Happy New Year: Goals for 2014

Happy New Year!!!

From 2008, but is so captures the end of this year and the beginning of the next.
From 2008, but is so captures the end of this year and the beginning of the next.

If any of my Hong Kong and China friends are reading this, then you’re already well into New Year’s Day. You are also probably hungover and already looking towards the next big celebration, Chinese New Year. To all my other family/friends/stray readers looking at the page right now, we still have a couple of hours to name our goals for the year. Don’t you know this is timed? You have to name your resolutions by midnight or they won’t come true. That’s what a New Orleans voodoo priest my mother told me.

In all honesty, I didn’t actually make any 2013 resolutions. This oversight might explain why I’ve been a little off my rocker disoriented this year . . . I mean other than the negative things listed in my 2013 review. Anyway not wanting to take a chance this year, I decided to publicly declare my 2014 resolutions before midnights in hopes of this year a chance more direction. 

1. Publish on this blog once a day monday through friday. – Call it an act of discipline, for me not you reading I hope. My career (communications) deals with a lot of writing. While I was in China, I didn’t write very much because it wasn’t required. I lost a lot of writing skills. I need to practice to bring them back up to their former glory and beyond.

2. Graduate my masters program with a great GPA . . . or at least a decent one.

3. Exercise five days a week for at least an hour & keep junk food out of my apartment because I can’t say no when it’s staring me in the face. Does anyone else have this problem?

4. If I decide to go back to the workforce, then apply for my dream job even if they are likely to say no.

5. Get out of the house and explore Hong Kong/Macao/Southeast Asia while I still have a chance. I need good stories and travel advice for this blog or else you’ll get bored and leave me stop reading.

My top three priorities for the year are education (duh expensive masters program), health (gotta repair damage from the eating disorder relapse), and stress-release/discipline/sanity (because I will eventually snap otherwise). 2013 was a heck of a year. 2014 is already set to pose some serious challenges with my dad’s health rapidly declining and graduate school quickly coming to a close. I have faith that God will give me strength. I also know that I need to do my part to prepare myself and face whatever comes my way. I’m slightly nervous as the clock ticks up to midnight. Tonight is a night of prayers for sure . . . and movies . . . movies always make me feel better.

So tell me,

What are your resolutions for 2014?


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