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Let’s talk about 2016

Let’s talk about 2016

It’s that time of year again: Christmas is over, 2016 is about to begin and everyone thinks about the year behind us and about what lies ahead. So naturally, I’m going to do the same. Mainly, because for the first time ever, I am actually coming up with some sort of new year’s resolutions.

2015 or what’s been

The past year has been pretty much about trying to find my way. For the first 7 months, I was trying to find a job which I would not only enjoy but that would also pay my bills. I am now working at a PR agency in Berlin as a Social and Digital Media Consultant. The job has been good so far but I am definitely looking forward to learning more and to expand my client base and knowledge of different areas in digital media. I have also been working on the project of a friend who is helping people start their own crowdfunding campaigns. Working with a friend is definitely a different experience than working in a large company but it also offers a lot more opportunities to play around and try different things.This job has been great and I am glad how far it has come in the last year.

I set up my blog in November of 2014 but only really got started on it in time for the International Travel trade fair in Berlin in March. Since then, I’ve been busy building up content, meeting other travel bloggers and working on getting the blog to the visual standard that I would like it to have. I’m not entirely there yet and my content scheduling is by far not as regular as I would like it to be but I have a lot planned for 2016 that will also make for some really great content.

Health wise I’ve been pretty fit with a big flu thrown in in September and another one that I am just getting over. My biggest problem has been that my eating habits have been screwed up quite a bit. Whenever I am emotionally upset, I stop eating and that’s why I just recently lost a lot of weight. I am getting my eating habits back on track now and will try to eat more healthy and regularly from now on. I have also barely done any excercise this year which will definitely have to change in 2016. Starting with a ballot class on the 6. January.

Personally, there have definitely been better years than 2015. The last six weeks in particular have been rough and I am only now starting to see some light again. However, this situation has taught me a lot about myself, about what I want from life, from the people around me and about how I react to tough situations. I could definitely have done without this experience but you know, but then again maybe I could not have. This year has also not been the best in terms of staying in touch with friends, though I did get back in touch with a friend in England.

 

2016 is going to be my Pipi Longstocking year

You might wonder what the Pippi Longstocking reference is doing here but it’s pretty simply. In the German version of the song, Pippi sings about creating a world for herself where everything is possible and where she can do whatever she wants (like lift horses above her head). I always loved that. A girl who does whatever makes her happy. So this year, I will try to be a little bit like Pippi Longstocking (just minus the hairstyle).

The last couple of weeks have taught me how fragile things are. Things can make you happy one moment that are gone the next. So 2016 will be about stringing together moments, people and experiences that make me happy and that make me feel as much me, as possible.

My 9 resolutions for 2016 reflect that idea and are as follows:

1. “I want to grow my blog to 5.000 readers a month”

The past 12 months have been all about getting the basics of Travel Read Explore right. So 2016 will be all about creating awesome content for you to enjoy and to interact with. Setting up a newsletter is also on the top of my agenda so that I can get to know my readers better. The number of 5.000 readers per month is a pretty random choice to be honest but I wanted to set a specific target that I can work towards. I will keep you posted on how I am getting on with that goal.

2. “I want to grow my profile as a Social Media consultant”

For the past few years, I have slowly build my profile as a Social Media consultant and I am still learning things every day. But in 2016, I want to work with more people and help them to get their ideas and projects out there. I won’t have the time to work with each person individually, so I am looking forward to figuring out a way to help more people set up really interesting, funny and cool social media profiles by setting up some sort of social media guide or online course.

3. “I want to dance in the sun”

This resolution might sound really weird but let me explain. In early December, I wasn’t having the greatest time but then one night I had this amazing dream and when I got up, I felt great. And in this dream, I was surrounded by nature, it was sunny, the sun was just setting and I was dancing, without a care in the world. I don’t know whether that means that I should go to a festival, to an open air concert, to take drugs or whether that dream was just trying to give me an idea of what might make me happy. But I will definitely try to recreate that feeling of freedom and carelessness as much as possible this coming year.

4. “I want to see the sunrise at least once a month”

This year, I definitely haven’t seen enough sunrises. Because really, what is better than coming home really late, the birds are already singing, it’s slowly getting light and you start thinking “Damn, that was a great night”. So in 2016, I want to see the sun rise at least once a month. But not, because I am getting up so indecently early that I catch a sunrise, but because I am coming home from a night of dancing, because I’ve been talking to great people all night or just because I’ve had a great time.

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5. “I want to go on a road trip”

There is not a lot to say about this. If you have ever been on a road trip, you know how great it feels to stop somewhere in the dark, sleep there and wake up in a beautiful place that you had no idea even existed. Maybe I can combine the road trip idea with one of the 5 places mentioned in #7 but if not, I’m sure I’ll end up somewhere amazing.

6. “Every month, I want to go somewhere I’ve never been”

This resolution ties in neatly with resolution #7 because these are all places I have never been to before. But you can also interpret the whole “go somewhere you’ve never been”-idea a bit more loosely. There are so many places in Berlin that I have never been to and there are so many things I could try that will take me somewhere unexpected and that I’ve never been to.

7. “I want to go to Dublin (and Mexico, Spain and Cuba)”

This sounds like a very long list, doesn’t it? But Dublin and Bremen can be done over two weekends, the trip to Spain is already half planned which only leaves Mexico and Cuba which I will hopefully fit in somehow. Each place has fascinated me for a while now and I even know someone in Dublin who can show me around a bit.

And not to forget, I am flying to New Zealand for a wedding in the middle of January which will give me the opportunity to see some things I haven’t been able to see before (Abel Tasman National Park and the Cape Palliser lighthouse, to name just two).

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8. “I will do my sailing licence”

I have wanted to learn to sail since about 2006, when I first went to a couple of sailing classes on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand. Since then, I’ve looked at sailing classes in Berlin and I even have study material at home to¬†learn all the technical basics. So, finally, 2016 is going to be the year! I’m sure that that’s going to mean the summer is going to be awful and cold but I’ll keep you posted on my sailing successes. I also want to squeeze in a sailing tour through the Abel Tasman National Park in January, so I can start the year off right.

9. “I want to take people on microadventures”

A couple of weeks ago, a girl who works for Trips4real has written me on Facebook to ask whether I wanted to set up a tour through Berlin. To which I said yes, of course, and I am now working on coming up with a walking tour through Kreuzberg, as well as a night bike tour. I already have a pretty good idea about where I want to take people, now I just have to research some background information and put the tour online. I’m excited to show people around the city and lead them to some of my favorite places in Berlin.

So if, at the end of next year, my year has looked a bit like this, then I’ll be very happy:

And how about you? Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Tell me about your plans in the comments, I’d love to know what you are getting up to in 2016.