What are you looking forward for this year?
I'm four days late. But what the heck! Let's start something fresh and new and exciting for this year!
As I grow older and more mature every year, I no longer do the New Year's resolution thingy. I was never good at it. I was never successful with it. And perhaps, it's safe to say that we all were.
So I make things a little bit different. I make things rather more commitment friendly and attainable.
How do I start a new year?
I always start the year in gratitude. Four years ago, I came across the Happiness Journal and ever since, I committed myself to writing down any small or big things that made me happy everyday.
I have always been a firm believer of gratitude and positivity. I really make a conscious effort to be both in my life, especially, on how I deal with any challenges, on how I treat people, and on how I approach new things.
You don't have to buy the exact same thing. You can either use a nice planner you got from Starbucks or a really nice notepad. I love writing my thoughts, so this mini journal works best for me.
Every year, I also choose a word to be ''my word to live by'' for the rest of the year. The word would simply remind me of what do I really want to achieve this year. It is something that will help me get by and at the end of the year, it will somehow summarize what kind of year it was.
For 2017, I choose the word--- ACCOMPLISH.
Honestly, I'm a person that barely finishes my-self-imposed-tasks! The word will be quite a challenge and a fresh change for me. Because for the most part, the tasks would pile up right in front of my face before I could really finish them.
To give you an example, to keep up this blog, I needed more time, commitment, and energy. So I really hope that by having the word-- accomplish, at the back of my head, it will give me more results rather than just the effort I did.
Every year, I make it a point to go some place new. Ever since the travel bug has bitten me many years ago, I make sure that every year, I should go some place that I have never been before.
My birthday falls in March, so I make it as a good excuse as a gift to myself. I call it as ''my yearly solo travel ritual'' that I usually do after my birthday.
If you're asking me how I am able to afford a life of travelling, the simple answer is I set my mind on a place and I save a good amount of my hard-earned-salary to be able to do it. I don't spend A LOT of money on material things anymore. I'm the first girl you'll probably meet who is never interested on a Louis Vuitton or Gucci bag or anything with 'labels'. Frenchie has taught me the most valuable lesson that label is not important. Only those who value it so much, would care. My 'valuable' purchases are usually my gadgets just because I love documenting everything-- online.
This year, I'm brewing something big on my travel adventure. One good reason for this is that, it's my last year in Brazil and in South America. So I wanted to make the most of this whole year to see this country and this continent before moving forward to another level of adulting.