Sunday, January 05, 2020


Hi, guys! How's your first week of January? Mine was pretty nice. It was a relaxing week, I did major cleaned up on my closet and vanity, spent more quality time with my family, and finally had time to sit down and think through about what has happened in 2019 and in the last decade, evaluated, and wrote down what my goals for the new year. 

Today I want to share some of my 2020 resolutions. I want to focus on my wellbeing because I realised the last few years I was too focus on my goals - not that it was a bad thing, it was good, but I neglected my happiness for something that wasn't last very long. I was too focus on what or who hurt me more than I was on those who purely love me as I am. I know I don't have to justify everything, no need to explain, but I consider my blog as my online diary - I want to look back when I'm older and see what I have done, what I have written. More importantly, I want to write something that I needed to see when I was younger. 

I hope when you read this blog, you will get inspired or motivated. I wish we have the best year we always deserve, the lifeline that treats us better than last year. Let's start this clean slate with something more meaningful and happier. Happy new year! 

Start meditating regularly
For the last few years, I've been enjoyed meditating but did that rarely. I honestly have no idea, but it's kinda hard to do that when all you wanted to do was just watch movies, laying on the bed with your phone. I was really bad last year with my wellbeing. So this year, I want to meditate regularly. Whenever I meditate, I feel so refreshed, calmer, and free. I've meditated twice this week and it felt so good!

Read more books 
As I mentioned in my previous post, I wasn't big on reading last year. I was really caught up on my thesis and honestly, I had no desire to read. I had no desire to do anything than watch movies and series. It was that bad if you know how much I love reading. So, this year, I decided to do a 2020 reading challenge. I take a baby step, didn't force myself to finish four books in a month or so, I pick just 12 books in a year and see how I go. So far, I've read almost half of the book that I choose for this month. It's a good sign!

Spend less time on social media 
A few months ago, I was off social media for a month and it felt great to not knowing anything that happened on Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms other than blog. I was feeling good about myself, I was also had more time to actually write and be more productive on both blog and something that I've been working on for so long. In short, I was okay without social media. So I decided to spend less time on social media this year. I want to be more present - not worrying about my Instagram story. I realised social media has been one of the toxics I should avoid. 

Watch my diet
I was a bad eater last year. Whenever I was stress, I would binge-eating and as if it couldn't get any worse, I binge-eating fast food. There was a week when I was only eating fast food, bubble tea, and instant noodles. So bad that it caused acne, stomach flu, and such. It was bad and it was a phase for me. I'm not a person who addicted to fast food in general, I eat them when I want and that's rarely happened. But that week was out of control, I guess. 

This year, I want to really pay attention to what I eat. More vegetables, healthy protein, less white and processed food, and drink water more. I know it sounds so simple, but it can be challenging. So far I haven't had any fast food or processed food this week. I drink lots of water and also infuse water, which is good. And more importantly, I feel happier. My body thinks so too. 

Learn how to cook 
If you know me, you know I'm really bad at cooking. I can cook simple Indonesian and western meals, but again, I have to sort of looking at recipes a few more time. It's still okay but I'm an adult and I have to able to feed myself without depending on someone else at least, my meals. So, I really want to learn how to cook properly this year. We'll see how I go. 

Travel more 
I didn't travel much last year, mainly because I was working on my thesis and it pretty much took my entire life. So, 2020 should be a rewarding year for me to enjoy nature, explore more, and celebrate my life in the way I should be. 

I have my wishlist, of course, and I hope in 2020 I can tick at least five of them. Travelling can be very expensive especially abroad, and also I don't want to only go to places in a short amount of time, I want to spend at least one or two weeks in each place. Also, I'm tempting to do solo travelling which I've never done before. But you know, life is full of surprises and us humans can only dream and plan. Sometimes we can't do everything as we plan. 

Listen to podcast more
I've been listening to a podcast for almost three years now and I enjoy it ever since. It's such a great way to learn, entertain, or even just to accompany you doing laundry or cleaning house. It's not supposed to be on my resolution because I'm positive I will keep continuing listen to a podcast. My point is, I want my podcast range is wider. I want to listen to more podcast channels and I'm very open to every genre of the podcast. 

Watch more documentaries/docuseries
I always love watching a documentary. I found it's one of the best ways to learn something because it is really fun, the visual usually really high-quality, high-produced so of course it is also entertaining. Last year I only watch four documentaries and I'm so disappointed with that. Not that there are no great documentaries/docuseries to watch but I have little to no time to enjoy them. So, I really want to watch at least three documentaries or one docuseries in each month this year. 

Blogging more
Of course. I love blogging so much, even on my worse times, the blog is my escape. I enjoy creating content - writing things that I love the most, things that I believe is true, things that I learned from my personal experiences. I'm pretty much an open book when it comes to sharing my thoughts and life lessons. But for the past a few years, I found it's a little bit challenging to sit down and write, even on one of my most favourite posts like a movie review. I completely lost and uninspired. I was reaching the point where I don't like what I write for most of the time. And when I evaluated my last year and last decade, I have realised my mental health is one of the reasons why it happened. I was too hard on myself last year and not anymore this year. Cheers to the year of blogging!

My list is, of course, going on and on, filled with those things that will make myself better this year and hopefully, I can tick them off by the end of this year. What's your 2020 resolution? 

Love, Vera

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