Wow… Am I glad 2016 is over? Kind of! I really hoped for an easy year but it all was mäh and if I had to give 2016 a title it would be “Struggle Juggle”. So I am ready for 2017 and I really have my mind set on making something out of it.

Happy New Year

But lets have a quick look at my 2016 resolutions and do a tiny evaluation before committing to any new goals.

I chose a word last year: LOSE.  My gut feeling was it is too negative and it never left me. Therefore my first goal of “Losing anger and negativity” was basically doomed. Why didn’t I start by turning it around in my word choice and going with GAIN instead of LOSE? However I did quit a job but than lost another one. It seems like a cycle I am not able to break. Not giving up hope though.

My second resolution of losing clutter was pretty successful though – mainly physical clutter but also some of those crazy thoughts were sorted. My migraine… well another topic. Deleting my feed reader was freeing in the beginning but I felt like I have lost a bit of touch with all of you. I just didn’t know where to go and read. So, not doing it this year.

And while I didn’t write as much as planned I did journal (almost) everyday and kept a gratitude log. I also spend a lot of time learning new craft techniques. Taking a class for  glass bead making as well as a goldsmith jewelry making class. Many hours I spent watching photo classes at creative life and I took another three at the local community college. And I managed to finish a 100 day challenge where I drew 100 patterns. So am happy about this goal.

Overall I wasn’t doing too well with the vagueness of some of the resolutions.

So lets see what I have planned for my 2017 Resolutions!

First of, I have another word: B E C O M E. Or rather three: BECOME LIGHTSOME and BECOME VENTUROUS! I did Susannah’s email course again (I can really recommend if you want to start the practice of choosing a word.) and I realized my personal life calls for a different word than my career/business life. So personally I will try to be more lightsome and lighthearted while some things in my job life really need to change – therefore venturous seems right, motivating and encouraging. Hope they serve me right.

Due to those word choices I also divided my resolutions into different areas for 2017. I will share a few with you:

To achieve a more lightsome and lighthearted life I will:

  1. spend one day each quarter at the Spa just with myself. I’ve done that in 2016 twice and it was so refreshing and such an energy booster.
  2. declutter my life further. Currently thinking of a 100daysofdecluttering challenge where I put 100 items out for sale. Also I need to clean up the computer and I started working on organizing my photo library (far far far from done…) And I finally want to finish the craft lab.
  3. try to reduce the migraines by listening to the signs my body provides, eat healthier and evaluate food triggers. Also I might finally try yoga for real.
  4. not look at the phone for the first ten minutes after waking up. I bet this will be the toughest one and I know I won’t be able to every day but maybe start with one month.
  5. connect to people by writing postcards for birthdays, drop a comment on a blog, call a family member, visit more often.

I am going to be venturous and I will

  1. start something new. No more details here but I have big things in mind.
  2. try to sell my first picture and upload a few more.
  3. sign up for a personal photo challenge and see it through. The topic I have in mind is “Reflections”.
  4. push my Dawanda Shop further and make some sales.
  5. commit to participating in the NaBloMo. I’ve followed San the last two years and will finally join in.
  6. hopefully attend another blog conference and meet some of you nice people.
  7. dare to start another creative 100 day challenge.

I feel that 2017 will bring change. Hope it is a good one. And once again I ask: Who else is doing resolutions? And are you sharing them somewhere? Love to read your goals.

Happy New Year


I will link up with Annettes Herzblutprojekten.


  1. Hi Tobia,

    Thanks for commended on my blog post. I am always happy to see new faces there. The way you are doing your new years resolutions are quite interesting. I cross fingers, this year the word is working for you. As you, I wanted to make the new year more positive and more lighter up more brighter. But to be honest, I can’t confirm that my 2016 was that bad.

    Have a nice day.


  2. Those are great goals for 2017 and I am excited to follow along…. and I will definitely remind you to participate in NaBloPoMo this year. I don’t know, some people find the task of blogging for 30 days straight daunting, but I am always surprised how much creativity it sparks in me when I am “under pressure” ;)

    We’ll see how it goes! Good luck with your Dawanda shop! ;)
    San recently posted…One Little Word® for 2017: PERSEVEREMy Profile

    1. Thank you. I know when I did my star advent calendar I was so surprised how many ideas came to mind. I could easily do another one. Once you are in the zone it’s possible. So IBAN looking forward and have actually already 10 post ideas… but maybe I should start with a January post.

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