I started 2017 with high hopes for everything. Early in the morning of January 1st, I wrote down the things I want to achieve, the things to do to have it, and the words to live by for the year. Let me share with you two of the mantras I set for myself as I welcome this year.
- Savor All the Firsts
Everyday I consciously make an effort to see and experience things as if it’s the first time.
First Me-time while having my first wine for the year, first family celebration, first meaningful conversation, first travel with friends, first short poetry, first feature in Instagram and so on and so forth.
I remember savoring the taste, savoring the moment when I had my first brewed coffee for the year. I value even this small thing. Because firsts will always be memorable, right? This thinking helps me to see the highlights in some ‘almost-routine-days’ and to regard experiences ‘more special’, like saying “Oh, this is my first Jamaican patty for the year!”, my first “I love you!” to a loved one, my first triumph on the first working day “Yes, I’m not late!”. Exaggerated as it may sound, this is what I instill in myself, to over– appreciate. I guess my point in having this mentality is to savor everything that’s happening– to live in the moment, to be in the moment. These can be giddy-happy-moments you have with yourself too. If you spread the good vibes to other people, well, that’s a bonus.
- Dare to Try
Last year, I challenged myself when I had the following resolutions: “No Late in the Office 2016” and “No Alcoholic Drinks Other Than Wine”. Every working day and every celebration is a struggle. But accomplishing these over and over again for 365 days compensated for it and made it even more fulfilling. These challenges and triumphs contribute a lot to our whole being, to our personality.
So this year, I dared myself again to do some things for the first time.
Happiness Jar. Last year, I got this idea from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert. Every day you write down the things you are grateful for and made your heart smile in a small piece of paper and put it in a jar. At the end of the year, you will have 365 small notes to read, all containing beautiful things. Wonderful idea, isn’t it?
Life in Comics. Aside from the space where I can write the highlights of my day, my planner has blank pages for notes every week. As much as I love writing, I love drawing too. So this year I decided to be a ‘Comic Artist’ in my own terms. Every day I shall try to capture how the day went by and to sketch the distinct features for that day. It is one way to de-stress and entertain myself too.
Being mindful of ‘Firsts’ and doing new things for the first time help me boost my confidence that no matter what happened, I seized and conquered the day with a grateful heart. Making moments meaningful, isn’t that what we are all after?
Go ahead, enjoy your firsts and dare yourself!
To making moments last, Cheers!
Lots of love, support and respect.
P.S. Here’s the gist, every day and everything could be your first. It’s just a matter of perspective. 😉 And by the way, this is my first blog for the year. I tried to keep it short and sweet. 🙂
Let me share with you, some of my Firsts 🙂
The coolness of the water is soothing,
With the breeze of the wind, trees are rejoicing,
With the ‘roller-coaster ride’ that is rafting,
Oh Pagsanjan falls, you keep on surprising,
The thought made me smile, ‘this is how the nature sing’,
Isn’t it a wonderful feeling, to see the beauty in everything?
02 Jan 2017
First Travel with Friends