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16 Things To Do In 2016

Little mini-resolutions for the new year. Perfect for people who want to achieve just enough

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I say this as someone who adores New Years' Resolutions with many over the years. And failed most of them. Maybe it's because I am indifferent to the 'New Year, New Me' policy that many see to take up this year. The belief that a new year will change you for an optimistically better year.

Good for them! Not for me.

But there are things we can do. Little things that can make the new year worthwhile. Here are 16 Things To Do in 2016!


A Bruneian Blogger's Mini-Resolutions!

1 | Travel to somewhere else. Rome, perhaps? Or that part of town you never visit.

2 | Listen to new music, whether it is the upcoming blue-haired singer or old jazz from the 30s.

3 | Make a friend. They don't have to become life-long friends, or even Facebook friends. Just friends to make that day.

4 | Finish a project you were suppose to finish in 2015. You know which one I'm talking about.

5 | Take a much-needed break.

6 | Stop having such unattainable fitness goals. Starting drinking more water and eating more fruits and veggies.

7 | Reduce time on social media. You don't need to update your life story on Twitter everyday.

8 | Take up a new hobby. Might I suggest knitting or starting a blog!

9 | Love yourself. Love yourself more than the world ever will. 

10 | Enjoy things genuinely and love unconditionally.

11 | Take more risks with caution

12 | Stop hurting yourself for the sake of hating. It's not helping anyone.

13 | Remove drama, and people who seek drama.

14 | Start breathing when you're suffocating. Then you will know you're still alive.

15 | Accept apologies you may never receive. Forgiveness is a strength, often mistaken for weakness.

16 | Learn to say goodbye, and learn to let go. 

A blog post about mini-resolutions.

Boy, this just got super emotional. 

I deliberately left this post vague so you, and by extension me, can make what you will with it. Not everyone's resolutions are the same. But they are characteristics that tie them all together. Consider this a broad overview for 2016, than specific must-do's and have-to's.

So what will you do in 2016?

83 comments

  1. Happy New Year Bash! Thanks for sharing the 16 things to dos, at least I can do something new this year around! :)

    Naqibah | talkandblabber.blogspot.com

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  2. Number 15 is so true! I also definitely need to know when to take a break. Great post Bash! Hope you've had a lovely new year!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  3. Happy New Year, that a lot of list, I actually never tried new years resolution, not even once. Your post got me thinking haha, no. 4 really hit a bulls eyes on me :)) and my favorite would be no. 11. Its nice to go out and seek for new adventures but caution should always be remembered.

    Capturing Life Memoirs | bloglovin' | Instagram

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  4. Love all of these!! Definitely gonna try and do them all. Happy New Year!!
    Project NW | Impatience

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  5. Start breathing when your suffocating. you have a lovely style of writing and that point is probably top of my list!x

    AimeeSueXO
    Bloglovin

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  6. Absolutely loved this. Especially number one, to travel. Traveling changed my life and I think it's a must for everyone! Have a great new year :)))

    Jac Fleurant
    www.herwearabouts.com

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  7. Definitely yes to all. Happy new year, Bash! <3

    jhanzey.net

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  8. Perfect Post! Happy New Year!
    -Morgan x
    http://justmorgs.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Great suggestions! Definitely considering some of these. Lovely blog! x

    Isabel Marcelo

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  10. I like your 2016 To Do List, I certainly want to do quite a few things on there, travelling to somewhere else being number one for me. Each year I like to travel and experience at least one place new where I've never been before. =D

    Happy New Year to you Bash, I hope 2016 is a great one for you!

    Samio
    www.samio.co.uk

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  11. Breath when you need to - THIS IS WHAT I REALLY NEED TO DO! Happy new year Bash! :)

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  12. I want to travel this year too xx

    EmilyMaltby.blogspot.com

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  13. Love your advice Bash! Hope 2016 will be an amazing year for you <3
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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  14. omg i love all of your ideas <3 thanks you are so inspiring!!

    http://selfexplana.blogspot.co.id/

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  15. This blog is so cool! I just visited your portfolio and you look amazing!

    Kisses, Jess
    http://avenue-de-la-mode.blogspot.it/

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  16. I absolutely love these Bash, they're so beautiful. I definitely need to stand by 11, 14 and 15. I wish you well this coming year; I hope it brings so many wonderful things your way. x

    willowtea.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Definitely I have to Travel to somewhere else too and Happy New Year. :)

    www.selestyme.com

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  18. Perfect suggestions!!!
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  19. I was trying to pick the most importan point, but everything is a "must-do", so many people needs to read this post.

