New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t know what it is about new years, but every time the calendar gets near to a new one everyone sees it as a change to start fresh, make some changes and make their lives better. Now, I don’t know why exactly do we get this enthusiasm around this time of the year, but I’m happy that we do. Actually, the years should be shorter and come to us more often so that we would get this boost of energy and desire to put our lives in order. And how do we do that? Well, I believe it all starts with New Year’s Resolutions…

New Year's Resolutions

We’ve all made them at some point in our lives. I personally used to do it more or less regularly when I was younger, but it sort of became lame a few years ago. I guess the problem was that I’ve outgrown my old resolutions, but I wasn’t ready for some big new ones. Those few years in-between “I want to kiss a guy with pierced tongue” and “I want to move abroad”, were the ones where I got to know myself a bit better and realise what matters in my life. In my defence, kissing a guy with pierced tongue was 1. a wish, not a resolution; 2. I was super young when that got on my list; 3. It never happened and I’m kind of glad things worked out that way. Any how, I am a bit wiser now and my New Year’s resolutions have grown with me, so I thought I would share some right here, so very publicly for the world to see, so that if I don’t follow up on them my embarrassment would be unbearable. Let’s start…

  • Say yes to more things and on the opposite end, feel comfortable saying no when I feel like it.
  • Try to have more understanding, patience and respect for people around me.
  • Stop procrastinating and actually get things done before the last minute.
  • Make more time for friends and family and tell/show them how much they mean to me.
  • Continue regularly working out and eating well balanced meals. Continue learning more about different ways to keep my mind and body healthy.
  • Travel to at least one location from my wish list (I have Amsterdam, Istanbul, Copenhagen and Lisbon on it, just to name a few).
  • Finally learn Swedish so that I can move on to learning another language (a less difficult one this time).
  • Find more time to work on writing lyrics (fyi – I really enjoy doing that).
  • Make new friends.
  • Increase my income (that was a bit painful to share publicly, for some reason. Then again, I guess most of us share this one so I’ll keep it here).

There it is, 10 of my resolutions that are from different areas of my life. I have some more, but I’ll keep them to myself as I already feel sort of naked from revealing this much (I am a privacy freak and I’m working on opening up. There, you can add that as number 11). As you see, my list will keep on growing, and I advise you to do the same with yours. Put it somewhere where you can see it, so these goals don’t fade out from your memory. Revisit them after a few months, see if something should be checked off and if there’s something to be added. And remember, making a resolution is a first step, but it’s only a beginning of a journey to achieving it. Good luck and let me know what’s on your list!

Ivona Josipovic

Ivona Josipovic is a co-founder of The Smoke Detector, writer, fashion stylist, social media manager, curious creature, chocolate lover.

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