Looking back, looking forward

I don’t believe in resolutions and I don’t believe that transitioning from one year to another should mean that something’s changed. Life pretty much stays the same, or at least that’s what I believe. One thing that I like to do while transitioning from one year to another, though, is thinking of what could make my next year better. It’s not resolutions, I’d rather say it’s ambitions.

After quite a rough 2014 that put me through a lot, 2015 has been a pretty good year and every blessing that came along tasted even sweeter in comparison. Many positive things happened, as if to prove that hard work at some point always pays off. After a year in Sweden I managed to secure a part time job that I absolutely love, then towards the end of the year I got a second part time job that proved even more engaging. I never thought I’d be among the lucky ones who actually get paid to do stuff they like, but this is the happy turn my life made this year. I don’t care that this condition is temporary, I am thankful for what I get to do now, as long as this lasts. A big accomplishment that happened this year was  earning my third Master’s on the 10th anniversary of my high school graduation. I have also been able to make new and interesting friends and those friendships have enriched my life in Sweden greatly. Furthermore, I got more accustomed to this place and its climate and I welcomed winter darkness with a lighter heart this year, even finding beauty in rainy months and long nights.

There is not much I can ask the new year to bring that 2015 hasn’t brought already, and if 2016 will just be made of the residue of the great joy that 2015 brought I will already call myself happy. There are a few ambitions, though, that could make it even better, so here they are.

1. I would like to be able to update this blog more often despite the fact that I am now working two jobs and this blog was started to keep busy while I was jobless. I would also like to wear nail polish more often, but I always feel like I never have the time to let it dry properly. Maybe I should just find that half hour, do my nails and then use the rest of the time for blogging as they dry out.

2. I want to upgrade my photographic gear. I am planning to get a new camera sometime in 2016 and officially retire my old friend who’s been with me since 2007 – a really long life for an electronic device! After 9 years of service, it’s really time to get a new one.

3. I would like to spend my 30th birthday abroad. Sweden, Norway, Italy and Poland don’t qualify as “abroad”, so somewhere else than those 4 countries. This will very much depend on my working schedule, but I can move the celebration a couple of weeks if need be to adjust to a holiday and use those days off to celebrate entering my fourth decade.

4. Depending on how much money I will have by the summer, I would like to visit three new countries this year. I can’t make this a real resolution because financial restrictions may prevent me from being able to fulfil this one and I don’t want to feel like I have failed something at the end of the year. So this is a wish, I’ll be happy if I get to visit three new countries. Otherwise, the money not invested traveling will have been invested in something else that needed more priority. And that’s life sometimes.

5. Last but not least, I need to improve my skills at Swedish. And I need to find the courage to start speaking the language at shops and restaurants. I hate being the perfectionist that won’t utter a word until a language is perfectly mastered. So more Swedish and less English in 2016. Ugh.

If you have read this far, thank you for taking the time for this post even if it was not food-related. If there is one thing that I absolutely love is to learn something personal about the bloggers I follow, so I like to have myself a few personal posts here and there among my recipes.

Happy new year and big thank you to all the people who follow this blog!

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  1. koolaidmoms December 31, 2015 at 17:32

    I like your idea of intentions rather than resolutions. Happy New Year to you!

    1. Eva December 31, 2015 at 18:16

      Thank you very much! Have a lovely 2016!!

  2. Rowena December 31, 2015 at 20:34

    Yes! Ambitions!! I’m not one for resolutions myself so I set goals for the new year. Here’s a toast to 2016!

    1. Eva January 1, 2016 at 00:06

      Cheers! 😉

  3. Anna December 31, 2015 at 22:06

    Lovely post, Eva! Happy New Year 2016!

    1. Eva January 1, 2016 at 00:07

      Thanks dear! Happy 2016!!

  4. The Swedish Kiwi January 1, 2016 at 22:56

    I have mixed feelings about resolutions. I think they are OK as long as they are smaller ones that are not so difficult to achieve. I think it’s also important to only choose a few, or it’ll get overwhelming. I wish you all the best for 2016!

    1. Eva January 2, 2016 at 20:07

      I totally agree, I take myself too seriously to be able to accept not accomplishing things 😀 Better keep things small. All the best in the new year to you, too!!


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