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My 2016 priority list

Two weeks before 2016 comes, I am now putting into writing my new year’s list of priorities. This is like a new year’s resolution except that I’m focusing on what I will do instead of what I won’t do. I am embracing what I want to accomplish rather than think about what I should not.

  1. Get my driver’s license. I bought a car in August of 2015 despite that I don’t know how to drive. Finally the thought of going on a joyride out-of-town on weekends got me the kicks to finally drive.  Thanks to my friends who gave me practical lessons on weekends, I’m learning how to drive now. I’ve enrolled in a professional driving school too. It feels great.
  1. Get a new apartment. I love my apartment of 3 years. It’s comfortable, big enough for me, and the water is free. Oh yea. I can practically let the water run all day and I don’t have to worry about the water bill if I wasn’t environmentally friendly. But I am certain that I’m going to be super busy in 2016 and I need a place near my office. I’m excited to decorate my new place. A little celebration with a few of my friends is going to be worth it.
  1. Travel at least once a month. This is going to be exciting. I’m going to travel at least once a month starting in February of next year. I’m going to try local dishes and delicacies. I’m going to take lots of photos and build good memories. This year is going to be a year of travelling, driving, and learning.
  1. Read at least 1 book per month. This is going to be challenging. What with so many things I can read online? In fact this year, I only finished one book. I am starting another one called “Eat, Pray, Love” but since I’m reading it on its PDF Format, it doesn’t count as reading a physical book. Next year will be different. I am going to read a physical book, one for each month. Just like the old no-internet days when I used to read books before I go to sleep. I am excited.
  1. Do acts of kindness to random people at least once a month. Every day is an opportunity to do acts of kindness. We do it to our friends, family, and the people that we work with. In 2016 I am making the conscious choice to consciously do random acts of kindness to people I don’t know. I know it is going to be such a joy to buy lunch for someone who couldn’t or give grocery baskets to someone who couldn’t buy one.
  1. Go back to climbing the wall and get to the top. This year, I had the chance to go wall climbing with a friend several times. But my fear stopped me from getting to the top. In 2016, I am going to conquer that fear. I will be at the top of the wall. Hail Jon Snow! lol.
  1. Get physical with walking and running. Walking and running helped me get back in shape. From 180 lbs in June 2014, I am now down to 127 lbs. These physical activities made me feel good about myself and toned my muscles too. In the last quarter of 2015, my 3x a week of walking and running has reduced drastically. Although I am still able to keep my weight in check through proper food eating habits, my physical activities were put in the sideline. In 2016, I’m going to sweat it again regularly.
  1. Memorize at least one karaoke song. We Filipinos love going to the Karaoke. I love going to the karaoke with my friends too. My challenge however is that, I don’t memorize any song. I feel awkward every time I have the mic because I feel like I can’t finish a song. Haha. But this time, I am going to memorize my karaoke piece. So bring it on.
  1. Always wear the attitude of gratitude. There is always something to be thankful for. The challenges in my life for making me wiser. The problems for making me stronger. The pain for making me understand happiness better. For success for making me humble. For the friends and family who cheered for me for my success and supported me in moments of weakness. There is always good in every circumstance. There is always something worth thanking for.
  1. God above all else. I dedicate my 2016 to God. I’m praying that I will be wiser and more discerning in my decisions. I surrender my will and my desires to His goodness. In Him I put my trust. “Jesus, take the wheel”.

 

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