Should we? If so, how? What?
First of all, I want to start this last post of 2017 by saying how incredibly grateful I am for the year that we’ve had. Our wedding in June was obviously my (our) number one highlight moment, and I still pinch myself thinking about how incredibly lucky we are to have had such a special moment. I will never ever forget the feeling of spending an entire weekend with all the people we love – seeing all of them around us and how happy they were, celebrating us and with us, was almost surreal and intoxicating. Those memories will last a lifetime and we’re so grateful to our families and friends for making our day so special.
That being said, planning a wedding (mostly until late in the evenings) has brought us even closer together as a couple, which is also something I look back to with a smile on my face. All those craft nights were exhausting at times, but also so fun. After the wedding, we began putting that extra spare time towards trying new things together (like tennis) but also towards relaxing more and enjoying time together and with our friends. We noticed after the wedding that we’re not ready to have kids yet – instead, we have a huge craving for exploring the world – so we’re constantly looking for new destinations to travel to. As I’m writing this, we’re about to depart for our honeymoon in Asia, so stay tuned for more on that, especially on my Instastories (while I don’t always use Instastories for documenting my (not so photogenic) office lifestyle, I do love being able to take you with me to foreign countries and cultures).
Career-wise, I’m still loving my day job at a consulting firm where I get to help industrial companies improve their operations, optimize their supply chains, automate their productions or help them find their path towards digital transformation (a much-discussed topic right now). Every project is different and I love working with various teams and clients. As you can imagine, my day job is very far away from the fashion and blogging sphere, which is a contrast I find really stimulates my creativity.
I know I know, I haven’t been particularly active on this site – which is mainly due to the fact that the “private me” has had some incredibly important moments this year. Since blogging isn’t my day job and even my Instagram account isn’t meant to cover every aspect of my personal life, it’s been really hard for me to decide what and how much to share with all of you. On the one hand, I want this site to reflect who I am and to be authentically mine, but on the other hand it covers only a small part of my actual life. I want to be open, but on the other hand I want to keep my privacy and also respect that of the people around me. That’s a question I’m going to take into 2018 with me.
GOALS FOR 2018
Now, everyone’s always talking New Year’s resolutions this time of year. It’s become almost a negative word for something you try for 5 minutes and then quit – and you knew it before you started. Nonetheless, ending one year automatically makes all of us think: What does the next year have in store for me? What learnings have I gathered this year, and where do I want to go now? What do I want to accomplish, try, achieve, stop doing?
On the one hand, making January 1st your date to begin or stop something seems like a good plan because, likely, you’re going to find someone likeminded to join you. People will be less surprised if you suddenly stop smoking in January as opposed to July, I guess. On the other hand, it’s so much harder to stick to your new habit when everyone around you is suddenly quitting on their good intentions…
Personally, I think January is one of those calmer months (in my business, at least) that’s ideal for recharging after the hectic holidays and figuring out (in your own time) what the new year should bring and what you want to focus on. Chances are, if you ease into the new “you”, it’s more likely to become a habit.
When I think about my personal goals for 2018, there are definitely some things on my mind. And perhaps some of them are relevant for you, too?
GET TO KNOW YOUR HOME TURF
While I’m really excited to be kicking off the new year in a far away place, I’m going to try to spend more time around where we live. How many people do you know that have been to every continent, multiple times, but haven’t even visited their home country’s capital? Well, we’ve been living in Zurich since 4 years ago, but we have yet to take a road trip and really see Switzerland – as you would as a tourist! So we are going to do just that, for our summer vacation. I guess the main message here is: it’s great to dream about Tahiti (and even go there, by all means) – but maybe we need to be more aware of the beauty that’s just outside our front door.
STEP IT UP IN YOUR CAREER – BUT BE SPECIFIC
I’m sure everyone here has heard of setting SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. When it comes to setting goals for our careers, they’re usually goals that begin with “one day, I want to be…”. And yes, those are great to have a long-term goal and a plan to work towards, but too far away and too vague to actually influence your day-to-day behavior. So – set a goal that you want to reach this year. Be realistic, and let someone hold you accountable by communicating that goal to your boss or a mentor or a trusted colleague. Thankfully, in consulting, I’m used to a very strong feedback culture – so setting goals for the year or even for the next half-year is quite common. Just make sure it’s not a one-way street, meaning your boss being the one setting the goals for you. Also make sure you prep for such a meeting in a way that he or she knows what you want to accomplish in the next year, and how they can support you in reaching this target. This can be anything from gaining more expertise in a specific topic, perhaps even by doing an additional course, or spending a certain amount of your time working with another team within the company.
DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO DEDICATE YOUR SPARE TIME TO
Unless you’re on a very flexible working schedule or self-employed, you’re likely one of many who work Monday to Friday, starting in the morning and finishing work anywhere between late-afternoon to late-evening. Counting in a healthy sleeping habit, there isn’t that much time left for all those hobbies, friends, activities and passions you want to keep up or start doing. Trust me, I know how that feels – I’m the typical case of “I want to do everything”, as if my day had more than 24 hours. In the end, even if you cramp as much into your day as you possibly can – it won’t make you happy. A good level of stress and productivity can be stimulating, yes, but too much is just too much. All that multi-tasking can’t be healthy. So my goal is to think hard (and I’m going to use January for that) about what it is that I really love doing, and how (and with whom!) I want to distribute the extra time I have to spare. Which leads me to my next point:
MAKE A PLAN
Okay, this one might not be for everyone. But if you’re like me, you won’t stick to anything unless you make a plan. I’m a huge planner, maybe even a bit too excessively I admit. Still – making a plan for any of the above-mentioned goals will help tremendously in sticking with your new habits. Whether it’s a change in diet, a new workout regime, a hobby or trying to read more books – printing the 12 months of the year on one page of paper and pinning it somewhere (alright you can do this digitally) will work wonders. Try a new app like Wunderlist (which I LOVE for all my to-do lists) or, if you prefer something visual and you spend enough time at home, try these stylish acrylic wall calendars.
So, in the end, it really doesn’t matter if you set new year’s resolutions or not. It also doesn’t matter when you do it. What’s important and healthy (in my opinion), though, is that at some point in the year all of us spend some time thinking what it is we want to accomplish in the long and short run, what it is we want to keep doing or change in our lives, and how we can make that change without directly falling back into old habits. And now tell me – what is it that YOU want to change in 2018? What goals are you setting for yourself? It’s always great to share, because who knows who you might inspire to follow suit.
I’m wishing all of you a beautiful new year’s eve and a happy, healthy and fulfilling 2018!