Today is day one.

ImageToday is day one of two thousand fourteen. With the strike of midnight, we all find new hope, a fresh start, new opportunities…and sometimes, a new ‘do (or don’t!).

Last year was symbolic for me. A role that I’ve identified myself with for the past 22 years had come to a close, in a formal manner. I’ve obtained a professional communications degree from Royal Roads University…a student I no longer am (besides the fact that “you’ll always be a student of life”).

With that said, this year marks my first year as a “real adult” (whatever that means)! My anxiety over the past months since graduation once again stares me in the eye. What responsibilities lie ahead?! Thankfully, I am sans one stressful item; I have paid off all of my student loans the last few hours before 2013 was no more.

But today is day one.

A day when I can feel a bit hopeful. A day to take charge. A day to redefine myself. But of course, it doesn’t take one day or two to change this. Whatever it is that I decide in 2014 will be a process before it becomes a lifestyle!

Here are some of the things I wish to accomplish or get started.. By identifying them, I feel that I’ve started day one in a way where I will feel committed to myself.

  • Read at least 12 books for the year. This will take over the hours and hours of essay writing and required readings.
  • Work out at least three times per week. All those times I’ve been Pinterest-ing those fitspirations, I could’ve also been one myself. Health is a lifestyle.
  • Eat more healthily. Following the point above, it’s important to change those junky habits. At least I rarely eat fast food nowadays anyway.
  • No more makeup shopping. I have too many of these already!
  • Limit clothes shopping to what’s necessary. By necessary, I mean torn clothes, shoes with holes, etc.
  • Travel as much as possible. At least five new cities. Revisit the old ones too.
  • Get my N. I have a test in March 2014. I need to get this done.
  • Donate blood. It’s in me to give,as they say. This one is from 2013 too.
  • Go to church more often. In 2013, I missed out a lot. I hope this year, my personal faith would be strengthened.
  • Experience more new things. I don’t want to live with regrets! No “what if’s” please.
  • Be more consistent. Either it be by blogging once per month at minimum, tweeting more often and more consistently, etc.
  • Find the strength to start new things. There are a few things I’ve always wanted to try, start, etc. But I hope this year is the year for me to actually get going and see where things take me when I look back next year.

I feel as if time is the most valuable thing I have and I ought not to waste it! That’s why last year’s theme was “You’re only young once” as I felt as if I won’t always have the luxury of doing things at a certain time. Of course you can do whatever at whichever age, but it’s a different experience every time. I want 2014 to be a year full of Fs – fun, fitness, flight, French (maybe I’d learn more of this), fruits, friends, family…whatever the Fs I am missing.

Cheers to a new year! May this year bring you something (or someone) you’ve always hoped for.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

— Mark Twain

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