Okay, enough of noble New Year resolutions that I’ve never kept. This year, I’ll think of something easy peasy but meaningful that I can really fulfill.
First off, after so many years of haphazard shopping which has resulted in a bloated wardrobe and storage, I made a conscious effort to reduce impulse shopping and spend more wisely last year. I resolved to pay more attention to quality and usefulness of an item before reaching out for my purse. And I’m proud to say that I’ve succeeded, mostly.
On the same context, I’m willing to buy a high-quality designer handbag that costs a little more but last a long time, rather than buying several cheaper handbags and jam-up the wardrobe. Many times, I’ve resisted the urge of buying something just because it was on sale. I’ve also cut down my visits to shopping centres, especially during the sale seasons.
Buy less but buy well, reduce impulse shopping. This will continue to be my resolution in 2014.
Secondly, I resolve to leave my house for any destination ten minutes earlier than I normally would so that I’ll arrive in good time minus the rush factor. This is particularly critical this year as Little Edison has started Primary 1 (perhaps I should not call him Little anymore, he’s all big boy now). We can’t be late for school.
A minor car accident happened last year as I was rushing to school. I was driving out from a junction and collided with another car. I admit that it was mainly my fault. If I wasn’t rushing, the accident could have been prevented. My car only suffered minor scratches, but the other driver’s car had a dented rear door. As a result of the insurance claim from both parties, I ended up paying $600 more for my car insurance this year. *sob*
Thirdly, I resolve to dress up myself a little bit more this year. Like most people, I always save my ‘nicest’ clothes for special occasions, wear and re-wear my ‘normal’ clothes for the rest of the days. I’m also keeping my designer handbags and Rolex watch for special occasions only. Yes, I’m silly to think that they are too luxury to be used on normal days.
Recently, it dawned on me that the older we get, the fewer big occasions there are and at this rate, I’ll never get a chance to wear and use the things that I’ve paid good money for. So, I started the year by wearing my Rolex watch to work.
Last year, I resolved to write more often on this blog. This year, I’ve decided to take the opposite approach, mainly because Edison has started formal schooling and I need to really focus on his academic issues. It’s not that I was slacking last year, but I want to dedicate more time for my boy without any distractions this year.
So, I resolve to cut down on blog events and projects. You’ll probably see a reduction in blog post this year, but I promise that I’ll continue to write when time permits. The focus will still be our family, parenting and education issues, but I’m unlikely to take up much sponsored post this year.
Lastly, I resolve to go on as many holidays as I can. Last year, I resolved to go on a long vacation to USA or Australia – which we did. We spent 1.5 weeks in Gold Coast and Brisbane, and it was one of the most exciting holidays that we’ve had. This year, we hope to travel a bit more, even if it’s just an overnight trip to Bintan. Make good use of the school holidays and public holidays, that is.
In short, my 2014 resolutions will be:
- Buy less but buy well, reduce impulse shopping
- Leave my house for any destination ten minutes earlier
- Dress up myself a little bit more
- Cut down on blog events and projects
- Go on as many holidays as I can
Life is short and every day should be special and celebrated. Do not deny myself from the thrill of wearing nice clothes, carrying my designer handbag, eating nice food, going on vacations, cut down on work and focus on family. If I can achieve these, I’ll definitely be a happier person this year.