GOOD TO SEE YOU, 2016 * TIME FOR THOSE RESOLUTIONS

One shouldn’t break the chain, right? So here I am telling you about my new years resolutions for 2016 just like I did in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Before I make my goals for 2016 I like to have a look at last year. How did I do, where did I struggle and where did I excel.

♥ 1: Get healthy, feel better get back to yourself.

I didn’t do as great as I have hoped. I had a few good months in the beginning of the year where I ate healthier and lost some weight. I did start some exercise in the middle of the year and felt better but kinda lost it somehow. I still have back pains. So today I am basically where I have started out last year. I guess it’s somewhat of a win as I didn’t increase the problem.

♥ 2: Be nicer, be more patient, listen better.

Well, this one is a life goal, right. I don’t feel I gave it my all but tried nevertheless.

♥ 3: Declutter!

I did declutter quite a bit but there is still so much to do. Lots of clothes went to eBay and when I didn’t get them sold I donated it all. I still have some clothes and other things I want to sell.

♥ 4: Cook more (healthy) food.

Well I didn’t manage to cook one recipe from every book but when I looked for a new one I always decided to go with the one in a book I haven’t used yet. I made Chewy Pecan Brownies, Cucumber Potato Salad, Bread out of a pan a few more which didn’t make an appearance on the blog.

♥ 5: Invest time, fun and ideas into my Dawanda Shop.

This one was alright. I spent some time and money to make the shop more happy and fun to browse. I made a few sales however not as many as I would have liked. But then you have to start small, right?

♥ 6: Classics.

I started out strong in the beginning of the year but hoped to achieve more. Here is what I have read: Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick and I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Jurassic Park.

♥ 7: Write more letters & postcards.

I am most proud of this one and it is the one I did the best on. I think I only missed one birthday and two or three people I saw on their special day anyways. So I am really happy with this one. And I did receive five Christmas Cards this year so I am happy.

♥ 8: Invest in blogging.

I did invest in blogging as I was traveling to London to be part of the blogtacular conference and meet Elisa there. While it didn’t give me as much as I had hoped for (hence the missing recap article) I still felt inspired. I also joined a few webinars and took notes. And I spend some time working on the blog changing my CSS. It is still scary and I have no clue how I did it but I know I can.

♥ 9: Staying creative.

I feel like I have been quite creative this year. Maybe in a different way then I have thought but still. I was doing a lot of drawing this year. It started out with a sketch note workshop with Frau Hölle in February. In May I participated in a Japanese calligraphy course where I learnt how to write with ink and a brush. It was so much fun and so mediative. In fall I had the chance to learn about hand lettering. I also sewed a bit: a purse, a dress for my godchild, a sweater and two long sleeves for myself. I made more jewelry and a lot of ornaments as Christmas gifts. I am happy with this one and hope I will continue.

So bye bye 2015 and lets get some resolutions for 2016 on paper.

new year resolutions 2016

I started out with a different approach this year.

Have you heard about choosing word for your year? I had already last year and loosely had ‘appreciation’ in mind. However this year I wanted to take the time and ponder over it a bit more. Susannah is providing a free workbook to unravel your last year and set goals for the next. I really recommend it as it is quite revealing. She also has a free mini email course to find a word. And Elise had a podcast (# 038) about this topic that I enjoyed a lot. After going through those exercises and an epiphany I decided on my word: L O S E
I know it sounds negative and that is what made me think about it a bit longer but it just feels right.

So my intentions for 2016 have this word in mind. Here they are:

1. Lose anger and negativity

This one is closely connected with my life at my day job. Specially after looking for a new job four years in a row I am really angry and negative about the whole situation. It’s not healthy – for me and my environment and it’s staining other areas. This needs to stop. I also file a few more things under this category but they include other people or are very personal so I will not go into detail here.

2. Lose clutter

Now this one is a huge one. Lose clutter physically meaning get stuff out of the apartment as soon as possible to make room to breath. It means virtually. I am having this crazy idea about deleting my entire feed reader and start out new. How many new blogs, people and ideas would I discover? Not sure if I dare to do so but if you want to make sure I stop by at you place leave a comment… But it also means declutter my brain and mental stage. Lots of thoughts hopping around, feelings I can’t quite put a name too and my migraine.

3. Lose unhealthy lifestyle

This includes the first two points as well as physical things. I want to eat healthier, move more and maybe find some relaxing method. I plan on signing up for a pilates class to try it.

4. Lose fear and self-doubt

This one is mainly connected to my blogging and Dawanda shop. I hope to learn to be proud of what I am doing. I hope to find like minded people to interact. Just connect a bit more. My attempts last year weren’t too fruitful.

