Actual goals

Real resolutions from eight of our fave peeps

Resolutions, smesolutions, am I right? Do you find yourself setting them superficially year after year, only to carry them on to the next one? Or not even bother anymore? At the same time, you know goals are essential to achievements. So maybe what we all need is to have a real and open exchange about them.

We decided to call up our industry friends and ask them about their resolutions, in part to inspire perhaps disillusioned readers to consider and pursue new ventures over the usual unattainables. However, to the possible surprise of the people we contacted for this story, we wanted to do this for you guys too. To force you to develop and see your goals in writing, and in doing so, to hold you accountable to them. Cheers and good luck all!

Thanavut Kosolwongse (John), 32

Bartender and Manager of 80/20

Photo courtesy of Thanavut Kosolwongse

What were your resolutions last year?

2016 was the very first year for my restaurant 80/20. One of the major things we wanted to focus on was consistency in serving up the best for our guests no matter who they were; to always convey our passion for cuisine and hospitality to our customers.

So how did that go?

It went fantastic! We are so proud of our team. We created this whole energy of teamwork in 80/20 that blossomed into good vibes and our own restaurant culture. We just challenged ourselves in very fun and creative ways, for instance, by creating the "Catch of The Day" in our menu or our "Chef's Table". We even gained some international attention last year. Now we get international calls for reservations, sometimes booked months ahead! We also made lots of good friends in 2016.

What are your resolutions this year?

My partners and I have many new projects we would love to launch this year now that the restaurant is settled. The first project we're planning on launching is a dining charity called Thann -- meaning both "eat" and "give" -- to help people in the South who are suffering from the floods. We want to use our passion to help others and raise awareness about the importance of helping others in society.

How do you plan on accomplishing this goal?

We believe that recruiting the right people and building the strongest team is key. We have already invited our chef and artist friends to participate in Thann. We plan on collaborating with more restaurants, bars, local artists and community members for other projects down the line. Our strategy though is basically to be the best in what we do and let them find us. This may sound a little sketchy, but so far our team has consisted of passionate people who have chosen us.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

We would love to see 80/20 grow into one of the best restaurants in Bangkok, though we're not on a gold medal hunt. We are 80/20 by our passion in hospitality first and foremost and we look forward to continuing in that spirit this year.

Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn (Neung), 35

Co-Founder and Bartender of Backstage Cocktail Bar

Photo courtesy of Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn

What were your resolutions last year?

To have my own cocktail bar!

How did that go?

I did it! Backstage Cocktail Bar happened! It is going very well too. We started with six friends from the industry and it wasn't easy dealing with six ways of thinking, but we pulled through and got our bar to the top of the cocktail bar list in Bangkok.

What are you resolutions this year?

This year, I would like to get our name onto the global scene. Maybe start with Asia and get on Asia's 50 best bar list. Bangkok already has six bars on that list. I hope we can add another one and boost Bangkok's cocktail scene as a whole.

How do you plan on achieving this goal?

Just do what we do and do it to our best. I'm lucky to have such a great team. Everyone has their own strong point. Like I said, it's not always easy to deal with everyone, but when we make it, it's always great.

What are you most looking forward to in 2017?

The past year wasn't easy for me. Many things happened, and I got quite stressed out. I'm hoping to give myself an easier time this year. I would like to spend more time with myself and my mum. I plan on organising myself for meditation, going to the temple more than I did last year and going into monkhood this year too.

Chris Kattiya-Aree (Chip7), 40

Visual Artist

Photo courtesy of Chris Kattiya-aree

What were your resolutions last year?

Honestly, I didn't set any going into 2016. 2015 went by so fast, it was like a blur. I was busy with a number of projects, got married, and then around November had an arm injury. I guess if I had something I wanted to fix in 2016, it would have been my arm.

So how did it go?

Drawing and painting less because of my arm allowed me to develop some other ideas, and my arm is now better, so I guess it went alright.

What are your resolutions this year?

I want to be more productive and spend a longer time on set projects. My arm problems allowed me to experiment with some video and music stuff which I would like to expand on. Also, I would like to try my best to stay away from toxic energy, be positive and make the most of my time without becoming a studio shut-in. I recently discovered how much I enjoy collaborative efforts over just being at the desk by myself. Spending less time on the internet would be ideal too.

How do you plan on achieving these resolutions?

Going to the studio non-stop and maintaining a work flow. Also, not worrying about what the next person is doing and trying to improve myself in new ways. Not taking things so seriously and just having fun doing it.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

I'm most excited about my multimedia project "Lemur Land" which will start on Feb 14. It's a sci-fi themed music video series that pretty much celebrates all my favourite subject matters. I developed it while my arm was hurt. Tonnes of friends helped me make it, and I can't wait to put it out there! It's a massive personal project that will take up a lot of my time in 2017. I always wanted to rap and work on comic books when I was a kid. This is allowing me to do both!

Panya Suwannmuti (Te), 39

Sassy Bungee Workout Master at Stories to Tales Theatre

Photo courtesy of Panya Suwannamuti

What were your resolutions last year?

To become a bungee workout and vertical dance instructor at Stories to Tales Theatre.

How did that go?

It went great! I got to learn new things, have new experiences and create new movements. It brings me so much joy to see my students literally fly in the air when I teach them. They have a great time, a fun workout and better health, and I'm a part of that. In addition, my classes have gone viral on social media, not only in Thailand but around the world. I have no words when I see these results. I'm so proud to be a part of this team!

What are your resolutions this year?

To improve my classes with a positive mind. To join in running marathons -- minimum 10km. And to volunteer and dedicate myself more to society.

How do you plan on achieving them?

