My take on New Year’s Resolutions: 4 concepts I’m focusing on in 2019

This year I’ve decided to focus on 4 concepts; integrity, gratitude, antifragility and ikigai. In this post I discuss what these words mean to me and how I plan to integrate them into my life in 2019.

As I was travelling and enjoying catching up with friends from Australia over Christmas and New Year, I waited until I was back home in Helsinki, surrounded by my routines and sunny bedroom before I put pen to paper to really think about what I wanted to achieve in 2019.

The first two concepts are habits I dabbled in last year but really didn’t follow through every day. The last two are ideas I’ve recently read about in amazing books that I highly recommend; Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles and Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.



Specifically: never speak poorly of others. Starting by what I say then moving on to what I think about other people- with the key point of observing without judgement.



Every single day I will write at least one thing in my daily planner that I’m grateful for. So far I’ve been grateful for work lunches with my gorgeous, clever colleagues; snowy solo walks, Facetiming family back home in Australia, watching movies with friends in Germany and not stepping in a huge puddle until I was nearly at my front door last night.



This concept is about becoming something that benefits from disorder. Alternatively- ensuring that random events have more upsides that downsides. I see this as an extension of Amor Fati (a love of fate), resilience, grit and as the author discusses- a solution to the Black Swan Theory. I love the idea.



This Japanese word describes the point where passion, mission, vocation and profession meet. In other words, a reason for being. This year I plan to work towards mine everyday.



To keep these 4 concepts at the top of my mind each day, I made a blackboard from a piece of junk mail and will place it somewhere that I will see each morning and evening. I’m pretty bloody excited to make these concepts part of my life.

I hope you have a ripper 2019!