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by Juan Hernando

What is something you want to achieve this year?

The beach in Isla where I took a dip on the first day of the year 2023. The beach in Isla where I took a dip on the first day of the year 2023.

This is the first prompt of the Bloganuary challenge organised by the team. I had seen similar initiatives in the past, and I find them very interesting to dust off this blog and keep practising writing in English (sorry for the mistakes, I’m still improving).

Getting through this 30-day challenge would be something I’d like to do. Still, I’m not sure I will be able to (I’ll try to keep the posts small, so I don’t give up too much time), nor is it something I’m going to review when I look back in December this year.

I finally wrote my summary of 2022 on my blog in Spanish, a year that has been quite complicated on a personal level and will still take a lot of work to adapt to new realities. I didn’t want to set measurable goals (yes, I know what the gurus say), but in the final part, I did ask myself two things: to keep the new routines and to travel more.

And what are these new routines? They have to do with exercising, reading, dedicating time to myself, eating better and finding a good balance between work and the rest of my life. In other years I used to quantify these routines and that discouraged myself. I have learned from this mistake.

I can’t think that the 365 days of the year will be perfect. But I also can’t believe that if I fail for several days, I can’t pick up the effort from where I left off. It’s as if every time I stop reading a book when I pick it up again, I read it from the beginning. Absurd, isn’t it? Well, that’s the way my head worked so far, many times.

As for travelling… I’ve always loved it. I know the economy and the world situation may not favour my plans. Still, travelling long distances is not always necessary to enjoy good company, new sights, fun photos and memories for a long time.

We’ll see if, at the end of the year, I can come back here and say I’ve made it. We’ll also see how many Bloganuary posts I manage to write.

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