking the initiative more, whether it’s by making an effort to catch up with friends or just trying something new.

5. Make time to blog
2015 was a crazy year for me. Although I moved forward in a lot of aspects it also means that my blog has been on the back burner, which is never a good feeling. While I don’t expect to blog daily anytime soon, making a proper schedule is definitely on my to do list.

6. Learn more recipes
And no, yet another cake recipe doesn’t count! While I already have a few go-to dishes under my belt, I really need to start learning how to make things that aren’t just desserts.

7. Travel more
The last time I travelled abroad was more than three years ago. Need I say more?

I’m pretty sure my list would reach the floor if I let it, so these are just some goals I’ll be setting for myself this year. What are your new year’s resolutions, if you have any? Here’s hoping that everyone has a great 2016 ahead of them!