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Happy new year my lovelies! I hope you all had a safe and magical New Year’s Eve & Day, and are having a good Sunday! 🙂
So, it’s 2014. Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it. WOWZA. It feels like just yesterday that I was watching one of my favourite movies as a child, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, thinking what the future will be like. I TOTALLY thought that I would be living in a Spay-Stay as an adult and venturing to Earth for vacation, where I would use my flying car to get around. It’s weird, and I probably say this every year, but I never really thought of life in 2014. I did think about all of the things that little girls usually think about, my career, hosting dinner parties, going to weddings, getting married myself, having kids…but I never thought about what life would be like in each specific year. It’s kind of crazy to say, actually, but I honestly can’t believe we are 2014.
Let’s put this in some perspective here:
– It’s been FOURTEEN years since the whole Y2K conspiracy/thing.
– In June, it will be FIVE years since Michael Jackson passed away.
– It’s been EIGHTEEN years since the Spice Girls dropped their debut album, and SEVEN years since they dropped their final album, “Greatest Hits!” :O
– It’s been SIXTEEN years since “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was first published in North America.
– It’s been FOUR years since Vancouver took the world by storm and hosted, in my opinion, one of the best Winter Olympic games yet.
– In May, it will be TEN years since the cult classic television show, “Friends,” ended.
Do you feel old yet? LOL. Honestly, the mind boggles.
Anyways, getting off of that slightly sad subject, it’s a new year! A new year means so much, but the most important thing in my eyes is a new beginning. All of the things that you told yourself you could do better in 2013, and all of the hopes and dreams that you didn’t quite get the chance to conquer, this is your chance. It’s a fantastic time of year, really, as most of us reflect on the year gone by, all of the bad events and all of the great, and hope for a better year ahead. A lot of us make resolutions as well, things to accomplish or to try to remember to do on a daily basis. I am one of these people, though, like most, my resolutions fall apart or are forgotten by the 2nd of January. However, not this year, folks. I’m going to try my hardest to actually accomplish these things, and to still remember them and strive for them as eagerly on July 20 as much as I did on January 1. Here’s hoping.
For any of you wondering, here’s my list:
1. Be a better person
So cliche, right? I know, but hear me out. As humans, there is always the opportunity to improve. While I like to think of myself as a fair, kind and positive person, there is always a chance to smile and brush things off instead of complaining, to help out those in need instead of being selfish, to expand my mind and be flexible instead of being rigid, to be fair and just instead of being close-minded, and to let things go instead of holding a grudge. It’s all about being Pollyanna, and I truly mean that. I do believe that people who are generally happy, laugh, smile, and have a positive outlook most of the time live long and happy lives, and isn’t that what we all strive for?
2. Excel in time management
I have a lot going on in my life, especially this year. I find it hard to juggle between school, work, YouTube, my blog, family time and a social life, and let’s be honest…I usually fail at managing my time. I’m always letting someone down, whether it is my YouTube audience, my readers or, most importantly, myself. I know people who have MORE on their plate and they not only manage to keep everything afloat, but they do it gracefully. I vow that this is the year that I will become an expert time manager, and I will not let my lazy, procrastinator self prevail. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…
3. Lose weight
This one is such a personal and emotional goal for me. I truly and utterly believe that since 2010, I have become a much less confident, less exuberant, less happy person. I blame a lot of that on the fact that I have gained about 25-30 pounds since then. And while I realize that I am like 90% more healthy than I was, I would like to be healthy at the weight that I was then. I managed to lose about 10 pounds towards the end of summer of 2013, but I soon lost my way, and eventually put all of that weight back on. However, I truly want to and am willing to do whatever it takes to slowly, gradually, healthily lose some weight this year. It doesn’t have to be much, and I am no way expecting to look like a Victoria’s Secret model by the end of the year, but it would mean SO much to me if I could just make a little difference. I first have to get over the emotional component that comes with food, and resist temptation. After that, I have to put in the physical work that goes into working out and hopefully then, I will be able to make a change for good. Who knows where the year will take me, but I know that even if I lose a pound but I do it the right way and I manage to keep it off, that will make me super happy and I would feel like I’ve lived up to my own personal demands and achieved my goal. It’s going to be hard, for sure, but I think it’s time. It can be done, so it will be! 🙂
4. Learn a new skill
Cooking. Dancing. Kickboxing. Yoga. I already do these things every now and then on a subpar level. I want to learn something new. Something exotic. Heck, I don’t really know what I want to learn, but I know that I would like to get out there and try something new. On a general level, I think that I’ve become a much more closed off person in the last few years, and this is the year I plan to change that. I’m going to let everything go and while I won’t forget the past, I won’t make it a part of my present. I’ll be more approachable, and I’ll add one more skill to the roster. Yes I can.
5. Learn Sign Language
Wait, what? Didn’t you already say you want to learn a new skill, Siobhan? Yes, yes, I did. There’s a bit of a story behind this resolution, but I won’t bore you with all of the details. To sum it up, though, after the events of 2010, I decided to take up sign language. I wanted to actually become fluent in it. I swear to this day that it had something to do with the same reason why I am obsessed with makeup in the present day; something switched in my brain during the summer of 2010. But, hey! I’m not complaining, as, random as the decision to learn it was, it was something that made me happy (and so is makeup). I got to the point where I knew half of the alphabet and knew a couple of key phrases, but I never actually got to the point I wanted to be at. So, this is the year. 2014 = the year Siobhan learnt sign language. Yea, that sounds good 🙂
6. Learn how to eat with chopsticks
I know, I know, another learning one. I am always striving to learn and enrich my brain…as cheesy as that sounds. This one comes from a place of comedy, as I am quite often asked why I don’t eat with them, and the answer is simple, because I don’t know how. Considering that my dad is almost fluent in Mandarin, and we eat Asian cuisine *ahem* a lot, I really need to get on that! So, to appease my dad and the family friends that ask, I’m going to learn this year! I hear it isn’t THAT hard, but considering I have about as much hand-eye coordination as a barbie doll, the road is going to be an interesting one… Oh boy. Haha!
Alright, those are my resolutions for the year of 2014! Woohoo! Will I be able to live up to them? I sure hope so! Maybe I’ll do a couple of posts throughout the year to let you know how I’m doing. Would you like to see that? Let me know in the comments below!
Anyways, what are your hopes, dreams and resolutions for 2014? Do you feel hopeful for 2014? Are you nervous for anything in 2014? Can you even believe we are in 2014!? LOL, let me know, I’d love to hear!
Well, that’s it for today, but I just wanted to take this time to thank you for being the most understanding, supportive and amazing readers on the web, and here is to an amazing 2014! YEA! 😀