Friday, 5 January 2018

2018 Resolutions

For me, 2017 was a year for growth. 
Minus, you know, actual physical growth.

I made it a priority in 2017 to really push myself to grow intellectually by educating myself and staying updated on the current social and political environment and to actively support causes that I'm passionate about. Going into 2018, I've learned hardship and pain in voicing out my opinions, in digesting horrifying news, in being put down for my beliefs and for fighting what feels like a hopeless fight. But the most important thing I learned is to never give up, to keep talking and to keep going.

Knowing what I do now, I have never felt more confident and sure of myself and I'm excited to continue growing and working on myself in 2018. In this new year, I want to focus on self improvement and tolerance. I want to fall in love with the things that used to make me happy and find new things that do. I want to stay aware of the political, social and environmental atmosphere and continue to contribute towards the causes that I'm passionate about. I want to work hard to achieve my academic and life goals. I want to challenge myself by pushing myself out of my comfort zone, learning new skills and reading though provoking books. This is how : 

1. Draw one thing everyday (keep tabs with my progress here)
2. Be more conscious with my meat consumption by eating one non-meat meal a day
3. Improve and practice my Mandarin
4. Volunteer at least once every two months)
5. Take up a new skill (maybe guitar/digital drawing)
6. Stay aware of the sociopolitical environment
7. Better manage my money
8. Practice better self care
9. Read one book a month 

These are more goals than resolutions. Last year, I nearly achieved everything I had set out for myself but this year I want to push myself even harder to go beyond this list. I'm ready to learn what 2018 has in store for me.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Why You Should Cut Your Hair

You can always tell how dull a person is by the things that excite them. For me it’s, in no specific order : 
1. Getting a package in the mail
2. Falling asleep before 12 and 
3. Getting a hair cut. 
So yeah, not much of a wild side there.

I used to get really agitated whenever I had to go to the hairdresser. This was mostly because my friends and I had this unspoken competition that whoever had the longest hair was decidedly the 'coolest' person in the group. We were 11. After 13 years of having the same hairstyle, I finally decided that it was time for a change. When I was 15 I became so fixated with getting a hair cut to the point where I went to the hairdressers every month and the results were ha ha not good. Obviously. Ever since then, I've tried to change my hairstyle at least once every year just to keep things fresh.

I constantly crave change and I find it really crazy how a simple hair cut makes me feel like such a different person. Also, the trill of getting a haircut is not something to laugh at. Its scary not knowing how you're gonna look after a drastic cut but that's kinda the best part. Its exciting and new and it just goes to prove that you don't need to do something big like move or get a new car (idk) to feel the gratification of a change. Just cut your hair ... but not yourself, please God don't do it yourself.