At the beginning of the year I didn’t make resolutions. I had vague ideas of things I want to achieve in 2017 but I didn’t vow to make them happen. This tends to put too much pressure on me and I end up not sticking to my goals.
So as the new year chimed, I let my ideas simmer and grow over January, finding time for them in my everyday life, seeing what was going to work and what wasn’t.
A month later, I’m happy to report that the goals that truly mattered have been incorporated into my life. Some are still unfulfilled, but I’m holding on to them and hoping to see them come to fruition later in the year.
In no particular order, here is what I’ve been up to:
Learn European Portuguese
I’m making videos about my learning journey. It’s both a way to connect with other learners and assess my progress.
Follow me on YouTube if that’s of any interest to you.
Take a photo every day
Today's #SplodzJanPC asked us to focus on wood. My growing love of wood made it difficult to choose a subject. In the end I settled for my currently most cherished pieces of wood: my longboard and the land paddle/tarp pole/walking stick I'm making. #wood #bamboo #landpaddle #landpaddling #walkingstick #tarppole #getoutside #bustinboards #longboard #longboardinggirls
Record a sound every day
I never planned for this goal, but as I began to take a photo every day, I thought it would be cool to add sounds to the themes. This however proved too difficult and I ended up simply recording random sounds. This is harder than taking a photo every day but I really want to make this happen. It is forcing me to focus on sounds more often, to really listen, and to make full use of my recording equipment. It’s only been a month but I already feel like I’ve learned a lot.
Follow me on SoundCloud if you never want to miss one of my recordings.
Other goals include setting up a new blog, sharing the sounds and story from my journey through Spain and Portugal, going on a longboard microadventure, walking the West Highland Way with Zoe and Jenni, exploring the areas around my new home, and reading a book by a Portuguese author every month.
Have you set up goals and resolutions for the new year? If yes, how are you doing with them?