Hello 2016!

January 4, 2016

We fare-welled 2015 in Xela, Guatemala cosy and content from red wine, and rum infused ponche. We hiked a volcano together and shared our dreams for the new year.  We laughed and yelled in English with our new friends as we played a furious game of foosball and sipped red wine from a bottle of coke zero.  Later we set off fireworks, hugged and exchanged “feliz ano nuevo” with our new family.  How did you spend your last day of the last year?

new years eve in xela

celebrating new years eve in xela

Excuse the crap photo – I was so excited to find giant beer! Also when did my hair get so long?

I am so excited about this year, we have so many exciting things happening that I can’t wait to share. 

I thought I’d share a few goals I have for this year  (I hate the term New Years Resolutions so I’m going with goals – they seem to have more staying power).

Be healthier.

This is a pretty broad goal I know but I kinda like that.  I feel like the less I restrict myself the more likely I am to succeed.  I do have a few specific things to work on though;

exercise a little bit every day.  Whether it’s a walk to the shop, some yoga, a hike, or going to the gym I really want to make movement a part of my everyday life.

eat less sugar.  I have such a sweet tooth, and I have seemingly constant sugar cravings. Last year I was convinced I was on the path to diabetes (thankfully a blood test showed that I’m still in the clear) but it was the reminder I needed to get serious about it.  I’m not going to eat no sugar – that’s just ridiculous! I mean come on.  But I’m going to try to eat it every few days rather than every day.

look after my skin. I fall alseep pretty frequently with my makeup on (not that I wear much makeup these days – my skin is too tanned for the products I bought with me, oops!), I never exfoliate and I moisturise a few times a year.  So this year I want to be a little more gentle with it and treat it with a little more tlc.

So, the first day didn’t start off too great on this front.  We lay in bed watching movies all day eating junk food. But the first day doesn’t count. Right? (Ummm or the second or third…)

new years eve in xela guatemala

At least there was an apple right?

Write more.

I want to write something every day, even if its just a few words or a single paragraph. I’ve got so many things I’m writing but that I never actually write.  For instance, I started a novel five years ago, a screenplay two years ago, and a book of poems and a cookbook last year.  All of them are in various states of unfinished chaos.  Not to mention a collection of half written emails and letters to friends around the world. I know I’m not going to finish everything off, and I’m not sure that I want to – I like having things to pick up when I have a spare moment – but I do want to focus on these projects and make them more of a priority in my life.

Make new friends.

One of the reasons I wanted to travel so much was to meet new people and make new friends. I’m fortunate to have some absolutely wonderful friends in New Zealand and elsewhere in the world and I am grateful for them each and every day.  But, sometimes I wish I had more friends who were like me.  Friends who shared my interests, passions and ideas and vice versa. Friends that I can go on adventures with! And also, I want to make friends with some local people to learn more about their lives; their habits and behaviours.  I don’t know quite how I’m going to do this but I find myself yearning for a sense of community so I’m making it a priority.


Learn more Spanish.

This is a bit of no brainer but each week that passes here I find myself becoming more frustrated with how little Spanish I know.  It’s almost like the more you can say the more you realise you can’t say.  I’ve progressed past asking how many brothers someone has, or telling them their house is nice, but I still can’t ask their opinion on something or explain any of mine accurately.  There are so many times when I want to ask someone a question but I just don’t know how to.  So this year, I’ve made it a goal to have as many conversations with as many people as possible and to increase my vocabulary as much as possible. Wish me luck!

language learning problems


The struggle is real!

Holy toleto I am excited for 2016! This gon be a good un! (Sorry I’m currently reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac and I find random American sayings making their way into my vocab).

Do you have any goals for the new year? I’d love to hear them!

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