2020 Review

In my opinion, December went by too fast, so it is difficult for me to pinpoint what exactly I have learned from December. So instead of writing a post about the things I have learned in December, I am going to talk about the things I have learned in 2020.

I have learned that I am capable to make changes in my life. I can leave things behind that don’t make me happy. For instance my job was not making me happy. I felt undervalued, and underappreciated. I knew I could something better in my life. Now I am focusing on the things that make me happy. Right now that is my blog. I still have a dream about becoming an author. I have been using this time to brainstorm ideas for a story, that can be turned into a novel, one day.

I have learned that memories are in our hearts, not in our things. It’s okay to let go of things. In fact, letting go of things, it can add value to someone else. This is known as the Subtraction, Addition. When we subtract our belongings, we have added more value of space that we can finally use for the things that add joy in our lives. I love helping others, so being able to part with some of my things, like sweaters, various shirts, I was able to help other people who may not have been able to afford these things.

In a pandemic, we weren’t missing the things we couldn’t buy, we were missing our families, friends, hugs. We were restricted from going over to other people’s houses. We missed out on birthdays, holidays, and other festivities.

From the pandemic, it also taught us that we should cherish every moment, and every person in our lives. We may never know when it is our last shared memory, moment with each other. We never know how much time is left, so it is important that we live our lives. We shouldn’t be wasting our valuable time on things that don’t necessarily matter. How many times have you told yourself, “I wished I had more time.”? Really look into yourself, and evaluate how you have been spending your time. Did you just binge watch a new show? All of those hours could have done something beneficial, like crossing something off your to-do list. Watching TV is cool, but it should be used as a reward for getting something done, not as something to do, to either pass the time, or avoid doing something.

I have also learned that it is important to make time for the things that matter. We should focus on the things like reading a book, exercising, and eating more healthy. These activities will add longevity, and keep your mind active.

I learned that is important to save up, and set some money aside for an emergency fund. Paying off debt helps, too. I have been making a budget on a monthly basis, which is really necessary to do, especially this year, and next year.

I have been having a lot of time to go after my dreams, which is something I take seriously. I can’t wait to spend more time making my dreams and goals come true.

As badly as 2020 was for us, I think we should also focus on the things we have learnt from 2020, and carry it forward to 2021.

Follow Your Compass

So with another year coming to a close, another year is about to begin. I figured we could all use some motivation to begin the best year of our lives. I believe this is the perfect quote to conclude 2020, and begin the new year with this knowledge.

Some people are so obsessed with time. They feel like in order to be successful, they must have a degree by the age of 23, get married at 25, buy a house at 26, start a family when they are 27, and continue building a family through their early 30s, make time to travel the world by 45. And the list just keeps on going. And they probably feel if there are any set backs that prevents them from achieving these goals, which set backs almost likely to happen, they aren’t successful in their eyes.

I am not hating on anyone that may have these goals for themselves, by any means. But at the same time, you shouldn’t feel the need to put an exact age on these goals for yourself. What we should realize is that, it is a good thing to set goals for ourselves. But to the point we are stressing ourselves out by placing (sometimes) an unrealistic time frame on ourselves, it s not okay. You can still be successful if you buy a house at the age of 35.

A solution to this problem is to that we follow our compass instead of a clock. We would feel happier about the journey, instead of feeling like we are running against a clock. Stressing out about running out of time, is what is going to take away the moment of happiness, joy and success of these goals.

We should just let our lives unravel the way it is meant to be, instead of stressing out of completing a goal by a certain age. You can still achieve goals without having it done by a special age. What matters is that we accomplished a goal.

Almost There

Here is today’s edition of Music Mondays. One of my favourite Disney movies is Princess and the Frog. It’s about this girl Tiana, and how she inspires to have her own restaurants, called Tiana’s Palace. She knows how hard it is going to be to make it work, but she is going to continue to work hard until her dream comes true.

It inspires me because no matter how big or small my goals are, I can accomplish anything.

“So I work real hard each and every day
Now things for sure are going my way
Just doing what I do
Look out boys, I’m coming through”

-Tiana, Almost There

Fuel Your Passion

Don’t let your fears hold you back from your true desires. You are born to do great things. Keep on fueling your fire of greatness. Never let someone put out your fire, or even yourself for that matter. Everyone can achieve their goals, if they keep on working towards them, and never give up.

Keep on moving forward, even if it is small baby steps. Any forward progress is still progress.

Day 168 of 192

Hey there! I hope everyone is doing well. I had a somewhat of a busy day, which is why I am writing so late.

This is week number 24. I cannot believe it. I feel lighter, and happier. I am glad that I am able to give back to others.

I am going through my third of my fourth container that I have of just things that I had quickly packed away from my mom’s old house. I will look and see what I can do for next year.

I came across old colouring books in this container. I’m just going to hand this off to my Grandma and see if she knows any little children who will benefit from this book. My sister and I have coloured a few pages, but I’m sure they won’t mind.

Thankful Thursdays #23

This is where I talk about all of my grateful moments throughout the week. I encourage everyone to do the same. If you don’t have the time or resources to think about you are thankful, you can still spend some time thinking about what you are thankful for.

Here is my list.

