Dear 2017 – A Little Wishlist


So far, you started off nice and slow. Just the way I like it, but you won’t fool me, I thought the same way when your brother 2016 came around and we all know how that turned out…


Despite the collective global misfortune, to put it mildly, my personal 2016 went okayish. I got to move into a new place and after a few bumps got to really settle in. I often catch myself thinking, at random tasks like doing the laundry and such, that I am so very happy to live here and I guess that’s a good sign, isn’t it?


Still, with all the hustle and bustle surrounding the move and big changes in my department at work, my initial goals for the year have been swept under the proverbial rug. Yes, I did get to EXPLORE and went to PRAGUE with my friend Nina which was such a blast. I did get to explore new sides of me and realized that I am pretty good at handling a crisis, when needed. That’s a first! The goals I set back in February though, weren’t playing the lead role anymore. If anything, a lackluster supporting role.


Dear 2017, I want us to start at a good point and to only make promises to each other we intend to keep for a change. What do you think? Here’s what I am putting on the table if you’d like to know…


Being well – WELL BEING

I am not a fan of wellness or diet because to me, those don’t put the required action into the meaning. Everyone can enjoy a wellness weekend or go on a fad diet. It doesn’t necessarily mean they want to change their life for the better.


Wellbeing = a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness and prosperity; welfare.


Just feeling better alone, doesn’t cut it for me goal-wise. I do not only want to get a grip on my Hashimoto’s diagnosis, I want and need to feel like I am in control again and not this autoimmune disease that often takes the wheel in my everyday life. Frankly, it’s exhausting. Right now, I am researching many holistic ways on what might fit my lifestyle best. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? The Whole 30? Eliminating certain foods like the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) suggests? We’ll see, but I am  looking forward to find out what works for me this year and take my readers along for the ride.



I love being online, reading blogs, helping out others with content from time to time but it often left me oversaturated to create new content for this very blog and lead to overthinking ideas and concepts I initially had. This year, I want to create first for me, focus on my point of view and work on my ideas and vision before browsing through my feeds online. Ultimately, I think, it will lead to more consistent and better content.



Last year was a good start on waking that travelbug again. This year, I want to go even further and take several trips throughout the year. Nothing’s set in stone just yet, but I want to take a city trip to a European city with lil sis and also plan to take a weekend off just for myself to spent some time at a new place. I talked about a few options in Four Cities I Must See, last year. Right now, I am eyeing Lisbon for a solo trip!


Setting up the Spunkyrella HQ

The new place still needs some minor renovations but mostly new furniture. I want to find the ideal pieces for the place such as a new bed frame, the ideal desk, area rugs, a coffee table and a dining table. Not to mention shelving and such. It just seems that what I am looking for and what’s offered right now are polar opposites. So we’ll see how that will turn out in a couple of months.


I guess if you and me together can agree on those topics, I think 2017 might be off to a good start already. Another topic near to my heart that I need to research more on, is to maybe possibly consider adopting a rescue dog later this year. I grew up with the best dachshund ever – Max – and miss having a dog in my life. For now, I don’t want to rush things but it’s definitely something I want to keep in mind.



Here’s to adventurous, blissful, happy and empowering 12 months! ♥




(Image by ThePaperBunny)