But I am getting ahead of my own list. Here are my fearless new year's resolution list for this year.
|I promise I will keep mine realistic (photo from bengallagher.com)|
7. Less pikon
(sensitive to jokes)
I admit that I don't like it when a prank is played on me. Just yesterday, my sister played her prank successfully when she asked me to put my palm on top of a napkin piled with ketchup, telling me to feel how warm it is after she added the salt because of some chemical reaction. (On hindsight, why was I so gullible? Sorry, it was already 11 pm by that time, I failed to notice how fishy her proposition was. Note to self, salt does NOT make ketchup warm by some chemical reaction. Stupid, stupid, stupid.)
When my palm was right on top of the ketchup, she pushed it down so that my palm was like a chicken nugget dunked in ketchup.
After that happened, I gave her the evil eye so bad that she asked for the Mcdo crew to immediately give me some napkins.
|My evil eye must have looked this bad to get that reaction from her (photo from 123RF.com)|
I vow that starting next week, I will be less pikon. Promise.
|See how my friends are still laughing while they "playfully" hit each other? I want to be just like that. Only not hit others.|
6. Live a healthier lifestyle
It's not that I drink until I smell like chico (not that Chico from RX 93.1's TMR, whose show I lovelovelove. Oh BTW, their book is out, a must have for those extra long hours in the john teehee). Nor do I smoke like a chimney. But my choice of food includes fast food selections and my idea of an exercise is standing up because I cannot find the remote control.
So for 2012, I will start eating right. Proper meals will be served in the house of Spa Girl. I will start a food diary. The gym in our village will be used, it will no longer just be that place I pass by as I go to the convenience store to buy my favorite VCut.
To VCut, we had a great relationship, I will surely miss you after being my go-to junk food for the past 15 some years.
|Vcut, I am serving you our divorce papers.|
My friend and former partner in crime (which we lovingly call our Non-Value-Adding Gay friend) posted a picture of his 2011 expenditure. So I say now that I will start this for 2012!
Doing this is will be a good way for me to know where my money went to so that if I will end up overspending in one unnecessary category, I can immediately react and cut back on that and increase the pie cut for savings instead.
|I choose this instead of just saying to cut back on my nail expenses.|
4. Learn how to park
I suck at parking. My family knows this, DTM knows this (although he is still supportive and will probably say after reading this that I know how to park) and I acknowledge it. This year, I will make an effort to really know how to park and not have to ask whoever is riding with me to get out of the car and assist me as I park all the freaking time.
|At least this dude was able to park. (photo from TripAdvisor.com)|
3. Write down goals for 2012
I need to have a balanced life. The past 5 years my life has been 12 hours work per workday, rest of the hours for all other things. I will make sure that will not happen this year.
I will write down all my personal, spiritual, community and professional goals so I can make sure that I will give the proper attention to each of these facets in my life.
Bryan Dyson, the former CEO of Coca Cola aptly says it here:
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it."
|Serious face for my serious point|
2. Will not settle
One speech that really helped me take the leap this year to search for something that I really want to do is this Standford commencement address from Steve Jobs. Here are some excerpts from his speech that gave me the courage to take the road less traveled.
"I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."
"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
(Aaand for some reason since I typed "courage" my mind kept on saying the Akazukin Chacha chant, so here is a picture so it will shut up)
|"Let love, courage and hope... Magical Princess Holy Up!" Or, tagalized: "Pag-ibig, katatagan at pag-asa! Magical princess holy up!"|
If you want to watch the whole speech:
1. Keep on being positive
If there is one thing that I learned from being a project manager, it is that issues happen and problems arise even if you spent oh-so-many hours preparing for the worst case. So for 2012, I promise myself that if there are issues, I will keep on moving forward, I will cut any losses and I will work on my next steps with all the positive attitude I can muster.
|(photo from cartoonstock.com)|
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What are YOUR new year resolutions for 2012?
Did you make a set or are going to play it by ear this year?