2014: Looking Forward

I recently spoke with a good friend about New Year resolutions and how they never seem to last because, well, life gets in our ways. You see, after careful thought I’ve realised that the past few years have always held one huge life changing event that I would have never thought of in January of that year. Some examples:

  • 2013: I moved from London to Barcelona for 4 months on a 3 week notice.
  • 2012: I quit my well-paid and respected job in commodity finance to do something more creative.
  • 2011: I was offered to move from Switzerland to London on a 4 months notice.

Do you see what I mean? How am I supposed to set New Year resolutions if I don’t even know in which country I’ll be in or which sector I’ll be working in?

Playa Ancรณn, Tenerife (Canary Islands)

My life as it is doesn’t allow me to set very tactical goals on a long-term basis – I want my goals to be more strategic.

As I usually do, I looked for an answer in Google and came across a completely new approach to New Year resolutions that seems to adapt way better to my lifestyle – Choosing three Words that reflect my overall goals of the year (a method created by Chris Bogan).

Grow

30 St Mary Axe, London (UK)

Last year I lived in continuous uncertainty. Even though I learned to enjoy the excitement and curiosity about what’s next, the lack of groundness (is this actually a real word?) made it an impossible scenario to grow professionally. In 2013, I grew experiences – but 2014 is the time to become more intentional about my new career path. Obtaining an official certification in Project Management, learning Brazilian Portuguese and concentrating on developing new business contacts and opportunities are three specific goals I have set myself for this year.

Grow also resonates with my saving goals. I haven’t always been responsbile with my own money (which is rather strange for someone who has specialized in finance). In fact, 2013 beat my savings up hard. Whatever little income I had, I spent it in less than a month and from there on, tapped into my savings. This year, I’m moving into a more affordable flat, setting up a direct debit of 200 GBP a month to go into my savings account and am being more conscious about where I put my money in.

Simplify

Chamonix, France

I’ve learned a valuable lesson in 2013 – Being open to change is way easier when you don’t have other long-term commitments. You see, when I accepted moving to Barcelona, I didn’t really give enough thought to the fact that I was going to be paying for two flats at the same time (one of them being in one of the most expensive cities in the World). How easy would it have been if I didn’t have a long term contract, all my thoughtfully bought furniture and 10 boxes full of clothes!

This doesn’t mean that I’m going to turn all minimalistic (I do enjoy having more than one pair of jeans), but just simplifying things (both, emotionally and physically) whenever possible. I’m starting with decluttering my wardrobe and moving to a more flexible rental in London. I firmly believe that less complexities and clutter around you also brings clarity and reduces stress – an added bonus!

Radiant

Sunset from Las Terrazas del Sauzal, Tenerife

In 2014, I want to feel as radiant as the sun. One of the many definitions given to this beautiful word is having or showing an attractive quality of happiness, love and health. There couldn’t be any word more global than this one.

I want to feel energized, healthy and happy. I’ll continue to exercise regularly, go to bed before 11:30pm and get up in time to have a decent breakfast at home. But I’ll also be consciously reminding myself of the things I’m thankful for (specially on those days I feel like it’s me against the World). If there’s anything that 2013 has taught me is that in the end, everything will be ok.

What are your three words for 2014?

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10 thoughts on “2014: Looking Forward

  1. I simply love the idea of choosing three words instead of resolutions, you’ve inspired me!! Your life sounds s fulfilling and exciting! I can’t wait to get started in the ‘real’ world after uni and finally travel and explore this world! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!!

    1. Thank you! I’ve learned that choosing 3 words (strategically) instead of creating a random list of resolutions is so much more effective – I really recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Katharina!

    First of all, thank you for your comment on my blog – I’m always happy to “meet” fellow bloggers from Tenerife (and the rest of the Canaries). Your blog is really interesting and beautifully designed.

    I think that’s a wise way to set yourself some goals for the year. I understand you perfectly as I’ve also been changing countries quite frequently in the last five years and I can never be 100% sure of what’s going to happen next. I should also be more responsible with money as I have almost no savings left after a couple of years abroad without a good-paying job. Hopefully 2014 will be a good year to start saving ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck learning portuguese and with the rest of your goals!

    p.s. Supongo que es un poco raro que siendo las dos de Tenerife escriba en inglรฉs jejeje

  3. My words would be serenity, creativity and peace. 2013 has been so crazy…

    I completely agree with “simplify” too!

    I wish you all the best. You will grow even more ๐Ÿ˜‰

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