Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year's Resolutions #1

Normally I’m not the kind of person who makes up New Year’s Resolutions. Not because I think their weird or that they don’t work, but mostly because I just don’t think about making goals for a new year. I mean, it’s just the start of a new year, nothing has changed. But this year I’ve been thinking about making New Year’s Resolutions. Not because I think I’m living my life the wrong way, but because I think I can definitely gain more energy and a less stressful life if I change some things around. Not only in my book blogging life, but also in my life as a nurse and just my normal everyday life. I’m not making promises though!! And I will make a new post about how my New Year’s Resolutions are going in a view weeks. So make a note ;)

Eating Healthier:

It’s not that we eat only junk food and lots of candy. No, not at all. I don’t even like most candy. But we do like to eat things that are easily made and not particular healthy. The main reason for that is that we both work fulltime and when I’m home from work I don’t really like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And I’m not very good in thinking of new ways to make salads, or green beans or other vegetables. Most times we eat pasta, or potatoes with a salad that’s already made in the supermarket. Not really bad, but definitely not healthy all the time.

I do like to cook from recipes and trying out new things. So this year my goal is to eat more vegetables, eat more fruit and try to eat more fish and les meat. I’m trying to pick out easy but healthy new recipes that I can make within the hour. I already started this weekend: 

The first one is Pasta with homemade Pesto, Grilled Turkey, Asparagus and Peas. The second one is Risotto with Smoked Salmon.


A year and a half ago I started doing Yoga. We just got back from our holiday in Mexico and I was feeling a little stressed about work and life in general. I’m a perfectionist in everything I do, and because of that I made my life a little too stressful. I just don’t know how to slow down at times. So what I was searching for was something relaxing, something that was good for me and something that was just for me. In Mexico I saw some people doing Yoga, and although I had some reservations about it being not for me.. I decided to sign up. And I really enjoyed it. But like everything in my life I couldn’t take it easy. I went to Yoga two and sometimes even three times a week, next to my work as a nurse and my book blogging. It became too much when my I got more responsibilities at work and I had to take a break for a little while. Well, this year I’m going to start again but my goal is just going ones a week. If I have a lot of free time I can always go but it won’t be my goal!

Reading More Books I've Bought Myself:

Ever since I started blogging in March 2014 I’ve received a lot of review requests. Even though my review policy says I don’t accept new requests, people keep sending me their books. And I have a very hard time saying no, because I just love to read everything and I don’t want to disappoint. This year I’m setting more boundaries for myself. I have to read at least one book a month I bought myself. Like for example the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ve been wanting to read that series forever but last month was the first time I was able to read the first book ‘Cinder’, because I’m just to booked. This year I’m doing things differently and taking more time for the books I want to read.

Relax more:

Like I said before I’m a huge perfectionist. And although this is definitely one of my strong sides, I need to let go of doing EVERYTHING perfect and accepting that I can’t control everything. This is definitely something that will be very hard for me and I don’t exactly know  how I will achieve this goal but I think it’s definitely something I NEED to do. I think I’ll definitely be more relaxed if I achieve this goal.

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions or goals this year? What would you like to change? Do you have any tips for me?


  1. I can identify with all your goals. I too find it hard to relax and always over commit. I'm always trying to find balance and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I took a huge break from the blog at the end of last year and I'm glad I did as I needed the time for other things in my life. I'm working hard at healthy eating too and I try find easy and healthy recipes to try at least once every two weeks. I did find loads last year that are now favourites in our house so my list is growing :) Good luck with your goals Maureen, you can do it!

    1. Thanks Trish. I really hope I can reach my goal, but I'm very positive about them so that's good.
      We seem to have a lot in common then! ;) Good luck with your goals too!!

  2. Those are some really good lifestyle changes. I'm pretty sure that yoga would be very difficult for me, though I'm thinking of joining a class once my semester is over (I'll have a particularly difficult first couple of months of it.) It's probably just what I need.

    1. Thanks! Yoga is also very hard for me since I'm not flexible at all and I'm really not the sporting type. But it is a lot of fun and it's more about trying than really being able to do all those moves. Good luck with your class and I hope your able to try a yoga lesson in the future. ;)


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