Happy New Year

We successfully survived the first two weeks in 2018 – hooray!

I’m sure you already have received a bunch of messages. Nevertheless, I’d like to finally wish all of you all the best for 2018, too. May health, luck, success and a lot of memorable moments accompany you throughout the year ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry for the delay of this message, but during the New Years Eve holidays, which I spent with my hubby in London (I’m coming back to that point in a later post), we both caught a cold (lovely start into the new year…) and I’m really glad that everything’s back to normal by now.

Let’s get some stuff done!

I’m one of these people who believe that writing down New Year resolutions might help to achieve them 😄 Because it feels like kind of a commitment that way, you know? And it’s at least worth a try, isn’t it? The worst that can happen is that – same procedure as every year – I’m not able to achieve even only one of the following points, so it doesn’t matter how many things are actually on the list ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, I’m starting 2018 highly motivated and I’d like to

1. take care of myself

2. read more books
(and therefore at least 12 written in English)

3. eat more healthy
(less sugar and more fruits & vegs)

4. drink two litres per day

5. go to bed at 10 pm during the week

6. sleep 7,5 h every night

7. do exercises for neck and back on a daily basis*
*for at least 10 min

8. get out into nature more regularly*
*at least in total 45 minutes per week

9. learn vocabulary on a daily basis*
*5-15 minutes

10. stay in the UK to attend a language course
planning currently in progress

11. learn how to play “Deck The Halls” on the keyboard until Christmas

12. rename the blog, get the design changed and design a logo

13. get organised to be actually able to achieve all these goals 😆

New Years Resolution #1-8 Take Better Care of Myself

Well, I think like many people out there, I’m not very good at taking care of myself… I’m interested in a bunch of different things and activities, and when I’ve just gotten into the flow, I’m used to forgetting everything around me. That might lead to a good result, but I learned that it isn’t necessarily good for me. As well as being highly perfectionist. The Frankfurt book fair and some other events in 2017 taught me that I should be aware of my limits and my energy level. Paying attention to these things is as important as taking care of your body, by eating healthy food and exercising for instance. So my #1 resolution for 2018 is taking better care of myself, starting with reading an increased quantity of books ๐Ÿ™‚ I even create this little reminder:


(Feel free to download it here.)

Who else is struggling with that kind of issue? What are your strategies to cope with stress?ย Do you have any advice?

New Years Resolution #9-10 – Improve My English

It’s still one of my dearest wishes to improve my English skills. I just love the English language. (Okay, right… I’ll keep it short this time… What I’ve already written about this point probably last for a lifetime anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I finally accepted that it will probably still take me a few years until I reach my final goal, which is to speak English as well as a native speaker. But eventually, it’s okay. I’m not in a hurry, am I? And I enjoy learning anyway. (Huh… And suddenly it makes perfect sense that I was one of the unpopular kids at school xD)

The human brain processes information the best, if you repeat them on a regular basis in a small quantity (bit by bit, so to say). So if you’d like to learn vocabulary like me for instance, you’ll learn more effectively if you repeat the words every day, even if it’s just for as little as five minutes. You’ll see it will work quite well if you’ll stay consequent, though I’ve got to admit – staying consequent is going to be the toughest part of this exercise. Stay strong, dear!

I already mentioned some words about learning strategies here and I’ve planned to write a whole article about it at some point in the future. I’ve already read a lot about it and I’ve recently started to read another very interesting book. It’s called “Wer lernen will, muss fรผhlen: Wie unsere Sinne dem Gedรคchtnis helfen”ย (loosely translated: “You’ve got to feel if you want to learn: How our senses help our memory), written by Christiane Stenger, a former junior world champion in the field of memory (or whatever the title is properly called in English). I’ll let you know whether I can recommend it or not ๐Ÿ™‚

Language Travel to Cambridge

New Years Resolution #11 – The Blog

The first changes are already noticeable. The most obvious one probably is the renaming. As I started the blog, I had a lot of different names in my mind, but my best title ideas have already been taken. So I finally chose “Language Tea Time”, because I just wanted to finally get started. But it didn’t mean very much to me. It was kind of a stopgap actually, and I was already quite sure that I’ll be renaming it sooner or later. And well, it appeared that sooner or later has been exactly four days ago.

I choose “English Cuppa” because I think it fit’s perfectly well. I really like the sound of the name. And the original idea was to choose something with “cuppa” in it anyway because I love drinking tea (“Earl Grey” is currently my favourite one) and the English language – I know, what a shocking surprise! ๐Ÿ˜€ – and “cuppa” just sounds so cute ๐Ÿ˜€ I also kinda fell in love with the expression “That’s (not) my cup of tea.” I mean, isn’t it lovely?! So the name is finally a bit of me. Something I can really identify with. That’s kinda nice. And I hope you like it, too ๐Ÿ™‚

New Years Resolution #12 – Get Organised

Did you make resolutions yourself or do you think it’s bollocks?

How about kind of a support group? I’m going to write about how realising my own resolutions work anyway, so why don’t you join in and keep me updated on yours in the comments below?

I’d love that! ๐Ÿ™‚ What do you think?