Projects, plans and resolutions 

I don’t usually do New Years resolutions. On one hand, I never keep them and I end up disappointed on myself. On the other hand, I realised that I do resolutions every day or week: get up on time, go to the gym, be nice to people despite a headache, learn a new recipe … Life is full of resolutions.

But 2017 is going to be a bit different. It’s the last year before I turn 30. Everything I’ll do will have that “things to do before you’re 30” feel. 

So I’m not doing resolutions, but I’m having projects. First one, surviving the Spartacus Run I’m doing on February the 26th. So first two months of the year will be full of gym and training and “why-did-I-sign-up-for-this” moments. But I’ll survive (I hope). Then, I think it’ll be a good idea to finally get my driver’s license while I’m still in my twenties, right? And I really need to learn Dutch. Not only because I t’s important for my job, but also from a personal perspective, I feel it’s something I need to do.

There you have it. Not resolutions, but three plans. And you, what are you expecting in 2017? 

Fear, action and confidence. 

I wasn’t going to post anything about Carrie Fisher‘s death because -plainly said- it sucks, and I didn’t know how else to put it. But as I was browsing Twitter, I found the top pic with that quote. 

One of the best advices I got when starting my job a year and a half ago was to put myself in danger everyday, to do something that scares me and challenges me to keep learning (and I’ve never been more scared than during those first weeks at the job, so it was an easy task to do). Fear is the mind-killer, and it ends up leading to the Dark Side. Fear is not worth us being afraid. We conquer it when we acknowledge it but act anyway. And this quote seems a good way to Carrie Fisher by. 

RIP, your Highness. And may the Force be with you. 

‘Adeste fideles’

It’s Sunday, which means it’s #SundaySong time. And it’s Christmas. Do you see where I’m going, right?

Christmas carols were never a big deal at my family’s Christmas’ dinners, mainly because no one sings particularly well. We are not tone deaf, but let’s just say that it is better if we don’t sing. We would put on the radio or a CD with Christmas carols and music and that would be all. 

Through time I’ve come to discover Christmas songs from different countries: Spain, Italy, France, England, Congo… but the one I prefer is an universal one, Adeste fideles. We would sing it during the Sundays after Christmas at the church I went to in Spain, and we sang it yesterday at Midnight Mass in Belgium. Of course, it didn’t sound as beautifully as this version by Andrea Bocelli, but the heart and the feeling were there. 

Merry Christmas to you all!

Audio

‘Viva la vida’

You know how some songs remind you of someone? A few years ago I had a roommate who became a really good friend. Whenever we had a karaoke night, we’d sing this song, every time. I don’t know why, because neither of us are particularly fans of Coldplay, and we started doing this a few years the song was released, so how did it become one of our favourite karaoke song is a mystery.