Onwards, 2019

Good day, Mintypers. We’re well into 2019. Are you still making the typo of ending the date with 2018? 8 days into the new year, I’m guilty of occasionally writing the year as 2018. It’s an error that happens every year. Luckily, I think I’m not the only one that does this. 

How’s your new year resolution going? One week in, are the projects and goals still inline with where you want to be heading? Many new year resolutions fade by the second or third week, and eventually we never revisit them until the end of the year. That’s the time when we reflect and mourn about the missed targets, but resolutely determined to draft out a new set of goals for the following year. Does it work? Not for me. 

But this time round, it’s going to be different. I’m setting out a system to knock breadcrumbs tasks off – small, achievable stuffs – on route to completing my eventual goals. 

This year, I place huge emphasis on financial goals. Carrying a mountain of debt is a stressful and unforgiving burden. I’m living pay cheque to pay cheque, without any savings. With a young family to support, I need to get out of this rathole as soon as possible. I’ve landed in the current dire situation entirely of my own doing. I’m extremely disappointed with my lack of self discipline but after struggling for years to face this, I’m ready to tackle this head on and get out once and for all. 

Another area I want to see positive changes is in my personal health. Too often for the past years, I’m falling sick too easily. Having a toddler means we don’t get a full night of uninterrupted sleep, but blaming it on the helpless child isn’t going to help. I’m beginning to see the need to take care of my health, given my slowing metabolism and degrading immune system. 

A third place I hope to change is writing more frequently. I know it’s hard to make too many changes in too many areas at the same time. We overestimate how much we could do but end up not doing anything sustainable because they overwhelm us. I’m committed to writing more, because it lifts my mood and makes me a better communicator. I’ve set aside a more fluid goal of publishing once a week here, of at least 100 words. That’s attainable I supposed. 

This concludes my first post of 2019. Wherever you are, I hope you’re doing great as we embark on the new year together.

PS: I’m typing this while nursing a flu at home.