I’ve never really had a thing for setting New Year’s resolutions. Because I think 2015’s going to be a special year, I’ve decided to sit my ass down and properly think through my goals for the year ahead.
Here’s what I came up with:
1. Spending more time with my family
If there’s one thing that has been constant throughout my life, it would be the love, care and support that I’ve always been getting from my family.
We live in a world of uncertainty, and with time passing by so quickly, I don’t want to live my life regretting not having spent enough time with the people who love me the most.
2015 is dedicated to my Mum, Dad and two sisters. I’ll make an effort to spend more time with them.
2. Cherishing my relationship with Lorna
Lorna has been the best thing that has happened to me and I feel our relationship getting stronger day by day. While we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, we always make it a point to talk things through and not go to bed being unhappy with each other.
I want to be the pillar of strength for Lorna, just like how she has been for me all this while. We started going to church together more regularly the later half of 2014, and I want that to continue this year.
I’ll also make an extra effort to love and care for her to the best of my ability and not take her love for granted.
3. Spending and saving wisely
After having worked for more than a year and a half, I’ve learnt that it’s true how one’s spending increases with one’s income. I made several big purchases last year and probably also made it onto Amazon’s list of highest spending customers. Not a good thing just so it’s clear.
This year, I want to manage my finances better by spending and saving wisely. I’m using OCBC’s brilliant Frank account to compartmentalise and budget my money and it has been working out well so far.
Specifically, I want to save at least 60% of my monthly income.
4. Launching my lifestyle brand
For the benefit of those who’re new, I started a curated lifestyle goods store, Sialah, last year. Sialah was a proof of concept, and it went really well.
I’ve since been doing a lot of work in the background and am pleased to announce that I’m aiming to launch the real brand will by the first quarter of 2015. Be sure to stay tuned for updates.
5. Writing consistently
I’m guilty of being an inconsistent blogger. I’ve no idea why, but my enthusiasm for writing online comes in phases.
This time round, I’m adamant about writing more consistently through 2015. I’m doing it not only to become a better writer, but because I see writing consistently as a way to document my life, the way I think, and how I see the world.
I’ve just redesigned danl.im for 2015, and my aim is to publish at least 1 article every fortnight for the whole year, no matter rain or shine.
6. Traveling more with family and Lorna
Last year was a busy year and I only managed to squeeze out a holiday with Lorna. We went on a short trip to Phuket and had a really good break.
It’s been too long since we’ve gone on a holiday together as a family (Lorna is as good as family). My family almost went on one the end of 2014, but I had to cancel on them because of my dance commitments.
This year, I want to go on at least 3 holidays, with Lorna and my family.
7. Managing my time
I’m currently working full time at Savant Degrees, dancing 2 to 3 times a week, working on my lifestyle brand, gaming (a lot), sleeping (too much for my own good), the list doesn’t end there. On top of that, there are many things that I would love to do, like learn how to code, play soccer, read more, meet up with old friends, etc.
In order to squeeze in more things for the year, I want to manage my time and commitments better for 2015. I’ll do my best to plan out my week every monday and find time for the things I want to do.
8. Reading more wisely
It’s not that I haven’t been reading enough. I’ve actually been reading a lot. Problem is that I’ve been reading too much nonsense and it distracts me and occupies my mind space. This quote below scares and inspires me at the same time.
You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.
― Charlie Jones
This year, I aim to read at least 1 quality book every month. For the month of January, I’m re-reading The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.
That’s it for now. 8 goals for 2015 will be a massive challenge to achieve. I hope to look back at the end of the year and be able to tell myself that I’ve accomplished every single one of them.
Having said that, I hope your goals for 2015 are big, scary and awesome. If you haven’t set them, you know what to do.