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7 Things for 2017


Happy New Year!

The previous post is a bit on the grim side (as was 2016), so I want to start this new year on a more positive note.

Since it’s also Sunday, which is time for my 7 Things series, I thought this time I’d write the 7 things I want to do (more) in 2017. I’ve never been really keen on a long list of resolutions. I usually focus on a thing or two generally for the entire year, and it works really well. My resolution for 2016 was to be happy (I was in a crappy place at that time), and for 2015 to be wiser, and for 2014 to open myself up for every opportunities and adventures that came my way.

This year, generally, I want to try harder to be happy and to create things. I also want to keep doing things that I’ve been doing for the last few months, and here they are.

1. Be healthier 

I’m planning to continue doing running at least 3 times a week, start doing yoga, and gain some more weight (my BMI currently shows that I’m dangerously underweight). Running has always been a hard one for me. It isn’t the most exciting exercise, and the air quality in Jakarta is so bad it makes me sick thinking what I inhale when I’m running (carbon monoxide, maybe). But I’ve experienced the benefits of running, so this year I’m gonna make more effort and fewer excuses.

2. Learn German again

When I was still living in Bandung, I took a German course at Goethe Institute, and I really enjoyed learning this complicated language for a few years. Sadly, when I moved to Jakarta I stopped as Goethe Institute branch in Jakarta was too far from my place. This year, I’m gonna try learning by myself. I’m planning to use books, CD, Duolingo, and italki website. If anyone’s got suggestions for anything that could help learning this language, please send it my way!

3. Read 40 books

This year I passed my reading target (30 books) by reading 40 books, so this will be my target for 2017. If you want, you can add me on Goodreads here.

4. Support independent businesses

Starting a new business has made me realize how hard it can be to strive and survive. Since then, I’ve started buying things from independent companies to support small businesses whenever possible. From buying books, groceries, coffee, or gifts for my loved ones, I always try find local/family-owned shops. This also applies for when I travel. I always choose to stay in family-run accommodations, eat in local establishments, and buy souvenirs from the traditional market.

A small warung in Ubud that quickly became my favorite. The food was cheap and delicious!

5. Learn a new skill

Toward the end of 2016, I tried my hand at painting with gouache, and I absolutely loved it (my favorite illustrator is Emma Block, she’s amazing). This year I’m planning to learn more in-depth and practice more.

6. Be more patient

I’ve always been struggling with this since forever. I’m not the most patient person, and 2016 has brought the worst out of me. The tiniest mishap could send me raging and exploding, and I’m not proud of it. I need to learn to take deep breaths and just let go, because most of the times it’s not even worth it to get upset/angry because of little things that won’t matter in a few days.

7. Be happier

Ah, this one. This was my resolution for 2016, and yet I feel like I failed. This year I’m gonna try harder to see the positive things, be hopeful and optimistic. Fingers crossed.

What do you want to do in 2017?

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  • Reply Nazura Gulfira

    Happy new year Dixie! Love all your new year resolutions, and somehow I spotted some similarities with mine 😉 Semoga tahun ini banyak membawa kebahagiaan buat kita yaa Dix 😀

    January 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Happy new year Zu! Amiiin, semoga resolusi kita bisa tercapai yaa 🙂

      January 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply saribainbridge

    Happy New Year Dixie ! One of my resolution is be healthier but I kinda overweight ( Chubidut sekarang ) not underweight 😂, and yes similar to you I love yoga, maybe we should be reminder for each other in this case 😉

    January 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Happy new year Mbak Sari! Hihi boleh banget jadi reminder, harus sering2 diingetin biar resolusinya ga lupa (biasa tengah2 tahun nih pas semangat udah mulai kendor). Semoga tahun ini bisa hidup sehat ya Mbak 🙂

      January 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply cerita4musim

    Happy New Year Dixie xxx

    January 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Happy new year Mbak Febby! Wishing you the best for 2017 🙂

      January 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply ayaspromenade

    Happy New Year! One of my resolution this year is to make new and more friends. Because, why not. 😀

    January 2, 2017 at 1:50 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Happy new year to you too Aya! Making friends is always a good thing, so that’s a great resolution 😉

      January 2, 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply aggy87

    Love all the resolutions Dixie! May you have a wonderful year 🙂

    January 2, 2017 at 11:29 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Aggy! Right back at you 🙂

      January 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply denaldd

    Happy new year Dixie! Semoga lancar untuk hal-hal yang ingin dilakukan. Tahun 2017 ini ambisiku yang utama adalah be simple dalam segala hal. Menyederhanakan segala sesuatunya. Hidup sederhana dalam kehidupan sehari2, mengolah emosi, memandang segala hal supaya aku lebih banyak bersyukur. Itu ambisiku tahun ini 😁 selebihnya lebih banyak membaca dan mengurangi konsumsi garam kalau bisa meniadakan.

    January 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Happy new year to you too Mbak Deny! Resolusinya bagus, aku suka ide simple living. Kadang ngerasa hari2 hectic banget sampe ga sempet tarik nafas, apalagi bersyukur. Ini jadi reminder buat aku juga nih. Btw boleh dong mbak nanti kalo ada rekomendasi buku bagus di-share, aku selalu nyari rekomendasi buku bagus hehe. Semoga tercapai yaa ambisinya untuk tahun ini 🙂

      January 4, 2017 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Lorraine

    Happy new year Dixie! I hope you’d get to do those resolutions. I personally love the idea of number 4. I try to apply it when it is possible.

    January 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Happy new year Mbak Yoyen. My favorite is also number 4, I think it’s important to help keeping independent businesses alive 🙂

      January 4, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Erny Kurnia

    Happy new year Dixie, I really love to read your resolutions. It’s give me positive vibes. I hope your resolutions increase your spirit and make your life be better!

    January 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Erny, and happy new year to you too! Hope 2017 will bring you happiness and positive things 🙂

      January 4, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Arman

    happy new year…
    definitely ya we all need to be happier! 🙂

    January 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Happy new year to you too! Hope this year brings much happiness to all of us 🙂

      January 9, 2017 at 11:03 am

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