5. Lose time wasting habits

How many times do we spend on checking emails, Facebook and such in the most unlikely places and unnecessary ways? How often do I end up in front of the TV instead of doing the “I never have time for this” projects. Hoping to carve some of that time and channel it to those projects.

And while I can’t fit all my goals under the word L O S E and since having good experience last year I have few more:

6. Write more

I want to continue to write postcards for birthdays and any occasion coming up. And I also want to write more blog posts. But it also means rediscovering journaling. I did that once in a while in 2015 and I want to keep a gratitude/happiness journal to help me with goal #1.

7. Stay creative

I plan on taking quite a few courses at the community college or online to learn about new creative techniques and such. I want to finally do the photo exercises from the Humboldt Fotoschule and I want to keep drawing and lettering. I also want to sew more clothes I can wear and I do need new purses.

This years goals are somewhat vague and I have to come up with a plan to put them in tasks otherwise I will not be very successful. Right now I am thinking of theme-months and January will be declutter. We’ll see how that goes.

I am ready 2016 but please treat me nicely! I am excited and hope it will be a good year. Do you set resolutions? Please share as I am always eager to snatch new ideas.

Happy goal setting,

Tobia

My Advent Wish List…

Isn’t it great? It’s the first of 1. Advent and my most favorite season has started. I was reading my blogs this morning and Bine had me inspired with her advent list and I figured I get up, make myself a cinnamon coffee, light the candle and type away.

Advent wreath decoration white green moss

So here is my advent wish list:

  • Decorating the apartment NOT right before Christmas but maybe even today. Lets start this advent right.
  • Not making a crazy load of cookies and stressing myself with it. I usually have a fix plan on baking the Saturday before Advent 1. Not this year. And I usually make around 10 different cookies (at least) in one sitting. It’s crazy. And I always wonder why no one wants to bake with me… This year I do them when I feel like it. Maybe invite my neighbor again because that was fun.
  • Sew myself a Christmas shirt. I have this silver sparkling fabric here and I also have a pattern all ready to go.
  • Take time to enjoy the season. Find a few minutes a day and calm down. Write a journal entry or work on Frau Hölles #24doodles  Adventskalender. Or just sit and star at the candle listening to music. Whatever helps to make the most of this season and soak it all up.
  • Visit the Christmas market. I am really no fan of those things, I thought,  but last year my colleagues dragged me to one and I LOVED it. So I hope I can motivate them to go again this year. I will have hot apple cider and roasted chestnuts.
  • Making a few Christmas presents myself or at least a tiny add on. I have started already but don’t know how it turns out.
  • Walk in snowfall. I love snow. I love the smell of fresh snow. And I love to breath the air. So hopefully it’s snowing while I have time to be outside.
  • Listen to Christmas music. I usually don’t like classical music much but once a year I listen to the “Christmas Oratorio” by Bach. It instantly gets me in the Christmas mood and I usually listen to it when baking.

This is my list. I hope I will be able to enjoy it all. Do you have a list? Please share!

Happy candle lighting,

Tobia

News Months Resolution :: November Edition

Well this wasn’t supposed to happen… two monthly resolution posts in a row. Life took over, I am feel somewhat meeh, too many ideas, too many energy suckers in life, a dull job… in short I am in a funk. But today I woke up thinking “I wanna write a blog post.” So here we go:

2015 goals

Contribution to goal #1

October:
♥ Pick one challenge and get back into the routine. Didn’t happen.
♥ Ride my bike to work unless its pouring but don’t let the cold stop ya! My bike broke two weeks after buying and I haven’t gotten around to fixing it. But I walked the way home once and was totally worn out. Tells me one thing.

November:
I’ve gotten a reminder about this challenge. It wasn’t to loose weight! It was about feeling healthy. I need to keep this in mind.
♥ My back hurts bad daily right after waking up. I need to find something to get rid of it. A new pillow or some stretching exercise or something.
♥ Make 10.000 Steps at least 2 times this month. I love the air and it makes me instantly happy to be outside.

Contribution to goal #2

October:
♥ I want to listen better. And remember what was said. Please, if anyone has suggestions on little trainings or such give me a hint please. I really don’t know if I was successful here.

November:
♥ Don’t snap back immediately, take a breath, think, answer.

Contribution to goal #3

October:
♥ Work on this enormous to-do list and get some stuff crossed off. Well I have no clue what was on the list when I wrote it a month ago. Its long again.
♥ get rid of the packed up clothes that already got sorted out. Don’t procrastinate! Threw them all out. Almost, not the ones not yet packed up.

November:
♥ There are so many spots still looking terrible. Pick 2 and get rid.
♥ Try selling things now that Christmas is around the corner.

