I have abandon my blog for the past few weeks because too many bad things had happened in December that just make me feel lost and I am currently in a “I do not feel like doing anything in life” mode.
My dad had a drastic weight loss 6 months ago and refused to see a doctor until about 3 weeks ago, he was finally admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with advanced renal cancer which had metastasized.
To have double cancer in the family can be really depressing (my mum has passed away from nose cancer 5 years ago) and tough on the finances since my parents do not have any health insurance.
To make matters worse, I had a minor accident at work last week which cost me my entire big toe nail which is so excruciating.
The doctor had to give me 3 anesthesia injections in the big toe to remove the dangling toe nail completely. He told me it will take 6 months to grow a new toe nail and even then, it will not be as nice or strong as before.
So I firmly believe that it is the processed and genetically modified foods we are eating nowadays that cause the sharp rise in cancer. Even eating too much of a good thing can be bad for the body.
Here is just a brief update of my life so far and here are 7 simple New Year Resolutions we can make and keep as we look forward to the new year ahead.
1. Spend more time with your parents
Your parents are growing old so do treasure the time you have with them. I try my best to message my dad more often even though he hardly reply and also bring him out for dinner once a week. I think spending quality time with them is what makes them truly happy.
2. Have a One-in-One-Out rule
I have a One-in-One-Out rule for shoes. Previously, I share a shoe cabinet with my family members and there was no space to store too many shoes for one person, so I have inculcated this rule to reduce clutter and force myself to only buy what is necessary.
You can also do the same for your books or other items as well. I regularly donate shoes and clothing (some are new or hardly worn) to a charity who regularly picks them up outside my house.
3. Have a neater & cleaner home
Now that you have thrown/donate/declutter things, organizing and cleaning your home should be a breeze. Often times, clutter is what really makes cleaning so difficult.
4. Save Money & Manage Your Finances Better
This is one resolution that stays on my list all the time to constantly reminds myself not to waste money on things I do not need simply because they are on SALE.
It’s harder for me because I am naturally a spender and not a saver.
A good tip would be to first list down all the fixed bills that must be paid in a month such as your mortgage/rent, insurances, car payments, credit card instalments, allowances to parents, etc.
Then list the necessary expenses with fluctuating costs such as your utility bills, phone bills and groceries. Set up a budget for each and try to cut back on the usage.
Finally, list down the fun/entertainment expenses such as music lessons, buying clothes, watching movies, dining out, etc, and set a budget for this.
I think it is important to save but also important to have a “Play” account set aside to enjoy the things in life we really love doing.
5. Take Good Care of Yourself
Then if your time and money are well-managed, you are also taking good care of yourself. Allocating time aside to enjoy a good facial and spa will also do wonders for our well-being.
One thing just flows from the other. By being good to yourself, naturally you will find the time, energy, and patience to be generous to your loved ones.
6. Go Off The Grid For a Day
If you are like most people, the internet can be a real source of distraction and procrastination. It is so easy to put tasks off in favor of staying on social media.
It is also much more tempting to avoid getting things done when you ‘have to’ respond to those emails and messages.
Switch your devices to airplane mode and then start working through all of those tasks that you would normally avoid doing.
Consider taking yourself off the grid every so often to recharge. I usually stay off social media on weekends to enjoy some “me time”, experimenting with cooking and spending time with my family.
7. Learn to do something new
It is really fulfilling to learn to do something new and ticked that off your bucket list. I always wanted to try sky diving in Australia or New Zealand but I have a great fear of heights and a weak heart, so for me, I would like to learn a new water sport or pick up tennis again for my new year resolutions.
Don’t expect to complete the resolutions in a day, week, or even a month. This is a continuous process that will definitely pay off well for you in the year ahead.
Have a Happy Organized New Year! 🙂