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I’ve tried to pare down my list of resolutions to the bare minimum this year. This was difficult, as I tend to get them confused with my to-do list and thus write out too many resolutions to actually keep ;P Anyways, I finally solved the problem by creating two separate lists. I also jotted down the “rewards” of keeping each of my resolutions: This will serve as
a reminder as to why I even bother doing this ENCOURAGEMENT. I’m determined to keep them all!
Here’s to 2012!! ^_^
Study an hour a day. DON’T FREAK OUT ON ME DAD (I know you’re reading this!) My study time ranges from 6-8 hours on regular days. But I’m trying to study everyday, and I tend to forget about the time once I’m really into the textbook. So, yeah, I like playing mind games with myself. Weird, much?
Reward: I won’t have a ♥ attack every time I get called on in class.
Keep blogging. I know, I hardly need to be making this a resolution as I’ve been reasonably consistent with my 4 posts a month mantra. However, exams are coming up soon, and this is to remind me to create content well ahead of time.
Reward: I’m hoping this pressure will help substitute focused blogging for mindless drifting on the internet. Plus, with all the studying I need to do, methinks my little bloggy habit will help keep me SANE.
11pm bedtime on school nights. Believe me, 11pm is a huge improvement. I especially like how the last three words sound like a caveat. (It’s not. But don’t tell my brain that.)
Reward: Makes me more productive in the morning; Kicks my caffeine addiction; Gets rid of dark under-eye circles.
Keep a planner. I love planners. Blank ones. But I’m determined to fully utilize them this year.
Reward: Better time organization. Plus, I’ll know how many days are left till the world ends…oops, I mean, till my exams.
Work out 5 minutes a day. I usually get excited about exercise only 5 minutes AFTER I start. I figure that instead of terrifying myself with the thought of a daily workout, I’ll trick myself into doing it instead – by making it sound TOO easy. (Even if this doesn’t work out, I’ll still enjoy the torturous mind games. TMI?)
Reward: Makes my body work better, makes my body FEEL better…and makes me feel better about my body :D Plus, it helps me sleep at night!
- Crack the denim code. I need a pair of jeans for family vacation. We’re visiting a lot of theme parks this year. (Oh, the joys of having a huge age gap among siblings ;)
- Watch all the Studio Ghibli movies in my collection. I keep putting this off. I’m pretty scared that they won’t all be as wonderful as Spirited Away.
- Make more Polyvores. ♥They’re fun!♥
- Write the sequel to my Wardrobe Staples: Real vs “Ideal” (Part I) post. This is waaay over-due.
- Comment on more blogs I like. I’m shy, so this will be hard.
Congrats if you made it all the way to the end. As a reward, you get a magical unicorn! *sprinklesrainbows* However, since there are no such things as magical unicorns, you basically get nothing ^_~
Oh wait…Here you go! :D
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Previously, I’d noted my problem with khaki shirts: they make me look like a wildlife documentary host! Some lovely readers then suggested a few possible solutions. Inspired, I ventured to explore the styling options of a khaki shirt via Polyvore. The result? A few solutions to avoiding the Steve Irwin-ian look ^_^ (However, none of said solutions exist in my own wardrobe -_-)
Enjoy my Polyvore suggestions and Instylesque commentary! :D
Hope you enjoyed my Polyvore efforts ^_^
Please let me know which one is your favorite and why! (It’s for my own personal shopping-research purposes ;)
***Special thanks to lovely reader Levisque for the fun “Girl Scout” idea + helpful tulip skirt tip!! :D***
Confession/Attribution of Inspiration: This was inspired by a post from one of my favorite bloggers, Maja Piraja. She, with the help of the lovely Maria, did a gorgeous Polyvore post about “How to wear a beige skirt”. Unfortunately, I didn’t (and still don’t) own a beige skirt. I do remember comment-complaining about how I had a lot of khaki in my wardrobe though. Hence, the conception of inspiration – and a post was born :D
Hope you don’t mind, Maja >.<
It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop.
At least, that’s what Confucius said. (Tumblr users ought to be familiar with this ;) Self-identification and all that.
Some people tell me I don’t update often enough. Truth. However, I’m shooting for consistency: 1 post a week, 4 posts a month. My previous goal was twice that many. But that didn’t work out.
What changed? Well, let’s just say there was a shift in the wind blowing inside my dark cold id that made me all grouchy and restless. Or perhaps I’m just riding a different drift: priorities be a-changing, and a post a week feels exactly right for that.
Excuses, excuses: There’s a part of me that agrees – I could do better than this. But would I?
To me, blogging is an art – and art is all about expressing yourself for the sake of expressing yourself. Right now I’m working towards the point where it becomes a part of my schedule, and thus a part of who I am, as opposed to merely what I do. Corniness aside, this bloggy pace feels exactly right for me now.
But then again, that may change with time ^_^
(Regarding the photo: I bought me a new trinket. Guess the answer to the riddle and you’ll know what’s inside that locket. Impatient? Just highlight the rest of my words: the answer is Time – hence the pocket watch ;)
(PS: Who else is looking forward to the movie version of The Hobbit?)
I can only invent by drawing on what other, brilliant people have written that I can’t write or articulate as brilliantly, and when I read it, it becomes my own.
-Carey Mulligan on creating her role as Nina in “The Seagull”.
I’ve never understood why do some people create blog posts that consist of little more than a single quotation (or, worse, a collection of quotations). Plus, unlike Mulligan, they’re completely lacking in self-awareness.
If you’re not going to create anything, why bother to post at all? It only shows you up as someone completely lacking in originality. Hey, if I wanted to see a collection of trite ‘inspiration’ quotes, I’d visit the nearest bookstore for motivational posters.
I came to your blog to see your unique work. Not some generic, threadbare, inspiration crap.
Let me be crystal: I’m not completely against the usage of quotes (look, this post even starts with one). What I’m against is having an entire freakin’ blog post consisting of little more than borrowed words. It’s insulting. It conveys the message that I’m an undiscerning idiot who will gratefully lap up whatever crap you deign to post up. (This is the part where you snigger derisively at said idiot who is currently looking for alternative reading material.)
If you want to post up a bunch of quotes, fine. At least enlighten us, your loyal readers, on why you chose those particular quotes. Expound. Maybe you’re embarking on a new venture. Maybe you’re experiencing a paradigm shift. Maybe you’re high on caffeine and this quote made sense to you… Maybe you hate the quote and wish to deconstruct it. Or maybe you wanted to be witty and self-aware and go LOOK EVERYBODY I’M BEING SO ORIGINAL HA HA HA. I’ll laugh with you.
But as Michael Corleone put it: “Just don’t insult my intelligence.”
Quotations do not a blog post make.
A/N: On an unrelated note, I drank 5 cups of caffeinated liquid today. Or maybe it was 6. I kinda lost count…and I’m not sure anymore why I’m telling you this but it seemed the responsible thing to do… Oh, wait. Too late ^_^