Life In A Nutshell #76
Hello my little mermaids, how are you? How’s the love month been treating you? I must say, mine’s been pretty swell. I know that I’ve been out of the loop lately but I don’t mind because it feels good to disconnect from the Internet and focus on other things I’ve been meaning to do.
Lately, I’ve been…
Reading. I’ve joined the bandwagon and started reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. I’m still in the early chapters though, so there’s not much to say. And just in case you’re wondering, the last book I’ve read was Eleanor & Park.
Watching. New movies, National Geographic, and the like. I’m outdated with my US TV series though. I’ll probably try and catch up next month when I finally have a decent Internet connection.
Playing. I’ve recently installed PCSX on my Macbook Air. I wanted to continue my Chrono Cross game but execute that my copy of the memory card wasn’t updated, so I decided to play Final Fantasy 8 instead.
Working. I’ve got a list to complete but I’m 80% done with my blog backlogs, so expect new entries by March! :)
Thinking. I’ve been thinking about several passion projects I want to execute for 2014. It’s too early to say anything about these projects, but I hope I’ll be successful in fulfilling them.
Appreciating. I took an unannounced and indefinite blog hiatus but I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who still took the time to visit and read my blog. <3
The Monday Grace #08
The Monday Grace is a (weekly) segment/project here at The Style Mermaid. The aim of this project is to dissolve that sense of dread we often feel every Monday, and replace it with happier, kinder and grateful thoughts. :)
- Something personal. I’ve been waiting for this ‘thing’ to happen and when it finally did, I felt a little bit lost… and honestly, quite unprepared! A friend told me that it’s probably because I’m overwhelmed with what’s happening. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, no amount of planning can ever prepare you for the emotional shock.
- Things happen for a reason. It’s hard to explain this, so I’ll just use a personal experience as an example. Last year, I got hired for a job that I found out I didn’t like. After the first month, I asked myself, “Why am I here? There has to be a purpose or lesson here.” Then the Universe gave me the opportunity to join Big Blog Exchange. I requested for a month-leave because it’s Europe and all expense paid! You might as well take advantage of it while you’re there, right? They were kind enough to approve my request but in a different corporate setting? I’d probably get myself fired. And I figured, maybe that’s why I got this job in the first place. Whatever we’re going through now is just a stepping stone or leverage to help us achieve something better.
- It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. Truth is, it doesn’t feel okay to realize that your life is still a mess at 23, 25 or even 30… especially when the people around you are successful and probably happily married. But deep in my heart, I know that I will one day know what I really want to do in life. And I know that I am not completely lost and I will get to that place when the time is right. We all do.
- The kindness of people will always surprise you. I am surrounded by good people. I don’t ask much from them but in the time of need, I’m utterly grateful for their kind heart. Their act of kindness may not be a big or grand thing, but it means the world to me. Always be kind.
- The effect of The Monday Grace. A number of people have told me how inspiring and powerful this project is and I’m glad. It warms my heart every time I hear such things, because that’s really the purpose of this project — to inspire. The Monday Grace is not merely a list of happy things, but an outlet to be thankful and to look forward to better and great things… most especially on a Monday, a day that we often perceived as negative and awful. So, thank you to those who joined the project and to those who left such kind words. <3
Year-Ender: Thirteen Moments in 2013
Somebody asked me last night if I’m going to do a Blog Review his year and I said no, because the biggest highlight of 2013 was the Big Blog Exchange and I felt I’m going to be redundant when I’m going to post a BBE recap next month. But today, I woke up thinking maybe I should share 13 moments that happened to me in 2013.
- Pursuing a Happiness Project.
- Learning the ropes of being an OFW, like how to get an OEC.
- Joining the Big Blog Exchange!
- Went to Boracay with my boyfriend on our 4th anniversary.
- To be chosen as one of the 16 bloggers to be part of the Big Blog Exchange! Best of all, I get to go to the United Kingdom!
- My UK Visa got approved a week before the trip! This was a huge thing for me because if ever I got denied, then no BBE adventure for me. And I really invested a lot on BBE, including tears!
- Rebuilding my makeup collection because I can no longer collect shoes and clothes. Haha! At least with makeup, I can just put them in the humongous train case my boyfriend gave me.
- I am not the type of person who’s into designer brands but I received a gorgeous watch from my dad. I wear it on special occasions. :3
- Embracing my natural curls, and a lot of people thought I got them permed. I also got highlights!
- The Monday Grace Project
- Spending Christmas alone.
- Experiencing new things, such as new food and Indoor Sky Diving.
- I can definitely say that I am happier now than I was last year.
How about you? What are your 13 Moments in 2013? :)
New Year is a symbolism of hope for a fresh start and new beginnings. And every year, some of us would write a list of resolutions, hopes and dreams to accomplish for the next 12 months. Some resolutions we forget, some we keep for the rest of our lives.
For 2014 and beyond, I hope to resolve and accomplish the following:
- Let go of the negativity, especially towards people I dislike. I know it’s none of my business of what others think about me, but I just wish some people have the decency to do it in private. But I’ve come to realized that negativity begets negativity, and the last thing I want to happen is become like them.
- Let go of worries, doubts and fears about the future. I am at that stage where I’m lost, confused and a little bit scared of the future. We all go through that, but self-doubt and worry won’t do us any good.
- Stop spending my blog savings. I will never again underestimate the earnings I get from blogging. This time, I’m going to save it all.
- Stop eating unhealthy food on a regular basis. McDonald’s once, twice, thrice or 24/7 a week is bad. Eat better.
- Learn how to cook. In relation to Item #4, I also need to learn how to cook. I honestly can’t wait to go home and learn from the best: my mom.
- Learn something new. I hope to make websites like Duolingo and CodeAcademy a routine for the next twelve months.
- Pursue a project. I already have something in mind and I just need to plan and execute it before the year ends.
- Make art every day/week. I need to write, sketch, paint and design more often.
- Read at least one book per month. I am not much of a bookworm, but I hope this monthly goal can change that.
- Travel locally and abroad, at least once. Ideally to a place I’ve never been before, like El Nido in Palawan! :)
- Keep trying. At everything. Learn from my own mistakes and try again.
- Be positive and always see the silver lining. I will push for positive thoughts in every challenging situation.
12 resolutions that I will pursue and work on for 2014. It’s quite a lot, and I know that I may not be able to fulfil all within the year, but the main and overall goal is to be a good and better person —in every aspect! :)
With less than 48 hours away, have you thought about your resolutions for 2014? I would really love to hear yours. And if you haven’t thought of anything yet, this New Year Generation might be able give you an idea.