Thursday, December 26, 2013


Every year, I come up with new resolutions - sometimes just to get a kick out of it, sometimes I really mean it - but this year, I'm going to do something different.

I'm currently inspired by Leo Babauta's Month of Living Without - where every month he chooses to live without something (Internet / sweets / coffee, you get the drift).

2013 has been an amazing year for me. It's been a year that has been very trying, and very rewarding in both of personal and professional life.

I've also seen a shift in myself in 2013 - I've become a different person, and a person I never thought I would become. I've embraced a more minimalist lifestyle, and I'm happier with experiences rather than possessions (something, if you had suggested to me 2 years ago, I would have laughed heartily in your face). I still have a long way to go before becoming or declaring myself as a real minimalist, but I'm pleased with the progress I've made.

So, for 2014, here is my list of resolutions. One resolution for every month to work on, to hone and to perfect, till it becomes second nature to me.

Eat more fruits. I've been living a very unhealthy lifestyle for the past few years, and it's catching up. I'm only 27. I'm too young for health problems!

Give. I have not been going to any charity homes and spending time there. It's easy for us to donate clothes we don't want, but it's not so easy to give our time to others. Also, it's a good way to reflect after the excesses of the Chinese New Year.

Drink more water. I've wanted to do this for the past 20 years, but never ever really put in the effort of doing this. My body is dehydrated and I'm paying the price of it.


Have a social media detox month. I'm not such an addict anymore as I've done a few social media blackouts, but it's always good to get out of the digital world, and smell physical roses.

Complete a book draft. I have always wanted to write a book - but I am all talk, no action. Time to change!

Review where I am in life. Figure out what my next step is.

Take up a sport. And stick to it.

Read up something new and totally foreign! Open your eyes to new things.

Be extremely patient this month. Stop flying off the handle no matter how trying people are!

Give up junk food and sweets. (This is totally Leo Babauta inspired).

Complete the book from my book draft! (I should have been writing it since May, at least)

Rest properly - not to be distracted by emails, social media, whatever. Take time to properly unplug.

So there you have it. What's your resolution? :)

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