Re-resolute

I decided to redo my resolutions for 2013. I kinda rushed into my earlier resolutions without much thought, didn’t let a few proper ones sink in. So while I will still strive to strike off 10 items (or 5+1) off my bucket list, I feel the following make better “personal-growth-type” resolutions.

1. Become a better runner

Running is all mental. If you’ve got healthy legs, you can become a runner. You don’t have to run fast, you just have to run. Once you’ve laced up your shoes, it’s just a mental game. Running has taught me so much. Try forcing yourself to put on your running shoes every day, even if you’re tired, even if you have no time. Try telling yourself you’ll just trudge through a 3K run just so you could say ran today. What running did for me, was reveal the strength and discipline I never knew I had.

I had one goal when I first started running – to log a minimum of 10K each week. I decided to look through my running logs today. For the first 3 weeks in January, I’ve clocked 19.9K, 14.8K, and 19.6K. Wow. It never hit me that I was this close to a 20K week.

So back to becoming a better runner. I can now run 10Ks comfortably, but I only do it once a week. So In 2013, I’m going to strive for longer distances in each run. I’m going to strive to run these long runs more often. And probably the hardest one of all, I’d like to explore more running routes – e.g. ECP, MacRitchie. It’s hard because I can’t really find people to run with me, and it’s a lot of discipline waking up early or even finding 3 hours to drive there, run, and drive back.

2. Make healthier food choices

I have been making tiny improvements in my diet. I stopped drinking bubble tea. I drink green tea almost daily. And I try to eat more fruits and snack on sushi instead of like XXL chicken or curry puffs. But, I’m still not eating very healthily. I still eat supper all the time. And after my runs, I get hungry but I don’t just snack, I cook full meals like instant noodles or canned soup. It’s insane.

So for 2013, I wanna make healthier food choices. Less sodas, less fried stuff. But but but, I’m not going to become a health freak. That’s for sure. Given that I absolutely love BBQ chicken wings, stingray, chilli crab, and sambal kang kong (and the list goes on *drool*), it’s impossible to become 100% healthy. Definitely impossible.

3. Travel 

Interesting resolution given how often I travel. Let me explain.

I look at friends who’ve traveled to this faraway place, or that exotic place, or traveled alone to soul search – and I’m jealous. Big deal, everyone’s jealous. But the thing is, I’m jealous even though I travel almost once a month. So I guess when I looked at all my travels, most of which were for work, I realized that as much as I enjoy traveling, not much of my travels were for myself.

So this year, I’m hoping to travel more, not just to Thailand and China, but hopefully to new places (Taiwan, Canada?). And more importantly, to travel for myself, to do things I want to do, to see places I want to see. I guess the major roadblock for this resolution is money, time, and the safety of traveling alone. Oh well, we’ll see. I’m hopeful! 🙂

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2013

Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty years. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.

It took some time, but I’m finally ready with my resolutions. Somehow, I’m just a resolution-type person. I love making them every year. I love spending the start of each year thinking hard about the past year and deciding what I want to achieve in the coming year. I put a lot of thought into my resolutions, and I don’t make them for the sake of making them. I do accomplish them.

In 2012, I set out to figure out where I’m headed after graduation and commit to that. I wanted to be healthier and to run more, and also to spend more time with my family. I definitely accomplished all three.

BUT, it’s really hard to set my resolutions for 2013, mainly because after graduating  from university, I’ve been really living my life for me, doing things that I love doing, and being very proud of what I’ve accomplished. So when I look back on 2012, there’s this whole awesome chunk about it that I don’t want to change.

So this time round, interestingly, I set my goals with the end in mind. At the end of 2013, I want to look back at just go WOW. Wow at what I’ve accomplished, wow at the decisions I made, and wow at how much I’ve grown. With that in mind, I’ve decided that for 2013, I want to level up twice. I’ve already highlighted the bucket list items that I’m gonna work for this year, so fingers crossed guys, on 31 December 2013, I’ll go WOW.

You must live every moment of your life in such a way that if you had to live it over and over again till infinity, this would be a good thing.

It’s 2012!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Interestingly, I stayed home this new year’s eve. I always spend new year’s eve with Ivan, I figured it’s time to spend it with my family. A year ago, I was standing near Times Square with Ivan and my sis, shoulder to shoulder with random people we didn’t know, counting down to 2011 in the freezing cold. I still can’t believe how fast 2011 has passed.

2011 was definitely an eventful year. I finally visited the US, and even stayed there for half a year. Came back and had an awesome internship at a hedge fund, and at the same time expanded the business my sis and I were running. Had a fantastic semester with the gang, then flipping my body clock around during my study break with Ivan and Toff. December came and went so quickly that I’m surprised I even found time to skip away to Bangkok for a few days with Ivan. And guess what, school’s starting again in a week. It’s just too fast!

Well, Ivan reminded me to make resolutions. So, borrowing some cheer from Christmas, I’m making a list and checking it twice! Hahaha. Honestly I can’t remember my 2011 resolutions exactly, but I think it was to read, write, and live more. I definitely did all 3.

So for 2012, I definitely want to figure out where my life is headed after graduation and commit to that. I also want to be a little bit healthier, probably run more to make up for the lack of running in 2011. And more importantly, to spend more time with my family – haven’t had much of it this year given how busy I was (and not forgetting being overseas for half a year).

So here’s to 2012! May it be full of happiness and success!