    Pao
    unfoldedgirl.com

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  20. I'd love to travel more this year too! Your diary is so cute x
    eleanorfrances.com

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  21. Love your post, great content!
    Happy New Year!! Wish you and your loved ones all the best!
    MyLyfeMyStory

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  22. Aw shucks, I love this. Listening to new music is most definitely on my list of things to do this year. Luckily I can find tons more with Spotify. And oh, man. You've definitely kicked me into gear. I can do it, 2016!

    Peace & Love // Celestralite

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  23. I know what you mean with fitness goals, I always try to get myself to run and it just never really works out. Drinking more water is definitely more attainable!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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  24. I love this, I need to try and attempt some of these myself. Happy new year

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  25. number 15 is so very true!!! happy new year :D Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  26. Loved this post, I've read so many resolutions posts so this was a nice refreshing change. I definitely want to travel in 2016 and reducing time on social media always seems like a good idea to me!

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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  27. They sound like good plans for the year, hopefully you can implement them as many as possible, as second nature by the end of the year! :)

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

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  28. These is a great list. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy 2016 to you, I hope you'll achieve these.

    http://fadsaburkair.blogspot.com/

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  29. #8 a NEW blog?!?! :D:D:D #16 I think you might enjoy reading this post by Jen Carrington. May 2016 bring many more accomplishments! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  30. Happy New Years !!! I will definitely try and incorporate some of these into my life for not only 2016, but for a lifetime. Especially the last one.

    Kathlyn | https://kathlynskorner.wordpress.com/

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  31. I usually just give myself monthly and weekly goals, instead of NY resolutions. These are great things for you to look forward to achieving in 2016. Wish you all the best, and Happy New Year dear. x/Madison
    Holiday Cheer For the New Year

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  32. This is a great list of things to embrace/ accomplish for 2016- yet many of them are easier said than done for sure! I find it especially hard to forgive people who have let me down, but it's pointless wasting time to be upset.

    Great post, Bash. Here's to a wonderful 2016!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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  33. Very inspiring post that everyone needs to take note from. It's important to remember that resolutions aren't made to be unattainable or setting yourself up for failure. I think most people forget that taking little steps and creating milestones is sometimes better than making a giant leap.

    New Post & Giveaway: http://shijakibanida.blogspot.com/

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  34. Happy New Year! Now I have to make one of these lists :)

    Stephanie | www.stephykeung.com

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  35. Such a great and inspirational list! Definitely agree with the unattainable fitness goals and to get off social media constantly. I hope you have a wonderful 2016!

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

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  36. Hey Bash! Resolutions are truly overrated which is why I have realizations instead. And I must stop to smell the roses more often. I love this list. 12 13 , hahahaaa. 15 16, so true. I have to reference this from time to time this year, awesome. Happy New Year darling.

    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/2016/01/stepping-into-2016.html

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  37. Love this post, Bash! Removing drama, negavity is an amazing thing to do. And to love yourself should be a 2016 goal for everyone! X

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  38. This post was amazing! I can totally relate with not achieving most of my New Year's resolutions. I think that we need to be more realistic with the goals we want to set. This year I just want to incorporate a GVO lifestyle (Good Vibes Only) because I seem to get worked up and upset over petty things and let people take advantage of me. Here's to a more happier 2016. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog throughout 2015 and I hope 2016 brings you and your blog a lot of happiness and wealth both materialistically and spiritually.
    Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

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  39. I don't take up New Years Resolutions as well, if I want to change something, I usually start right away, but sometimes the New Year can mark a point of reflection. And then you realize that there are some things that don't make you feel better and you make an effort to change them.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  40. Some great goals, I need to stop making unattainable fitness goals as I have already ruined mine this year! Also I would love to travel a lot more and see a lot more of the world.

    Emma's World x

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  41. What a great list Bash! #4 got to me though. I shall finish that book I started writing last year.

    www.annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

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  42. Hey!

    Awesome agenda and your list is great! <3

    Wish you all the best for 2016!

    XXX,

    WMBG//Instagram//Lookbook//Facebook//Kleiderkreisel

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  43. Lovely post! Maybe we could follow each other on GFC? If yes, follow me and I follow back as soon as I see it.
    Let me know with a comment on my Blog

    http://facetiouslywind.blogspot.com/

    Happy New Year!

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  44. Happy new year ! I really like the idea of having 16 things to work on for the year :) I definitely want to work on my confidence and then make new friends this year, I'm going to try really hard to be more social ! I'd also love to start knitting again because I started learning but couldn't work out how to cast off hehe :)

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  45. Great post and things to do. Love the list and hope you can do em all.
    Happy new year!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  46. Yes to all! I should probably start doing all the things you listed soon, haha! Happy 2016, Bash!

