The new year has just begun, which means it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past twelve months. Take a moment to look back at the achieved milestones, the beautiful moments that have occurred, and what you would like to see differently this year. You can then create many new year promises, no matter how small or large. For example, learning a new language, eating healthier, or taking the next step in your career. In this blog, you'll learn how to stay motivated to observe your resolutions and ultimately achieve them. 

What will be your New Year's resolution? 

We’re already in the new year, but that doesn't mean it's too late to set resolutions for 2024. Not only will this help you determine where your focus will be in the coming months, but also which aspects should receive a bit less attention this year. This doesn't necessarily mean the latter are less important, but you can't focus on everything at the same time, right? 

It's better to take on one significant goal and create a plan for it. If your goal is to eat healthier, you can set a few smaller resolutions. For example, drinking more water, eating at least two pieces of fruit per day, and adding more vegetables to your dinner. Together they form three 'mini-resolutions,' which are easier to integrate into your routine. 

Next, it's time to create a concrete plan. A good resolution doesn't have to be achieved by February. Pick one of the smaller resolutions and start with that. Once you notice it becoming a habit, you can focus on the next resolution. 

Conscious choices 

By making conscious choices, you allow yourself to take a moment to pause – not only for the benefit of yourself, but also your surroundings. This mindset can also be applied to other aspects of your life, including conscious travelling. One way to do this is by choosing a more sustainable suitcase for your travels. Our Natura collection is a step in the right direction. The Natura suitcases and bags are almost entirely made from rPET, a recycled material derived from reused plastic bottles. This provides the perfect opportunity to continue your resolutions in a greener way. 

Read about the inspiration behind the Natura collection here. 

Sustaining your resolutions 

Now that you've set your resolutions, you have to stick to them. The groundwork has been set, and you now know the goals you're targeting for the upcoming year and how to achieve them. The hardest part is yet to come, however: sticking to your plan. Here are a few tips on how to turn your resolutions into a success:

Share your resolutions with your environment 
From your colleagues to your friends and family; tell everyone willing to listen about your plans for the coming year. This way, you may be able to achieve your goals together. For example, by exercising with friends and buying healthier snacks for in the cupboard at home. By discussing your resolutions with friends and family, you keep yourself motivated. This helps you stick to your goals and stay motivated.

Slow down 
It was mentioned earlier in this blog, but it's okay if your resolutions don't immediately succeed in the first few months. Give yourself time to adjust to new routines. Allow yourself the space to break down our resolutions into concrete plans spread over several months. This keeps your resolutions manageable and increases the likelihood of success.

Accept when things don't go as planned 
Life is full of surprises, which may result in goals being temporarily pushed into the background. Don't be too harsh on yourself and accept that things don’t always go as planned. Park your goal for a few days or weeks if necessary, and start again when you feel ready again. 

It's also okay to admit that a particular resolution may not be what you thought it would be. A resolution shouldn't feel like a chore. Ultimately, it’s important to get enjoyment from it. Not to mention, by admitting that a certain resolution doesn't suit you, you will learn more about yourself. That, in itself, can be very valuable!