2017 Resolutions & Looking Back on 2016

2016 has surprised me, as I never imagined it could top 2015. This has been a year of adventure, growth, and turning lifelong dreams into a reality. Of course, 2016 has been a shitty year globally, but who says I can’t focus on the positive? Now I know 2017 might not be as life changing as 2016 was for me, but I might as well set some goals to make it the best it can be. I’ll let the world leaders figure out how to make the rest of 2017 better.
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First of all … what resolutions from 2016 did I keep, and which did I completely ignore?

  1. Travel Solo More: Check!
  2. Make Local Friends: Not exactly, but I have made lots of international friends
  3. Use The Local Language: I kind of did in Paris
  4. Learn to Better Deal with Travel Mishaps: I think so … or nothing super stressful has happened.
  5. Avoid Restaurants in Touristy Areas: Sometimes a girl is just hungry!

Here are my 2017 Resolutions

1. Meet More People

It’s easy to get comfortable with the people you live with or the people you meet right away when you move to a big city. I have become such great friends with the girls I live with (which is a very fortunate thing in London). That being said, I too have become too comfortable. I need to continue expanding my friend groups. London is such an international city, yet I’ve only befriended Aussies and Kiwis โ€“ it’s that Commonwealth 2 Year Visa bond! We all know how obsessed I am with British culture; time to befriend some locals too!

2. Attend More Events/MeetUps

An easy way to meet more people (local people too) is to go to events. Through London social Facebook groups (i.e. London New Girl), MeetUps, and simply seeing what is happening in the city (via sites like TimeOut), I can meet new people AND experience new things. You don’t move to another country/continent to keep up your old routine.

3. Go to Sleep/Wake Up Earlier

A key to feeling healthier and more productive is to get more sleep. I don’t want to spend each night scrolling Instagram (or Tinder) while Gilmore Girls plays on Netflix in the background. Time to get to sleep well before midnight and spend more time in the morning creating a routine to increase my productivity.giphy2

4. Discover More of London

I’ve ticked off the majority of the places I want to see in London. Now it’s time to explore more of the city than I am familiar with. I’m hoping to start a new series where I suss out each of the neighbourhoods in London and write up a profile with my favourite discoveries (i.e. Islington, Clapham, Notting Hill, Shoreditch, …).

5. Write More

Ain’t that an obvious resolution? There are so many ideas that I have about life in London (including more letters to Bridget Jones). I’ve given a bit of a hint about what’s to come, so let’s hope I stick to this resolution!
Did you think I was going to say exercise more? Hah. Maybe I’ll just walk to work more often. Hey, at least I’m getting out and about!
What are your resolutions for the new year?

24 thoughts on “2017 Resolutions & Looking Back on 2016

  1. theholiad says:

    This is a great post Samantha! I’m so glad you’re enjoying London, I look forward to more letters to Bridget Jones as that post was adorable!

    I hope you make friend with a Brit soon, though we’re quite awkward about meeting new people so you’re best making the first move! Happy New Year x

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  2. yodandalek says:

    Hey Samantha, interesting list of resolutions! :) Living in London, we cannot recommend highly enough one or more visits to Scotland. Many Brits don’t wander in that wonderful corner of the country (including my coworkers in Edinburgh) but they don’t know what they’re missing.

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  3. The Wayfarer says:

    So true, it’s such a waste to move to a new country and not make any friends from that country! It’s even easier when you speak the language (that was the hardest thing about making Polish friends for me).

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  4. A Wandering Memory says:

    Hey Samantha. Are you still in London? We live just outside in a place called edlesborough. I can happily give you a few out of the box idea from an actual English person if places to see that arnt so touristy? How long are you here for?

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  5. allysonyj says:

    1) post regularly on my blog
    2) get my second blog up to speed so that I can release it publicly
    3) find an agent to help me publish my novel
    4) Join an exercise group to expand my circle of friends
    5) Speak up when I see or hear about people behaving badly or passing on untruths.

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  6. jasonlikestotravel says:

    Just catching up on the blog, some good resolutions here. I’m from London and go back quite often so maybe I’ll catch you some time :)


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