My 5 New Year’s Resolutions

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Here’s the house I’ll be staying in on weekends when I live in Sweden.

Happy New Year! I don’t usually make major resolutions but this year is going to be filled with change so I’ve decided to give myself a few goals for 2014. I didn’t mention anything about my blog and nightwear business because it doesn’t need to be January for me to want to make both better in the next twelve months, and that’s something I am constantly thriving to do – without a deadline. But here are a few things I want to try and accomplish by the end of 2014.

1. Learn swedish. The big change I’ll be making in 2014 will be leaving Canada. I’m moving to Sweden at the beginning of February (with the husband, kids, and dog.) I think I will dedicate another blog post to tell you all why, but in short, it is about quality of life. So it’s finally time for me to stop dragging my heels and learn the language. I guess I’ll start classes in March and I hope that by December I’ll be able to have a basic conversation in Swedish and read an article in a newspaper. Wish me luck!

2. Sleep more. I need a lot of sleep, and with kids, it’s even harder to get at least eight hours a night (in an ideal world I’d be getting ten.) So this year I want to sleep more, and I think that will very much be a possibility due to the expected better quality of life I’ll be having once we are settled in Sweden.

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I need to spend more time in bed. And hopefully I’ll have a nice bed like this in Sweden.

3. Floss more. I don’t floss enough, this has to change. I want to be a five times a week flosser, at least!

4. Get rid of my fear of parallel parking. I have terrible depth perception and that has not helped my parallel parking. In fact, I’m so crappy at it I pretty much avoid parallel parking at all costs. This year I want to master parallel parking, with a manual transmission (because they aren’t big on automatics in Europe!)

5. Not buy anything I don’t need unless it is something that is going to seriously make me happier. I’m getting rid of so much stuff in this move, and I don’t want to replace most of it. I can’t wait to live in an empty home without unnecessary stuff.

What are your goals for 2014?

Bed image.

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  • Magdalenka

    congratulations on the move! Welcome to Europe!! Good luck with the resolutions!!
    I do have 4 of them for this year, or …rather wishes, and one of them is yes, to sleep more.. with 2 kids (5y old and 1y) it is seriously difficult thing, 10 hours would be perfection, but getting close to 8h for few nights in the row would be satisfying.. And another one, to get back to my pre-kids body (losing some 8 kg and maintaining this loss!!), so I can wear all my favorite cloths that fill up my shelves :-) The third one is reinventing my professional life, have to basically find totally new profession/occupation in new country. Number four is to learn Italian fluently, the language of the country I have been living at the moment.. Ha, wish me good luck :-)

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    That’s very ambitious! Good luck – sounds like 2014 will be a busy but fun year for you. I’m all for taking on challenges.

  • Allison P

    Please tell us when you are having your garage sale! I’m sure we all want some of your cast-offs!

    Good luck with the resolutions!

  • @Elaryen

    Congratulations on your move! When I went to live in Italy, I didn’t speak more then 3 words Italian either.

    As far as resolutions go, I have made a small list of goals I’d like to achieve, both in business and private.
    Right now I am overhauling self, wardrobe and house to be more a reflection of these goals. If lots of things are being tossed in the process it’s a bonus. At least it will look tidy without too much effort.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’m all about overhauls! Can’t wait to get to Sweden and have a fresh start with a lot less stuff!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    It was this weekend – I live in Squamish so only advertised locally. My stuff isn’t worth driving an hour from Vancouver to buy.