Life in the Fast Lane


Making This a Good Year

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Now that it's officially 2012 (and I'm actually back at work; hello, desk!), I've been making plans to improve myself. No resolutions, though, because I never stick to them.

My plans for the year are simple enough that while I don't have to commit to any of them, they're pretty doable.

I feel the need to write them down so I can look at them someday and mentally tick off what I'd have accomplished by then.

Here are some of them:

1) Eat healthier. I'm a fan of food, I love carbs (pasta and sandwiches over rice any day), and I occasionally enjoy a fast food meal or two. I also prefer chips to desserts or chocolates. Now that I'm getting older (this year will be monumental because I'll be crossing over to the next decade, believe it or not) and I need to make some lifestyle changes. I won't completely eliminate my indulgences from my diet; I just need to learn how to say "no" to them more often.

2) Exercise more regularly. I can't always depend on my biking group's plans to be my only source of exercise. If I can walk/do workouts at home around thrice a week, I'll be happy.

3) Celebrate my birthday in a meaningful way. As I mentioned earlier, I'm saying goodbye to my twenties (which I'm still having a hard time accepting; hello, dekada trenta!) and I want to make this particular birthday a purposeful one. I don't know yet how I want to celebrate my birthday this year (off the top of my head, I'm thinking of probably spending an afternoon in an orphanage — still thinking/praying about it), but I want it to be different from the usual party. I want it to mean something.

4) Learn a new skill. I'm thinking of finally trying my hand at cooking, which was something I was never really interested in. However, since my mom's recipe cards are yellowing in proportion to my age, I should try them out before they fade into oblivion. After all, one of my mom's biggest frustrations is that her daughters never took after her passion for cooking. I figured that mine was a dormant passion (since I love food and cooking shows); it just needed to wake up. Now might be the time to see if I have what it takes.

5) Be a better steward of my finances. While I wouldn't consider myself a shopaholic (if not for the fact that my sister and I can borrow each other's clothes and shoes, I'd probably be repeating the same outfits every few weeks), I love my gadgets. I usually save up for one big purchase per year (last year's was my new Canon DSLR; planning to finish paying for it within the next two months). This time, I hope that I can forgo my love of gadgetry for things I should already be investing in.

6) Read more. We have new shelf space at home, and I'm planning to fill it with more books. I don't have a set number of books that I foresee myself finishing within the year, but I'm hoping to discover new authors, new writing styles, new genres.

7) In relation to No. 6, finish the Bible (which I say year in and year out). This time, I'm really praying that the Lord helps me see this through.

8) Lessen the negativity. I'm an optimistic, cheery person by nature, but one of my weaknesses is that I get impatient easily. When that happens, I have a tendency to complain. I want to get rid of these bad habits and focus on the big picture. When I have nothing nice to say, better keep quiet. I don't want others to be affected by my mood, my thoughts, my words.

Now that these plans have been listed for the world to see, I wonder what I'll be able to tick off by the end of 2012.

But I do hope that by next year, plans fulfilled or not, I'll be able to say that I made my 2012 a meaningful year. Not just for me, but for the people around me.

Let's do it, 2012!

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