I have previously wrote a blog post aptly titled ’16 things for 2016.’ A bucket list for the year ahead, I listed aims, challenges and tasks I wanted ticked off by the eve of 2017.
However, I recently came across Danielle’s resolutions post over at No Need For Mars. Her list was broad yet relatable; it became enviable to have a thorough list of resolutions. I have already mentally added a couple of items to my previous bucket list – thus I decided to expand it: one which involves my aims with regards to blogging and social media, minimalism and zero-waste, travel, health and fitness, and some general ‘life goals.’
Some are small feats whilst others are big challenges. Despite graduating last year, I want to continue learning and developing; to thrive in new experiences and places; and find my feet with regards to minimalism.
Blogging and social media
My life in the blogging sphere has spanned roughly a little under a decade. The community has grown since (majorly), and I’m grateful for the resources available to me to expand and develop – I hope to give you consistent, thorough, and fascinating content in 2016.
- Use a self-hosting site.
- Use a theme which reflects my site’s principles. Something which is user-friendly, and minimal. Invest in a designer.
Create/design a logo for the blog.(28 February)
- Teach myself about the ins and outs of Google Analytics. Use it more often to help increase my blog’s traffic and improve the site’s SEO.
- Make this blog more user-friendly. This means clear categories for each posts, clear header titles grouped appropriately, and more clickable links in the post.
- Utilise my social media channels more effectively through coordination and consistent posts.
- Interact with other bloggers through networks such as Facebook (Girl Vs. Globe and Zero Waste Bloggers Network) and Triberr.
- Establish a Youtube channel.
- Only posting high-quality posts, which may mean a more infrequent posting schedule.
- Create and publish an e-Book.
- Create a posting schedule to feature a variety of food, fitness, travel and zero-waste posts carefully weaved together.
Health and fitness
2015 can be marked as the year I truly immersed myself in the health and fitness industry. I’d like to delve deeper in the well-being side of things in the next 12 months.
Complete the Veganuary 2016 challenge.(31 January)
- Complete Kayla Itsines’ BBG 1. This may be cheating, but I only have 1 month left on the programme. Last year, I managed until week 11 when my finals started. Let’s hope I can finally complete week 12.
- Complete Yoga With Adrien’s 30-Day Yoga Camp series.
- Be more serious about my yoga practice. Practice poses and flows more frequently. Especially in the mornings and after exercise.
- Run more frequently. I hope to keep track using the Strava app.
- Sign-up, train, and run a half marathon.
- Successfully keep fit and toned whilst on the road for 4 months. I am not sure how I am able to track this, but a consistent and frequent active lifestyle will keep me satisfied.
- Recipe test more often, and post/share the results on my blog.
Minimalism and zero-waste
I feel as though 2016 will be the year of minimalism. With BBC Woman’s Hour featuring Mari Kondo, it was clear that minimalism and de-cluttering will become huge; hopefully, this will make the process a lot easier in the New Year with most people following the de-cluttering bandwagon.
- Create a capsule wardrobe for all seasons.
- De-clutter my wardrobe: sell what is no longer loved and donate what someone else may love.
- De-clutter my e-mail inboxes through frequent unsubscribing sessions.
- Utilise sites such as Feedly and unroll.me for an efficient digital de-cluttering.
- Minimise my make-up routine so my everyday essentials will fit in my current see-through make-up bag.
- Peruse my glass water bottle more often.
- Invest in a good quality stainless steel lunchbox.
- De-clutter my book collection.
- Learn to create some beauty products including a body and face scrub and toothpaste.
- Carry a cotton bag more often.
- Learn to compost.
- Immerse myself fully in a culture through volunteering via Workaday. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Workaday experience in South Africa last summer. I hope to continue the trend in 2016.
- Create a packing list/guide for minimalists and stick to it.
- Ride my bicycle more often.
- Create a travel journal. Either through writing or photography, I’d like to chronicle my travels more often.
- Write a ‘thank you’ note or show an act of gratitude to people who deserve it during my travels – from my volunteer hosts to kind strangers offering me a lift from A to B expecting little in return.
- Re-do my Theory test. My previous test has expired (they only last 2 years in the UK).
- Pass my practical driving test once I am able to afford frequent classes again (after travelling).
- Tick a few places off my 2016 travel bucket list.
- Read a new book every month at least. I have always been a bibliophile, and the library was my go-to sanctuary when I was younger. I’d like to rekindle my love for books, literature, and my library card.
- Attend some courses and workshops at SkillShare. From social media marketing, to eco-friendly and sustainability courses, I’d like to learn something everyday through other people.
- Keep track of podcasts I love and listen to them more frequently. I thoroughly enjoy learning through listening other people’s interpretations and opinions.
- Be kinder everyday. I think this is often a resolution forgotten by many. Granted, I am not exactly horrible, but little deeds of appreciation to family and friends would not go a-miss for sure. I miss the days when I’d surprise my parents with home-made cards and breakfasts in bed for no reason whatsoever.
- Save more. I aim to spend only 40% of my month wages as a maximum.
On the last note: it will be great to re-visit this post frequently to keep track of my progress for the year. I’ve always loved the feeling of ticking things off a list. Alas, I do not want to stick to it too strictly, too. There’s always room for spontaneity.
What are your resolutions for the next 12 (or even, 11) months ahead?