The beginning of 2015 was a weird time for me – I just came out of a long relationship, I moved out of the apartment I was living in, I was no longer with our gorgeous dog Lua, I was negotiating the terms to leave the company I had co-founded (totally unrelated to the blog) and I was living off the income of a 30% job. It was all a bit of a mess. It was like at the end of 2014 I just decided, somewhat subconsciously to tell you the truth, that I wasn’t happy and it was time to do something about it. And I did.

It was a hard time but looking back, the radical change was needed (except for Lua – I wish I could have kept her in my life). All of this meant that 2015 was the first year in a long time that I didn’t set any real goals and I kind of missed it. It’s nice to have something to strive towards and to have in the back of your mind throughout the year.

Goals for 2016

I’ve set 10 goals for this year, some of which are totally silly and some of which are going to be a lot more challenging. I definitely think you should join me on the first one!

1. Do 15 squats every day

Now I know this is far from ambitious to most, and anyone who works out regularly, or works out at all, will likely be chuckling away behind their screens at my measly fitness efforts. This doesn’t mean I’ll stop running or doing other sports, but in 2016 I am going to make a point of doing 15 squats every single day of the year. Without exceptions. Today is day 8 and I haven’t missed a day yet! Only 98% of the year to go…

Last night I got into bed, my eyes were closing on the pages of my book when I realised I hadn’t done my squats. I actually forced myself out of bed to do my 15 squats in my PJs. I will not let this one go.

2. Eat more greens

…and not only avocados. Diversity, Sofia!

3. Wear more skirts and dresses

I feel much more comfortable and so much more myself in skirts and dresses so I’m keen to push the jeans out and bring in more skirts and dresses this year.

4. Get artwork on the walls

I moved into my place in August and it’s starting to take shape but haven’t got much on the walls. Wait, that’s not true – I actually bought frames and canvases to paint and those empty canvases and frames are currently up on the walls of my apartment. I would love to say they could pass as some kind of modern artistic statement, but the IKEA article name and number are a bit of a giveaway.

It’s kind of weird to have put them up and they’ve been empty for far too long now but it’s like a constant reminder that they need to be filled and I will get around to it!

5. Stop hoarding 

I’m a hoarder by nature. I think it comes from my mum but I’m determined to fight it this year. Purge, purge, purge. I’ve heard awesome things about this book and am thinking about ordering it to help out. Have you read it or heard of it?

6. Be consistent 

This one is a blog goal – consistency is key, and I know that, but it’s something I’ve been struggling with since I started my blog as I balanced different jobs and my start-up. I know that if I plan better, I can post more consistently.

7. Connect with readers and other bloggers

I love blogging and love connecting with people with similar interests. In 2015, I loved connecting with you guys on Instagram (I reached 1K followers at the end of 2015!) and I really enjoyed posting this round up of different bloggers’ Christmas traditions. I want to get to know more of you and share other blogs I love.

8. Publish more video content 

There’s just something about video content that allows you to see so much more of a person, understand a DIY or get a better idea of how a recipe should turn out. I have been totally obsessed with a few Youtubers (including these guys) and am adamant to get more comfortable behind the camera.

To tell you the truth, I filmed 2 full recipes last year but never posted them on Youtube as I just seem to crisp up behind the camera and forget what I should be saying. On that note, subscribe to my channel to stay tuned for lots of embarrassment to come! :)

9. Be real

Content is obviously selective on a blog; selective of the portions or projects in your life that you want to share and those that you think may interest people. This can often lead to a misperception of what that person’s life is like. I want to strive to stay real and share that with you.

10. Keep choosing happiness

This was a my main learning in 2015. I made sure that every decision I was making was removing bad stress from my life and focusing on the things that make me happy, no matter how big or small. I feel like that one decision has made me a better person and I will keep choosing happiness in 2016!

Choose happinessWhat are your goals for 2016? It’s never too late to set them…my best friend B takes a full month to decide what her goals for the year are.

Big bisous, friends. See you back here on Monday! xS