Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 is a brand new beginning, a brand new year...

...that I am very much looking forward to. I have set goals for myself that I am hoping to accomplish.
First and foremost, I want to talk less and travel more. In 2011, I traveled all over the world and I think I want to do that again this year. I always tell myself that I am going to do something, but never stick to the goal because something usually impedes with the plan. According to Facebook, I have traveled over 2,000 times back in 2011 alone.
Secondly, I would like to write more, but mainly exclusive content instead of non-exclusive content. A lot of what I have been writing these past few years have been non-exclusive content, which means that I still own the rights to the articles and am free to post them wherever I would like.

I would like to give full rights to different websites and/or publications, so they own all of the rights to them. I would also like to write more about other subjects rather than just a few. Although beauty, food, and music is in my forte, I feel like I have a lot of insight to offer in other areas of interest. I want to also cover more serious subjects and do more interviews too.
I would also like to finish two of the fiction books that I am working on, so I can work on the next book followed by a non-fiction reference book. I am notorious for sitting (and setting) things aside and not getting back to them because I am always finding myself in another project. I need to keep myself busy and focus on one thing at a time.
Third, I want to go to the gym more often. I am currently 5'2-5'3 and a size 5/6. For my height, I guess you could say that I am happy with being curvy, but I feel like I need to get back into the gym simply because I love the feeling of going to the gym. It makes me happy. Whether it is the endorphin release or simply because there is something special about do some kind of activity, it is great. I want to get back into gymnastics and want to discover more ways to channel emotions with Yoga and Tai Chi. I also would like to get back into martial arts Kung Fu, Muay Thai, and Sambo and want to take advantage of my scuba diving certification that I received back in 2011.
Fourth, I want to attend cooking classes and get certified in culinary arts. I have even considered getting a degree in the field after I was invited to join a plant-based workshop. Although I am a businesswoman by default and have been to college and lived with culinary art students, I feel like this will benefit my future in an array of ways including the start of a vegetarian eatery and bakery like no one has ever seen.
Fifth, I want to use some free time and dedicate it towards getting back into music. Maybe try out for X Factor again or even another singing reality show. When I tried out for X Factor, I have to admit it was a lot of fun and some of the friends that I made from auditioning still remain true to my heart. I am surprised I made it so far considering there were a ton of amazingly serious singers that never made it past the first and second rounds.
Sixth, I want to start going back to church more. I was going a lot in 2011 and just stopped because I ended up getting busy with moving earlier in the year, working, and traveling so much. I want to make that effort to go again.
Seventh, I want to learn new things. This goes back to discovering new hobbies and pastimes. I truly believe technology is always expanding and moving so quickly and there is a lot to learn. I want to learn whatever I can and process what I have learned, so it can be highly beneficial to me in the future.
Eighth, I want to become more involved in active clubs and organizations. Recently, I was invited to join a wine connoisseur club and it made me realize how many great hobbies and projects I can join just by being a part of these many great social opportunities. In my quest, I hope to meet new people too, as I am very much a people person. 

Ninth, I want to clean my room and donate what I don't need or want to the Goodwill, as well as, Salvation Army and the Mission. I feel like it would not only benefit me, but someone else too. Life is way too exciting to hoard things. I have a room filled with so many things, that I need to get to it when I have free time.
Tenth, I want to volunteer more. Whether it is at the humane society or the local mission and/or homeless shelter or for United Way, I feel really compelled to help people. I love animals and just embrace my love for them in a variety of ways. Aside from being a vegetarian for years, I have donated many precious moments at the humane society. In fact, for those of you who are unaware, I was hit by a trailblazer back in 2010 by a drunk driver while riding my bike to the humane society to take pictures. If that doesn't show my love for them, I don't know what else does.
Lastly, I want to find a new manufacturer for my cosmetic line and I want to eat more kale. Yes, I am eating kale chips right now as I type this. I made a little earlier and they are so good. They are the perfect substitute for potato chips. This entire week I have been eating vegan and I feel great.