My New Year's Resolutions this year is to actually have some. Half way through January, I figured I need to get down to business and compile my list of things to improve and accomplish in 2015. From what I gather (since I'm a newbie to resolutions), New Year's Resolutions will only work if they are specific. Be vague and you have lost the game. I decided to have a well balanced list that includes not only things I need to work on about myself, but also some fun elements that will make my year enjoyable and not dreadful. So here's my first ever list of resolutions:
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New year, New Tastes. Decided to start our little pastry project with one of my friends. We both love pastries, so while sipping our coffee on the last day of 2014, we said why don't we discover a new patisserie every month? We may not live in Paris, but our city is filled with bakeries that combine urban edge with shabby chic charm. I will definitely be sharing this experience with you, so stay tuned for postings with mouth watering content.
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I moved to the city two and a half years ago. During those years, I was doing my Masters, and as if that was not enough work, I was also working part-time and tutoring students with learning differences. I never had time to experience the city I was living in, and when I did, all I wanted to do was sleep. I think this happens to many of us. We get caught up in our daily routines that even though we are living in the city we are not truly experiencing it. New trails, parks, neighbourhoods, events, festivals, shops - cannot wait for the discovery to finally begin and for me to experience my city.
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Not that I really want to, more like forcing myself to eat healthier. I love my burgers, I love my Terra chips, I love the fact that I can devour an entire box of Ferrero Rocher in a day (not that I should be proud of that), but I definitely need to introduce some more greens in my diet, along with drinking lots of water.
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Human Nature. Constantly comparing ourselves to others. I have been working on this for quite a while, and even though I have stopped comparing myself to others, I think there is always room for improvement. My advice to all of us that have struggled with this is instead of comparing yourself to others, see other people's accomplishments as an inspiration to create or find your own happiness by looking inward. Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle. We all have different stories to tell, and we all lead different lives. Do not let others define your story. Your story is unique and you should never let anyone make you feel as if it is not.
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I have been reading so many academic books and journal articles over the past few years that truly the last thing I want to do after having graduated is to read again. Nevertheless, I miss the process of being exposed to something new, analyzing the characters and narrative discourse, and being swept away by the story in general.
So, there you have it. 5 resolutions for 2015. I believe that we do not need to compile lists or wait for a New Year to be inspired to make positive changes in our life, but at the same time it is also a great motivator to have some guidelines of where you want the new year to take you.