These are not New Year’s resolutions

Firstly because it’s February, so I’m like a month late… 🙈

Secondly, because I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. It feels silly to suddenly want to change all the things just because western society has decided this is when a new lap around the sun starts. If I wasn’t motivated to do something in June why would it be any different in January?

On the other hand, we all love clean starts and patterns. You always prefer to start new things on a Monday, or the 1st of the month, or with a new year. It’s just the way we’re wired. And everybody else has been posting about their goals and such now, so it’s easy to feel inspired. Why be cynical when you can instead choose to be swept along with the general sense of enthusiasm? :D

2018 by Nordwood Themes
Photo by NordWood Themes

Things I want to do in 2018

🐕 Get a dog. Definitely. Have made progress on the breed-deciding and will post about it later!

🖤 Get a tattoo (sorry mum, I ain’t done yet). At least one, and at least something small. I have a bunch of ideas and artists picked out.

🎨 Complete at least 4 pieces of art. I sketch and doodle all the time but I rarely make actual, completed, thought out pieces of art. Should put some energy into that.

🥦 Eat more vegetarian food. Last year I started to cut back on meat – especially red meat – because it’s shit for the environment, shit for the animals, and I don’t actually need it. I want to continue on that road and exclude even more animal protein from my diet.

💍 Set a date for mine and Markus’s wedding! I already knew when I proposed to him that we had other priorities to sort out first and that it would take some time to actually get married. But now that time has come!
The only thing we’ve decided so far is that we want it to be a small simple affair and that it will be in autumn. Since it’s going to be small we could probably have it this year if we really want to, but if not it’ll be in 2019. Either way, the first goal is to set a date!

That’s about it, but more than enough I say.
The dog and the wedding are, of course, the most exciting points. I’m sure I’ll write about both topics at length 😁

I hope 2018 is treating everyone well so far. Let’s hope this will be a better year than the one before!


  1. 11 February 2018

    I’ve tried New Year’s resolutions in the past, and they just didn’t work for me. I feel like it isn’t realistic to set resolutions for an entire year, when things can change so much. I do like the feeling of starting fresh at the beginning of the year though. There’s just a very motivating feel about it!

    I like the list of things you want to do this year! I’m especially excited to see the dog and tattoo you get later. I also know what you mean about sketching and doodling but not doing a compete piece. Art trades have forced me to actually do that, haha. I already replied on my blog, but I’m totally interested in an art trade later! :D

    Cutting back on meat sounds like a good habit to get into, and that’s exciting that you plan on setting a wedding date soon! Good luck on everything!

  2. 5 March 2018

    Good luck on completing all of these things in 2018. I think it’s fantastic that number one can already be ticked off the list! :D I am excited to see the next tattoo you get and more artwork! :D It’s lovely that you are both now ready to get married and just have to work out when. 😍

  3. 10 March 2018

    I also agree with you on this notion of New Years resolutions. It is a great time to start fresh, but I think any time is good to set some goals! 👊 I was having a discussion with my work colleagues just yesterday about the premise of a four-day week and if they would prefer Friday–Sunday off, break the week in half, or even have a “weekend” in the middle of week and work Saturday–Sunday. I said I would take either a Wednesday or Friday off, and that I wouldn’t do Monday, because something about that being the traditional start to the week still sticks with me. But imagine if we’d all worked Thursday to Monday…?! We would think about it totally differently.

    😆 If I got a tattoo my mum would be horrified. I did want to get one when I was a teenager but now I don’t really have an interest in them anymore.

    Best of luck sticking to more vegetarian food ☺️ I know everyone is different and has different reasons but when I went pescetarian (I went back to having no dietary restrictions in July 2017) I actually started to dislike the taste of meat. I don’t know if you also dislike it as well as having your strong feelings about animals and the environment, but I have no doubt that you will find a lot of vegetarian food you like 🤤 I still absolutely love vegetarian and vegan food myself.

    I’m super excited for your wedding! I would love to see you blog about it. If you’re having a small one I am sure you will be able to share the planning journey with us 🙂 I was so busy coming up to our wedding that I didn’t get to blog about it very much at all! (I still plan to haha.)

  4. 10 March 2018

    I don’t like the idea of resolutions. Like you, you can’t just change just because of a “new year” but I do think that they’re useful for motivation. Instead, I set myself goals every month and that has worked out for me very well :) My biggest achievement in my health was actually a random month goal in 2016 rather than a new years resolution!

    Good luck with your goals this year! Excited to see your developments in your wedding and health :D

  5. 31 March 2018

    I am very guilty of always wanting to start new things on the 1st or on a Monday. It was ridiculously satisfying to me that January 1st this year was a Monday. It just felt perfect.

    Good luck with your goals :)

  6. 16 April 2018

    Good luck with your goals for this year. I can’t wait to see your new doggie and your planned artworks :3 I think a small wedding is more economical and more intimate. Hope you set a date soon! And yes to eating less meat. I may not give it up entirely, but I do try to consume less of it and eat more veggies and seafood lately!

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