My last post was more than 1 year ago around this period, so the question is, have I led this year as well as I wanted it to be? Looking back this year has been a lot of ups and downs in various aspects of my life, so for memory’s sake, going to look at the few major ones in detail:
1. HOCC: So glad that I took dance up, one of the decisions that really caused me to move outside my comfort zone, ever. It was crazy with the crazy nights of practicing the same move over and over again, going all out thinking it would be the last time, before going out again. The performance wasn’t as good as our best rehearsal though (When has it ever?), but it was such a crazy experience dancing for just 6 minutes out there for the whole of NTU to see. Totally different from playing the tuba seating at the back and relaxing whenever you want. Haha. Oops.
2. 2013/2014 S2. Got an unexpected 1st class honours (Which I tried to take advantage of in my internship applications, but to no avail haha), which really made the semester really satisfying, but most important is the number of good friends I made during the semester, mostly from Vega, whom I got to know on a much more personal level. Don’t know if any of them will ever be reading this, but they really made my Uni life 1000 times better.
3. Asiaworks Course. Basically, it was a personal development course spanning over 5 days and it opened my eyes so much. Sadly I could only afford to go for part 1 only due to financial and time constraints with uni and all. But anyway, part 1 was about self awareness, and besides gaining so much insight about a human and its needs & wants, especially with the part about self image and how everyone is always trying to paint an image of themselves to others, it also got me to be so much more grateful for all the opportunities that I have to be who I am today. Be it my parents, relatives, books or even the Internet, I am so thankful for all the blessings and gifts that I have received till today. Well this course ultimately still did not ‘up my engine’ as I posted about last year, it helped me to gain so much more.
4. 2014/2015 S1. Not that upset about the GPA that I got this semester but more of the fact that my Banking & Finance mods did so much worse than I hoped/expected. Really questions my whole intention of wanting to join this industry, especially with the fact that there are constantly news of frauds and manipulation cases by all the large financial institutions around the world. Certainly need to sit down and think this through. Also, this semester kinda taught me first hand about how it’s really hard to be friends and stay in contact constantly with many people at once. Haha.
5. Doubling my investment account this year. Ever since I started on my investment journey, I used to just go for Resh’s sharing sessions and just copying their trades but recently, have been doing my own due diligence and making my own decisions. Learnt so many lessons! Especially with regards to the stocks of HLF and EBIX, which gave me some steady cash flow but headaches at times.
Other things to be grateful about include: reaching out to more people about personal development (Does this count?), starting out on personal finance, starting my investment sharing sessions, starting on FIFA 15, watching Game of Thrones/Suits, being the ACP for hall FOC, etc. Some of them sound quite funny but I am still really grateful for them hahaha.
Of course, there were some things I want to do much better and believe I can.
First of all is definitely my IPPT. Update as of today? I cannot run anymore till my knee fully recovers, which might take up to 6 months. Pretty bummed about how my knee gave way because I ran too much, cuz I really wanted the $500 to spend as I wish without thinking about how my income comes solely from my parents now. Aye.
HOWEVER, it definitely isn’t an excuse for my fast food diet which was working so well initially. It’s like just because I could’t exercise, doesn’t mean I should stop my dietary habits too. I definitely failed in this aspect. Not planning to next year.
Haven’t read as many books as I hoped I could this year too, though it was quite a good number. Basically, I need to cut time for my ‘relaxation’ activities, as I do believe it’s too much and I should definitely reduce it next semester.
Anyway so, I have created a personal action list for myself which I myself would be personally accountable for. They include:
1. Doing AT LEAST 30 push ups, 30 crunches and 30 leg lifts every day. Regardless of what happened in the day/night, etc. It’s a commitment to myself. Well it probably doesn’t help for IPPT, its a very small step to staying healthy and fit, and I plan to escalate these exercises to much more once my knee recovers.
2. Only having fast/fried food TWICE A WEEK. Period. Going to face a lot of challenges on this one.
3. Watching a maximum of 2 dramas/comedy/movies every weekday, and 3 every weekend.
4. Watching at least 1 Ted Talk/Documentary/Personal Development talk per week.
5. Reading 10 pages of a book PER DAY.
There are probably 10000 other habits that I should pick up to improve my life even better. However, I am going to start with all this and make sure that I stick to it before adding more. All this isn’t much but I am certain it will lead to even bigger and better habits.
On another note:
i have been genuinely trying see the best in everyone, but this year I have been pretty exposed to really judgemental people that tend to see the negatives in others whenever they have the chance to, especially with the people they don’t really click with etc. Not hating on anyone, but find it quite saddening, though I know there will always be people like that I guess? Hmm. Haha.
To end off, the upcoming year should be pretty exciting, with exchange, Tony Robbins coming (YES) and Professional Attachment coming up. Going to be pretty exciting! Next year should be pretty interesting and I expect it to be really memorable, just like how 2014 has turned out to be. While I haven’t really found what I wanted to do exactly in the future as of yet, but I am sure it will come to me as time goes. What I can do now is to focus on creating value for and helping other people as much as I can, enjoy the ride, and it will come naturally.