As a teacher, I plan on listening more, thinking more, talking to people more, understanding them more, being more actively positive and practising more. Marathons will be a new thing for me this year. I'm determined to change my diet and my sleeping behaviour to be able to accomplish this goal. My first run was on Jan 15. As for helping out in society, I've already started cleaning the public areas where I live. Next, I want to teach dance or pilates to disabled children or seniors. I'll take whatever chance I get to give something back to the local community this year. Feel free to contact me if you think my skills could be of use somewhere!

What are you most looking forward to this year?

I'm far from my family, but I'm looking forward to seeing them more this year. I also can't wait to do more volunteering! I believe in giving to create human value. Something you have in your hands that seems really normal to you could be a wonderful thing for someone out there. This is my meaning of happiness.

Jamal Younis, 33

Personal Trainer at Aspire Club

Photo courtesy of Jamal Younis

What were your resolutions last year?

Honestly, I am not so much of a believer in New Year resolutions. I believe certain habits or goals just need to be changed in the right moment. Although last year I had two major goals and they were to get good at public speaking and to study to become a nutrition coach.

How did they go?

Very well. I joined a local public speaking group and did multiple speech projects and seminars last year. And for the nutrition part, I started an online certification study course.

So what are your resolutions -- or "anytime-goals" -- this year?

This year I want to continue the path of getting better at communications skills, to speak at bigger fitness and non-fitness related events and to complete my nutrition coaching studies. I want to help and work with people outside of training-related fields, in order to promote an active lifestyle and good nutrition as part of everybody's daily life. I also want to write more blog posts, be more active outside of the gym and enjoy life more. We have to be grateful and stop complaining because we are living in very fortunate circumstances.

How do you plan on achieving these goals.

I already applied to speak at different events this year and I'm going to spend a good amount of time studying. But I don't need a specific plan. Just keep going…

What are you most excited for this year?

I am excited for all the reasons I just mentioned. 2017 can only be better than last year. I am looking forward to working on all my projects and having another awesome year working at Aspire.

Ravisrarat Pibulpanuvat (Preen), 23

Singer, Finalist on The Star 12

Photo courtesy of Ravisrarat Pibulpanuvat

What were your resolutions last year?

Last year, I only had one resolution and that was to sing again.

How did it go?

It was insane! As you know, I went to audition for The Star 12 and got on the show as one of the eight finalists!

What are your resolutions this year?

My resolutions this year are to stay healthy and fit, -- to lose 2-3 inches of my waistline if we're being specific, haha -- be in a musical if possible and also to start writing my own music!

How do you plan on accomplishing them?

I'm going to make it a mission to exercise more regularly: take pilates classes and plank (almost) everyday. I'll be looking for auditions and taking more acting classes. I'm also determined to practise the piano everyday and devote at least 3-4 hours a week to finding inspirations and a story I want to tell.

What are you most excited for this year?

New opportunities in the entertainment industry and my ability to grow and be a better me.

Kim Kasamatsu, 50

Founder of Studio Zoom

Photo coutesy of Kim Kasamatsu

What were your resolutions last year?

To bring more people of various nationalities together through dance. To make a second home for those who love music and dance. To step up and bring our annual showcase to the "next level". And to share and inspire people through dance workshops and camps.

How did they go?

I feel very accomplished. I'm so proud of my team of passionate instructors who constantly work to create this wonderful learning environment for our students. We had a great annual showcase. MAC Cosmetics chose us for their artist sponsorship project! Last year we also had so many workshops with amazing people, for example the legendary Mr Wiggles, which brought together people from as far as other provinces!

What are your resolutions this year?

To focus on and expand the dance community at Studio Zoom Maharaj, our second branch. Being in Thailand for almost 19 years, I am very attracted to the city's exciting vibes and the beauty and heritage of the river. When I was offered the opportunity to open a studio overlooking the Chao Phraya, I through how amazing it would be to start a new dance community and a dance lifestyle there where family and friends could spend their weekends exploring dance and enjoying the food and ambience the area has to offer.

How do you plan on accomplishing them?

I plan on reaching out to as many people as I can to help organise community dance workshops and camps. This is very important to me because this can help open up opportunities for people to try and share dance.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

More dance workshops. I am excited for more opportunities for people who love dance to explore, meet, share and inspire. I am looking forward to seeing the dance community here grow and work with the greater dance community out there.

Pitchana Ekachai (Janice), 26

Founder, Designer and CEO of Pitchana Atelier Public Relations Manager at Pimplus PR

Photo courtesy of Pichana Ekachai

What were your resolutions last year?

My 2016 resolutions were to do more yoga and to open Pitchana's first physical shop after having been selling online for a year.

How did they go?

I definitely improved my yoga skills, practising twice a week. People started to notice that my body has become leaner. However, it's the feelings I get after doing yoga that are the real benefits to me. I am always left feeling fresh, energised and ready to take on the world. As for my other goal, I opened my first shop at the Thaithai zone of Central Chidlom, and the feedback was amazing. It's my proudest accomplishment so far.

What are your resolutions this year?

My 2017 resolutions are to start a Pitchana blog where people can read about lifestyle, travel, fashion and celebrity takeovers; open more shops in other department stores; have my first fashion show; tie my passion and obsession for yoga into my brand; keep doing yoga twice a week; balance my responsibilities at my family's PR business; and travel more.

How do you plan on achieving them?

Most of them are self-explanatory, but for merging yoga with my fashion brand, I am going to develop a sportswear brand under Pitchana.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

I'm looking forward to building a community of Pitchana people. It's not just about selling the products, but about creating good relationships between myself and my customers. At the same time, I'm also looking forward to taking some time off to travel more. I spent the last whole year working and I realise I need to have balance -- never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.