2014 Goals and Resolutions

So at the beginning of my Filofax I have a list of goals I want to reach in the new year. I keep the list here in order to stay focused.

The goals are pretty much the same as in my 2014 Plan post.

  • Finish 12 projects
  • Preserve 12 different foods
  • Watch 50 new movies
  • Bike 3000 km
  • Walk 750 km
  • 52 new things (not including movies)
  • Bake 12 new cakes

Apart from this list of goals I also have a little “pep talk” in the front. It’s focused around one word “forward” which, so far, is my word of the year, I’m not sure it’s going to stick for the entire year, but for now it seems appropriate, I might explain why I chose that word in another blog post.

I’m not going to share the exact wording with you (it’s in Danish and it would probably take me quite a while to translate it, to give off the same meaning), but it’s basically a reminder to let go, to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities and challenges I’m going to meet in 2014.

Scrapbook Layout: Efterårsvarmen

IMG_2689-2I’ve been trying to challenge myself lately, so I wanted to try using a sketch. I looked at a few from SC and finally decided on this one. It’s fairly simple and very much “my style”. It didn’t turn out perfect, and I think it would have worked better if I had used smaller elements, both the photo and mat, as well as the embellishments and the title, but I think it turned out decent.

IMG_2692-2IMG_2695-2Next time I’m going to try a sketch that is a lot different from what I usually do and see how that turns out.

IMG_2693-2I know a lot of people don’t like bulk, but to be honest I love the dimension, I mean seven layers of cardstock, paperclips and badges, add a lot of bulk, but I wouldn’t be able to acheive the same effect with flat embellishments. Another reason why I don’t mind is that scrapbooking isn’t my main memorykeeping. I keep an “ordinary” album of all my photos, so scrapbooking and project life works more as an artistic outlet.

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Evening Routine

So tonight I am going to share my evening routine, of course I don’t do this every night, some days just don’t have enough hours.

Ideally I like to start this two hours before bed, although this usually only happens on days where I’m off work, as I don’t get home from work until 9 pm.

  • Turn off the TV – I live in a studio apartment so it can be hard to separate night from evening.
  • When I have school the next day, I like to prepare my lunch.
  • Make sure all the dishes are done.
  • Brush my hair and braid it
  • Change clothes
  • Remove makeup
  • Brush my teeth
  • Skin care
  • Make some tea
  • Drink a large glass of water
  • Make the to-do list for next day
  • Make sure that my Filo matches my google calendar
  • Read for about 45 min.
  • Wash the teapot
  • Brush my teeth the last time
  • Check email one last time
  • Set the alarm
  • Charge phone

Winter Bucket List

  • Build a snowman
  • Take a walk while it’s snowing
  • Go Sledding
  • Feed birds out my window
  • Decorate for Christmas
  • Decorate the tree
  • Knit a blanket
  • Finish PL 2013
  • Drink hot chocolate after a walk in the snow
  • Watch the Winter Olympics
  • Make soup or porridge more often
  • Start a tradition of movienights
  • Try baking in my tiny oven
  • Read three books
  • Knit a sweater
  • Blow Ice bubbles

2014 Travel

2014 Travel plans I don’t have anything set in stone for next year, but I have a lot of maybes. Ever since I returned China I’ve been wanting to travel again. I want to see places I’ve never been before next year.

  • Four days in Paris, I want to see Paris, I almost have this one planned out completely, just need to find someone to travel with. As I don’t really know my calendar next year nothing is set in stone but I think it would be best in the first half of April.
  • I’ve been thinking of Interrailing through Europe in the Summer, but it all depends on whether I decide to continue my studies.
  • My family have plans of going to the Virgin Islands in Fall, but wether I am going also depends on my decision about school.
  • If my Summer and Fall plans fall through I was thinking about going to New York for four or five days.

Weekend Party: Travel edition

Everytime I return from travelling I get the urge to go out again. I’ve almost planned a trip to Paris in April 2014. And I’m looking into Interrailing in the Summer. And of course my never-ending plans of travelling around the world.

Before you plan a trip around the world read these tips.

13 truths about travelling.

8 tips for travelling with an expensive camera.

Guide to road trips.

Need inspiration for your next camping trip? Here are 20 places to go camping before you die.

52 New Things

52 newDo you have a ”bucket/life” list? I do, I have a list of things I want to do in life. In 2014 I’m going to try 52 new things. Some will be big, like visiting a new country others will be smaller like making a certain dish for the first time. I chose the idea is that I will do one each week on average, but I shouldn’t feel obligated to do one every week. Life always happens and next year I will have a lot of things on my plate, some weeks I might do more others maybe none, the objective is to keep moving forward and experiencing new things.

To mention some new things that happened this year

  • I got my first plant – It’s still alive (Mostly at least)
  • I boiled a whole chicken for the first time – which is a big thing for me
  • I visited China
  • I got my first leather jacket

Ideas for 2014

  • Visit France
  • Knit a sweater
  • Get an orchid

2014 plans

It’s December and there is less than a month until 2014 arises, I don’t really care for resolutions, but it gives me an excuse for planning. I have so many ideas and projects in mind (thank you Pinterest!). I will share a few with you guys. In this post I will just list the general ideas and throughout December I will write more detailed posts on each of them (and if you are lucky, and my exams don’t stress me out, you will get a bonus post on the subject).

  • 52 new things
  • Memory keeping
  • Travel
  • Goals
  • 12 projects

Old City of Shanghai – City God Temple

IMG_2363-10It took quite some time to find the City God Temple, mostly because we didn’t really know what to look for. The surrounding area must be my favourite place to buy souvenirs (it’s very commercial, but has some great stuff), not because it’s cheap (if you want cheap, wait until you visit the wall, and then spend some time bargaining – they usually sell the same stuff in all the shops there, so just walk a bit further if you can’t get the price you want).

IMG_2369-14If you want some tea or some beautiful artwork, I would say this is a good place to buy it. We were told, it was a good place for jade as well, but I know some of the others bought some, which turned out to be fake, so be careful (if you have no idea how to recognise real jade, try reading this).

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We spend a lot of time just walking around looking at all the shops, but if you want you can visit Yuyuan garden, a traditional Chinese garden, connected to the area.

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