I started 2013 by being wacky and I wish that by the end of the year, I still have this silliness in me. People are supposed to change consistently, right, but I don’t want this part of me to change. I do hope that whatever shit I get myself into this year, I’d still manage to smile and laugh at the end of the day. I am pretty sure that this year’ll be one roller coaster ride, but I have always loved roller coasters so I’m pretty excited! (I know, I don’t make sense sometimes.)
I have thought of coming up with another comprehensive list of plans and goals for this year, but I did that for 2012 and look what little it helped. Then I thought of not doing another one, because heck, I’d probably end up not doing a single thing from the list! But then here I am, trying to come up with another because really, I cannot sit still without knowing that I have some things to accomplish for this year. I always rely on lists, making one the first thing I do for everything. It’s not like I religiously follow them, but there’s just something so fulfilling about crossing out an item.
You know, there’s at least something that I vowed last year that tried to do until the very end, and that’s to go out of my comfort zone! And to live recklessly! I didn’t take giant steps but I took human steps, okay. I also don’t know what that means, but at least it’s not just baby steps. Heh. But there are some things that I did last year that 2011 Jane wouldn’t have done. That’s why at the end of 2012, I was happy. And I still am, of course.
As usual, I do not have a new year’s resolution because I know I’ll never be able to faithfully do it anyway. But there are some things I want to try and some things I know I should do.
There are tons of things I didn’t get to do last year, so I plan to have another shot at most of them. And for some, I’ve already started but I just want to do it more. You know? Some of my goals may sound repetitive but hey, it’s my list. Haha.
I’m not getting any younger, and my parents are getting older. So saving is a must. I can happily say that despite being a not-so-thrifty person, I do have savings. But this year, I want to save more. I’m not yet sure how I’d do that but I will do it somehow. So this year, I plan to invest on more stocks, open a separate bank account for my savings, and another bank account for future travels and concerts! But too many account can be confusing so I don’t know. Haha. And I don’t have that much money to distribute to accounts, anyway. Heh.
So I did run regularly for a month last year, and completely abandoned the healthy lifestyle after. But in my defense, I think I shed off some unnecessary pounds due to all the walking I do everyday. At least I’m not that physically inactive! But this year, I swear I’ll try to eat more fruits and run again. And maybe climb a mountain or two. Maybe. If possible, I even want to try joining a marathon because I was so inspired by the movie Seven Something.
And not just blog. I now know that writing is different from blogging and just because I have a blog doesn’t mean I’m a writer. Haha. And I am a bit disappointed with myself that I still didn’t have the courage to submit my writings in some publication. I had written some but never got the courage to actually send it. Tsk. But this year, I swear I’ll do it somehow. If I get rejected, then so be it.
Decide on a career!
I have a job that taught me so many things that I’d never learn in school, but I know where my heart lies, and it sadly lies on two things: teaching and writing. Though I write here, it’s not the kind of writing I want to do for the rest of my life. And while I’m still young and unmarried, I figured I should decide early on what’s the one thing that I’d be happy to do for a long, long time. Right? And maybe 23 can still be considered young but would it hurt if I find out early the career that’s perfect for me?
See the world!
And by world, I also mean parts of the Philippines. I’m happy that I got to travel last year but for this year, I have grander plans. I’m still wondering where I’d get the money for it but I have some flights booked already. Vietnam, Cambodia, Ilo-Ilo, Cebu, Singapore, HK, here I come! 🙂 (Also, I’m not giving up on you, Korea! Again!)
So last year, I failed to learn Hangul because of my fail language class. This year, I vow to enroll in a legit language school! Besides Korean, I also want to learn how to cook and how to drive, two things that I said I’d learn last year but didn’t. Heh.
This year, I want to take on some projects. I figured having a project is one way to keep me focused. Having focus is not exactly one thing you can say about me, but I don’t know. I just want to reach a goal, to create stuff, to stop slacking off. So instead of saying I’ll try, I’ll say I will do it.
One short story a month. Ha! I’m not sure if I could really do this but it’s worth a try. I used to write short stories regularly and not just once a month. But I got too busy with other stuff that I just stopped. It’s one of the things I regret the most, so I wish I could get back into writing short stories regularly, without having to force myself to write.
National Novel Writing Month. This takes place every November so I’m not so sure if I could do it because I have a two-week plan for that month! Anyway. Basically the planning can happen the whole year-round but the writing can only take place on November. Been meaning to join NaNoWriMo for the past two years but it always slips my mind. Somebody remind me of this, please.
52 Books. Last year, I only aspired to read 40 books and fell short. But this year, I have a higher goal so I’d be pressured to read more! And again, more Filipino lit! And maybe more komiks.
52 Weeks of Black and White. I just want to try at least one photography project this year. 365 is out of the question so 52 weeks it is! And black and white just so I could have a theme.
Photography Portfolio. I’m an amateur with very little practice, so this may seem absurd. But I think I take decent shots and it’s worth a try. I know opportunities aren’t always present, but maybe I can at least do something to attract more opportunities, right?
100 Asian Movies. For obvious reasons, this might be the easiest one to accomplish this year. I haven’t started yet, though, so we’ll never know. But seriously, this is the easiest to do. Without even trying, I got to watch 57 Asian movies last year even though I sometimes went weeks without watching one. Hmm.
Blog Weekly. Let’s see how far I go. Please have faith in me. Haha.
There are so many things I want to do this year, and frankly, I don’t have that much confidence in myself. But I have started being braver last year and I should at least not put my efforts in vain.
Here’s to a better year for adventures and misfortunes. Here’s to a year of messier hairstyles and louder singing. Here’s to a year of more writing and less lazying around. Not that easy to do, but it’s always, always worth a shot.
And to ruin your day, here’s a silly photo of me, wishing you of a better chance on fulfilling your dreams.
Happy New Year, friends.