When I welcomed 2014 approximately 5 months ago, I posted 10 goals that I wanted to achieve. It has really felt like a blink of an eye and we are already approaching the mid-year, though it feels I have got nothing to show for it. So I think it's a good time to reflect (and to motivate myself, once I see how far I am lagging behind!).
I said, this year, I want to..
# Be more creative.
I have started exploring the world of crafts, and while I have bought plenty of materials such as polymer clay, pretty papers and jewelry chains, I think I have finally settled on sewing. I bought the cheapest machine I could find last year, just so that I could test my interest, but I upgraded to a Janome JR1012 a few months ago and I love it. I love that I can modify, create and re-create, taking elements and inspiration from various sources and constructing it my own way.
# Start and complete Project 365.
I failed horribly at this. I started on the first day of the new year, and after three weeks of taking a photo a day I was starting to feel like it was a chore. I might consider doing a Project 52 instead, which would require less commitment but still improve my skills. Photography is definitely a huge part of blogging and of capturing everyday life in general, so I should get cracking! And food photos shall not count.
# Learn a new language.
I'm happy to say that I'm making some progress with this goal! I downloaded the app, Duolingo, and have been learning a little bit of French everyday. I've barely skimmed the surface (or the surface of the surface) of this language but it still feels great to learn simple words and sentences. I would be very content with being able to read and listen. I recently dined at a French restaurant and happily realised I could understand more of the menu compared to before, which is a good sign of progress for me! For Korean, I feel like I've hit a plateau. I should stop lying to myself that watching more Running Man (with English subtitles) is going to help me improve.
# Exercise regularly.
I need some form of motivation. I don't want to get to the point where I'm diagnosed with an illness, and then only realise the importance of exercise, but it seems like I'm headed that way. Earlier in the year I did go for some runs and badminton sessions, but now that we're heading into winter, I just feel like curling up on my couch with a bag of potato chips every day. Any tips?
# Get my driver's licence.
I swear I'm getting there.
# Explore Victoria.
I haven't been doing much travelling this year, but I will be heading for a pamper weekend in Daylesford soon. Hopefully I'll be able to savour what is left of autumn and take some beautiful pictures of this lovely town.
# Maintain a clean and beautiful home.
I got really good with this at one point, where I was on top of the laundry load, doing my dishes straight after a meal, de-cluttering the house, keeping my dining table white and clean. But life's too short to spend all your time on household chores! That said, I still need to work out a routine!
# Record and release my second album.
For me, writing music can be really frustrating, but so rewarding. The best part about writing music this year is the partnership I've formed with hubby. When he picked me up from work one day, he handed me a piece of paper and said, "I wrote some lyrics today!" I had a read through and I was amazed. This man has got some great thoughts and a way with words. By the time we arrived home, I had formed a melody in my head. And ta-da! That was the first song we had ever written together. Since then, we have co-written a couple more, so I can't wait to arrange the tracks and form complete songs. I must say that he is my biggest motivator, or should I say nagger, because he tells me "You need to record your songs today!" at least once a week.
# Give piano lessons.
I don't know why I've been pushing this back. I've made plenty of excuses but I think deep down I don't know if I have the confidence to teach, especially since it's been almost 10 years since I passed my exam. I've only been playing pop since then and I think all my skills and techniques are stagnant, if they haven't deteriorated already. I am slowly picking up some classical pieces and reading through music theory books. I will get there!
# Do more volunteer work.
Sadly, the only volunteer work I've done this year is handing out water to participants at the Mothers' Day Classic. I would love to volunteer on a regular basis, but just haven't got around to it yet. I know that saying that I have no time is a poor excuse, as I am sure I can cut down on plenty of unproductiveness and actually do something meaningful.
On the whole, I think I'm falling a bit behind, but I still have 7 more months to go. Time to work hard on making 2014 a meaningful year!