2013 Challenge: Things I want to do this year

This new year, there is nothing I would want more than to accomplish these 2 goals: 1) be more financially responsible and 2) get into healthy living. I figured that if I’m able to successfully achieve those, then everything else would follow. Like enjoying more perks in life, for example.

My first goal concerns financial stability because all these years I’ve focused on the now. Since I am getting much older, it’s just about time that I concern myself with the future. Actually, come to think of it, I am already late. Nevertheless, I’m more determined now more than ever to save up. I commit also to be more wiser in my spending. It’s something that I’ve been trying to implement since last year. There was a time when I would immediately pounce on say, a limited edition first press CD, but I’ve come to learn how to temper the urge. What I do is give myself a time frame. If the item is still available by the appointed time, then I would consider buying it. But only after I’ve asked myself a dozen times if indeed I can’t live with that certain item not in my grasp. Another thing, I’ll be more wary as well of those seemingly innocent small amount spending that takes out a huge chunk in my wallet when accumulated. For example, giving in to emotional eating by buying a stick of Magnum ice cream. At just 50 bucks, it’s hardly a luxury but if I do that everyday, or even every other day, the liability is catastrophic.

That last situation is also somewhat connected to my 2nd goal: to get into healthy living. I seriously need to be more mindful of what I eat and get into exercising pronto. When I said good-bye to my gallbladder last year, the doctors warned me that I am now more prone to disorders, specifically those in relation to my liver and kidneys. This is why for months, I’ve expelled caffeine, junk food, pork and even dairy products on my diet. But eventually, I just had to give in. This time, I don’t want to eradicate all the good stuff but more of taking them in moderation. Even better, offsetting or rather, balancing it out with proper exercise. Ah exercise. What an alien concept to me. To be honest, I’ve never set foot on a gym before. And the last time I actually exercised was way back in college when I was still in varsity. I do like talking long walks though up to now. Does that count? Oh well. The city I’m moving into is famous for its traffic. Perhaps I should just jog my way to the office. Haha. Either that or kickboxing. Finally.

The prequel

Another year, another attempt to get into blogging.

To think just two months ago, I was hell-bent on launching a personal blog and reviving my film-centric one. I even initiated a blogging challenge just to further motivate me but surprise, surprise that ended up being a huge flop.

Thankfully, time itself has thrown a second chance at me. The Lunar New Year is right around the corner and as the moon is my likelier ally than the sun, I reckon now is a more auspicious moment for me to start over.

I’m also on my way out already of the hole I had burrowed in way back in October when I started my so-called sabbatical. My days of being a couch potato is now numbered. Case in point, I have bid good-bye to my prime spot in front of the telly in Bulacan in favor of marveling at the changing hues of Singapore’s skyline.

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View from my brother’s balcony. Due to proximity to Changi, airplanes are a common sight although curiously, just clear blue skies right now.

But this is just a detour. In the next few weeks, a lot of changes in my life will unfold. I’m apprehensive and scared at the same time but what the heck. I’m ready to take on life’s challenges once again.

This time, I swear things will be different. I will be different. Reinvention will be my game and metamorphosis, my prize.

New job. New culture. New environment. New me.

Let the adventure begins!