Photo by Andrea.
“Are you doing any resolutions this year?” Lauren asked a few weeks ago. “I was hoping you would do a blog post.”
Well, here they are: my New Year’s Resolutions for 2020.
1. Save up for a new laptop
This one’s very simple. My current laptop is dying a slow death. I’m not sure I’ll be able to save up for a new one this year, but I will certainly be trying.
2. Travel abroad with a friend
Not long ago, I realised I had never been on a trip with friends (not counting the time I went to France with Lauren’s family in 2009). As I am hoping to get away this summer, but don’t want to go alone, I would like to travel with a friend for the first time.
3. Organise film marathons
I’ve sort of set up my own home cinema, so now I would like to make good use of it by organising marathons. An LGBT film marathon and a Eurovision party are definitely on my list!
4. Complete a photo series
Quite a while ago I had an idea for a portrait series, but never really started it. This was mostly due to the fact that I didn’t have access to my Minolta camera at the time. Inspired by my friend Andrea, who solely shoots analogue, I finally picked it up again. I’ve never worked on a full project before, so this is exciting!
5. Read 25 books
Last year I went well over my goal of 25 books for the Goodreads reading challenge, and eventually ended up reading 48. Reading comics helped a lot, but now I don’t have easy access to them anymore. I also don’t have as much time, so I decided to set this year’s goal for 25 again. Hopefully I’ll make it without too much struggle. I’m expecting to read a lot during summer break.
6. Driving lessons
I got my driving license 3.5 years ago, right before I moved to the UK. I haven’t driven much since and certainly don’t have the confidence to go on the road by myself right now. Apart from the fact that it has been a long time, I have also become perpetually confused about traffic since living in the UK.
Although I manage fine with public transport and my bike, a car can be useful sometimes, so I would like to be able to rent one every now and then. However, until I’ve gained back my confidence and feel I’ve become fully reacquainted with Dutch traffic, I don’t want to put down the money just yet. That is why I thought I would do three driving lessons or so, just to get back into it!
7. Eat less dairy
Last week I wrote about ways to be kinder to the environment, naming eating less dairy as a sidenote to eating less meat. I figured I could take on this resolution myself. When I moved to the UK, I hardly ever ate dairy, apart from my favourite Dutch cheese. Other than that, I mostly used alternative products.
Since I have returned to the Netherlands, I have fallen back into the (Dutch) habit of consuming dairy again. This is partially because the UK didn’t have as many dairy products to offer, and I missed them, but also because I want to take in good fats to maintain a healthy weight. Besides, I have found this country doesn’t have all the same alternative products on offer (vegan crème fraîche, I really miss you!). The fact that vegan alternatives are often a little pricier was also holding me back.
I think it is time to practise what I preach, though, so I intend to cut down on my dairy consumption. My first step will be to start finding replacements for my standard dairy ensemble, like the yoghurt I have with my cereal in the morning. After that, I think I’m going to have to do a lot of experimenting and exploring. All tips are welcome!
8. Start therapy (again)
Yes, it is that time again. Last summer I sought out therapy once more, as I felt reintegrating was going to be a big deal for me. Then, slowly, my mental health started to decline again, and suddenly I was given a new diagnosis which kind of turned my world upside down. Ever since, I feel like I have been constantly occupied with coping mechanisms and survival 24/7, which is very tiring. I am currently on the waitlist for therapy and honestly don’t really know what’s ahead yet. But I do know that I really need it!