Coming up with a new year’s resolution is easy but doing something to accomplish what’s on the list is hard. Of all the years I’ve written one, all I ever accomplish is having the same resolution, year after year. Paulit-ulit na luuuuung eeeee. Huhubelles.
When you’re at it for years and haven’t really done anything to cross some of what’s on the list, it kinda sucks the fun in making one. But since I feel that 2016 has something big planned for me, I figured it’s time to write down goals and really do something to achieve them.
For me to really consciously do something to achieve my goals, I am sharing it here with you para shempre, I am forced to stick with it and pull through. Heehee.
My blog consumes the time I usually spend to read a book, play with my kids or organize & be more of a homemaker. Attending press events, and reviewing products take time. While this is something I like doing, I miss writing. Writing nonsense thoughts, ideas and just babbling my way one post at a time. A reader once emailed me, saying she misses reading more personal posts from my blog. I miss it too. So this year, I will make an effort to write WQ (walang kwenta) posts just because I feel like writing. I will still write the way I want to, whether my post has some Filipino in it or beki (gay) lingo. Hihi.
My handy manny husband, Mr. JG made me a breakfast nook/ bar so that I have a corner in our tiny condo where I can write and work. Now I’m more motivated. Thank you!
One of the comments I received last year was to improve my writing. A grammar nazi thought one blog post had a fluke, so she decided to check my other posts and to her dismay, my English grammar was inconsistent & confusing. So she suggested ways on how I can improve my writing skills. She said matter-of-factly that I should read more books, enroll myself to a writing class or just spell check and proof read before I hit the publish button. At first, I was perplexed that I didn’t know what to reply. I could’ve ignored it and just go on with what I’m doing but then she made me realize that she was just being honest with her constructive criticism. It was probably one of the best comments I’ve read because it prompted me to do something – to make myself a better person & blogger. I admit, I’m not very good at writing but I have so many thoughts that I want to put out here, so I guess it’s time to make an effort and learn more. And I’ll start by spell checking, proof reading and learn again basic grammar. I am also committed to learn more about myself – as what I wrote on my last post of 2015 – and learn something new this year, even if just an easy 3-step DIY or a tedious how-to something, something. Basta matuto, go!
So easy to get caught up with the things you need to accomplish everyday. Especially if you’re a stay-at-home mom like me. People think we have all the time in the world because we don’t have a 9-5 job. But the truth is, we don’t. We just tend to be better at juggling things and multi-tasking. Aminin! One minute, I’m preparing food, the next minute, I am reminded that I have to run to the bank or pay bills. All while trying to maintain a household and keeping the kids alive. Truth is, multitasking isn’t bad, it’s more of how efficient you can be doing it. Has it ever happened to you that you suddenly forget what you’re about to do or what you need to get in the room, the moment you enter it? Yes! It happens to me every. single. day. NKKLK!
So this year, I am forced to pause at least once a day, all thanks to Rica Peralejo because she sent me A Line A Day.
A Line A Day is a journal that you fill everyday with a line or two. There’s no pressure to go back to journaling and filling up an entire page, with A Line A Day, a few words or a sentence will do. Ay laveettt! This not only forces me to write, it also helps me go back to journaling and it also lets me be grateful. A full day tending to the kids or cleaning up the house can make one feel tired and stressed at the end of the day. Instead of ranting about this particular kind of day, I write down a one-liner or two and recall a moment where I feel happy, or at least grateful to be alive. 🙂
You can order your A Line A Day HERE.
Does this ring a bell? We’ve all probably heard of this as Smart Telecommunication’s famous tagline. What does it take for one to live more? Frequent or random trips to different places or countries? YOLO-ing by buying and doing what you want? Hmm. I honestly don’t know. It really depends on the situation you’re in. But for me, living more means, letting go of the little things (especially those you have no control over) and finding reasons to be grateful for. Living more for me means balancing work and play, happiness and sadness, ganyang levelz. And finally, living more for me means building relationships with people who matter most and strengthening these relationships as the years go by. Yes, parang confidently beautiful with a heart lang. Chauce!
I could make my list longer and more specific like, drink more water, sleep more, eat more healthy food, listen more, have more quality time with my kids, etc. But to be honest, these specific goals are harder to do and are forever part of my life as long term goals. I decided to stick to these four “do more” resolutions because I know that these are not something I would usually do, so mas challenging sya.
Actually, my “live more” goal was inspired by Hedgren Shades & Parallels journal.
The Hedgren Shades & Parallels journal has lovely illustrations as well as discount coupons from partner merchants. Aside from some helpful tips on style, you can check out the piece I wrote on how to be productive through multitasking.
My tips are pretty easy to do and they’ve helped me conquer the busiest days I’ve had. And because sharing is caring, I’m doing a quick giveaway! 5 winners will each get a Hedgren Shades & Parallels journal.
Easy as 1, 2, 3 lang to join.
- Like and follow Go Jackie Go on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Like and follow Hedgren PH On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Share with us what’s your 2016 goal by leaving a comment on this post. It doesn’t have to be monumental, just something that you know you can achieve and do. Don’t forget to include your name and email address in your comment.
Five winners will win (1) one Hedgren Shades & Parallels Journal each. Winners must be willing to pick up their journal at Hedgren SM Megamall store. Winners will be contacted via email on when they can claim their prize.
That’s it pancit. Giveaway will run from today January 4, 2016 to January 18, 2016. Winners will be announced on Go Jackie Go’s Facebook page.