2018 thoughts and resolutions for 2019

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First of all, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!!! May 2019 bring you lots of love, joy, happiness, good health and prosperity! As we celebrate the first days of the year, I want to look back and reflect on all the blessings and times that could have been better. I also want to share some of my goals and resolutions for the coming year. Hence, the 2018 blog title is Reflections and Resolutions for 2019.

The beginning of 2018 got off to a very promising start when I wrote down my resolutions or goals and vowed to journal regularly. One of my goals is to start a blog. Test! I started this blog in February. It’s hard to believe I’ve had this blog for almost a year. Honestly, I’m surprised it even lasted this long. I must say I am proud of what I have achieved so far. I was hoping to monetize my blog, but I haven’t figured it all out yet. I like to think that 2019 will be the year where all the changes and great things will come.

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We set goals or make decisions to improve or make positive changes in our lives. One positive change I want to make for 2018 is mental and physical training. Part of training my mind is that I want to read more instead of zoning out in front of the TV. I feel guilty watching Netflix and other shows. I tend to get caught up in my shows and know full well that there’s nothing else to do. There were times when I stayed up late while everyone else was asleep and I was trying to finish “one last episode” and I had to get up early the next day. Such a bad habit, I know.

So, I set a goal in early 2018 to read at least 6 books in the hope of spending less time watching TV and “training my mind”. With the help of Audible, I was able to achieve my goal. I realize that most of my time is spent on Bay Area traffic to and from work. What better way to make the most of that time than listening to a book? Now I know I said I want to read more books, but I find that listening to audiobooks is also good. Here is the list of books I read/heard in 2018:

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Kevin Kwan’s Chinese Rich Girlfriend
  • Side hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau
  • Strap on a Pair: A Middle Aged Man, Middle Management, A Middle Mother’s Quest for Something Else by Abby Lou Walker
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Exit 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
  • Sunday Wisdom: Life-Changing Insights From Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Conversations

I mentioned above that I also want to train my body. I started off very well the first week and got up early before work to start my cycle or do yoga. Yeah… that didn’t last. I really don’t like getting up early at all. I’ve been trying to stay active by going for longer walks with my dogs and also signing up for an exercise program where I can do video-on-demand from any device anywhere. Then, this past July, I signed up with Weight Watchers. I lost 20 lbs in September. That’s 2 months!!! Unfortunately, I had to have major surgery. It was a 9 week recovery. In those 9 weeks, I gained back 15 of the 20 pounds. The good thing now is that I know what works and will be starting back on my Weight Watchers program this week.

Another goal of 2018 is to travel to another country. For the past few years, my goal has been to do one big vacation trip each year. Last year was Europe. The previous year was Peru. Last December, we had the opportunity to travel to Phuket, Thailand to attend my cousin’s destination wedding. We spent 10 wonderful days enjoying the tropical weather, sandy beaches, fun wedding activities and trying to mingle with as many tourist attractions as we could. It was an amazing trip and the wedding was epic! There’s a baby elephant, a spectacular fireworks display, and a fire dancer! We eat, we drink, and we dance (sometimes in the rain). Very happy!

2018 is the time for a lot of firsts. First:

    – Travel to Thailand
    – Take on the role of Interim Administrative Director
    – Own a pit bull and have 2 dogs🐶🐶
    – Use an Instant Pot (which I love, by the way)
    – Write a full guest post for another blog. I shared my Filipino-American Christmas traditions. Check it out here
    – Had major surgery unrelated to childbirth

2018 was largely a good year, but there were also some sad and depressing times. Life, I realized over the years, is too short. You just never know what will happen. As a result, I tried to spend more time with family and friends. I also try to say to the people I love precisely, “I love you!”. One of the best moments of our 2018 was celebrating my mom’s 85th Birthday. It was a joyful and emotional occasion when we gathered to celebrate with family and longtime friends. It was great to see my mother recalling faces she hadn’t seen in years. These are special moments as my mother has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for several years now. I cherish these times with her and I tell her every chance I get that I love her.

Mom's 85th Birthday
My beautiful mother on her 85th birthday

There are many things to be grateful for, but the main thing that I am always grateful for is my family. I may not show it all the time but needless to say, my family means the world to me. So many times I wake up, go back to my daily routine, and I get caught up in the daily grind, not really being present and mindful of what’s going on around me. How many times have my husband and kids tried to tell me something and it just fell on deaf ears? Only to later say, “Mom, I told you this already. You didn’t hear… ”Oooh, ouch! I don’t want to be that person anymore.

My beautiful children

My 2019 resolutions build on last year’s resolutions and make 2019 even better:

  • Spend more quality time with my family and friends and be more present
  • Be more active and try to exercise regularly
  • See what I eat and eat healthy. Don’t eat out so much.
  • Drink more water
  • Go to bed early and try to get 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Less device usage time
  • Read/listen to 1 book per month out of 12 at the end of the year
  • Travel to a continent I’ve never been (hopefully Australia)
  • Increase traffic to my blog and start making money
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It’s good to look back on the past year because if there was something you felt you could do differently, now you’ve got another chance. A new year, a new friend. A friend of mine posted a New Year quote that says “12 new chapters, 365 opportunities”. Be a better version of yourself. Live your best life!

I’d love to hear your 2019 decisions. Let me know what they are in the comments section below.

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Once again, I wish you and yours a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!


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