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10 Ovolo New Year Resolutions

It’s the height of the New Year, New Me season once again! With the start of a new year, it is perfect time to begin a new chapter in your life. It’s the perfect catalyst to commit to change. It’s a fantastic opportunity to let rid of harmful habits and establish new ones that will help us grow as individuals. 

The Ovolo team’s collective goal is to have an even better year and conquer more! As another unpredictable year draws to a close, we figured there was no better time than now to take a look back on the past 12 months to see how far we’ve come and look ahead to the next 12. 

We’ve rounded up a list of 10 of our colleagues’ unexpected joys from the past year, as well as words to describe it, words to hope for next year, and their top New Year’s resolution for 2022. 

Juan Gimenez

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    2020 was a tough year and I think 2021 we all somehow expected this whole covid thing to blow over. Which of course it didn’t. The big difference though was that we chose to shine! We became extremely productive the amount of Stuff we got done was incredible! I can look back at 2021 and be proud and full of happiness with all that was achieved, we might have not done it all, but we tried and got really close to ticking all boxes! On a more personal note, I think it’s been tough to not be able to visit family back in Argentina, I mean we always talk or FaceTime, but this really highlighted for me how important human connection is. I can still remember the last hug, the handshake grip, the silly banter and even how that moment smelled, with my brothers and parents, on my last visit early 2019 and not really knowing that I wouldn’t be back in such a long time. So now I try to remind myself of the value of every second, every smile, tear, and any moment good or bad, with my family and friends here in Hong Kong because honestly you never know what could happen next. 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: Fruitful, illuminating yet somehow feeble 
    2022: I hope it’s abundant, dynamic and resilient! 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    I normally write my goals for the new year early Jan. After I assess how I did on the previous years and revisit the things I couldn’t accomplish and find why I couldn’t. As I mentioned, 2021 was a very productive year and I managed to hit 80%. I divide my goals in three big areas: Work, Family & Friends and Personal Development and subsequently divide this into subcategories. The area that I slacked the most so far and would try to focus on 2022 was within Personal development, the fitness subcategory– so that would be my main priority for 2022. 

Kim Pham (Group Digital Marketing Manager) 

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    Closing doors that no longer served me. 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: Change, growth, reflection 
    2022: Stability, celebration, love 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    To find some routine again with the things that make me feel the happiest and most myself. 

Laurencius Dimas (Mamaka Revenue Manager, Bali) 

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    Getting a job at Mamaka by Ovolo 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: Full of luck 
    2022: More luck, happiness, prosperity 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    The international border to open and no quarantine. Because it’s been 2 years since I travelled abroad, I want to bring my wife and daughter to go traveling to a snowing country. 

Horace Siu (Hotel Manager, Hong Kong) 

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    Getting promoted to Hotel Manager and getting an opportunity to lead an amazing team at Ovolo Central operating a quarantine hotel. 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: Challenging, perseverance, adaptive 
    2022: Normality, Freedom, Growth 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    Being able to travel and explore the world again without the restrictions because I really miss the experience of travelling to different countries. 

Wayne Taranto 

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    The commitment of the team during the toughest of periods. The engagement levels were extraordinary considering the extreme circumstances. 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: Resilience, patience, persistence 
    2022: Loyalty, support, greatness 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    Lead by example both personally & professionally. Time to reset and focus on what’s important! 

Gitta Margaretha (Front Office Manager, Bali) 

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year?
     Joining Mamaka 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021:Improve, learn, take the chance 
    2022: Bigger, better, happier 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    Travel abroad! I miss being on a long flight and being somewhere new; it would be awesome to see the snow. 

Sonesh Mool

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    Having Quarantine business come our way 😉 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: Uncertainty, teamwork, family 
    2022: Upwards, onwards and stability 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    Live every day to the fullest – truly 😊 

Kieron Hunt

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    Finally finding the courage to take on a General Manager role that was outside of my usual scope of hotels. 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: Uncharted, character building & intense 
    2022: Familiar, continuous & free-flowing 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    Get back to doing the things I love because I lost that focus through the challenges of covid (more personal time and more family time such as travel and holidays). 

Josie Bristow

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    Britney Spears finally being freed or when I became an aunt for the first time. 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: Challenging, Hong Kong and wine 
    2022: Travel, quarantine and COVID tests 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    To learn a new recipe a month, finish at least 5 books over the year, be a little more selfish with my time. 

Nicole Downs

  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? 
    People reconnect after a challenging year. 
  • What are 3 words you would use to describe this last year, and what are 3 words you would hope for 2022 to be? 
    2021: resilience, unity, strength 
    2022: alignment, balanced and Wonder.Full possibilities 
  • What is your top New Year’s resolution for 2022 and why? 
    All about connection, communication and dynamicity. People First; guests, each other and also personally- family & friends/ dogs and cats. Being kind, acting with courage and building on our foundations to conquer anything we place our minds to.  F.U.N, that’s who we are. 

Too many of us use our New Year’s resolution to condemn or punish ourselves for not being good enough, but this isn’t a smart method to motivate ourselves to improve. If anything, it only makes us feel worse! Make resolutions based on self-compassion instead and you’ll find that you’re able to stick to your resolutions and feel happier. If you commit to these kinds of resolutions, you’ll notice that you’re healthier, more balanced, and ultimately able to enjoy life more as a result! 

Good luck, and happy 2022!