Haaaappy Christmas Eve guys!!! :D I hope you guys all have a wonderful day planned for tomorrow with your families, yelling at each other to get up and ripping open presents, and then driving to a relative's house for some sort of dysfunctional Christmas get together that comprises of a food coma, a sleazy drunk uncle, karaoke with 'My Heart Will Go On' being the most requested song, and a Monopoly or Scrabble tournament that will leave you and your family members temporarily estranged for a few hours.
That's usually how Christmas goes down in the Wang side of family things, but given that my cousins are overseas in China at the moment, I think that Christmas will be very peaceful this year. It's going to be unusual, but it'd be great to catch up with my family - I find that even though you live under the same roof, it doesn't necessarily mean you know everything about your family.
So, its Christmas Eve, and I think Christmas Carols will be on TV soon, dinner will be served soon, so I'm just gonna kill some time by getting started on some New Years Resolutions ^_^
1. Build a better relationship with my Dad.
Yeah, I love my Dad, and he makes me laugh and I can talk politics and technology with him. But this year, we've had a lot of conflict - some of it was necessary, but most of it was just stupid little things. I guess in a sense I sort of lost respect for him in the heated moment when he would yell at me or patronise me...but that's Dad. I'm 18, and inherently I am a self-righteous teenager who needs to be kept grounded, and that's what Dad is for. So I hope in 2014, I can recognise that what he is doing is out of love instead of out of spite.
2. Make sure I have enough money for my Canada exchange.
So I wanted to make separate post about this, BUUUUT I got nominated to my first preference for exchange!!!! I will hopefully be off to Queen's University in Canada in Semester 2 next year, and it requires 'some' funds. So I just have to be financially sensible, make sure I budget, and not to make impulse purchases.
3. Draw more.
Recently, I've been getting a LOT of feels about the days where I was obsessed with chalk drawings. I remember spending hours trying to blend and blend to get the right colour, having to sweep or vacuum my room about 2 or 3 times DAILY because I made such a mess, and changing cloths at least every week because it became SO unbelievably filthy. I really want to get back into that in 2014, get in touch with my artsy fartsy side hehe 8)
4. Work harder.
This applies to both university and work - I need to be more consistent with my study, and I need to make more a commitment towards the kids at work. I want to move my WAM up to 75 and crack into the distinction zone, and I want to prove to my boss that even though I'm in second year now, I can still be reliable and efficient.
5. GET OFF DAMN FACEBOOK.
This one's pretty self explanatory - I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW MANY HOURS I WASTE ON THAT DAMN SITE, scrolling meaninglessly and crushing candy UGH.
6. Try to do SOME exercise everyday.
I 'sort of' accomplished this in 2013, where I would make the conscious effort to do some cardio each day, whether it meant running to the station each morning, or running to work when the train was delayed. I also want to get a nice, toned stomach in 2014, which I know will probably never happen because I love every single food that makes you bloated. But I will definitely give it a shot.
7. Make my own food at home.
This year, I wasted SO MUCH MONEY just buying useless snacks at university and wherever. I love to cook, so in 2014, I am going to make a conscious effort to wake up 10 minutes earlier to make a beautiful sandwich and some fruit salad to go with it. Also, at work, I am going to allow myself to only go to the chips/lolly jar/cookie jar ONLY once during a 4 hour shift.
8. Volunteer more!
I realise I could have volunteered so much more if I was more organised with letting work know what days I need off. I genuinely love volunteering; it's so satisfying that you are directly doing something to help people out. I want to get more involved with the Volunteer Army at university and definitely rack up more hours, and to hopefully continue doing Shack Volunteering :D
9. Blog once a week or once a fortnight.
This is one I probably won't keep; but later on in the year, especially when I head off to Canada, I am going to push myself very hard to blog regularly to record my exchange. Also, I saw this and thought it was a pretty awesome idea, but I also want to blog on WordPress each week, revising what I've learnt in my subjects at university. I figured it's a pretty bitchin' idea since I'm on the interwebs all the damn time!
10. STOP being so bitter and stoic; especially at university.
I had at least one 9AM start at university during both semesters this year, which involved getting up at 6:30 in the morning. I know it's not that early, but after HSC, which included 4 months of waking up at 1PM, it was a bit of a change. Waking up at 6:30 usually does not leave me very happy during the rest of the day, meaning that I wear a constant bitch face and pretty much scowl at anything. I do not in any way want to become the perky, happy girl who knows everyone, but I guess that I want to go as far as to not seem like I look constipated all the time, and to not be afraid to smile.
11. UNSW Leadership Program + Duke of Edinburgh.
I am not going to lie, they would look great on the resume hehehe. But not only is it good on paper, but it adds value to the most important investment that I have - me.
12. GET MY DAMN P'S.
I pretty much don't have a choice BUT to get my P's before I head to Canada - I will definitely forget how to drive. SO BRING ON THE DRIVING.