It’s so hot! Just a week ago, there wasn’t a single day with no rain. Right now, it’s too hot to function. Why?!
But rain or shine, we will push to blog hahaha so I’m writing right now in our hot living room. Anyway, I digress. The year is still young and this time is the best time to reflect, plan, and introspect. During my period of planning and introspection (which lasted for about a couple of hours lol), I realised that there are three exciting new things that I’m doing this year, and I would like to share them with you!
1. The 52-Week Challenge
I first heard of the 52-week challenge in 2015. Although I found it interesting, and although I was always planning to join, I never had the chance to do it. I always end up doing another thing or not saving money at all (which was the case last year).
Because I saved virtually nothing last year, I resolved to join this challenge and be serious about it. Right now, it’s only the third week and I’ve been using this cute container as my temporary coin bank, but it already feels good!
2. The Happiness Box
While browsing Pinterest for free planner printables (it is planner-pimping period after all!), I chanced upon this fantastic idea. The concept is to prepare an empty jar, write happy things in little pieces of paper when they happen, and when the year comes to an end, you open the jar and take out all those pieces of paper to remind you of the happy things that happened during the year. It sounds like a really charming concept.
I was planning to use one of my mason jars for this project, but I know that I’m too clumsy to use something breakable – not to mention I do have a little boy. So I took out one of my old Althea boxes and used it instead! Nothing too fancy but I like how it looks.
3. A guarded heart
My new year began on a happy note, but to be completely honest with you, there were a couple of bad things that marred it for me. One was Yuri’s getting sick, which caused him to miss 2 weeks of school. The other is a personal disappointment. Without giving too much details, let’s just say it revolves around an accidental discovery of a rotten secret of people I trusted. Had trusted.
In other words, I had been betrayed.
I envy other people’s nonchalance when handling personal issues because I’m the type of person who gets easily affected. Even issues that don’t directly affect me get me tossing and turning in my bed at night – just imagine how much something that directly targets me affects me. I consulted a close friend who then told me that her secret is that she only chooses a few people to give her 100% trust to.
That served as a lesson to me because I easily trust people. I try my best to see only the good in them (I won’t lie – sometimes it’s really hard). But when I uncovered the secret of these people I used to see as real friends, my perspective shattered. God knows I have been nothing but true to them; sadly, it’s not the same for them, and that hurts to the core.
So from now on, I shall be more guarded to avoid being disappointed again. Also, instead of focusing on rotten people, I shall focus on the bright, truly good people that surround me. There’s no shortage of them, so why focus on the mean ones, right? Let’s try that.
What new things are you doing this year?