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What I’m going to do more of in 2012

What I’m going to do more of in 2012

I take new year’s resolutions very seriously: I used to tape up my index card of the things I most wanted to change on my mirror, so that I would see it every day. Since I’ve been traveling, I carry them around with me in my wallet. It’s a written reminder to hold myself accountable, to create the life I want to live.

New year's resolutions for 2010, 2011, 2012

I’m excited for 2012. I’m excited to wake up in a new country and explore a new continent. I’m determined to keep traveling, keep writing, keep waking up in the morning with a smile on my face. Now that I’ve finally got myself flossing every day, I’ve decided to turn my attention to a few new resolutions:

Sunrise over Lucky Bay, Cape le Grand, Western Australia

See more sunrises: Waking up early to see the sunrise is kind of like a workout: I never regret one, but there are plenty I regret missing out on. I scored an awesome early morning running buddy my last few weeks in Melbourne, and our route along the beach was extra refreshing when it was a gorgeous sunrise.

Travel with my best friends: I love solo travel, but my absolute bestest friend just got her passport and I’ve been dreaming up crazy adventures with an awesome sorority sister for years now. I want 2012 to be the year that I finally head through customs with a friend from home.

Go to at least one music festival: Going to a music festival is something I’m pretty sure I’ll appreciate most when I’m young and carefree and don’t mind camping (aka boozing) for three days straight. So I want to do it now, even if it’s above and beyond my usual budget.

View from Bluff Knoll, Western Australia

Dedicated yoga and running sesh at least once a week: When I’m working in a city, I’m good at setting up a regular gym routine. But once I get on the road, I tend to stay in shape with lots of walking, stair climbing and bike riding. However, being able to clear my mind with either a yoga class, a long stretching session or an outdoor run is something that I not only enjoy but is also important to both my physical and mental well-being.

Go to Croatia: It’s been on my list of places I really want to go since 2008. I’m sick of it being on the list, and I want to check it off this year. No excuses.

Only say “I’m sorry” when I really mean it: It’s a very feminine trait to be constantly apologizing, and I do it far too much. I’m almost tempted to say “I’m sorry” just for being guilty of that fact. This year, I want to stop the automatic and afterthought apologies and only say it when I really mean it.

Cocktail at The Eathouse, Redfern, Sydney, Australia

Stop saying “I’m jealous”: I drop things like “so jeal” or “I’m so jealous!” into so many conversations: when a group of my girlfriends gets together for drinks, when a friend jets off to a sunny locale and posts incessant photos of umbrella drinks on her Facebook, when a blogger goes to a destination that I’d love to visit. Instead of being jealous, I want to be happy for their happiness and remember that I’m living exactly the life I want to be living.

What are you looking forward to in the new year? 

  • Abartholomew2

    I love this!!! Might just have to make my own index card for 2012! And even better might have to meet up with you in some foreign country!

  • Abartholomew2

    I love this!!! Might just have to make my own index card for 2012! And even better might have to meet up with you in some foreign country!

  • I have only just discovered in the last few weeks that, not only did you live in St Kilda (where I’ve lived since February) but you also run (I run too!) We could’ve been running along St Kilda beach together!

    I love these New Years Resolutions Christine, they’re unconventional and yet definitely still achievable.  I definitely need to be more grateful and to try and be more positive 🙂

  • Caroline Eubanks

    I cannot say enough good things about Croatia! I want to go back. Who did your blog header? I’m looking for a redesign this year!

  • So true about women apologizing way.too.much. And Croatia/Slovenia are both on my list…siiigh.

  • Anonymous

    Yes please! Will be in Thailand for most of February–come see me!!! (ps I’m super glad that we were able to travel together in 2011–so much fun coming to see you!)

  • Anonymous

    Haha I swear I left you a comment or tweet to that effect at some point a while ago–it’s a shame we weren’t able to meet up at all! But keep enjoying St Kilda for me–how I miss it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hop & Jaunt–they’re awesome to work with! And I’ll be looking to you for some Croatia tips hopefully!

  • Anonymous

    Ooohhh Slovenia…meet up this summer perhaps?!

  • Great resolutions. If you make it to Croatia, let me know! I plan to be in the area in July…  😉

  • Nice ones. I had to do the same thing with “I’m sorry” at one point too. And trying to floss daily is a perennial favorite of mine!  Good luck in the new year!

