1 January 2016

2016: My New Year's Resolutions!

My 2016 agenda! Coraggio = bravery / be brave!
You're probably still recovering from a crazy New Year's night out, or maybe you spent it in with a bunch of friends like me - much nicer in my opinion, since I experienced both and the nights out were always messy and not very intimate.

As I announced on my Instagram, I don't have many new resolutions for this year, so the list I made is more of a continuation of what I've been aiming at for a while. I don't mean to sound pretentious, but I like to think of every day or week as a new beginning, and hence set goals in the morning or at night before sleep. But it's all right to make a new yearly list, since we all like a bit of a boost on 1 January, don't we?

Here are my new year's resolutions I have thought of:

1 - Read more
Assia wanting to read more? No way! This is a goal I set myself every year and I'm pretty happy with the results. In 2015 I expanded reading to blogs I didn't know and hit 26 books on Goodreads. This year I would like to get to read 50 books, even if it sounds a bit scary!

2 - Read more spiritual and self-teaching books
This is a genre of books I haven't covered much until now, and I would like to get into it. Starting with The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle which I got for Christmas, I will try and venture into more books about mindfulness and amazing things as such.

3 - Keep learning German
Since September 2015, I've been learning German, and I've currently reached level A1. I still don't know how much time and energy I will have left during my internship next semester, but I would love to be able to study to achieve A2 and become a bit more fluent than "danke" and "wie geht's dir?".

4 - Write more articles for my university newspaper
Last week, my first article on Epigram by University of Bristol was published and I felt so content about it! I definitely want to keep this up, both for my experience and to contribute to the newspaper.

5 - Get more work experience
Nowadays, the professional world is slightly scary for students (and everyone else), and I'm definitely not looking foward to ending university and feeling lost. So I will try and find some useful work experience so my CV looks even better. How fun!

6 - Be more productive than last year
Even though I worked hard in 2015, I would like to get to be even more productive this year, both through the blog and univeristy. Work hard, play hard!

7 - Keep blogging 
Today, I feel very proud of my blog. It's probably been one of my biggest achievements of 2015 and I want to keep it up. My purpose is to come up with new ideas that can involve everyone, especially travel and lifestyle posts. As for the layout, I'm pretty happy about it but will try and maybe change it a bit later on. Check out my 2015 best blogging moments here.

8 - Keep travelling
Being an Erasmus student in Spain, I want to get to know more hidden places like little towns, as I've already seen most of the famous ones. I'd also like to visit Portugal, being so close as I am. As for this summer, I've no idea on where I will be travelling, so I'll wait and see what the future holds for me!

9 - Improve my cooking skills
Oh god. I'm really not into cooking, but rather into eating haha! However, I'm going to try and learn how to cook new recipes even if I'm not a huge fan. Maybe I'll buy a healthy looking cookbook or something.

10 - Improve my salsa skills
Since October I've been attending salsa classes and loved them, and I want to be able to dance like crazy!

11 - Do yoga and meditation regularly
Ok, I'm not going to say every day because that would be very hard. However, I'm going to try and do yoga at least twice or thee times a week, both by myself and in a class. I have to admit that the yoga pants I got from my mum at Christmas definitely boosted my mood, but I also just find to feel better physically and inside after having done yoga. I've been fighting against an annoying back pain for the past two years and I'm determined to fight against it and get my body health back! As for meditation, that will happen according to my mood :)

12 - Be mindful
Through the past two years or so, I have learnt that whenever I practiced meditation, lovingkindness, gratefulness I would always feel better and be nicer to people around me. I want to keep doing that by nurturing these values daily. If you know me, I'm not a patient person. However, I want to improve that by working on it every day. And also, I believe that if one manages to nurture gratefulness every day, kindness will come as a consequence. I will try and keep bringing my attention to these values.

And most of all, be happy! Through all these purposes I will try and keep my life active but balanced, and I'm sure your purpose is the same.

What are your new year's resolutions for 2016? 


  1. You are so right about new beginning every day and week. The fact that the year starts 1 January is really random (just some old agreement) and the truth is that it's sooooo difficult to keep your resolutions this day! A lot of people is just wasted or at least very sleepy after New Year's Eve party, so most of them already have a bad beginning! Apart of that I really like your list. Especially 10th point!

    1. Hi Tomasz, I agree with you... 1 January is never actually that good! You're usually hungover or just tired and confused from the night before haha. What are your resolutions? I would love to read them on your blog :)

  2. Non riesco a smettere di leggere!