  1. Many of you may not know this, but a year ago today, I got hit by a car on my walk to work. I didn’t suffer any life-threatening injuries, not even a broken bone. I think about how lucky and how grateful I am for being able to not suffer from that accident.
  2. My roommate bought us buns and deli meats, so I made myself a delicious sandwich for lunch.
  3. I am grateful that I had the time to take a nap, since I woke up with a headache, but I’m feeling a bit better now.
  4. I got to watch a football game yesterday, which is pretty odd for the NFL to be on a Wednesday. Although I know there have been several games that have played on a Wednesday before.
  5. I am thankful for having motivation to make changes and better habits in my life. All in all I feel proud and happy for myself again.

I would love to know what you are thankful for.

This is something I have been working on and thinking about. It isn’t done yet, obviously. But I will keep everyone posted.

WWW Wednesdays – December 2nd, 2020

This is a post where I talk all about books by answering the following questions…

  1. What have I finished reading?
  2. What am I currently reading?
  3. What will I be reading next?

I had a great week for reading. I was able to finish a lot of books. I was able to finish three books.

  1. What have I finished reading?

I really enjoyed reading this book, I have never read any of her books before. This book was amazing. It had a fast paced plot, which I really liked. All I kept on thinking about was the theme song from Pretty Little Liars. It is the perfect book for Spooktober.

My rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

And

This book is split up into 12 chapters, one for each month. I read a chapter on the first of every month. I have read this book for the past five years or so. Although I have been reading this book more cautiously this year. It’s about Gretchen’s research on happiness, how to find it, and monthly resolutions that help us find happiness. I really enjoyed this book.

My rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars

And

I fell in love with this book, the moment I picked it up. I always wanted to read it years ago, because my sister tried getting into the book. She kept on putting the book down, and picking it back up, but she kept on forgetting what happened. Her solution was to watch the movie. I watched the movie, and I thought it was really well done. I saw the movie several years ago, so I vaguely remember it. I prefer the book better, although I might watch this movie this weekend. Even though my sister found the beginning to be a bit slow, which it was, but it was still well written. I can’t recall if she finished reading the book, but it is really good. I would recommend this book to anyone.

It is about the story of a teenager who gets sent to different foster cares, and each house she is, faces different challenges, and teaches her various lessons about life, and self-growth. I recommend reading the book first, then watching the movie, but that’s just me.

My rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

2. What am I currently reading?

This one is a really long book, and at the end of the day, it’s hard to find motivation to read this with my boyfriend after a long day.

I cannot wait to start reading this book. It looks like a great spooky thriller. I haven’t started it yet, just been finishing up my errands around the house. Thrillers are my favourite books to read. I feel thinking about what is going to happen next. Most thrillers have exciting twists that you didn’t see coming.

3. What will I read next?

Since one of my goals for 2021 is save up more money, this book will definitely help me. I can’t wait to read this book.

December Goals

So I am pretty exciting for a new month, as it means new goals that I get to think of for myself. I have already thought of goals that I would try out this month.

My boyfriend and I are going to go to work towards spending less money on luxurious items, in order to save some, and put towards paying off more of our debts. Which will be really amazing. I am look forward to that.

I have already thought of an idea that I think would make for a good novel, perhaps. I know I’m a bit late, but every November, writers are encouraged to write a novel in those 30 days. I plan on doing that, but I plan on doing that in January since I was a bit busy in November. Then once I complete it, I am going to read it and edit it, so hopefully I’ll be able to share that with you sometime in February. They say the average book has about 50,000 words, so it works out to be 1,667 words a day. Especially you are just focusing on writing your idea, and then after that you spend time dedicating to the editing process.

I would like to make more trying new recipes, because that sounds like a lot of fun.

I am also working on ideas of how I can make 2021 the best year ever! More to come with that idea.

I will also keep on blogging daily, which is always a lot of fun. I can’t’ wait to find out what your December goals are.

November 2020 Reflections

I forgot yesterday was the last day of the month. With that being said, I forgot to write about what November has taught me. I have learnt a lot from November. I continued making reading a habit, which has helped me read some books from my To Be Read List.

I am currently decluttering and organizing my belongings. I am now very comfortable with removing items from my life. I used to have four containers of stuff from my old room stored at my sister’s house. I now only have one of them left to go through. Which I am planning on going through that next week.

I now focus on getting things done right away, instead of waiting a bit to get those errands done.

The importance of saving up money, instead of splurging on some kind of luxuries that I can live without.

I learned that if I prioritize on what is important, I can get a lot done. I have thought of a lot of cool ideas for upcoming stories.

Going for a walk is not only healthy, but important, too.

All in all, I feel quiet proud of what I have learned about myself in the past month. I can’t wait to see what happens to me next month.

Run Wild – Thutmose

I heard this cool song during some car commercial, and I Googled the words that I remembered hearing from it. I really loved this song. I feel like it is such a fun song to dance to.

It’s called Run Wild. It really inspires me to run wild and free. It reminds me that I can do anything I want to. It also reminds me that I don’t need to necessarily know where the future will take me. I just got to keep on going, and I can be anything I want to be.

It was also featured as the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

“Run wild
I’m on a mission, and I won’t stop,
No destination in mind, but it’s worth a shot.”

-Thutmose, Run Wild