It’s funny that I’ve been secretly looking forward to writing this post since the beginning of this year. Reading my last year’s summary post, I felt a bit ashamed because there weren’t a lot of highlights in twenty seventeen. But it was definitely a year worth recalling, at least for me. I’ve done what most Millennials did – quitting. I quit from an institution which I thought was leading me nowhere. Of course, that was more of an excuse than a lie. Anywhere can be a place of growth and opportunities but I was too proud to stay and didn’t want to make an effort of change. I chose the easiest way out by throwing a resignation letter after precisely 10 weeks of working, which I honestly felt good about. I didn’t agree with my superior and I saved myself the trouble of justifying my departure because, given his egoistic personality, I wouldn’t have stood a chance anyway. Just like that, I commenced my third month in 2017 clearing the mess and packing to leave the soul-sucking place. Then, I attended my Bachelor Degree Convocation, reunited with my bittersweet memories and loving friends, and toured my campus for the very last time. I played the role of a housewife and polished my skills at the kitchen for months before entering the workforce again where I gained the practical experience of being the class teacher.
To continue my little tradition, I would like to share some of the random matters which I hope to seal this year purposefully.
Books I have read in 2017
- Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
- T for Teacher by Cheryl Ann Fernando
- The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery
- Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
- Aleph by Paulo Coelho
- The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Gracia Puigcerver
- The Power of Concentration by Theron Q Dumont
- Your Story: How To Write It So Others Will Want To Read It by Joanne Fedler
- A Confession by Leo Tolstoy
Great Apps I have downloaded in 2017
These are the apps which I just have to recommend.
- Asana Rebel: Yoga and Fitness
Countries I have traveled to in 2017
Singapore – ‘Tis my second trip to Singapore (the main purpose was to visit my adorable nephew and nieces)
Japan – This time I went to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and of course, Niigata Prefecture. I’ve experienced snow for the first time in my life. Love the winter.
Best Series of the Year 2017
Stranger Things – Love the suspense it offers
Witches of East End – Love their drama
Best Movies of the Year 2017
The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Full of insightful wit and humor
Crooked House – Kept me guessing till the end
Areas I’ve made progress (albeit just a little bit) in 2017
- Exercising (I have been hitting the gym more consistently this year)
- Swimming (I finally got the hang of exchanging breaths but I still need to work on my trust issues about floating)
- Japanese (Definitely improved in vocabulary learning via Duolingo and able to construct more grammatically accurate sentences)
- Class Management (Was assigned to be a class teacher when I entered the teaching field and was able to apply and succeed in using plenty of tricks of controlling the class)
- Wearing Contact Lenses (One of my personal triumphs – need no assistance anymore, see blog post https://bellawee.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/contact-lenses/)
Areas I need to improve in 2018
- Writing (I need to set aside for writing every day, be it my Japanese diary or personal journal or for this blog – in 2017, I began my writing shamefully in March and ended weakly in November, this post excluded, I need to decide how much time I really want to invest in writing if I were to claim it to be more than a hobby)
- Reading (I’ve purchased books (digital or print) of different genres and started reading every one of them at once, which was so overwhelming and it totally slowed down my progress, I couldn’t chew probably, I need to better classify my time for reading, and to make better associations of the knowledge I’ve gained)
- Time Management (This year was all about adjusting, adapting, and accommodating, thankfully towards the end of the year, I was much tuned into the rhythm of my routine, still, a lot to work on)
- Food Choices (Due to my lack of wise time management, I’ve frequented the fast-food restaurants more than I should be, in 2018, I better treat my body with some respect)
- Mindfulness (I’ve struggled with the habit of excessive thinking for years and I still do that once in a while if I’m not focused, sticky notes are great tool to help remind me to be in the present moment, I’ve also changed my phone lock screen to be a soothing image with the word, breathe, on it, hope it works)
Oh well, it’s been quite a year. There is still much to learn and improve. I will do my best in this balancing game we call life.