  • Kieu Nguyen

    All great resolutions. Don’t panic when things do not go as plan. Gerard’s always been great at staying calm but I wear my emotions on my sleeve. Best of luck in 2012. I would LOVE to travel with my besties one day. 

  • Your blog is really inspiring. Thanks for that and all the best for the new year!

  • Anonymous

    great xtreme!!! ive seen pictures of those waterfalls in croatia and they are amazing!!!  I’m in for croatia! i’ll be in spain starting in september! lets plan it.

  • These are really great resolutions. It’s January 3rd and I still haven’t written mine but I think I may try to this week.

    Have you read this: http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/25/30-challenges-for-30-days-of-growth/

    It really inspired me to make smaller changes.

  • This is such a good list! I don’t normally make new years resolutions, but this has got me thinking about what I want to do/see change in the upcoming year : )

  • Anonymous

    good list! Especially about going to Croatia, I’m right there with you on that one! One of my “wants” will likely come true this year – going to Brazil in September! 

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  • Anonymous

    How awesome! Seems like everyone is going to make it Croatia this year…you’ll have to keep me updated on your plans 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I’ve pretty much mastered flossing every day–or at least ALMOST every day! Did you know it’s better for your teeth than brushing? And the best thing to whiten them? (I’m clearly an American obsessed with going to the dentist). The “I’m sorry” thing will be a bit harder, I think… cheers to 2012!

  • Anonymous

    I could definitely stand to be a bit less panicky as well–I get way too emotional and freaked out sometimes when it’s really not worth the effort!

  • Anonymous

    Awww thanks! Cheers to 2012! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Ohhhhh you’ll definitely have to let me know where you get placed in Spain…maybe I’ll give Spain a second try!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I really like that! Thought about that “do one thing every day that scares you” today while I was in a yoga class and we were doing headstands. I absolutely HATE them and usually just sink into child’s pose, but I figured today was a new year and that I might as well try! It was super hard and I didn’t love it, but I think being able to do an unassisted headstand is something I’d like to accomplish in 2012! Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I always like to write them down so that I don’t forget about them as soon as it hits February. I’ve been doing it since I was 16, and I usually manage to make some changes 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Ohhhh Brazil! Carnivale in Rio and the World Cup in Brazil are two things I would LOVE to experience!

  • Journey with Jess Jones

    Ahhh I love this Christine! Especially the photo of your previous lists, gorgeous! Lets try to make at least one of those yoga practices together this year missy…and maybe a few sunrises;) Thanks for sharing and best of luck with the awesome list!

  • Anonymous

    Let’s be serious Christine, when I met you in 2010, you were already all about flossing teeth. In fact I believe you said, “I’m totally judging you in a good way. You floss”, when I first met you. Glad that you could keep up that resolution. Love these, especially the “stop saying I’m so jealous”. I always need to remind myself that if I am jealous of something, I’m being too lazy and need to go accomplish it myself.

  • Anonymous

    Awww yes please! We need to chat about how much longer you’ll be in South America and where you’ll be going next!

  • Anonymous

    Haha I did totally achieve my flossing-every-day goal in 2010! I am still a big believer in flossing, don’t you worry. Speaking of being lazy…why haven’t we Skyped yet? I’ve got Wifi at the moment and I’ll be back in the USA in April and possibly Europe this summer…we should reunite somewhere with shade.

  • Maggie High

    I love the last one. I’m going to add it to my resolution list, as well. I think it’s a great positive change and will lead to greater overall happiness. It kind of goes along with the whole “don’t compete” part of yoga. I want to try to remember that I don’t have to be perfect or do everything in the world to be happy and successful in life. Thanks for inspiration!

  • Anonymous

    So true–I’m definitely getting more into setting intentions and sending the right vibes out into the universe with yoga. So much is about attitude and what you believe you can do! Glad you enjoyed it–namaste 🙂

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  • “Instead of being jealous, I want to be happy for their happiness and remember that I’m living exactly the life I want to be living.” – Amen sista!  I’m right there with you =o)

  • camorose

    Yay! Glad that someone else lives by that sentiment–it’s honestly been such an eye-opener this year!

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