A Fresh Start



The plan was to share this blog last week but I was working on something related to this article only and couldn’t fix it. Read on to see what that was. Of course I got it fixed and learnt something which I have been meaning to ever since  I started blogging. I was not sure if it’s still appropriate to share this article as the new year is already eleven days but as you can see I just did !!

As we transitioned into the new year, one thing which many people talked about was  new year resolutions. I think people automatically expects you to make NYR. I don’t do NYR anymore. They rarely worked for me. And the truth is most people make the same sort of NYR every year – lose weight, exercise more , adopt a healthy lifestyle just to name a few. And by March or even earlier, they are already failed endeavours.The rest of the year is spent in guilt , feeling terrible about yourself.


There has to be a better way of learning / doing new things in the new year, without feeling intimidated by our own expectations. Although I don’t do NYR, but the following helps me to stay on track to achieve my weekly/monthly goals.

Writing them down. I split my goals into workable weekly goals which are a step forward to my monthly challenges.

Sometimes I split them into short term and long term goals. Then assign a date / month by which I need to achieve those goals.This helps me to be more focussed.

And here is one tip : I’m not very rigid. I don’t aim for a dozen goals at any given point of time. I pick up any one area and focus on that. One at a time.

Call them goals/ habits or resolutions, we need to make only those resolutions which we want to and not what is expected from us.


Having said that, I do have a short list of personal goals for 2016

Try out new things – A local museum, art gallery, park or exploring a neighboring town. Every month at least one place to visit. Doesn’t have to be expensive or traveling far.

Getting my mind into shape – It’s not just our bodies but our minds need to be trained too so that they stay healthy. I enjoy puzzles and word searches. This year I will try to get some coloring books too. Barnes and Noble have some great coloring books for adults.

Learning new things – This will help me to achieve the above mentioned goal too.Can be a new recipe, new craft, dance or language.

Master winged eye liner – Sounds funny ? Yes . But I’m quite serious about it. The only eye makeup I like to do.



This is what I’ve been working on. I learnt how to make such slides and hence the delay in sharing this article. Stay tuned for more .


Each new year is a bright, shiny new canvas just waiting for us to make our mark in our own unique way.  I’m ready to take new challenges and push myself to do new things – because I know this is the best way to learn and grow.

Looking forward to a great 2016.



  1. Great goals! I’ve also made a list for 2016 -so far, so good!
    Here’s to a great year everyone!!
    Em, http://www.ohtobecalm.com

  2. I like to do NYR, but I have to really think hard about what it is I want to work on during the year. I agree that just making any old resolution is completely useless, First, you have to decide whether you want a goal for the year or not. If so, you must also plan how you are going to achieve that goal. This is a lot of thought that needs to go into just one resolution, so it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I wish you success this new year, and I hope you achieve all your goals. Specially the winged eyeliner! If you do master it, please write a post about it!

    • You are so right. Agree with all that you just said. And yes if I master the eye liner, i might share it. Thanks for this great idea Fabiola.

  3. I love your list. Especially “get my mind in shape”. I prefer to set goals in the new year, rather than make NYR.

  4. Very nice post! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I think that New year resolutions don’t work if they are too radical. We have to aim for taking slow steps and progress slowly

  6. What a thoughtful and insightful post. So glad to hear you don’t do NYR nor do I. Your alternative suggestions are far healthier for mind and body. Love!

  7. Some great goals! Cheers to a wonderful 2016 ~Sara

  8. Nice post. I stopped making resolutions so long ago that I can’t remember and try to take each day as it comes.

  9. Love this! I’m definitely going to try and focus on one thing at a time so I don’t feel too overwhelmed like I usually do. It’s harder said than done for a perfectionist like myself though! Ha!

    – Elodie x

  10. Awesome beginning, Good luck for 2016. keep rocking.

  11. I love that you focus on one goal at a time. I am not one for NYR as I never keep them and then I feel guilty about it. Like you, I make small goals throughout the year. I also pick a theme or motto for my year and that works for me.

  12. Sounds like some great goals! I made my NYR’s on the 19th January last year and it was the first time ever I stuck to them 🙂

  13. So true Monika. Loved the slide 🙂

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