2017 aims (or something)


As I mentioned, today is a public holiday in the part of Germany where I work. However, it is not in Switzerland (or at least not in Basel – I don’t know about other cantons), so I took advantage of having the place to myself to get rid of the chaos of Christmas. The decorations are down and have been put away, as have the Christmas papers, ribbons and other embellishments I was using for my cards. I’ve found homes for the last few gifts and even took away some of the glass recycling, which is usually difficult because both my lunch break and the time I finish for the day are during “quiet hours” when you’re not supposed to use the glass bins. Most productive use of my time.

With the final reminders of the holiday period gone, it seemed like a good time to finally start looking forward to 2017. I’m not making resolutions as such, but I do have a few aims… or maybe guidelines… that I want to bear in mind this year. So here they are. By the way, the photo at the top has nothing to do with anything, I just thought the post needed a photo…

  • Get regular exercise, even if it’s just walking into Basel more often instead of taking the tram (I did this today actually, so I’ve started well!). After spending all of October and part of November hobbling around, I was starting to feel a bit sloth-like, so this year I want to try and get out there and move!
  • Eat healthily most days. I don’t want to obsess about it, and if there happens to be cake on the days I have to go into the office I will definitely be having some! But I do want to try and fit in some vegetables every day and try to have some healthier breakfasts on hand (or eat breakfast at all!). My aim is to experiment with more vegetarian recipes at the beginning the year when I’m still motivated so I hopefully find a few quick and easy ones for later on when I can’t be bothered. A simple way of getting into the routine of having vegetables every day πŸ™‚
  • Try not to stress over things I have no control over. What will be will be, and obsessing over things doesn’t make life any easier.
  • Spend more time with Jan without any screens being involved! Most of our evenings seem to end up with us either watching something (be it on TV or a DVD), Jan on his laptop doing more work or both of us sitting in the same room, but mainly looking at our respective devices. I want to try and have at least some time this year where we’re both in the flat and not looking at a screen! I think I’ll start by suggesting we try to eat at the table once or twice a week and go from there.

That’s basically it. Apart from that I plan to continue exploring Switzerland, keep cross stitching, read lots and basically just try to enjoy myself in the moment. With all the terrible things that happened in the world last year and that are set to continue this year (and I don’t mean celebrity deaths! There were many scarier things going on than that last year!) I want to try and keep my little corner of the world positive and happy place. Here’s hoping for good things this year!

Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2017? I hope it’s a fabulous year for all of you, whatever your plans.


17 thoughts on “2017 aims (or something)

  1. And what a lovely photo it is πŸ™‚
    I had a wish to eat better last year, I started by just adding a side of salad to my lunch and having fruit as an evening snack, and adding just one more veg to our evening meal. It seemed to work. I also swapped cooking from jars and sought recipes and cooked from scratch, I thought it would be a faff but it’s actually much easier and now I can’t remember I cooked from a jar. I like the idea of cooking veggie meals – I might have to look at doing a weekly veggie meal for this year πŸ™‚
    And I like the idea of eating together, without screens!
    Hope 2017 is a happy and positive year x

  2. What a wonderful post! I especially love your last resolution. I think that’s something I ought to aim at as well.

    I still can’t get over Switzerland having “quiet times”!

  3. All very sensible aims – & ones I could do with following! I’m trying to eat more healthily – and avoiding ANY snacks on two days a week. As you know I post my menus for the week, plus recipes (or links) – maybe there’ll be some veggie inspiration for you there. I’m really liking stuffed peppers at the moment – they’re lush if you do them in a slow cooker!

    1. I have tried stuffed peppers with mince but never a vegetarian version. I will definitely keep an eye on your meal planning posts πŸ™‚ Don’t have a slow cooker, but ovens are just as easier – switch on an let it do its thing πŸ˜‰

  4. sometime in 2015 or 2016, i don’t remember, i started trying to add a fruit or vegetable to every meal. sometimes it’s a salad, sometimes it’s grated zucchini in pasta, sometimes it’s fries because potatoes are vegetables right? lol but seriously, like you, i didn’t want to be obsessive about it, just trying to be better. as for vegetarian recipes, i love budget bytes. she has some really yummy recipes and everything i’ve tried has been a hit.

    i tried to make eating at the table a thing but KC never went for it. ugh. we spend a lot of time in front of screens, we are both way too obsessed with computers and the internet, but at least we aren’t on our phones all the time. KC will often be on his laptop while we are watching something though, which drives me bonkers, so we have a one screen at a time rule, which seems ridiculous, but when we are watching tv together without phones or laptops as well, we talk more.

  5. Oh screen time is a huge one for me! My husband and I have tried to cut back so many times (especially over meals) but the lure of Netflix is so strong! Plus we are generally exhausted from our days and the thought of making conversation is too tiring sometimes. But how depressing is that? I’m going to focus on it again this year, with our move I’m hoping it’ll be the giant change we need to jolt a few of these big issues into place. Here’s hoping…!

    1. True, making conversation is hard after a long day at work, but I feel like we should make an effort to spend non-screen time together during the week because there’s only so much weekend to go round (and my boyfriend spends as much of that as possible sleeping).

  6. As much as I love Christmas, I love the feeling when the decorations come down. I like your third resolution about not stressing about things that can’t be changed. I think I need to adopt that. I also want to try being a little more reactive and less proactive this year, which sounds (and perhaps is) counterproductive but I like the idea of kicking things back a notch and letting things slide a little!

  7. Speaking of glass recycling… I need to take mine out. Luckily (or unluckily depending on the time of day) there is no such thing as quiet time here in Belgium.

    I have not bothered with goals this year, at least ones that I want to write down or whatever. I have thing floating around in my brain but that’s as far as it gets. If I had to pick some, they would all revolve around having more fun, like go on multiple camping trips, make the most of every weekend, read so many books (although, I haven’t got a number for that… I just want to read more). I’m not so good at setting goals…

    Good luck with all yours though πŸ™‚

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