First off, I would like to greet you all a happy new year ahead. 2016's been tough, ain't it? But if you're someone like me who's more than willing to leave it behind, then here's some questions that'll help us set our 2017 intentions. This post was originally created by Jessica on Medium. Click here to read her post about it. Without further ado, let's move on to the questions + my answers!
What are 1-3 experiences I want to have in 2017
—Get paid for blogging
Writing has been my passion for God knows how long but wouldn't it get better if I also begin to earn from it? Not that I'm more on money, but I guess there will just be some times when it gets me to produce more content and be less unproductive.
—Play the piano more often
I started learning to play the piano (keyboard) when I was 14. I began playing at church when I was 15. At first, I was hesitant because I really didn't have proper piano lessons and a regular piano teacher. I was more of the 'YouTube tutorial" type of learner. I continued playing at church til I was 17. I got a lot of nerve-wracking experiences — the hardest when some of the band mates would be missing and I had to accompany the worship team alone. (How did I even do that?) It wasn't that hard. I probably just wasn't 100% into it. I relied on people to help me so I didn't strive to learn more. Few months later, we moved to another church. I didn't forget the desire to play. So I auditioned, played for the youth services but sadly failed to get in the main service. Duh! If I were to judge, I would obviously tell myself to never do it again. The standards are too impeccable to reach. I was disappointed so I stopped playing the piano and never touched one for almost a year. Then one of my favorite kiddo needed a piano teacher! I couldn't say no and wouldn't say no so I said yes. But, I forgot almost everything. So one of my goal this year is to constantly practice. Not because I have to play at church (they seriously already have a lot of "expert level 99.9%" type of musicians) so I don't think I really have to push further. Even then, I feel like I will regret it in the end if I don't the least play for myself.
—Breathe in a different sense of happiness and peace
Well if you know me personally, you would understand why. If you don't know me then maybe the only thing I could tell you is that the past few years, I have been living my life in a limited fashion that my happiness is badly affected. This coming year, I hope to experience a different kind of happiness. One that will not fade in just a day. Something that would be steady. Nothing compared with joy, but something that would be close to the word "stability".
What are 1-3 relationships I want to focus on deepening this 2017
Maybe because 2016 is the year where I felt the most distant from Him. It was like my spirit has gotten so dry that even though I know He won't leave me, I still felt alone and afraid and hurt and hanging and depressed. This 2017, I want to keep reminding myself of God's love everyday.
Whatever happens, it will always be my family who's gonna be there for me. Sure, our paths may have been shaken but that doesn't mean we'll end up burning bridges.
Because I have more of them than my actual friends. I mean , I have friends. Counted actually. But I still want to interact more with people. Be more open. Be more encouraging and understanding. Even if that also means being vulnerable.
What are 1-3 ways I'd like to get out of my comfort zone this 2017
—Interact with people more on a personal level
It basically sums up what my 2016 has been like. I regretted not talking to people I could've talked to, smiled to people who had the potential of being a trustworthy friend. All because I got afraid of being judged or something.
—Never say no
I would like to explore my boundaries so whatever opportunity knocks in, I hope I'll be ready to say yes to it without hesitations.
Whatever it is, whether there's nothing to write about or every reason to write, I think I have to begin writing everyday.
What are 1-3 ways you want to show care and love to myself in 2017
—Disconnect from Facebook
Because I honestly think that it does no good to me. Physically and mentally. Towards the end of 2016, I've managed to somehow live my life without Facebook for a month and I'm so glad that I've liked the feeling so far. If not for the Christmas and New Year's photos, I wouldn't even think about logging on to my account on Facebook.
— To believe in myself
Sometimes we are the biggest critic of ourselves and our capability to be creative as a person. So this 2017, I want to start being confident in myself, believing that I can do things others think I can't.
—To be content
Life has its way of making us feel bad about simple things and sometimes there has to be a stop to that. Contentment is the key.
How do I want to feel exactly a year from now
—At peace with myself and everything
No longer explanations, I guess we've all been through times where you don't just feel any sense of belonging. I hope to practice remaining calm even under pressure.
What is the word or phrase for my year in 2017
"We ain't getting any younger"
Hope you enjoyed this post as much I did. Try answering the quesions. It's really fun!
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