Things I’ll Strive For in 2017

With the New Year just started, I know most of us have found a new surge of motivation to set goals to achieve for this year. Setting goals is surely the easy part; to actually follow through and do it is the big challenge. At first, I really have no intention of doing this because resolutions are so cliché and not so achievable most of the time but after I’ve made my post last week and realized that the resolutions I’ve set for last year wasn’t entirely useless, I then had this sudden urge to put up another one. It feels good to know that you somehow made some of your goals happened. I am setting up my intention for this year to be another year of self-discovery and self-improvement. So here are the things that I’ll strive for this year:

Ditch Pessimism and Embrace Optimism

Just like the law of attraction, what you think is what you are. These past five years of my life, I have allowed myself to drown in a world full of negativities so negative things were what I had. What you think or how you think is the reality that you create for yourself. In order to attract positive things, you must think positively. Having a positive mindset is always the way to go.

Be More Active

By that I mean, being consistent with exercising. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore workout. I know that I love running, stretching and yoga so I’d like to do more of that, even just walking our dogs that’ll for sure somehow help me de-stress and get my blood circulating rather than just sit in front of laptop all day.

Consume less meat as much as possible

In our household, we eat meat almost every day or if not then most days of the week. I realized that one of the major causes of my acne is poor digestion. Meat causes me bloating and constipation and that’s not good for skin or in general. It’s impossible to totally omit meat in my life but I’d like to stay away from it as much as possible.

Sleeping before midnight

This is something that I am really determined to achieve. I’d like regain the body clock that I used to have. I would love to be a morning person again. I would like to be more human and less of a zombie.  I plan on putting to practice a technique that I’ve read on an article before and that is to sleep an hour early from your usual bed time every three days until you reach your desired hour of sleep. Nowadays, I usually sleep at around 4am, so I’ll try to sleep at 3am for the next three days then after that I’ll try to sleep at 2am for another three days and so on and so forth. I’ve tried it before and it worked on me.

Read more

I totally have slacked off on my reading on the latter half of last year. I just couldn’t find the motivation to read. For this year, I certainly would want to read more and I aim on reading one book per week.

To not be afraid to explore alone

By that I mean, to go to places on my own. I am not good at directions that’s why I’m stupid when it comes to commuting, I am afraid of getting lost and I’m dependent to my family members or friends to go to places that I needed to be. I’m thinking of starting it by going to the National Museum, alone. 😀 I’ve been wanting to go there for ages.

Treat myself better

I plan on doing that by setting more time for me. I want to be consistent with my skincare routine, pamper myself more. Dress better. Reflect more often. Be mindful of what I need.

Learn to play guitar

Or at least try learning it again. I’ve already tried it before but we don’t have our own guitar yet that time so I stopped learning when I returned the guitar to my friend. But now that my mom has gifted my brother a guitar, I think I have no excuse to try and learn it again.

I know it is more likely that I am not going to achieve all of this stuff but this list is like my guide to know the aspects where I want to focus more. If I don’t achieve it all then I’m not going to beat myself up for it. I’ll just try harder instead. ^^

What are your goals for this year? If you don’t mind, I would to know. Feel free to share them. 🙂

That’s A Wrap, 2015!

Well, we’re only a couple of days away until this year finally comes to an end and this is also the time when we all look back to how we did this year. As for me, 2015 had whipped my butt really hard to the extent that the sting lingered for quite a long while and that actually shook my brain to finally realized a lot of significant things.

2015 may had been a little hard on me and to my family, there have been a lot of things happened but I’m still happy that most of the things had fell back to their places, they may not be the same as before but we can deal with that and still working on some of it. 2015 had been like a big reservoir of negativities where I have drowned myself with frustrations, anger, fear, insecurities, jealousy, envy, self-pity and self-doubt. Nope, I am not being dramatic here, it’s true that I’ve harbored all of those things and I was so stupid to let myself be overpowered with them. Regrets, if not always then most of the time comes at the end when you’ve already come to realizations as to what you may or may not have done wrong.

One of the things that I craved for this year was an opportunity to get out of this what I call the idle phase of my life. I was actually given a handful of opportunities but it was me who let all of those chances slipped out of my hands and then as a result I immersed myself again in all of those negativities. That’s pretty much the cycle that I was in all this time.

But let’s not just talk about the bad things because if there were a lot of negative things then let’s not forget about the positive things that I also have gained this year. They may be as cliche as they can be but you can really delve into a whole new level of understanding with such cliche things when you yourself have been put into the situation and get to experience such things.

So, since it’s almost the end of the year – very timely isn’t it? – I’m gonna wrap up all of these things and together with 2015, is ready to let it all go. As the new year approaches, so are the new beginnings. I want 2016 to be a year of self-discovery and self-improvement for me. I have lost myself along the way all these years so I think it’s about time to rediscover myself. I’m not saying that I’m gonna be selfish, I’m just saying that I’m gonna give more time to myself and more credit for the things that I’ll do.

Goodbye 2015! WELCOME 2016! And to all the challenges that you may bring with you. Bring it on!

Out With The Old & In With The New

When the year comes to an end, it makes you reflect about how you lived your life in that year. And that was what I exactly did during the last few days of 2014 and I have realized a lot of things and those things aren’t really pretty.

I realized that I have lived 2014 and the previous years in self-doubt, shyness, fear, hatred, self-pity, insecurity, disappointments and pretty much any negative thing you can think of. What can I do? People have let me down; even I have let me down. The funny thing is that all along I know that the problem is me and yet it seemed like I couldn’t do anything about it. I have even started blaming people when all I really have to blame is me. Now that I’m thinking of it, I couldn’t really tell how I’ve lived with all of those negativities in my life. No wonder I felt so useless, so down and my self-esteem and self-confidence were already six feet below the ground. Those negativities simply spoilt all of me to the very core of my being, that’s how worthless I was.

Since the time I graduated college up to now is what I call the idle phase in my life and during this phase all I ever wanted is change. I am always seeking something that is different from all I have right now, and then it hit me. How can I do that if I don’t even try hard enough for me to find it, right? My biggest excuse I’ve used before was ‘Opportunities come to those who wait’ and ‘Everything happens in the right time.’ How foolish of me, I know. Stupid me! Opportunities come to those who persevere and to those who try hard. That is supposed to be the mantra. But hey, I’ve learned my lessons and if I want change then I should stop bumming around and start acting it out.

New Year means a time to start fresh and with that a lot of people have now come up with their own lists of resolutions and goals to do this year. I am used to be one, always having resolutions and always end up with not doing any of it at all but I intend this year to be different and that is by actually achieving something.

This year’s GOALS are:

  • Ditching the bad habits and forming good ones.
    – Sleep on or before 2am. (I’m an insomniac, so this will be a great challenge.) – No eating after 10pm. (It’s a habit of mine to eat a full meal just before I sleep and that usually occurs at dawn and that includes a lot of carbs and sugars.) – Consume more water and cut back with dairies and sweets.
  • Reading at least 10 books.
  • Land a job. (This is I feel like the hardest.)
  • Volunteer in Philippine Red Cross.
  • Donate blood.
  • Take 2-D Echo Technician Certification.
  • Go out of town.
  • Own a camera.

I want this year to be about rediscovering myself and exploring my options. I’ll also do my best to always keep moving forward and not step back every time someone or something blocks the way. I’ll not let fear take over me again.