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2016 to-do list

Dry January 2016

I don’t believe in new year resolutions. Why? Well, I simply don’t believe you can start any year positively by imposing a list of things you shouldn’t do. It’s pretty basic psychology that you end up wanting what you can’t have, and frankly life is too short to set yourself up to fail that easily. Instead, I make a to-do list. Something to keep me on track for the year, filled with cities to visit, recipes to cook, things to do and anything else I’d like to change for the better. I find adopting this method makes me far more likely to succeed and doesn’t wind up with me stewing in a big pile of disappointment.

My to-do list is pretty long (there are 12 months to fill after all), so rather than regale you with the full version, here are 10 things from my 2016 to-do list:

1. Be more mindful. I’m really poor at living in the moment to the point where I miss things. I going to change that this year and be more grateful for each moment.

2. Have a month free from alcohol. This may sound like I’m straying into ‘can’t’ territory, but rather it’s a positive decision to cleanse my body and create better habits from 31 January and beyond.

3. Eat more plant-based foods. This goes beyond the Christmas and new year excess. For a while, I’ve been interested in focusing more on vegan living. I appreciate that it may take time for me to embrace this fully, but I’m keen to find out more about the lifestyle and make some positive changes.

4. Travel more. This item will always be on my list.

5. Improve my Italian. It’s been years since I spoke the language and one of my goals for 2016 is to remedy that.

6. Move house. I’ve started the overhaul of our flat to put it up for sale next month. We’ve lived in our flat for seven-and-a-half years, so it will be a big ask to leave a happy home. But it’s time for new adventures.

7. Spend less money on things and more money on experiences. This links really closely in with my love of travel.

8. Be a tourist in my own country. There’s so much of Scotland still to explore.

9. Make the most of mornings. It’s amazing how much can be achieved by setting the alarm a little earlier.

10. Relax more. Read, listen to music, lose myself in a box set. I’m always juggling two or three different things. It would be good to give just one thing at a time my full attention.

There you have it, 10 things I intend to do this year. What’s on your 2016 to-do list? Whatever it is, I wish you a happy one!

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  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    This is a great list. I want to accomplish some of these things, too! Especially #s 7&8. It’s crazy how easy it is to fall into a routine and forget how many possibilities exist where you live. I hope you make it through your whole list! Happy New Year!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Gianni and a happy new year to you too! I hope 2016 is good to you :-)

  • http://www.themidnightblog.com/ Charlotte

    I love your goals! Spending less money on things and more money on experiences is something I’ve trying to do these past few years, and it’s the best thing ever! :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      That’s so good to hear Charlotte! I’m trying to reason that the memories from experiences will last a lifetime, whereas whatever thing I will likely fade. Here’s hoping I can see it through the year and make it a permanent lifestyle change x

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    These are some great goals! I love the ‘tourist your own country’ one! That’s something I definitely wanna do as well!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Monique! I haven’t explored Scotland a whole lot, which is so bad considering it’s such a small country. Here’s to changing that in 2016 x

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Everything you said on the list is amazing. Seeing more beautiful places close to home, eating better and relaxing more sounds fab.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Anca! I hope I manage to keep up with my list throughout the year. I hope you have a great 2016 too x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I love your list! It sounds like you’re setting yourself up for a brilliant year ahead :) Good luck with the flat sale and move!! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Miranda! Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly :-)

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    I love this list Chiara!!! Travelling more is definitely on my list too – there are so many beautiful places in the world that I want to visit!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thank you! I know what you mean, there are so many beautiful places in the world, it’s hard to even narrow down where to go next. x

  • http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com Christina Richards

    hey girlie, i’ve got your back on number 3 ;) please let me know if you have questions or need advice! I definitely want to travel more as well. & learn spanish. I know spanish somewhat but i need to practice more. best wishes on your to do list!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      That is so lovely of you to say Christina, thank you so much! Your blog will definitely prove a good source of inspiration and I just spied some of the food on your Instagram account – yum! :-)

      • http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com Christina Richards

        hehe, i noticed. thank you! ;) i know there’s a great vegan community in scotland/edinburgh, so i’m sure there’s people local to you too. :) i think they just recently had their vegfest, too!

  • http://lovefromberlin.net/ rae

    This list sounds absolutely amazing and sounds like you are really taking some awesome and positive steps in your life! Happy 2016!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Rae! Fingers crossed I can stick to it :-)

  • http://twoward.com vivian

    What a great to-do list! Love number 4, 7 and 10! I want to accomplish these too! Good luck with the move ;) xo Vivian

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Vivian! We’ve just started getting the house ready now so it all feels very real :-)

  • Sooae Lee
    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Sooae!x

  • Sooae Lee
    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      And to you too! I hope 2016 is a great one!x

  • http://adventitiousviolet.com/ Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    Some great goals! I love the being more a tourist in your own country! It’s such a great one! I mean I love discovering more of Scotland and I know that my Scottish partner loves coming along for the ride and discovering more of his own country :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’ve been so bad at exploring Scotland and considering I grew up here, that’s fairly terrible! But this will be the year I change that and I can’t wait :-)

  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie

    Lovely goals – they are super achievable too. I want to travel more too and travelling in your own country is definitely something I need to do too! I definitely want to be healthier and see more friends this year!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Your goals sound great too Winnie! I’ve started as I mean to go on so hopefully I’m on track to keep my goals going through 2016 :-)

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    Thanks Laila. I’ve been getting up earlier and hitting the gym before work, so I’m steadily getting into making more of my mornings. It’s working well so hopefully I can carry it on x