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January 2018 goals

Lise —  January 4, 2018 — 21 Comments

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Continue exercising. I’ve been doing good in December, going to the gym regularly so I hope I will be able to keep it up going into the new year. 2018 is going to be my best year when it comes to exercise and taking care of myself.

Ditch the new years resolutions. I never keep them, I only get upset when I fail so I figure it is better to just ditch them overall so I can do things in my own time. Facing failure when it’s not necessary really drains you of energy too so I feel like that is an even better argument for ditching them.

Only spend money on necessities. Maybe treat myself on special occasions when I feel like deserve something extra. I have not been good at doing a low-buy period, mostly because it was Christmas and I spent so much money on gifts. But I  hope that it will get better in January or February.

Get back into reading. I was reading way too much in October and November and in December I didn’t really touch a book at all. I was feeling so drained and needed a break but I really hope I will get back into it ASAP, I miss sitting down to read in the evenings.

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Decide on what to study. I really want to go back to uni and I found a bachelor degree for international communication and interpretation/translation and that is right up my alley. Hoping I will end up applying for that. I just need to really decide what I want to do with my life. The bachelor degree also includes one obligatory year spent in a foreign country (England in my case) so that is a huge plus.

Try new things. I rarely do that, I just stick to what I know and never try anything new. I don’t know what I would do but I want to stop saying no if I’m asked to do something new, within reasonable boundaries of course.

Spend money on experiences. Along with a low-buy period, I would rather spend money on experiences than things. I really want to travel more, or just get to experience new places, new food and new people. I haven’t traveled in years now and I’m eager to do so.


What are your goals for January? Are you doing New years resolutions?

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How I Live Now is a novel by Australian author Meg Rosoff, first published in 2004. The plot summary is posted below


Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth (who goes by the name of Daisy) is sent to stay with cousins on a remote farm in the United Kingdom during the outbreak of a fictional third world war of the 21st century. Though enthusiastic about moving away from an evil stepmother who is with child, Daisy is homesick at first. First meeting Edmond at the airport, Daisy calls him “some kind of mutt”; however, her view of Edmond changes after settling in. Daisy’s homesickness only lasts for a short while before she and her extended family become close, and Daisy begins to embrace her new home. Daisy soon finds herself falling in love with cousin Edmond and, after realising that the affection is mutual, begins a relationship with him.
Meanwhile, the family receives news that Daisy’s aunt Penn is stranded in Oslo. During this period of time, terrorists attack from an unknown enemy who later occupies Britain. The war becomes increasingly difficult for Daisy and her family as it increasingly affects their lives, eventually leading to food shortages and lack of other resources, but they still have love. One day, the farm is taken over by soldiers who separate the boys from the girls by sending them away to live at separate homes, and then separate farms. Daisy and Piper are forced to put survival as their top priority and cannot look for the male members of their family. Gradually finding their way back home, the two girls learn the harsh consequences of war and wait for their beloved family in the barn house. After the war ends, Daisy must deal with putting the pieces of her life back together and overcoming the terrible experience of war as she reunites with the forever changed members of her family, including a physically and emotionally scarred Edmond.
Near the end of the book, Daisy who had been pulled back into America by her father, goes back to England to see Edmond and the rest. Edmond, who thinks Daisy has broken their promise of always being together, refuses to see Daisy at first. However, he discovers the truth and accepts her once again. With scars on his arm that proved Edmond experienced harsh sights of war, Daisy begins to heal Edmond’s heart with her love. Instead of going back to America, Daisy continues to live with Edmond and the rest of the family in England, where she will remain.


The novel sparked a lot of controversy because of its themes like incest and underage smoking. I personally enjoyed most parts of the novel but i did feel a bit iffy about those specific parts. I guess that is what the author wanted to happen so props to her for that.

There has been made a film adaptation of the novel too, i’ll include the trailer below. Do check it out if you have the time.

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