January 17, 2014

5 Things Friday: 5 Recollections of 2013, 5 Resolutions for 2014

Happy New Year guys! I realise it's been a whole month and a bit more since I last posted. I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season and are feeling optimistic about 2014. Anyway, my long-delayed New Year's list, just to segue into the new year:

5. 2013 ended on a hopeful note. December was a flurry of school work but I've satisfied all my undergraduate program requirements, and I've just started my 1st week of work! I think I can safely say that I'm happy with the "fit". Definitely looking forward to contributing, and learning from my colleagues.

4. 2013 was an experimental year. As I've briefly written, 2012 Q3 marked a turning point from which I had to make several important changes to my life. 2013 saw the testing and refining of those decisions, so it was definitely an interesting year, and in retrospect, a more confident me.

3. Family and friends continue to be very important to me. I'm indebted to Whatsapp for keeping my family closely connected! Cultivated close friendships that I hope to grow, and made some unexpected friends (yay for all-nighter library sessions).

2. I fell in love, and I suppose this was one relationship we were quite optimistic and adult about. Sadly, it didn't last, but I emerged with a solidified picture of the character that I hope my relationship and hypothetical partner will possess.

1. I found God / God found me. I'm learning how to trust Him and be audaciously hopeful in His promises. Pretty amazing how God takes time to answer prayers big and small - from making my Internet come to life again, helping me get the job and an amazingly conveniently-situated home. Praying big; excited to see where this journey goes.

5. A bit flip, but I really do need to learn Mandarin seriously. And how to swim. Any volunteers? I can cook you a meal after every session...

I don't know what the stuff on the board says... I only chose this for Bart.

4. To grow in faith and wisdom.

3. Finally embark on a financial plan. I've never really had much surplus cash - my childhood savings and internship salaries were geared towards university tuition fees and living costs. I also want to ease my parents' burden in providing for my siblings' education.

2. Find and devote my time to a cause I truly believe in. Seeing that I'll most likely remain in HK for the next foreseeable 3-5 years, I'd like to contribute to the community. One issue that strikes me is the wealth inequality and the lack of strong social support for the elderly... and the crying shame that is subdivided flats, also known as "coffin homes"

Rent is exorbitant here, and while I was on my search for an apartment, I was shown a place that resembled one of those coffin homes... and its rent was marginally cheaper than my current place's! (I currently live in a tiny studio, but I'm pint-sized so I don't occupy much space).  

1. Can I cop out and say that my final resolution is to keep my resolutions? 

On a more thoughtful note, I do reckon that I will continue to strive to be a better person every day. Be less impatient (although I really hate slow-moving things and inefficiency), more considerate, more alert to the needs of others, more appreciative, and open to learning new things. 

Aaaand that's it! Happy New Year once again - here's to many fantastic things to come!

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