I think I’m the only blogger in the world who hasn’t started a HAPPY NEW YEAR post – a “my new year resolutions” post. New year, new.. ok, I’m going to stop here, ain’t going into the whole “new year, new..” ok where was I..

Stepping out of 2018 in style.

So, 2019 huh

Resolutions – set a goal at the beginning of the year and work to achieve it in 365 days.

This is something I’ve failed to do for the last 25 years so maybe I should change my approach. Imma screw new year resolutions and make myself some promises this year. Promises that I may break, promises that I may fulfill but definitely promises I’m going to make happen (let’s see what happens in 360 days).

Let the past be the effing past

Excuse my language but this is a reminder to myself that the past is the past. I’ve been holding on to it for the longest time that it’s affecting me in every possible negative way. Which is suffocating, which is toxic, which is drowning me. It’s a long story, you’re probably not interested or if you are, I’ll keep it for another post. I may end up crying whilst writing so it’s pretty risky.

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” – Steve Maraboli

But whatever it is, I’ll really have to try to let go because I know that if I don’t let go, if I keep running away, it’ll consume me and I’ll completely lose myself until the end of my life.

Stop comparing myself with others

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

This is basically tied to letting go of the past. I struggle with comparing myself with others and to others. In my previous post, I shared that I compare my blog with other bloggers’ and that this year I’m gonna take a step back and just enjoy writing and sharing how I’ve been which is the whole purpose of this blog. And this applies to the other parts of me that I compare myself to – body image, social life, social media.. Geez, I don’t even know why these are affecting me..

Be consistent with journaling

I’ve been watching and reading a lot about starting and maintaining a bullet journal but I know that a pen and notebook will not work for me. So I’ve decided to try out OneNote, having my months sorted out, my weeks all planned and most importantly, be consistent with noting down how my day went every day.

A journal is where you keep your memories, be it good or bad, anything! I’m actually going to be using a journal to keep a record of tv shows that I’m watching, maybe I can prepare another tv show related post like how I did with the Friends Christmas Episodes post. Towards the end of 2018, I found out that every day is National Food Day and this year I’ll challenge myself again like how I did with trying out French Toasts in different restaurants in NYC and of course, a journal is a great way to keep track of what I’ll be eating.

There’s really so much you can do with a journal and it’ll be life changing! I’m definitely looking to be more organized.

Finish what I started

I know, I know. It’s a bad habit. From starting a book to reading daily news, watching tv shows.. If I get bored or lose interest, I just leave it there. Honestly, I don’t know whether it’s a promise I can fulfill but I’ll definitely try.

My blog related promises

are relatively straight forward and I don’t believe it’s difficult, it just requires me to manage my time better and put in a lil more effort.

  • more engagement on Twitter and Instagram
  • return social media replies and blog comments as quick as possible

And

Don’t put too much pressure on myself

Last but not least

Live a happy year, Shuana.

Just be happy, that’s all I’m asking of myself.

Oh and one last promise to myself,

Sunbathing in Central Perk  Park

I was shocked to see girls in bikinis lying on the grass in Central Park (yes, Central Park in NYC) the first summer I was here. In my head, I was thinking “don’t you wear a bikini to the beach or by the pool?” But it doesn’t matter, does it? The city is an hour away from me by train, there’s grass all over, the beautiful sun is out, it’s comfortable. Why can’t I get a tan there? It’s the perfect place and I haven’t done this before!

So this is my promise to myself. I want to try sunbathing in Central Park this summer. With some wine and snacks of course.

This is so 2018.

It’s a short list for the year but I want to start small and as I prove to myself that I can fulfill these promises, I’ll continue to make promises to be a better and happier me this year. I’m ready to do this! Clock has started ticking and so far.. well, I haven’t done anything so far lol.

Tell me what are your 2019 resolutions!

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