Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2018 New Year's Resolutions

17 days into 2018 and I've finally come up with a list of things I'd like to accomplish this year.





But first of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 






Sorry for being MIA. I was off visiting my hometown for the past 9 days or so and I decided to enjoy every moment I could, which meant that I was off social media for a few days. But anyway, I'm back now and I ain't going nowhere.



Well, no matter how tacky and cheesy New Year's Resolution sounds, it's still quite interesting to read and know what people would like to achieve in the year. And no matter how much I tell myself and others that I don't like making a list of things I'd like to achieve throughout the year - because lets face it, we're either going to forget halfway into the year or we add more and more things onto the list - I still make one every year. It gives me a sense of security and a guideline to follow, I suppose.



Yes, I'm weird like that but I know I'm not the only one, or maybe I am? :P 



I've thought about this long and hard because I do take NY Resolution rather seriously. And after 17 days of thinking, here's my list:


1. Publish my book (novel) by the end of the year

This is my biggest resolution for 2018. Something I've been wanting to share with all of you in a long time too. Hence why, a lot of hiatus on my blog but that's not at all a good reason. But more on this book later on.


2. Stop being afraid of travelling

I can actually see that I'll be travelling a lot throughout 2018. And I shouldn't let anxiety and fear of flying stop me from planning more trips with my loved ones.


3. Take my health more seriously 

I have something to share with all of you but that comes a bit later too - Oops, sorry for being so secretive. 


4. Take my job more seriously too 

Not just as a radio announcer and a producer, but as an entrepreneur, writer and the director of my own life too.


5. Step out of my comfort zone a little more each day 

I've done so many things I'd never thought I'd do in 2017 and I'm not stopping this year.


6. Drink less coffee

Yes, I needed 6 cups of black coffee to function everyday but I've lowered it down to 3 this month. It was no easy task, let me tell you. But the aim this year is one cup a day or one cup a week. Let's see how this goes.


7. Surround myself with positive vibes 

Meaning more positive people, friends, vibes and spreading more positivity in return as well.


8. Read more books this year 

Well, I will have you know that 17 days into 2018, I've already finished 2 books (proud moment right here because I couldn't even read 2 books last year).


9. Swear less and say less bad words 

This seems like an almost impossible task for me (for those of you who actually know me, you would think that too), but I'm not just doing this for my spiritual well-being, I don't want my kid's first word to be "f*ck". And no, I'm not pregnant and I'm not having a kid yet.


10. Live more on routines 

See, I've been all over the place for the past couple of months, just taking life as it comes - and trust me, that's great SOMEtimes, but not all the time. I've just started my morning routine this month which I will share soon. And I'm in the process of planning my night and exercise routines.





I've written all of this down and stuck this on my bedroom wall so that each morning, I'll follow these "guidelines". Anyway, I hope January has been treating all of you well. If you are still writing your NY Resolution list, please share some with me in the comments :) 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

5 Life Lessons I'm Taking With Me Into 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018



Somehow, saying those words just get more mundane each year. I love how we start fresh and start clean when the clock hits 12 midnight, but here's something for you.



Does your life really restart when a new year rolls in? 



Well, that's for you to decide.




2017 has been another roller coaster ride for me. I've had my fair shares of ups and downs. But to be completely honest with you, I have learned so much about myself, about the world, about people, about everything, really. It was a great year of learning and I don't intend to ever stop learning.


For me, a new year is just that. A new year. I mean, we all get excited for countdowns and throwing away old calendars and starting a new one. Some of us may even forget all the bad things that has happened and start clean. A new year is one way to start fresh, that's for sure. It gives us all some kind of reassurance.


But anyway, here are 5 things I've learned in 2017 that I will be taking with me this year.


1. You can't control everything!

No matter how nice of a person you are, you can't satisfy everyone around you. So, don't sweat it. Life is not meant to be wasted on stressing out pleasing others.



2. Don't let people get you down!

People have mouths. Therefore, people will always talk. You can't control what comes out of their mouths even if you've been a nice person. People have their own opinions. As long as you've done nothing wrong to them, move on and don't let anyone affect you.



3. Always spread positive vibes! 

If you get bad vibes from someone or something, always trust your instincts. Walk away immediately. Life's too short to be surrounded with negativity.



4. Don't let money control you! 

Money. Ah money. It plays a very important role in our lives but money seriously isn't everything. It's good to have but don't ever let it cloud your thoughts. You could be the poorest person on earth and still be happy. Trust me, been there done that. It's all in the mindset.



5. Do what makes you happy! 

If filming or taking pictures or travelling makes you happy, do it. Because the time is now. This is all you have - NOW. If doing what makes you happy gets you your income, good on you. If it doesn't, still do it anyway because why the hell not? You only have one life, make it count!



I'm not too sure how 2018 will look like but I know I'll be taking these lessons that I've learned last year with me as a daily reminder.



What is the ONE life lesson you've learned in 2017? Let me know in the comments :) Also, let me know if you can relate to any of these lessons. 

Friday, 29 December 2017

My 2017 Highlights

If I'm being completely honest with you, 2017 has been another roller coaster ride for me.


Emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. 


I have to say, 2017 has been THE quickest year I've ever encountered. It's also been one of the most unpredictable years ever. Full of surprises - good and bad, full of uncertainties, full of "YOLO" moments. Overall, I would say that I've had quite a good year. 


Here's a quick recap of my 2017 and moments that I'm forever thankful for:  


FAMILY & FRIENDS 

1. Got to travel a lot more with my family 


Retreat (October)


Bangkok (February) 



2. Got to travel a lot more with my lovely friends 


Phuket (April)


Colombo (December)


York (September)



3. Visited my dear ones in the UK 




4. Met some amazing friends (new and old) 



CAREER

5. Interviewed quite a number of people without having panic attacks




6. Improved a lot more as a writer and a content creator (by this, I mean being consistent and not slacking on my blog. eii eiiii) 




7. Engaged and met many listeners ONLINE (Let's make it real life next year) 



SELF

8. Travel alone quite often 




9. Increased my level of self confidence 




10. Pushed myself way out of my comfort zone 



Honestly, I've had quite a good year and I'm so so thankful for everything and everyone I have in my life. Thank you for making my life suck less - in other words, I love y'all! 



It's always nice to reflect on what you've done in the year. What are your highlights in 2017? Let me know in the comments :)