5 Things I Want To Do More Often In 2016


Cooking

Baking is something I love, but I’ve always struggled with cooking. For me, the time it takes to prepare a meal is hardly ever worth the effort. As a kid, I was very picky about what I ate and even though I’m way better now, I’m in no way experimental. It’s not that I don’t like food (never would I say that), but it doesn’t have a high priority either. If somebody asks me what my favourite food is, I still say pizza. Which is not healthy at all, and that’s the main reason I want to change something about my eating habits. Taking cooking more serious will hopefully help me to eat more regularly and healthy. I’m a vegetarian; I love salads and vegs. It shouldn’t be too hard to make some good and healthy meals out of that.

Yoga

Yoga and I have a bad history with a lot of breakups. Honestly, I don’t know why it is so hard for me to include Yoga in my everyday life and stick to it. Whenever I’ve practiced Yoga for a few weeks, I could feel the change in my body, and I loved it. Yoga is fun, and it can make you feel so good. Even though I know that, I always find reasons to quit, and I hate myself for it. One day of not doing it is enough to drop my routine completely and forget all about it. I’m telling myself that this time it will be different. Please wish me luck!

Reading

This might sound funny to people who know me because I already read a lot. In 2015, for example, I read a total of 98 books. That makes an average of about 8 books per month. Surely you think I do not need to increase my reading, and that’s understandable. But here’s the thing: I usually read a chapter before I go to bed. I read ten pages while I’m waiting for dinner to be ready, ten pages when I’m taking a break from whatever I’m doing. I read in waiting rooms, and I listen to audiobooks when I’m out. That is all great, and it sums up to a great total of books, but it’s not quality reading time. When was the last time I sat down with a book and a cup of tea and just read? Without having 100 other things on my mind and an invisible timer next to me? I honestly can’t remember. 
That’s what I want to change in 2016. Make more time for reading without any distractions and without time limits. Reading is one of my biggest hobbies. There should be more time for it in my life.

Taking walks (and bringing my camera along)

Taking a walk can be so refreshing. There’s a big park in Vienna where I used to go every Sunday with my dad when I was a kid. I’ve always loved being outside and active, breathing in fresh air and exploring life. These days I spend a lot of my time in front of my computer, being isolated in my room. So from time to time it’s nice to just go out, without any place I need to get to. Just walking, maybe putting in headphones and listening to some music or an audiobook. It always makes me feel good, and it’s something I need to do more often. Bringing my camera along on those walks will hopefully result in a few great pictures :)

Going to bed early

Going to bed early is the one thing I seem completely unable to manage. There is hardly a day I’m in bed before 1 or 2 am. The big problem about this is that I like getting up early and do most of my work in the morning. As a result, I hardly ever get more than 4 or 5 hours of sleep each night. That’s not enough; neither is it healthy. There’s nothing wrong with staying up late occasionally and doing with a little less than 8 or 9 hours of sleep. It just shouldn’t be a habit.

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