January 1, 2019. It’s just a date. I know, I know.. but I like to give meaning to this number. It’s like pressing reset. It marks a new beginning, like a starting point on different areas in my life.
2018 in Review
I cannot remember much of January. But in February, I travelled to Korea in the dead of winter. It made me realize some things. That I hate the cold. And I love solo traveling. I crave it, even. Although it wasn’t a solo trip, the moments I found most memorable were the rare times that I was by myself. So this year, I am making it a goal to do another solo trip.
Fast forward to the end of March, I was in Japan for spring. By this time, I had experienced different seasons consecutively, autumn (November 2017 in Japan), winter (February 2018 in Korea) and finally spring (March 2018 in Japan). This trip was truly life-changing. I took a risk. I put myself out there. And as a result, some amazing things happened.
Then I came back. I always come back feeling lost and not knowing what to do next. It’s a good thing I have a hobby, which is photography. I turned it into a secondary source of income. I’ve always had a secondary job doing different types of work, but I didn’t think I would actually be making money with photography, so that was a big accomplishment. As of now, I’ve pressed pause and gave some time to rethink what I can do with photography in a sustainable way.
Then came August, my birth month. I spent 16 days in Indonesia, my biggest trip so far and the highlight of my year. Again, I came back home feeling even more lost and desperate to change my everyday life. I threw myself into the goal of leaving everything behind and starting a new life somewhere. It exhausted me and took a toll on my mental health.
I finally knocked some sense into myself and took a break.
Funnily enough, I slowly started to find happiness again when I just stopped trying to change my life and make the most of it. I realized I have to be happy now, not when I get there or when I have this and that, because there’s always going to be something missing.
Alright. Let’s get to the fun stuff. I did some self-reflection and deeply thought about what is truly important to me.
- Minimalism. I’ve been practicing minimalism for some time now. By identifying what’s not important, I am able to get rid of them, making more space for the things that are truly important.
- Bullet journaling. Ahhh I’m so grateful to have learned about bullet journaling. It’s a fun a hobby, organizes my thoughts and makes me more productive. In fact, this blog post itself was first written in my journal. I’m also glad to have friends who happen to share the same interest!
- Healthy diet. I need to be more mindful of what I’m putting inside my body. This is a wide and confusing topic that I have yet to explore. Lately, I’ve been curious about veganism after watching a documentary on Netflix called “What the Health” that talks about how harmful meat is to our bodies.
- Savings. Money for short term goals and emergency.
- Investment. Money for retirement.
- Insurance. Money for emergencies as well.
- Going back to basics. A lot of times, I realized that while I am able to do some complex intermediate-advanced stuff, I don’t really know the fundamentals/basics, so it’s time to make a conscious effort to educate myself.
- Continuously seek out opportunities. I have to knock on doors and ask questions. The worst they can say is no.
- Bettering myself so that I am ready for those opportunities.
- Do not make decisions based on shyness. I know not to make decisions based on fear. I have conquered most fears, but not shyness. I feel like I missed out on some great experiences this year because I always made some silly excuse not to go somewhere, when deep inside, I was just too shy.
Soooo yeah, that’s it! Maybe this will go in my bullet journal as well with a tracker so I can see my progress. So excited to fill in the pages of 2019!!! <3