The past year is a rollercoaster of emotions -- I was happy to experience new things last 2013, however, today isn't quite complete because my mom has to rush home to Tacloban to attend her sister's wake (the second sibling to die since Yolanda).
Although our family experienced tragedies this past few months, I'm still hopeful that 2014 will turn out to be more beautiful. I hope it will be a pleasant year for you as well.
I'm a huge believer in goals. Some people might call it resolutions, but I choose to call it goals to make it more positive, and more achievable.
Here are the things that I hope to do (or continue to do) this year... and hopefully the years after.
1. Get out of my comfort zone.
Eat something unusual. Create last-minute trips. Move somewhere else. Who knows?
2. Travel alone.
I was supposed to do this last year, unfortunately, I fell ill. I would love to travel alone, maybe back to Cebu? or some new place.
3. Be entrepreneurial.
Last year was the birth of dudeygoodies, a joint venture with my dude. :) Thanks to everyone who purchased from us and I apologize for some shortcomings as we are still learning our way through the business. I do hope that this business of ours will be more successful this year.
4. Get healthiER.
The latter part of 2013 is a lifestyle change for me: my daily diet now consists of 2 servings of fruit, 2 servings of veggies, and minimal sugar intake. I have become careful of my carb intake also, and I haven't felt any better.
This isn't just to lose weight but to take better care of myself. Exercise would be the next goal. AJA!
Also, expect to see more healthy recipes or healthy dishes on this blog.
5. Go back to reading.
I totally missed out on reading last year. I can't promise to do a book challenge, but maybe a book or two a month will do.
6. Learn how to bake.
I'm friends with people who love to bake, and it's a therapeutic activity for them. Also, I would love to learn how to bake my favorite dessert, cheesecake. :p
7. Spend more time with friends -- PHYSICALLY.
Technology now allows us to communicate with anyone in real-time. However, some people forgot the value of physical interaction. It's wonderful to be out with friends, talking to them face-to-face, beats chatting, and texting anytime.
8. Set a regular ME time
Whether for a quick coffee, dinner, or movie, I think everyone needs to do something alone every once in a while.
9. Try not to be forgetful
I juggle too many things at once that I often forget a lot of important things. A bunch of note-taking is needed, must be the age! :(
10. A disconnect day once a week.. or month?
A day with no internet or phone. Will I survive? Wish me luck. :P
11. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
I sometimes see asking questions as a sign of weakness. And I don't like to bother anyone because I know I can be makulit. However, how would one learn something new if one doesn't ask?
12. Be a more active helper.
I have been welcomed to PBO or Pinoy Bloggers Outreach last year. I know that I haven't exerted enough effort to help out, but this year I see myself to be more visible in their activities. Check out our Facebook Page for our next activity. Any help will be appreciated. :)
13. Keep this blog as personal as possible.
This blog started as a personal blog, then turned into a food and travel diary. I never claimed to be a food expert, nor claimed that this blog is a magazine or newspaper. I'll maintain this blog to feature the places I've been to and the food I have tasted, or anything that caught my fancy. Rest assured that I'll try my best to keep my posts as balanced and as ME as possible.
14. Be thankful.
I thank you, dear reader, for spending time reading this little space of mine. I thank friends for being supportive of this blog. I also thank people who invite me to their events and for giving me a chance to meet new people.
I'm thankful for all the experiences -- good or bad -- because, through those, I learn.
Happy New Year! :)