Contribution to goal #4

October:
♥ Cook more! (Not helping that I wait for delivery while typing this!) If cutting veggies and sticking them in the oven counts I got better.
♥ I’ve got a few recipes I would love to try. It’s time for mushroom risottos and stews and such… I don’t think there was one…

November:
♥ 3 new recipes. I start with a bean stew today. An apple sauce cake next week when visiting my godchild and she loves apple sauce I hear.

Contribution to goal #5

October:
♥ I have a few more products to add to the shop and ideas to realize. Lots of new things in the SHOP.
♥ I want to start doing a few things for x-mas. I did. And It’s coming soon. And you can have it too. Follow my shop!

November:
♥ My big goal is making a sale in my Dawandashop. Hopefully with my new product arriving in a couple weeks I will.
♥ Make a new header for the shop.

Contribution to goal #6

October:
♥ I won’t add some book as I will not make it. No reading. Kept this one.
♥ But while typing this I wait for food so I can start watching a real classic I haven’t seen before – Jurassic Park. Maybe I should go to watching classics instead of reading… This it should be an easy one then… Yes, made it and watched Jurassic Park.

November:
♥ Watch one classic movie. Maybe Breakfast at Tiffany’s? What’s your favorite classic?

Contribution to goal #7

October:
no birthdays and such. I skip and get ready for Christmas cards. Done

November:
♥ I am participating in an advent calendar swap again this year organized by undiversell and fraumasulke. It has been a lot of fun last year and it’s great to get lots of handmade little presents. I use my mug coaster daily. So I bring that on the road.
♥ And Annette is having an Nikolaus Blogger Exchange. I was reading about it last year and really really felt said that I missed out. I want to be part this year but wondering if I put too much on my plate. (But secretly I already know I have signed up by the end of the weekend.) You can sign up until: Wednesday November 11, 2pm.

Contribution to goal #8

October:
♥ I have big plans. I want to add a Christmas page with all my related posts. Ahhh this is a pain in the a**. I started three times and just a few days ago I think I had a breakthrough. Now all the work…

November:
♥ Hopefully setting the page up finally.
♥ I’ve a few post ideas for November so actually publishing is the goal.

Contribution to goal #9

October:
♥ projects lining up: 1 hoodie, 1 sparkling long sleeve with a different neckline, newborn baby outfits and purses and totes. Hopefully I can cross lots off next months. Noon, none. I am sooo sad.

November:
♥ Take October goal and do it.

Well, here we go. Lot’s of plans. Only 3 weeks to go. So I better get started.

As always I link to Elisa. Check out the other goals.

Happy goal reaching,

Tobia

New Month Resolution :: October Edition

After I already said hello to fall it is about time to post my monthly goals for October. While I like my monthly goal setting I also have to admit that I am getting tired of it. I feel like I do repeat stuff (because I just don’t get it done and it’s somewhat embarrassing). On the other hand it keeps me accountable. I will finish this year strong so here is my list:

2015 goals

Contribution to goal #1

September:
♥ finish the two challenges. Start the next one. And keep going with 60 squads, some arm and ab exercises daily. Well I kinda did finish the challenges but I did have a few days I skipped. I also stopped the squads because my knee started to hurt. I liked doing them though. I also started a new job where I am able to ride my bike to. So I actually picked  up on moving more just differently.
♥ cook more healthy stuff. Candy on weekends. Less carbs for dinner. Whatever but something! Just let me cry….

October:
♥ Pick one challenge and get back into the routine.
♥ Ride my bike to work unless its pouring but don’t let the cold stop ya!

Contribution to goal #2

September:
♥ always improve! Ah this one is truly the hardest.

October:
♥ I want to listen better. And remember what was said. Please, if anyone has suggestions on little trainings or such give me a hint please.

Contribution to goal #3

September:
♥ skip this months of selling shit. Maybe it’s been online too long. I sold something! Edit: I might donate all to the refugees currently arriving in Germany Ahhh I have it packed up but didn’t drop it off. Lame excuse I know.
♥ keep looking for a regular cleaning lady. Didn’t happen.

October:
♥ Work on this enormous to-do list and get some stuff crossed off.
♥ get rid of the packed up clothes that already got sorted out. Don’t procrastinate!

Contribution to goal #4

September:
♥ We really need to get back to more cooking and less ordering take out. Maybe I try to do some weekend meal planning. Didn’t really go well. It’s just so damn convenient to order.

October:
♥ Cook more! (Not helping that I wait for delivery while typing this!)
♥ I’ve got a few recipes I would love to try. It’s time for mushroom risottos and stews and such…

Contribution to goal #5

September:
♥ I will keep adding some more jewelry over the next days. And I have plans on doing more. So keep coming back. I did add lots of products to the shop and would love for you to visit.

