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New Year's resolutions

In Germany, many people delight in making New Year’s resolutions and (at least) try to stick to them. Stopping to smoke, losing weight, or spending less are favorites. Do you do the same in your country? What are typical resolutions there?

I mostly tend to scoff at “big” New Year’s resolutions, but I like small ones. Here are mine for 2013:

  • Read more.
  • Spend just a little less time online (related to the one above).
  • Try out some new recipes for bread and winter vegetables (not at the same time – these just happen to be the fields I am interested in right now in the kitchen).
  • Deal with the huge heap of mending that has been assembling over the last months (possibly years).

What are your resolutions?

– Rike Horstmann


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01/06/2013 2:10 am

Rike – I also want to spend less time being ‘useless’ on the computer. It’s funny how I turn on the computer for something important and then end up on Facebook for a couple hours and then wonder what I was doing on the computer in the first place.

And all in a effort to do more creatively inspired hobbies and definitely to read!

Oh, and I’m going to cut down on white bread – I bought pumpernickel to eat fresh veggie sandwiches for lunch. My brother suggested Rye but I can’t find it freshly baked anywhere – last year I didn’t buy bread with preservatives and I’m keeping on that track by buying freshly baked pumpernickel.

As to your mending – I was thinking of doing a ’30 day’ organization binge – I have seen so many helpful blog posts and pictures on organization that I keep thinking that is going to be one of my resolutions.


01/05/2013 10:27 am

My New Year’s resolution is to make time to go out to lunch with all the people I am always saying “we should go out to lunch” to. That’s the plan, anyway.

01/04/2013 12:28 pm

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions but try to do new things all through the year. Easier to make sure things happen. :)

01/04/2013 11:12 am

I am doing the opposite of you. I want to read a little less and get out more and be more social. It is so easy, especially in the winter months to just stay in, especially if there is a good book to read.

I want more balance in my life – which does include exercise for stress reduction and getting fit. Plus I am evaluating some of my activities. Do they make me happy and fulfilled? Would my time be better spent doing other things?