Another year, another 31st of December, which means it is time, once again, to look back and see where my head was at this time last year. In a sense, readdressing my resolutions is like opening up a yearly time capsule. Let’s take a look at my 14 resolutions made on December 31, 2013:
1) Get a tattoo.
- [x] On July 5, 2014, I got my first tattoo. And I know, on the grand scheme of things, this is somewhat trivial, but this was a major step for someone who always dreamed, but never followed through.
2) Apply to medical school.
- [~] TBA
3) Develop a greater understanding for my culture, language, and religion.
- [~] This is definitely an ongoing resolution, but I have made strides this year!
4) Go on an overseas medical trip.
- [x] Made it happen! I went to Thailand and then some.
5) Learn how to play “Stop This Train” on the guitar.
- [ ] Not yet.
6) Shed 10-20 lbs.
- [~] I lost 20 lbs in Thailand when I was the happiest and experiencing minimal stress. It gave me great insight on how my life has to change to get to that point once again.
7) Attend at least one concert.
- [x] The one and only, Jason Mraz.
8) Exercise a least five times a week and continue to make healthy food choices.
- [~] Again, another ongoing process.
9) Learn to study smart and excel in future classes.
- [x] YES. If I learned anything this year, it was that I had the potential all along.
10) Pay off my credit card debt and loans.
- [x] Done and done.
11) Read at least two new books every month.
- [x] Take a look at the right at my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge!
12) Prioritize myself first when necessary, but be a better friend, sister, daughter, and community citizen.
- [x] Learning when to say no and when to say yes.
13) Learn to stay calm and curb my anger.
- [~] Ongoing process.
14) Stay optimistic, everything happens for a reason.
- [x] If there is was one word to describe this year, it would be “acceptance“. I took me quite a while to come to the realization that regardless of who I was or am or where I come from, my story is one and only. There is no set path in this life, but if I remain hopeful, what will be, will be.
8/14 done properly. 5/14 are ongoing. And only 1 that has yet to be completed. 2014 may not have been significant in terms of life events, but this first gap year of mine provided me with some much-needed reassurance. I not only know what I want out of life, but I am a little more aware of how I should go about to do so. Here’s to hoping that 2015 will continue to provide me with the determination to manifest my desires and the encouragement to turn ideas into ideals.
Happy New Year,