October:
♥ I have a few more products to add to the shop and ideas to realize.
♥ I want to start doing a few things for x-mas.

Contribution to goal #6

September:
♥ Finish “Moby Dick” Naaa didn’t happen.

October:
♥ I won’t add some book as I will not make it.
♥ But while typing this I wait for food so I can start watching a real classic I haven’t seen before – Jurassic Park. Maybe I should go to watching classics instead of reading… This it should be an easy one then…

Contribution to goal #7

September:
♥ 2 birthdays but my immediate family so no real cards required to be sent out. My aunt however is on some rehab and all alone for the next weeks so I might cheer her up. I wrote one letter to my aunt.

October:
no birthdays and such. I skip and get ready for Christmas cards.

Contribution to goal #8

September:
♥ lets skip this months. and gather some energy to do lots next! I did a few scheduling this but thats it.

October:
♥ I have big plans. I want to add a Christmas page with all my related posts.

Contribution to goal #9

September:
♥ I have splurged on lots of new fabrics to sew myself some tops. And I really could use a few long sleeves. So I hopefully start that. And unfortunately my fall purse didn’t make it till fall and I really need new totes. I was strategically planning my patterns and fabrics and matching them all. I started one shirt and would have been done a million times but of course I had to sew the sleeves wrong three times. But I finished.

October:
♥ projects lining up: 1 hoodie, 1 sparkling long sleeve with a different neckline, newborn baby outfits and purses and totes. Hopefully I can cross lots off next months.

Wow… as you can see I put lots on my plate this month and I really hope I didn’t overdo it. I want to get a lot done.

As always I link to Elisa. Check out the other goals.


Happy goal reaching,

Tobia

New Month Resolution :: September Edition

Hello!

So here we are September. Crazy. August was unexpected. I had some time at home and got a few things done. Let’s have a look and set goals for the new months.

2015 goals

Contribution to goal #1

August:
♥ Keep finishing my squad challenge and start a new one (sit-ups?) Yes! So proud I got it done! 5 weeks ending with a 100. And I started two more!
♥ Candy on the weekends being good during the week. Mmhm not so much but I believe it got less?! Or maybe not the weight suggests differently.

September:
♥ finish the two challenges. Start the next one. And keep going with 60 squads, some arm and ab exercises daily.
♥ cook more healthy stuff. Candy on weekends. Less carbs for dinner. Whatever but something!

Contribution to goal #2

August:
♥ I can be better. I will be better! I think I did better?!

September:
♥ always improve!

Contribution to goal #3

August:
♥ work hard on getting shit sold. Oh I am having beef with eBay! The second time someone bought something and is not paying and now blaming me for not delivering. I am about done with selling. Way too much trouble.
♥ how about starting to clean up/declutter 30 minutes when coming home. Ok lets stay real do that twice a week. Aaaehm maybe not but I feel like I kept things more tidy and I actually cleaned weekly (don’t judge!)

September:
♥ skip this months of selling shit. Maybe it’s been online too long. Edit: I might donate all to the refugees currently arriving in Germany
♥ keep looking for a regular cleaning lady.

Contribution to goal #4

August:
♥ Two healthy dishes from my books. Well I made some Pinterest recipes but they were nowhere near healthy…

September:
♥ We really need to get back to more cooking and less ordering take out. Maybe I try to do some weekend meal planning.

Contribution to goal #5

August:
♥ Keep going with the experimentation. I didn’t go on with them as I felt it wasn’t secure. However I did make some jewelry. Check out this post or visit my store.

September:
♥ I will keep adding some more jewelry over the next days. And I have plans on doing more. So keep coming back.

bow bracelet in shop

Contribution to goal #6

August:
♥ pick up the kindle and finish this one book about time travel So I did and it was good. I also started and finished “The Paper Magician” and then I started “Moby Dick”.

September:
♥ Finish “Moby Dick”

Contribution to goal #7

August:
♥ 2 birthdays coming up, 2 cards it is! Mhm I didn’t write any…

September:
♥ 2 birthdays but my immediate family so no real cards required to be sent out. My aunt however is on some rehab and all alone for the next weeks so I might cheer her up.

Contribution to goal #8

August:
♥ Maybe start the bundle this month? I haven’t yet.

September:
♥ lets skip this months. and gather some energy to do lots next!

Contribution to goal #9

August:
♥ Just keep going! I am creative and just having thoughts counts as creativity. I felt really creative this month. It felt good. But I didn’t work much in August either…. Coincidence?

September:
♥ I have splurged on lots of new fabrics to sew myself some tops. And I really could use a few long sleeves. So I hopefully start that. And unfortunately my fall purse didn’t make it till fall and I really need new totes.

Now you know my plans, goals and troubles. Lets here yours and link up with Elisa.