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2019.01.17

New Year's Resolutions!

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Dear readers,

I hope you're faring will in this cold weather! Take care and wear a scarf. Although this winter is warmer than the last, it still seems like a shock after the hot summer we had.

Today, as it's January and the start of a fresh year, I'm going to talk about my new year's resolutions! This is the time of year when many people think about self-improvement, and I sometimes hear people in the UK say things like "new year, new me". Common resolutions in my home country are things like diets, exercise, or giving up certain foods or drinks like beer or chocolate. This is especially important in the UK, because during the Christmas season we eat so much unhealthy food, and usually feel unhealthy when the year ends.

Some of my resolutions are in line with these common ideas. For example, my first resolution is to make sure to go jogging at least three times a week, and to run seven kilometres or more each time. Before the New Year, I tried to run three times a week, but I sometimes felt too tired or lazy, and most of my runs were around six kilometres. I hope that training for the Sakura Roadrace might help me stick to my resolution!

My second resolution is also health-related. After my first Japanese health check a few months ago, I resolved that I should develop eating habits which help me get all of the vitamins and minerals that I need. As a result, in 2019, I aim to eat more vegetables containing iron like spinach and broccoli, and get more vitamin C through citrus fruits and juice. I also aim to eat brown rice instead of white rice at least three days per week. This goal actually isn't too difficult for me, because I really like green vegetables and brown rice! So hopefully I should be able to keep this promise to myself.

Not all of my resolutions are to do with health and exercise, however. My third resolution, which is very important, is to improve my Japanese! This year I aim to pass the JLPT3 test, and begin preparing for JLPT2. I'm almost ready for number three, but recently I haven't been studying very hard for various reasons. In 2019, I aim to study for at least forty minutes per day, and two hours at the weekend. If I consistently study, the information won't disappear from my head and I'll feel more confident about passing my test.

Finally, but no less importantly, my forth resolution for 2019 is to travel to various locations. My goal is to make one foreign trip and one domestic trip. As for my foreign trip, I've wanted to go to Taiwan for a while, so this is one of my first priorities. There are some other options I could consider too, however, like Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia or Hong Kong. If you have any recommendations, please let me know! When it comes to domestic travel, I still have a lot of places in Japan that I want to visit, and it's difficult to choose where to go. My plans also depend on the seasonal weather. For example, in the Summer, Hokkaido seems very attractive. But I'd also like to visit Kyushu and Shikoku sometime. Needless to say, if I'm going to stick to this resolution, I should decide my travel plans soon!

So those are my resolutions! I hope that by telling you all about my goals publicly, I will face added pressure to achieve them! I don't want to have to tell you in 2020 that I still haven't passed my Japanese test or been to Hokkaido. Wish me luck!

I want to know about your goals for the year too, so please do tell me all about them! It might help you stay motivated and achieve them before the year is up.

Have a great week, and don't freeze!

Best wishes,
Sarah

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