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

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  47. Love this inspiring post! these are all great goals and things to always work on, these are all really things I'd like to accomplish myself! :)

    Filippa | Always a Dot

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  48. I love this post! Especially the part about making attainable fitness goals. So many people just give up because there's no way they can complete their goal. Really liked this post!

    http://www.theaisleofstyle.com/

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  49. happy new year sweetie :)
    kisses from dubai ❤️
    www.mahryska.com

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  50. have to say I LOVE your blog, new fav read :)

    I need to make a list this year too, it just feels so satisfying when you can tick things off.


    A Forte For Fashion

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  51. i'd love to be able to travel. that would be so awesome since i love traveling. hope you fulfill a lot of these on your list!

    www.fionnac.com

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  52. Happy New Year Bash! I'm not usually for resolutions but I think your idea of a list of little things we can do is totally doable and genius. And I will start my list with 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 13 & 15. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  53. I love this post so much, Bash! Very inspiring :)

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

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  54. #15 hit home for me. great post <3!

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

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  55. great new years goals to start with! have a great new year!
    www.samanthamariko.com

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  56. These are the best set of New Years resolutions I've seen, great post bash! xx, Lexi

    www.thepalepalette.blogspot.com

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  57. Love all of those 16 things :)

    Stay in Style
    Karen @ Lookbook Store Wordpress

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  58. Yes! Got to set some realistic fitness goals and eat healthier this year! Praise to #15, I need to do that more often!


    Macarons and Mischief

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  59. i can relate so much to this list. thankyou for this, absolutely what I need. all the best for you in 2016 dear<3
    www.rebelrebel.co x

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  60. "Finish a project you were suppose to finish in 2015. You know which one I'm talking about." Haha, this one is so me! Wish you a great year, darling, may all of your goals be achieved and many more!
    http://sunmoonstyle.blogspot.co.at/

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  61. Happy new year Bash, and this list is a great way to set goals this year! I will definitely be using this this year, thank you!
    Paige xo // The Joys of Being Paige

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  62. Love this! And most of these can be for me :D so thank you for sharing xx

    http://beautypeptalk.blogspot.hr/

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  63. thanks for sharing dear. You are so right about learning to say goodbye and letting things go
    wendeeisaacs.com

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  64. No 5 is well needed. Shall get going! Thank you for sharing x

    Real Life Nerd // www.vivienekok.com

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  65. Yeah, I'm not so big on the new year, new me thing either. So for my year, I'm focusing on the things that I'm already doing - but just doing it better and with more consistency. I would have liked to add sketching something new every day to my list, but it's not very realistic because I haven't drawn/sketched consistently for the past few years.

    becky ♡ star violet

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  66. Such a good list Bash! Forgiveness is a hard one for me as well as letting go which is something that shall need some working on this year! Happy 2016 and may it be filled with love, joy and dreams come true!

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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  67. oh my gosh, #15.... it's like you're speaking to me. accepting apologies are hard enough because I always question if the person means it, but accepting apologies that will never come? I'm going through something right now and I don't know yet how I'll accept something that will never come.

    Arianne | Ayre

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  68. This is a beautiful list! I love these tips, thank you :)

    http://saranusagg.blogspot.si/

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  69. Such an amazing, inspiring post!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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  70. Number 6 - Stop having such unattainable fitness goals. AMEN TO THAT! Especially now it's a new year and all!

    Ross | The Mental Relief Blog

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  71. I totally need to add reduce social media on my list. I am addicted to checking up on social media whenever I have a moment of free time. It has become a new habit. A bad one, of course. Travel always add excitement to the year. I set my goal to explore more local places instead of just out of the state/country. Small adventures can be just as great! :)

    Leigha
    https://chasingsmilesalong.wordpress.com/

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  72. Happy new year to you, and i must say i also dont set new year goals or resolutions. But i do know what i want and work towards achieving them.

    Simply Uneeke

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  73. Happy New Year Bash! I love this list, especially #10 and #15. Those are what I need to work on this year.
    ~Lili
    www.thefashionsalt.com

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  74. Number 4 hit me real close to home XD Darn it. I've been on a reading binge so I've slacked in everything else. Loved this, these messages are nowhere unfamiliar yet are usually the first things that slips from your mind. Thank you for such a lovely post! x

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  75. Love all of these "little things". I know my years go better when I make time for small joys and moments of adventure and creativity!

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  76. OMG girl I list my bookmarks and all, so I haven't been here in a lon time. Love the new look. Really good.
    I plan to spend less time on social media, turn of my phone more often and have some me time.
    Happy new year dear.
    Itsdivadiaries.com

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  77. These are all so lovely! I think it's a great goal to love yourself more and is definitely something I will be working on in 2016 :)

    Sophie | Dreams and Colour Schemes

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  78. Haha, your list did turn dark and emotional towards the end! Definitely some great goals, especially the one about unattainable fitness ;)

    Pop over to my blog!

    Sarah
    sarahinks.co.uk

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