We’ve done it. 2017 is behind us, and with it all those exhausting things that happened. I’ll keep the bright memories with the others and I’m looking forward to the year that lies stretched out before me with hope and curiosity.
My main resolution for 2018 and all the years to come after is more self-care. When I looked at the fireworks lighting up Hanover and was happy to spot so many of my favourites – white chrysanthemum ones that shoot up as normal rockets first and only bloom after those have glittered up the sky – it dawned on me that I actually deserve good things. All the good things. I’m not that good at self-care yet but the first thing I did was take the first week of the year off – to concentrate on the things I really want. And I’m learning.
What are your resolutions?
I’ve been a bit absent in the time leading to and during the holidays thanks to the lack of an internet connection of our own at the new flat (yet) and excessive playing of Don’t Starve as well as extra work and resulting stress. I’ve taken a week off, finally, to start my new year with self-care, to replenish my energies and get back my inner strength. I hope you are all well – fed, rested, warm (but not too hot, for you in the Southern hemisphere) – and if you are not I hope you soon will be.
I wish you the best of transitions into the new year – how I long for the sound of the bells announcing that 2017 with all its trouble has passed, to chime out change and new hope, lightened up by fireworks. I’m so glad we made it to Winter Solstice already, and that the longest night is over. I’m spending the night with friends and food and rum and sparklers (and probably explosives, too, yeah) here at the new nest above the backyards.
Have a wonderful last night of the Year of the Star and an even better start into the Year of the Moon. I’ll see you all in 2018!
Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.
– L.M. Montgomery
This especially counts when tomorrow is like today the first day of the new year. Happy 2017!
I hope you had the New Year’s Eve you wished for and a good start into this beautiful new-born year.
If you’ve read this blog for a while now you’ll know that I love the feeling of crisp, fresh starts. So of course I made resolutions for the year to come!
- Lose weight. That’s a pretty standard one, but I’ve got my reasons (which I explained in this vlog). This goes hand in hand with exercise more (aka. do more yoga) and hydrate better, too, so I’m counting these as one. Get fit(ter), something like that.
- Be more sustainable in my everyday choices. I feel like I’ve been a bit lax (or maybe just scatterbrained) with this last year so in 2017 I want to become more mindful again of my choices when it comes to buying and using things.
- Paint and draw more again, not just for commissions but especially for myself! Last year started off with a pretty big project and ended with a pretty big project freelancing-wise and in the end I felt like the only drawing I had really done all for myself was Inktober. I’m definitely planning on repeating Inktober, it was so much fun and such a great experience and way to grow. But I just want to draw again, just for myself.
- Get another tattoo. Self-explaining, isn’t it.
- Finally set up an Etsy shop! This is a big one, not only because of the risk of gallons of self-doubt fuel but also because there’s a whole trail of paperwork and *tremble* self-promotion (one thing I’m really, really bad at, probably worse than maths) included.
- Learn more about making and editing videos and recording music. And of course make more music and videos!
- Learn to love myself more. I’m not expecting myself to have turned into a self-love expert at the end of the year, it’s a work in progress and I’m willing to take it slow. What ever waits for me at the end of the year, 2017 will be my Year of Self-Love. And self-respect and self-acceptance. I might have to elaborate on this further in another post but the resolutions stands.
Of course there’s more (there’s always more): Cook more, do more witchy and spiritual things, go out more, explore Lower Saxony, visit a renaissance fair/ medieval market, dress the way I want to, make friends, declutter, go on more LARPs, really start the Wunderkammer Chronicles, read more, breathe more, have fun, be happy. But I thought seven is a good number (a magical one, no less!) for 2017. 2017 is also the Year of the Star, according to the lovely Méa and the Major Arcana (No. XVII being The Star). I think that’s beautiful. Let’s all adopt that. Year of the Star sounds like something straight out of a fantastic fantasy novel I’d love to read.
Here’s to a wonderful and bright Year of the Star!
What are your resolutions for this beautiful new year?
It’s 2016! Sometimes when I look at the annum of a date I write down on my uni papers I smile because we’re living in the future. Most of the knowledge of humankind accessible through a slim black device. The first steps for hoverboards. Solar energy. And then I wonder what the next years will bring, after what has been accomplished – good and bad – during the last 100 years alone, and progress gets faster and faster.
Anyhow, for now I concern myself with 2016.
On the last day of 2015 we had raclette and glued the bad things of the last year onto explosives and our wishes onto rockets and went out to light them up. We counted down to Midnight and listened to the bells of the churches, the one next to us and all the others, greeting the new year, and we sent those wishes up into the night sky lit with firework. And blew up the curses, too.
Now we have a brand new year to look forward to. I know that it will bring many changes, at least for me personally as Scoundrel and I will move to a new town or city around summer, and we yet have to find out where the fates will lead us. I’ll start writing my bachelor thesis, too, and I’m looking forward – somewhat nervously, I must admit – to the research and the creative part alike. For now I’m concerned with another project, though, even though I can’t say much yet, it’s not my own, actually. Let’s just say I’m busy, I’ll let you know eventually.
But of course I won’t let this blog fall into a hiatus. I realised last year how much blogging relaxes m, that’s why I still keep it up no matter how stressed and busy I am. I hope you’ll stay with me, I cherish each and every one of you and I love reading your comments and hearing your thoughts. Speaking of which:
My new year’s resolutions do not only include more yoga but also a better blog, however that might look in the end. Do you have any ideas what you’d like to see more? Please do tell me in the comments section!
Also and anyway, happy new year. May it be the best yet. ♥
Yesterday Scoundrel and I spent a few hours in the afternoon burning the remnants of the year gone by. I used to do this with my mother when I was a child, I did it as a teenager when I still lived at home, and now I do it as an adult, down by the river banks. 2014 was the first year for Scoundrel to join me.
And of course I made resolutions.
I love making resolutions. Together with fireworks and church bells they are my favourite thing about new year’s eve. My resolutions for 2015 include:
- More DIY and creativity. Here on the blog, too. I got a tripod for my camera for Midwinter (thanks to Scoundrel, he’s perfect at choosing gifts for me, and I’m always helpless as to what to get him) so I won’t even have to wait for Jules to get off his fabulous hindquarters to take pictures.
- Less stuff. I started clearing my book shelves (*gasp* indeed) last year and will proceed with my crafting supplies and my closet, of course. I want to fill my life only with things that I love or that I find useful (freely citing William Morris, thanks to the Northerner), which is also part of the next item on the list.
- Taking better care of myself. Better food, more fresh air, more swimming and skating, listening to my body (as in “going to sleep when I’m tired” and “eating when I’m hungry, not hours later because I was too busy”), treating my soul well.
- More adventures. Alone as well as with others. There are countless little castle ruins scattered in reach of my student’s public transport ticket, and I haven’t seen any of them yet! There are dark woods to explore and colourful cities to visit, lakes to swim in and campfires to be lit. Somehow I’ve got a great feeling in this regard for the new year.
- Less plastic, more sustainability. This ties in well with items three and four. My shopping habits have already changed during the last months. There are, nevertheless, a few points I can work on still, and I’m looking forward to that.
- Getting better at my fentes for Canne de Combat. My tendency to shift my weight too far forward makes me slower than I need to be.
I hope you made the crossing into 2015 well. Did you make any new year’s resolutions, too?