New year’s resolutions 2016

Regular readers of my blog might recall that I didn’t make new year’s resolutions this year.  I started a new job in January and I figured I had enough to worry about without heaping a bunch of new goals onto my plate.  So now that I’m settled into work I thought it would be a great opportunity to make a few resolutions for the year ahead.


Get my to-read list down to seven pages

My to-be-read list is out of control.  It’s currently eight pages long and threatening to spill over onto another page.  In the past year I haven’t made a lot of time for reading, but I’d like to change that in 2016.  I would really like to carve out a bit of time a few times a week to lose myself in a book and really chip away at this list.  If I could whittle it down to seven pages, that would be great.

Finish off a few niggling spring-cleaning jobs

I have a couple of spring-cleaning jobs that have been hanging over my head seemingly forever.  These include fixing my reading lamp which has been broken for the better part of a year, picking up some prints that I took to the framers six months ago and taking all the bags of clothing that I’ve cleared out of my closets to the donation bin.  This year I’d love to stop procrastinating and just get these things done.

Visit a teppanyaki restaurant

I think this goal was on my resolutions list a few years back and I never ticked it off.  But this year I want to book in and eat a fabulous Japanese meal that’s cooked right in front of me by a talented chef.

Make at least three vlogs this year

I really enjoy vlogging, but it’s been such a long time since I made a new video.  I have plenty of ideas, but I just never get around to actually making the vids.  In 2016, I want to put at least three new videos up on my channel. If you have any ideas or requests, please let me know!

Buy less

My spending habits went a bit feral in 2015.  Working full time meant having more fun money, and as a result I went a bit silly buying lots of things I didn’t need.  Now that I’ve gotten over the novelty of earning a full-time wage, I’d like to spend more of my time enjoying the things I have rather than acquiring more, and being more discerning about what I spend my cash on.

Review some products for my blog

It feels like forever since I last reviewed a product on my blog.  And I’ve found some sensational things that I want to share with you all.  Hopefully by the time the year grows to a close, I’ll have had a chance to tell you about some of my favourite beauty products, some sensational gadgets and (if I’m feeling brave) maybe even some sex toys. And, as always, I’m open to requests.

Try one new recipe a week

The top of my fridge is currently littered with recipes that I’ve torn from magazines and newspapers.  My Pinterest is overflowing with things I want to make.  I will occasionally try something new but mostly I’ve just been sticking to the old favourites.  This year I want to really make a big effort to try some of those mouth-watering recipes, and if I could manage to do one a week, that would be sensational.

Get my eyes tested and possibly get some new glasses

I am woefully aware that my eyesight has deteriorated, and it’s been at least four years since I last got my peepers checked.  This year I vow to make an appointment with the optometrist and get some new glasses and contacts.

Start planning an overseas trip

I have never been overseas, but with many of my friends making trips to far-flung lands this year I’m feeling inspired to change that.  I don’t see myself actually having a chance to go overseas this year, but I’d like to at least begin planning in earnest.  I’m thinking either the US or England for my inaugural trip.  What do you think?

Celebrate my birthday in style

I turn *gasp* 30 in 2016 and I want to make sure that I celebrate it properly.  I’m not really sure what I want to do for my birthday, but I know that I want it to be fun and memorable.


I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress with these goals as the year goes on.  I don’t really expect to do every one of them, but it sure would be nice if I could tick most of these things off my list.


Are you making resolutions this year?  What are some of the things that you’d like to achieve in 2016?


  1. Wonderful list of goals! How exciting that you’ll be entering your 30s this year. Granted I’m only about 1.5 years into mine, but I must say, I’m really loving this decade. Sure, it doesn’t have the spryness of one’s twenties, but there are a lot of perks to it as well. More life experience under our belts definitely being one of them.

    I wish you nothing but the best with your resolutions and am always here if you need someone to chat to about any of them.

    Big hugs & joyful wishes for every day of 2016!
    ♥ Jessica

    • Oh, thank you so much for your support and well wishes. It means the world to me.

      Y’know, I once read a study about ageing and happiness. The researchers asked a group of 80-year-olds what the best decade of their life was, in terms of happiness. They said they were the happiest in their eighties, followed by their seventies, their sixties, their fifties and so in in that fashion. I think as we get older, we learn more about ourselves and have a better idea how to enjoy life. I definitely believe that I’m a much happier and more secure person than I was in my twenties, and although my early twenties and even my teens were loads of fun, I don’t think I’d want to go back to that time. Bring on my thirties!

  2. Happy New Year! These are great resolutions. Sounds like you’ve got a fun year planned. Re: the overseas trip, having been to both the States and England, my vote is for the States. I went there for my first overseas trip because I knew it wouldn’t be too big a culture shock but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did… Turns out I loved it so much that I have been back there another four times. New York is a must-see (of course) and San Francisco.

    • Oooh, thanks so much for the tips. I definitely want to see New York, but admittedly San Francisco wasn’t even on my radar until now. I will definitely have to do some research.

  3. This is a nice variety of goals, and it seems totally do-able to me! I want to do the one new recipe a week thing, too. And happy early 30th birthday! 🙂

    • Thanks very much! The one-recipe a week thing is a pretty fun and totally achievable goal. We all have to eat, and I think cooking one new thing per week isn’t too daunting. Even if I’m having a rough week, I’m sure I could manage to whip up an easy salad or soup that I haven’t tried before. And if all else fails, there are a few cocktail recipes I’ve been dying to try!

    • They absolutely do! I try to de clutter my wardrobe regularly, and although I find it easy to identify the things that need to be sold or given away, it seems to take forever for those items to actually make it out the door. I need to really knuckle down and start clearing things out.

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